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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Campus Judicial Report


Headline: Campus Judicial Report

Count to three

A sophomore student was referred to the office of Student Judicial Affairs (SJA) for disruptive and hostile behavior toward a university official. In a phone call with the Financial Aid office, the student became loud and verbally abusive toward several staff members. His paperwork had not yet been processed and, despite an extension provided to him by Financial Aid, he was irate that his aid would not be processed by the fee payment deadline. While speech is protected under the First Amendment, at UC Davis there is an expectation of courtesy and a standard of behavior that the student had violated with his aggressive tone. The student received an administrative notice, a non-disciplinary action that officially notified him of university policies regarding appropriate behavior.

Smile, you’re on camera

A senior student was referred to SJA for having a friend sneak her into the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC). This constitutes unauthorized entry to university property, which is a violation of university policy. The student was caught on video entering the ARC illegally and when approached by student staff members, it was discovered that her student identification card was invalid because she was not currently enrolled at UC Davis. Due to prior referrals, and the fact that she had previously received a sanction of deferred dismissal from SJA, the student’s graduation is delayed for a full year. During this time, she will not be allowed to take classes that do not satisfy a requirement for graduation or for her major.

A little rusty

A graduate student in the history department was referred to SJA for submitting another’s work as his own. The paper in question was jointly written with another student, though in attempting to merge and organize the paper, there were citation errors. The student explained to a judicial officer that he had been away from school for over five years. The student received a sanction of deferred separation until graduation, a writing assignment about plagiarism and was referred to the Student Academic Success Center (SASC). Deferred separation means that, should the student be referred to SJA again, he gives up his right to a formal hearing and may be suspended or dismissed from the university following an informal meeting with a judicial officer.

CAMPUS JUDICIAL REPORTS are compiled by members of Student Judicial Affairs.


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