Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a basic and important element of academic success. The university treats instances of academic dishonesty (cheating, fabrication, plagiarism, etc.) very seriously, because they undermine the efforts of honest students, the value of a UC Santa Cruz degree and the integrity of the university as an institution.

Each student must understand the university policy on academic integrity, as well as each instructor’s policy on acceptable collaboration and cheating. If you are unsure whether a particular behavior violates university or faculty policy, it is your responsibility to consult with the instructor or college provost for clarification.  If you are having trouble in a class, access the success resources available to you -- it is far better to seek help than to resort to dishonest academic behaviors.

Complete information about academic integrity policy, procedure, and resources is available at