Should I Report?

Per the Academic Senate Resolution 722-10, faculty who are confident (or suspects) that cheating/plagiarism has occurred must report this incident to OSRR. OSRR will meet with the student and determine what outcomes are appropriate outside of the classroom. Regardless of the incident details, OSRR will maintain a record of the report to establish a broader pattern of behavior, meaning faculty should report irrespective of their confidence level. The instructor of record maintains the ultimate authority when deciding what grade is issued to the student.

Students who receive a grade penalty in a course are ineligible to retake the class again for grade forgiveness.

More information about faculty's steps to report incidents can be found on this page.


We know that students are going to cheat. This is the inevitable truth of being in higher education. What we also know is that students are less likely to cheat if they believe that there are real consequences to their actions. There indeed are real consequences to committing academic dishonesty including having to attend an ethics seminar as well as administrative outcomes, such as disciplinary probation. For repeated or egregious incidents, students may be subject for suspension or expulsion.

No Action is Okay

Just because you report an act of academic dishonesty does not mean that Student Rights & Responsibilities is going to take additional punitive action against the student. We understand that each circumstance surrounding academic dishonesty is unique, and we will defer to the expertise of the reporting faculty member. In cases of No Action, we simply would like the information for records-keeping purposes. 


We want to collaborate with faculty members on these sensitive issues. We want to receive feedback on what works well within our process and what does not. We are very open, and we will defer to the faculty member's expertise in the area, if desired, or we will take the case up on our own, if desired. Ultimately, the goal of reporting, transparency, and collaboration is to create a culture of integrity within our Cal Poly students. 

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