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San Luis Obispo County has set forth a series of actions to combat the Novel Coronavirus 2019. The most up to date information regarding SLO County's response to the virus can be found at We encourage our students to also refer to also refer to Cal Poly's information regarding the virus found here


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All students are encouraged to practice social distancing methods in order to prevent the spread of the Novel Coronavirus 2019. If students are discovered to have broken the social distancing standards set forward by SLO County, they will be reported to the OSRR and may prompt action from OSRR. 


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For Spring 2020 Cal Poly has switched to a virtual class format. Cal Poly has chosen to use Zoom as its conference tool of choice. All users of the platform are expected to to use the resource responsibly. If not, all Zoom logs are on record (connection IP address and Cal Poly credentials) and further action could be taken.



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Due to a virtual format, the means in which professors and faculty can monitor cheating is different. All suspected cheating/plagiarism cases will be taken seriously. We ask students to resist the temptation to do these sort of acts as they will get caught and result in action from OSRR.  


With the Shelter-at-Home Order, if I live off-campus, either locally in an apartment, or at my permanent residence with my supporters, while I am completing courses virtually, does the Code of Conduct still apply to me?

The short answer is, Yes. Our priority is your health, safety, and well-being. With that in mind, the Code of Conduct states the following: D. Application of This Code Sanctions for the conduct listed above can be imposed on applicants, enrolled students, students between academic terms, graduates awaiting degrees, and students who withdraw from school while a disciplinary matter is pending. Conduct that threatens the safety or security of the campus community, or substantially disrupts the functions or operation of the University is within the jurisdiction of this Article regardless of whether it occurs on or off campus. Each student participating in academic courses remotely will be required to engage in behaviors that align with the University’s expectations, this is includes all matters concerning academic integrity. Although you are completing your academic content remotely, each of your faculty members will detail what the expectations of the course content, and how to report your academic progress. If a faculty member is confident that a student has gained an unfair academic advantage during this time of working remotely, the faculty member will still follow University protocols for addressing cheating or plagiarism, which includes reporting the alleged behavior to OSRR.

Do all aspects of the Code of Conduct still apply while living on or off campus while the Shelter-at-Home Order is in effect?

Again, the short answer is Yes.Although there might be significant differences in how the Code of Conduct might be applicable, the Code of Conduct is still in effect. While policies concerning academic integrity will apply to all Cal Poly student's,other alleged behavioral violations of the Code of Conduct may be applied. For example, students who remain on campus should choose behaviors that align with University expectations. This includes refraining from the use of alcohol or other drugs as well as other behaviors regarding compliance requirements with University officials and University Housing Community Standards, which include social distancing and not participating in large public gatherings.

Re. Current sanctions: What happens with the sanctions that I have already received? Do I still have to complete these sanctions? If so, how do I complete them?

If you have previously signed a resolution agreement detailing agreed upon sanctions, you are still required to complete your sanctions. However, the Office of Student Rights& Responsibilities (OSRR) will work directly with each student to provide reasonable and fair adjustments to all sanction completion deadlines. The Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities will be contacting each student who currently has completion deadline dates regarding their sanctions. This correspondence will provide necessary information and instruction on how to proceed and complete your sanction. Please note that this deadline extension does NOT apply to disciplinary probation; this quarter of virtual learning will count towards your disciplinary probation term.

What if I was suspended for spring quarter 2020? What if I am suspended during spring quarter 2020?

According to Executive Order 1098, suspension is defined as: Suspension. Temporary separation of the Student from active Student status or Student status. a. A Student who is suspended for less than one academic year shall be placed on inactive Student (or equivalent) status (subject to individual Campus policies) and remains eligible to re-enroll at the University (subject to individual Campus enrollment policies) once the suspension has been served. Conditions for re-enrollment may be specified. b. A Student who is suspended for one academic year or more shall be separated from Student status but remains eligible to reapply to the University (subject to individual Campus application polices) once the suspension has been served. Conditions for readmission may be specified. c. Suspension of one academic year or more, withdrawals in lieu of suspension, and withdrawals with pending misconduct investigations or disciplinary proceedings shall be entered on the Student’s transcript permanently without exception; this requirement shall not be waived in connection with a resolution agreement. If you were suspended for spring quarter 2020, you are still suspended for spring quarter 2020 and the eligible return date provided in your Resolution Agreement remains the agreed upon return date,should all requirements be met. Should a student engage in behavior that results in a suspension, following the judicial process when the suspension will go into effect, the student will be withdrawn from their classes and be temporarily designated with inactive student status.

During this period of shelter-at-home, what should I do if I receive a letter requiring me to meet with your office (OSRR)?

Again, we acknowledge that these are unique and challenging times. Our priority is each of our students’ health and well-being. Should you receive a letter or notice requiring you to meet with our office, please read the letter in its entirety. The Notice for an Investigation intake meeting or Student Conference will include instructions on how we are going to operate virtually.

What if I do not agree with the outcome and wish to pursue a student conduct Hearing?

The opportunity for you to have access to the full judicial process has not changed; that is your right as a student in California State University system. Like other judicial conferences and meetings, all student conduct Hearings will take place virtually. Each Hearing will be recorded, the Hearing Officer will maintain control of the Hearing process, and a Hearing Officer’s report will be provided to Cal Poly’s Vice President for Student Affairs.

Additional Information Regarding Cheating & Plagiarism:

Academic Senate Resolution 722-10 - Procedures for handling cases involving alleged cheating and plagiarism.

Dear Cal Poly Student - A letter from our Director regarding allegations of cheating and plagiarism.

Academic Integrity FAQ for Students - Answers to common questions regarding alleged cheating and plagiarism.

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