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Non-Academic Student Conduct

Information about the Office of Student Conduct, how to address student incidents, and related resources.

Office of Student Conduct

The Office of Student Conduct (OSC) directs the non-academic student conduct process by partnering with the campus community to administer a fair and educational process, facilitate student growth and development, and maintain the integrity of our community through accountability.

The Student Conduct Code (Code) applies to students and student organizations while on campus or at university events, and off-campus when their conduct adversely affects the UC San Diego Community and/or the pursuit of the University's objectives, as determined by the Vice Chancellor - Student Affairs. It applies to a student's conduct, even if they withdraw from the University after the conduct allegedly occurred, and may apply to an incoming student who has not yet begun classes, but has applied for admission to UC San Diego.

The following conduct, including attempts to engage or aid in such conduct, are example violations of the Code:

  • Disrupting and/or obstructing University Supported Activities (e.g. teaching and advising)
  • Failing to Comply with the directions of University Officials (e.g. faulty and staff)
  • Fabricating information and forgery of documents
  • Harassment, stalking of a non-sexual nature, and unwanted personal contact
  • Physical abuse, physical assault and conduct threatening the health or safety of any person
  • Theft and/or damage to University property, or personal property while on University grounds
  • Unauthorized entry and/or use of University properties (e.g. locked classrooms, computers, accounts, etc.)

The most common concerns reported by faculty and staff are students failing to comply with directives, disrupting University Supported Activities (e.g. class instruction), and unwanted personal contact.

Addressing Student Incidents

If you have witnessed or experienced a potential non-academic student conduct incident, we advise you to contact OSC to discuss your potential options for addressing the incident:

  • To report a violation of the Code: Submit an Incident Report Form.
  • To address inappropriate behavior, that may not yet be a violation:
    1. Address the behavior with the student as soon as possible (Unless your immediate health or safety is compromised, then dial 911).
    2. Follow-up with the student via email. A sample can be viewed here: Sample email regarding inappropriate behavior (PDF).
      1. Briefly summarize your conversation and areas of concern.
      2. Reiterate your expectations of the student.
      3. Notify them that future incidents may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.
    3. Copy OSC on the email so we are aware of your follow-up action(s).
    4. Any further incidents should be reported through our online Incident Report Form.
    5. Inform your department chair and other appropriate faculty or staff as well, per specific departmental policies.

Complications may arise when behavior is never addressed or only addressed informally (e.g. a series of verbal warnings or none at all). Example complications include escalating behavior or limited options to address the behavior, depending on the situation. Proactively addressing concerning behavior gives us more flexibility in supporting and advising you.

Related resources

OSC works closely with key campus partners. Depending on the nature of your concern, we may recommend one or more of the following resources as an alternative to our process.