Academic Review Council

The Academic Review Council is responsible for developing policies that promote honorable conduct and high ethical standards in order to build a strong academic environment.  Accomplishments of the Council include the development of a University integrity pledge, which students sign at the end of examinations and the University of San Diego Honor Code.

The Academic Review Council consists of 2-3 members from each class that serve on the board for the duration of their undergraduate career at the University of San Diego. The Academic Review Council members are required to meet once a month to judge and allocate the funds for undergraduate research grants and to program events to promote academic excellence and integrity. The Academic Review Council members also represent the student body on Academic Integrity Hearing panels. Members must uphold the highest standard of ethical conduct in order to promote a culture of academic integrity and excellence.

If you have any questions regarding your application or the Academic Review Council, please email the Chair of Academics at or the Academic Review Council Chair.

Mission Statement

The University of San Diego Academic Review Council is comprised of faculty, students, and administrators who strive to continue building and strengthening an Honorable University by advancing values of honest, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility, while promoting the dignity and integrity of all members of the University of San Diego Community.


The University of San Diego Academic Review Council was created in response to an ad hoc Academic Integrity Committee report in July of 2001. Past Academic Review Councils have created the pledge located on the back of the blue books and began work on implementing a Student Honor Code. Currently, the Academic Review Council is an organization located under the Associated Students.

Structure of the Council

The Academic Review Council is composed of students, faculty, and administrators with a common goal of promoting integrity throughout the University Community. The Council Chair organizes and directs the Council to fulfilling its goal as an organization. The Vice Chair is responsible for managing the adjudication aspect of the Academic Review Council. The faculty, student, and administrator members are the heart of the Council. Their participation provides the energy necessary for the Council to meet its goal.

Objectives of the Council

  • Develop and implement student participation in the academic integrity hearing process
  • Design and receive commitment to a Student Honor Code
  • Develop and promote ethical statements and codes
  • Create educational programs and material

Member Duties

  • Participate in the Academic Hearing Committee
  • Respond to all emails in a timely manner
  • Attend all meetings scheduled by the Academic Review Council Chair
  • Be a participating member in Council Meetings
  • Complete all assigned work in a timely manner


All members of the Academic Review Council are required to respect the right to confidentiality of other member of the University of San Diego Community. Council members will be exposed to sensitive information while serving on the Academic Hearing Committee. Committee members are required to protect the name, major, instructor, class, Greek affiliation, residence, and all other information that can be used to identify participants in the adjudication process.

Academic Hearing Committee “Call for Service”

When an Academic Hearing Committee is brought together, the Vice Chair will call upon the Academic Review Council Members to act as student representatives. Members of the Council will receive a "Call for Service" email from the Vice Chair. Members of the Council must respond to the message immediately with a simple "Call to Service: YES", if the member is able to attend, or "Call to Service: NO", if the member is not able to attend, in the subject line of the reply email. The Vice Chair will then invite two to three members, whom gave an affirmative response, to attend the hearing.