Rights and Responsibilities
Plagiarism in any form is a violation of the UCLA Student Conduct Code.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, the use of another person’s work (including words, ideas, designs, or data) without giving appropriate attribution or citation. This includes, but is not limited to, representing, with or without the intent to deceive, part or all of an entire work obtained by purchase or otherwise, as the student’s original work; the omission of or failure to acknowledge the true source of the work; or representing an altered but identifiable work of another person or the student’s own previous work as if it were the student’s original or new work.
(UCLA Student Conduct Code, Section 102.01c: Academic Dishonesty–Plagiarism.)
Unless otherwise specified by the faculty member, all submissions—whether in draft or final form—to meet course requirements (including a paper, project, exam, computer program, oral presentation, or other work) must either be the student’s own work or must clearly acknowledge the source.
All class assignments are expected to be original work submitted by individual students or, if directed by the instructor, by students working in a team. Should a student purchase or otherwise acquire a document from a third party (such as TermPaperExample.com) and submit such a document as original work for the class assignment, such action is plagiarism and a violation of the code.
Plagiarism Detection Services
Instructors are permitted to use one or more plagiarism-detection services to assist in confirming that the academic work submitted by a student is original work and has not been duplicated from an existing work.
Instructors may require that all students enrolled in a class submit their work to a plagiarism-detection service designated by the instructor. Failure by a student to submit assigned work is the equivalent, at the discretion of the instructor, to the student failing to submit the work for grading.
Instructors are encouraged to indicate at the start of the academic term whether
- A plagiarism-detection service is used in the class for academic assignments
- The service is applied to all students enrolled in the class or only on a spot-check basis
Students retain full copyright ownership of their academic work (see UCLA Policy 965, Ownership of Creative Work Submitted by Students). However, if the plagiarism-detection service used by the instructor includes a protocol that the vendor retains a copy of the submitted work, such practice is approved by UCLA for the vendor’s sole purpose of comparison with other academic work subsequently submitted by others. The vendor may not use academic work submitted by UCLA students for any other purpose.
Nonetheless, instructors may decide to use a plagiarism-detection service after the start of the academic term, either on an across-the-board or spot-check basis. The instructor’s discretion in such matters is final and not subject to appeal.
The grading process for a student suspected of having engaged in plagiarism or other forms of cheating is described in The Manual of the Los Angeles Division of the Academic Senate, SR A-306.
The final grade in a class is based on the evaluation of a student’s achievement in the class. If a student is suspected of having engaged in plagiarism or otherwise having cheated, the infraction is reported to the Dean of Students for consideration of disciplinary proceedings. Until such proceedings have been completed, the grade DR (deferred report) is assigned for the class.
Use of mobile devices such as tablets, laptops, or phones in the classroom can be distracting for the individual student and for others in the class. Some instructors use mobile devices as part of a class, others restrict or limit use. Instructors set policies for their classes that best maintain a respectful and meaningful learning environment.
Any disruption of a class due to the audible beeping or use of mobile devices is treated as a violation of Section 102.13 of the UCLA Student Conduct Code, and can result in sanctions up to and including suspension or dismissal. The sound on mobile devices must be turned off while in classes, libraries, and other quiet areas.
Class notes or recordings made by students are for purposes of individual or group study or for other noncommercial purposes reasonably arising from a student’s enrollment in a class or the University. Permission to make notes or recordings is at the instructor’s discretion after taking into consideration instructional goals, classroom order, property interests, or other reasonable issues arising in the academic context.
