The following are a couple of highlights from the rules and regulations adopted by the academic senate. More information can be found in the Graduate Division Grad Student Handbook, which can be found here.

Policy and Procedures on Unlawful Discrimination

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has an institutional obligation to provide a place where persons can work and study free of illegal discrimination. More specific aspects of that obligation are defined by Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1978, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, among other federal and state laws, agency regulations and judicial interpretations. University officials have a duty to promptly investigate and take appropriate action on all known incidents of illegal discrimination.

In addition to its legal obligations, UCSD is a community which, within legal restraints, may establish norms of behavior to govern the interaction of individuals within the community. These norms may, and often do, go beyond enforcement of any legal obligation established for the University as an institution.

The UCSD seeks to achieve a working and learning environment that is open to all people. Diversity is one hallmark of great institutions of learning and has long been one of the strengths of our society. Dignity and respect for all in the UCSD community is the responsibility of each individual member of the community. The realization of that responsibility across the campus is critical to UCSD’s success. UCSD has a policy of equal educational and employment opportunities and of nondiscrimination in the classroom and workplace. Educational programs, support services and workplace behavior, including decisions regarding hiring, promotion, discipline, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment, should be made without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital status or sexual orientation. No person should be subject to retaliation for seeking a review of a complaint of discrimination, for participating in an investigation of such a complaint, or for seeking redress for discrimination.

Student Code of Conduct: Academic Dishonesty

The maintenance of academic honesty and integrity is a vital concern of the University community. Any student found guilty of academic dishonesty shall be subject to both academic and disciplinary sanctions. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  1. Cheating:  Copying or attempting to copy from an academic test or examination of another student; using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, notes, study aids or other devices for an academic test, examination or exercise; engaging or attempting to engage the assistance of another individual in misrepresenting the academic performance of a student; or communicating information in an unauthorized manner to another person for an academic test, examination or exercise.
  2. Fabrication and Falsification: Falsifying or fabricating any information or citation in any academic exercise, work, speech, test or examination. Falsification is the alteration of information, while fabrication is the invention or counterfeiting of information.
  3. Plagiarism:  Presenting the work of another as one’s own (i.e., without proper acknowledgment of the source) and submitting examinations, theses, reports, speeches, drawings, laboratory notes or other academic work in whole or in part as one’s own when such work has been prepared by another person or copied from another person.
  4. Abuse of Academic Materials:  Destroying, defacing, stealing, or making inaccessible library or other academic resource material.
  5. Complicity in Academic Dishonesty:  Helping or attempting to help another student to commit an act of academic dishonesty.
  6. Falsifying Grade Reports:  Changing or destroying grades, scores or markings on an examination or in an instructor’s records.
  7. Misrepresentation to Avoid Academic Work:  Misrepresentation by fabricating an otherwise justifiable excuse such as illness, injury, accident, etc., in order to avoid or delay timely submission of academic work or to avoid or delay the taking of a test or examination.
  8. Other:  Academic units and members of the faculty may prescribe and give students prior notice of additional standards of conduct for academic honesty in a particular course, and violation of any such standard of conduct shall constitute misconduct under the Student Code of Conduct and the University Disciplinary Procedures.


UC Smoke & Tobacco Free Policy:

As an institution committed to providing a safe and healthful environment and in compliance with California’s State law the University of California, San Diego prohibits smoking in all UCSD facilities. Effective September 1, 2013 all UC San Diego locations shall be smoke and tobacco-free.

Smoking, use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) are strictly prohibited. This Smoke and Tobacco- free Policy applies to all UC San Diego facilities, owned or leased, regardless of location. No smoking is permitted in any indoor or outdoor area.

The Smoke and Tobacco-free Policy also covers all University parking lots, private residential space, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, “Health Sciences Academic Campus” and the “UC San Diego Medical Center” complexes in Hillcrest and La Jolla. Sale and advertising of tobacco products are prohibited in University of California-owned and occupied buildings.