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Sunday, July 21, 2024

Campus Judicial Report

Submitting another student’s work as one’s own


A plant sciences professor referred a student for submitting her friend’s essay as her own. In a prior administration of the class, the friend earned very high marks for a paper on sugarcane growth. Knowing that this year’s essay prompt was identical, the referred student asked to see her friend’s essay for reference, and then copied the essay verbatim, submitting it as her own work. She admitted to wrongdoing and agreed to a one-quarter suspension, counseling with CAPS and a time management workshop with the Learning Skills Center. Because the student had prior violations on file, she was also sanctioned to Deferred Dismissal, meaning a subsequent academic violation would lead to dismissal from the university.


Using unauthorized material during an exam


A student in an economics class was referred for using cheat sheets during a final exam. The teaching assistant saw the student sitting on a sheet of paper that resembled an answer sheet from prior exams and saw several more sheets under her seat. Another student also witnessed the referred student shuffling papers and making noise, suspecting some misconduct. When confronted by the TA, the referred student denied that the cheat sheets belonged to her although they were in her handwriting. The student eventually admitted that the cheat sheets belonged to her. Having been previously suspended and on Deferred Dismissal status for two prior referrals, the student was dismissed for her third violation of the Academic Code of Conduct.


The Campus Judicial Report is compiled by student members of the Campus Judicial Board. Additional information about SJA and the Campus Judicial Board may be found at sja.ucdavis.edu.



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