Notes and recordings may not be exchanged or distributed for commercial purposes, compensation, or any other purpose other than study, either between students or between students and a third party. Unless authorized in advance by the University and explicitly permitted by the instructor, commercial use of class notes or recordings constitutes unauthorized commercial activity in violation of University policy per the UCLA Regulations on Activities, Registered Campus Organizations, and Use of Properties. No student may give, sell, or otherwise distribute to others or publish any recording made during any class presentation without the written consent of the University and the instructor/presenter. This policy applies to any recording in any medium, including handwritten or typed notes. Any distribution of a recording of a class presentation at UCLA that captures actual sounds and/or images of that class presentation, in any medium, must consider not only the rights of the instructor and the University, but also those of other parties. Examples include the privacy rights of students enrolled in the class, rights of guest lecturers, and copyright interests in materials authored by others that are displayed or presented during the class presentation. In addition to University and instructor/presenter consent, it may be necessary to secure permission from these other parties before any recording, distribution, publication, or communication is legally permitted.
Students who violate this policy are subject to University discipline (see Student Conduct Code section 102.23).
In addition to University policy, the California Education Code prohibits unauthorized commercial use of class notes, and the California Civil Code sets forth civil penalties, and legal and financial remedies, for violation of state law. The prohibition applies to recordings made in any medium, including but not necessarily limited to handwritten or typewritten class notes.
Pursuant to guidelines reviewed by the UCLA Academic Senate (1973), lecture note subscription services are permitted, if authorized in advance by the University and if approved by the instructor. UCLA Lecture Notes, located in Ackerman Union, is the note-taking service authorized by the University to provide class notes for particular classes. Note takers are approved in advance by the instructor, who may review the notes before their distribution and sale.
Nothing in this policy precludes instructors from posting class lecture notes, which they prepare or authorize to be prepared, on their class websites. Students who are permitted by the instructor to view the lecture notes are reminded that class note-taking policies and prohibitions apply to notes or lectures posted on class websites.
The Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion leads and advances campus strategies for enhancing equity, diversity and inclusion, combatting discrimination and achieving our shared values of upholding dignity for all.
No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.” -Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972
Title IX prohibits sex or gender discrimination in any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. The Title IX Office receives reports of gender discrimination, including allegations of sexual harassment and sexual violence.
In support of the University’s mission of teaching, research, and public service, Information Technology Services provides computing, networking, and information resources to UCLA’s students, faculty, and staff.
IT Services provides the UCLA community with access to local, national, and international sources of information in an atmosphere that encourages sharing of information, access to a rich collection of services, and open and free discussion for academic purposes and other University-related uses.
For both your personal benefit and the benefit of others, you must assume responsibility for making the best possible use of your privileges and for not abusing them. All existing laws (federal and state) and University regulations and policies apply, including not only those laws and regulations that are specific to computers and networks, but also those that may apply generally to personal conduct.
Except as provided below, Tobacco or Marijuana Use, is not permitted on any University Owned or Leased Property, including any portions of such Property that may have been previously designated smoking areas. The sale, advertising or promotion of Tobacco or Marijuana Products is also prohibited on all University Owned or Leased Property.
Exceptions to this Policy may be granted for the following reasons:
- Tobacco or Marijuana Use may be permitted in connection with research if it adheres to all federal and state regulatory requirements, EH&S health and safety guidelines, or in connection with research approved in writing by the UCLA Institutional Review Board or Animal Research Committee. See UCLA Cannabis Research FAQs for performing research and conducting other activities involving Marijuana.
- Smoking or Tobacco Use may be permitted for traditional ceremonial activities of recognized cultural and/or religious groups with prior written approval of the sponsoring department, the UCLA Events Office and the Fire Marshal’s Office.
Pursuant to the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the California Information Practices Act, and the University of California Policies Applying to the Disclosure of Information from Student Records, students at UCLA have the right to:
- Inspect and review records pertaining to themselves in their capacity as students, except as the right may be waived or qualified under federal and state laws and University policies
- Have withheld from disclosure, absent their prior written consent for release, personally identifiable information from their student records, except as provided by federal and state laws and University policies
- Inspect records maintained by UCLA of disclosures of personally identifiable information from their student records
- Seek correction of their student records through a request to amend the records or, if such request is denied, through a hearing (see UCLA Procedure 220.1)
- File complaints with the U.S. Department of Education regarding alleged violations of the rights accorded them by the FERPA
UCLA, in accordance with federal and state laws and University policies, has designated the following categories of personally identifiable information as “public information” that UCLA may release and publish without a student’s prior consent:
- e-mail address
- telephone numbers
- major field of study
- dates of attendance
- number of course units in which enrolled
- degrees and honors received
- most recent previous educational institution attended
- participation in officially recognized activities (including intercollegiate athletics)
- name, weight, and height of participants on intercollegiate athletic teams
As a matter of practice, UCLA does not publish student telephone numbers in the online campus directory unless released by the student. The term “public information” in this policy is synonymous with the term “directory information” in FERPA.
