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Academic Standards and Related Procedures - J.D.


A. Applicability of UCLA Student Conduct Code

Students enrolled in the School of Law are subject to the provisions regarding student conduct and procedures governing student discipline contained in the separate publication entitled “UCLA Student Conduct Code.” Copies of this document are available at the main campus Office of the Dean for Students, 1206 Murphy Hall, or online.

B. Cheating, Plagiarism, Multiple Submissions, and Other Forms of Academic Dishonesty

Students caught cheating on examinations or papers, committing plagiarism or submitting work which is a “multiple submission” [i.e., the resubmission of any work which has been previously or simultaneously submitted for credit in identical or similar form in one course to fulfill any of the requirements of another course without the prior consent of the current instructor(s)], or submitting written work drafted or edited in any way by an artificial intelligence (AI) content generator (including but not limited to OpenAI's ChatGPT, Microsoft's Bing AI Chatbot, and Google's Bard), without the prior and explicit approval by the instructor, are subject to University disciplinary proceedings pursuant to the UCLA Student Conduct Code. In the event that the instructor grants approval to use AI content generators in drafting or editing submitted written work, unless the instructor explicitly states otherwise, the student must disclose the name of the AI content generator used and the prompts given to the AI that produced the draft or edited content. Documentation of any resulting proceedings and/or disciplinary action will remain contained in the student's admissions file for the period of time the file is retained. The occurrence of such disciplinary proceedings will be communicated to the Bar Examiners to whom the law school must certify candidates for bar admission.

C. Report of Disciplinary Proceedings

The School of Law will report to the University for appropriate disciplinary proceedings any misrepresentation by a student of the student's academic record. Should disciplinary proceedings result in a finding that a student has made a willful misrepresentation that finding will be reported to the governing Bar Association or Committee of Bar Examiners of any state in which the student seeks admission to the Bar.

D. Continuing Duty to Report

Once admitted to the School of Law, a student has a continuing duty to update the information included in the student’s application for admission. This includes a duty to disclose any and all omissions from the application for admission, and it includes a duty to disclose any and all conduct and events that occur after submission of the application, if such conduct or events would have required disclosure in the application for admission. This duty of disclosure continues until the student has graduated or formally withdraws from the School of Law. Students must disclose upon the occurrence of the event (e.g., an arrest) and cannot wait for resolution of the matter before disclosing.  Failing to make the necessary disclosures described herein, or disclosure of conduct in violation of university policy or federal, state or local laws, may result in disciplinary action up to and including revocation of an offer of admission or dismissal from the university. Disclosure should be made to the Dean of Students.

E. Sexual and Other Forms of Harassment

  1. UCLA School of Law is committed to creating and maintaining a community free of all forms of exploitation, intimidation, and harassment. 
  2. The law school does not tolerate sexual harassment, which is prohibited both by law and by University policy. It is the intention of the law school to take whatever action may be needed to prevent, correct, and, if necessary, discipline behavior which violates this policy. Additional information on sexual harassment and assistance for students and other law community members can be obtained through the UCLA Sexual Harassment Prevention Office which provides information about campus policies and procedures to any interested person.  Individual consultations can be arranged for persons who need detailed information about possible sexual harassment and options for resolving concerns on campus. 
  3. The University strives to create an environment which fosters the values of mutual respect and tolerance and is free from discrimination based on race, ethnicity, sex, religion, sexual orientation, disability, age, and other personal characteristics. Certainly harassment, in its many forms, works against those values and often corrodes a person's sense of worth and interferes with one's ability to participate in University programs or activities. While the University is committed to the free exchange of ideas and the full protection of free expression, the University also recognizes that words can be used in such a way that they no longer express an idea, but rather injure and intimidate, thus undermining the ability of individuals to participate in the University community (President Gardner, September 21, 1989).
    1. The UCLA Student Conduct Code prohibits a variety of conduct by students which, in certain contexts, may be regarded as harassment or intimidation.
    2. The Law School Office for Student Affairs (Law Building) as well as the UCLA Dean of Students Office (Murphy Hall) can assist students who believe that they have been affected by the harassing conduct of a UCLA community member.  Other options for reporting harassing behavior are available through the Ombuds office, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Sexual Harassment Prevention Office indicated above.
    3. In addition to providing support for those who believe they have been victims of harassment, the resources listed above offer students the opportunity to understand the formal and informal mechanisms employed by the campus to address these claims and to consider which of the available options are the most useful for the particular circumstances.
    4. With regard to University-wide student conduct policies, complainants should be aware that not all conduct which is offensive may be regarded as a violation of these policies and may, in fact, be protected expression. Thus, the application of formal institutional discipline to such protected expression may not be legally permissible. Nevertheless, the University is committed to reviewing any complaint of harassing or intimidating conduct by a student and intervening on behalf of the complainant to the extent possible.