1. Department Policies

  1. Respect and Civility in the Campus Community
  2. Policy on Sexual Harassment
  3. Computer Use Policy
  4. Policy on Academic Dishonesty
  5. Code of Ethics
  6. Problems and Complaints

  1. Respect and Civility in the Campus Community

    The University of California at Berkeley is a public institution of higher education committed to excellence in teaching, research, and public service. Our student body represents the diversity of our state, and will provide its future leaders. Together, the students, faculty, and staff form our campus community, which reflects a variety of backgrounds and cultures. The quality of life on and about the campus is best served by courteous and dignified interaction between all individuals, regardless of sex, ethnic or religious background, sexual orientation, or disability.

    Therefore, the administration of this University publicly declares its expectation that all members of the campus community will work to develop and maintain a high degree of respect and civility for the wealth of diversity in which we are all fortunate to live and work together. This civility and respect for diversity ought to flourish in an atmosphere of academic freedom that is considerate and tolerant of the ideas of others. The administration of this University expects you to consult the Principles of Community and the Center for Student Conduct for specific regulations regarding respect and civility.


  2. Policy on Sexual Harassment

    The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community, in which students, faculty and administrative and academic staff can work together in an atmosphere free of all forms of harassment, exploitation, or intimidation, including sexual harassment. Every member of the University community should be aware that the University is strongly opposed to sexual harassment and that such behavior is prohibited both by law and by University policy. It is the intention of the University to take whatever action may be needed to prevent, correct, and, if necessary, discipline behavior which violates this policy. Managers and supervisors have the responsibility for participation in the creation of a campus environment free from sexual harassment and in the resolution of complaints within their respective jurisdictions.

    Definition of Sexual Harassment

    Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute sexual harassment when:

    1. submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of instruction, employment or participation in other University activity;
    2. submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as a basis for evaluation in making academic or personal decisions regarding an individual;
    3. such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's performance or creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive University environment

    In determining whether the alleged conduct constitutes sexual harassment, consideration shall be given to the record of the incident as a whole and to the totality of the circumstances, including the context in which the alleged incidents occurred.

    What You Can Do About Sexual Harassment

    • Let the harasser know that the behavior is offensive and unacceptable. Ignoring the behavior will often be taken as tacit consent.
    • Say no. Make it clear (Try saying, "I don't like what you are doing. Please stop.").
    • Keep a record of dates, places, times, and witnesses of harassing behavior.
    • Seek advice on how to write a letter to the offender identifying the harassing behavior and requesting that it stop. Keep a copy.
    • Talk to your co-workers, fellow students, Graduate Office staff or colleagues.
    • Consult with the Title IX Compliance Officer, Nancy E. Chu (nchu@uclink, 200 California Hall, 3-7985), or other campus resources.
    • Seek advice and be informed about the options available to you.

    For more information see the Berkeley Campus Policy on Sexual Harassment and Complaint Resolution.



  3. Computer Use Policy

    In support of the University's mission of teaching, research, and public service, the University of California, Berkeley provides computing, networking, and information resources to the campus community of students, faculty, and staff.

    See the campus Compuer Use Policy for your rights and responsibilities, existing legal context, examples of misuse, appropriate use, and enforcement.


  4. Policy on Academic Dishonesty

    Copying all or part of another person's work, or using reference materials not specifically allowed are forms of cheating that will not be tolerated. If we find that you were involved in an incident of cheating, your instructor will notify you and the following policy will apply. Below you will find the departmental policy on academic dishonesty. For information, refer to the Center for Student Conduct Academic Integrity web page.

    The instructor may take actions including:

    • Requiring repetition of the subject work,
    • Assigning an F grade or a "zero" grade to the subject work, and
    • For serious offenses, assigning an F grade to the course.

    1. The recommended action for cheating on examinations, term papers or projects is assigning an F grade to the course.
    2. The instructor must document and inform the student and Department Chair in writing of the incident, the action taken, if any, and the right of the student to appeal to the Chair of the Department Grievance Committee the actions taken by the instructor or to have the matter resolved by Student Judicial Affairs.
    3. The instructor must retain copies of any written evidence or observation notes.
    4. The Department Chair must inform Student Judicial Affairs of the incident in both cases where the matter was resolved between the instructor and student as well as cases referred to Student Judicial Affairs to investigate and resolve.
    5. Student Judicial Affairs offers the student both the opportunity to resolve the incident informally or by a formal hearing process in determining whether there has been a violation of the Code of Student Conduct and any sanctions that may follow.
    6. The Department will recommend that students involved in a second incident of cheating be dismissed from the University.
    7. Courses for which academic dishonesty has been verified by established campus procedures may not be dropped from the record. Grades for such courses will be reinstated to the record when dishonesty is verified subsequent to a drop transaction.


  5. Code of Ethics

    In recognition of our personal obligation to the communities to which we belong, we commit ourselves to the highest ethical, academic, and professional conduct and agree:

    • To accept responsibility in making decisions consistent with the safety, health, and welfare of the public, and to disclose promptly factors that might endanger the public or the environment;
    • To avoid real or perceived conflicts of interest whenever possible, and to disclose them to affected parties when they do exist;
    • To be honest and realistic in stating claims or estimates based on available data;
    • To improve the understanding of technology; its appropriate application, and potential consequences;
    • To maintain and improve our technical competence and to undertake technological tasks for others only if qualified by training or experience, or after full disclosure of pertinent limitations;
    • To seek, accept, and offer honest criticism of technical work, to acknowledge and correct errors, and to credit properly the contributions of others;
    • To treat fairly all persons regardless of such factors as race, religion, gender, disability, age, or national origin;
    • To avoid injuring others, their property, reputation, or employment by false or malicious action;
    • To assist fellow students in their professional development and to support them in following this code of ethics.

    [Adapted from the IEEE Code of Ethics ]


  6. Problems and Complaints

    General problems and complaints should be handled through the below contacts. Please do not hesitate to contact any of these individuals in the event that an issue occurs.

    General grievances in the EECS Department:
    Prof. Christos Papadimitriou, 689 Soda, 510-642-1559, christos@cs
    Prof. Laurent El Ghaoui, 421 Sutardja Dai, elghaoui@eecs (Fall Semester 2013)
    Prof. Babak Ayazifar, 517 Cory, 510-642-9945, ayazifar@eecs (Spring Semester 2014)

    General grievances in the CS Division:
    The Administrative Assistant to the CS Chair, 385 Soda, 510-642-0930, ahburr@eecs, will direct you to a professor to handle your complaint

    Sexual harassment:
    Susanne Kauer, 246 Cory, 510-643-8205, skauer@eecs

    General questions and complaints:
    Ombudsperson for students, 328 Stephens, 510-642-5754

    Student Grievance Procedure
    The Berkeley campus Student Grievance Procedure (Appendix II to the Berkeley Campus Regulations Implementing University Policies) gives you an opportunity to resolve complaints alleging discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, age, and sexual orientation. You may also use the procedure to resolve any complaints you may have alleging that any other rules or policies of the Berkeley campus were inappropriately applied and resulted in an injury to you. The procedure is not applicable to certain kinds of complaints for which other appropriate appeals procedures exist, such as a grade appeal based on the application of nonacademic criteria. (See the Grade Appeals section of the COCI Handbook for a description of the grade appeal process). The procedure contains important time limitations and provisions about the interrelationship between this procedure and other campus complaint procedures. Copies of the procedure are available in 102 Sproul Hall.