Setting Privacy through MyUCLA
Privacy for some public information items can be set through MyUCLA. These include telephone number, official e-mail address, and all public information.
Telephone Number Privacy
UCLA does not publish or disclose student telephone numbers unless released by the student. By default, this option is set to withhold the telephone number from publication and public release. Unless the telephone number is released, only the student name and e-mail address appear in the online campus directory.
E-Mail Address Privacy
UCLA publishes student official e-mail addresses in the online campus directory. Students have the option of withholding this information from publication and public release. If the e-mail address is withheld, only the student name and telephone number (if released) appear in the online campus directory.
Telephone and E-Mail Privacy
If a student withholds both their telephone number and e-mail address, only their name appears in the online campus directory.
All Public Information Privacy
Students have the option of withholding all public information—including name, telephone number, and official e-mail address—from being published in the online campus directory and commencement materials, or from public release. When this is selected, none of this information is released without student consent.
The most restrictive privacy option is a FERPA restriction, or full FERPA block. It overrides all other privacy options and restricts the release of all public information without student consent. The FERPA restriction prohibits publication of the student name and any student information in the online campus directory and commencement materials, prohibits UCLA staff from making any statement that implies that the person with the FERPA restriction is a student, and prohibits UCLA staff from even acknowledging that UCLA has information about the person. Students can apply or remove a FERPA restriction only through the Registrar’s Office, in person or using the Message Center.
Student records that are the subject of federal and state laws and University policies may be maintained in a variety of offices, including the Registrar’s Office, Office of the Dean of Students, UCLA Career Center, UCLA External Affairs, Graduate Division, and the offices of a student’s College or school and major department. Students are referred to the online UCLA Campus Directory which lists all the offices that may maintain student records, together with their campus address and telephone number. Students have the right to inspect their student records in any such office subject to the terms of federal and state laws and University policies
Inspection of student records maintained by the Registrar’s Office is by appointment only and must be arranged three working days in advance. Call (310) 825-1091 option 6, or inquire at the Registrar’s Office, 1113 Murphy Hall.
A copy of federal and state laws, University policies, and the print UCLA Telephone Directory may be inspected in the office of Information Practices, 500 UCLA Wilshire Center. Information concerning students’ hearing rights may be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Students, 1206 Murphy Hall. See the complete text of UCLA Policy 220, Disclosure of Information from Student Records.
Students may authorize a third party, such as a parent or guardian, access to their own records. Access may be granted to the student’s BruinBill account, class enrollment, grades, financial aid information, and more. Students enable and specify feature access for third parties through MyUCLA.
Even if a third party has been granted access to student record items, in compliance with FERPA the Registrar’s Office cannot discuss in person, by e-mail, or by telephone any specific information about students and their records.
How to Set up Access
Third-Party UCLA Logon ID
Before a third party can be granted access, that person must
- Create a UCLA Logon ID on the UCLA Identity and Accounts Manager website
- Provide the student with that UCLA Logon ID (not password), and with the first and last name exactly as entered on the UCLA Identity and Accounts Manager website
Student Access Authorization
The student must log into MyUCLA, then
- In Settings, select Third-Party Access; enter the third party’s UCLA Logon ID and name information
- Select the information the third party is able to access or view
After these steps are complete, the third party may log into MyUCLA and view the information to which access has been granted. Students may revoke access, or change access features, at any time.