Conduct Policy

As future health care professionals and health science researchers, UCSF students are held to high standards of behavior, particularly in matters of ethics, judgment, and professionalism. As such, student conduct is often directly relevant to a student’s academic performance. Matters relating to student conduct are therefore initiated by the deans of the Schools and Graduate Division (or their designees). The dean shall be made aware of alleged misconduct and determine whether to utilize either

  1. procedures related to academic professionalism standards or
  2. student conduct procedures. Both avenues allow for informal or formal resolution of the issue(s).

Any breach of professionalism as defined in the standards below will be addressed via the process outlined therein.

Violations of policies outlined in Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations and Students (PACAOS) 102.00 may result in the initiation of student conduct procedures.

If it is unclear which procedure is relevant to a particular situation, please consult with the associate dean. Initiation of one procedure does not preclude the use of the other resolution or investigation options.

School of Pharmacy academic professionalism standards and process

Guidelines and procedures related to professionalism are outlined in Professionalism: A Core Academic Competency. Academic standards are outlined in Probation and Dismissal.

Student conduct policies and procedures

Policies and procedures regarding student conduct are included in the Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations and Students. Specific information related to student conduct and discipline is outlined in Section 100: Policy on Student Conduct and Discipline. Related link: Implementing Regulations on Activities, Registered Campus Organizations, and Use of Properties.

Student grievance procedures

Grievance procedures are available to students who believe the University has violated their privacy rights, discriminated against the student, or otherwise violated their rights as outlined in Section 110.00 of the Policies Applying to Campus Activities, Organizations.

Grievance procedures related to academic issues are appropriate only in cases in which the student believes bias or wrongdoing by a faculty member has occurred. Grievances are not the same as disagreements. A student cannot grieve an assigned grade, for example, merely because the student disagrees with the grade.

School contact

For information, contact: Sharon L. Youmans, PharmD, MPH ([email protected], 415-502-2063).

Office of the Ombuds

The Office of the Ombuds is a resource for all members of the UCSF community. The office provides a confidential, neutral, informal, and independent place to discuss campus-related problems and can help identify and evaluate options, provide information, facilitate conversations between conflicting parties, and make referrals when necessary. The office offers assistance with:

  • Conflicts (interpersonal, workplace, academic)
  • Perceived unfair treatment
  • Improving communication
  • Understanding UCSF policies and procedures
  • Navigating campus administration

More info: Office of the Ombuds, 415-502-9600.

Go to: Academic Policies