As a student of UC Berkeley Extension, you are held to the same high standards as those attending UC Berkeley. Here's some items to keep you informed.

As a student of UC Berkeley Extension, you are encouraged to reach out to your fellow students in the classroom to avoid isolation, to discuss materials, and to ask each other questions; however, there are limits to this collaboration. We do not allow:

  • Cheating
  • Plagiarism
  • Altering academic documents or transcripts
  • Gaining access to materials before they are intended to be available
  • Helping another student to gain an unfair academic advantage

If you are taking an online course, your instructor may opt to use Turnitin service to check your assignment for originality and help improve your writing and citation process.

The University of California, in accordance with applicable federal and state law and the University's policies, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including sexual harassment), gender identity, pregnancy/childbirth and medical conditions related thereto, disability, age, medical condition (cancer-related), ancestry, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, or status as a Vietnam-era veteran or special disabled veteran. This nondiscrimination policy covers student admission, access and treatment in University programs and activities. Please also refer to UC Berkeley's policy statement on the prevention of a hostile environment.

Any Extension student or instructor who believes that he or she has been the victim of discrimination or harassment should contact the Office of the Dean, UC Berkeley Extension, (510) 642-4181 or extension-dean@berkeley.edu. Students and instructors should also contact the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination at ask_ophd@berkeley.edu or (510) 643-7985. For additional information, please refer to UC Berkeley's policy on Responding to Reports of Racial Harassment.

Sexual harassment and violence are prohibited both by law and by University of California policy. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; and other verbal, nonverbal or physical contact of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment includes conduct that explicitly or implicitly affects a person's employment or education or interferes with a person's work or educational performance or creates an environment such that a reasonable person would find the conduct intimidating, hostile or offensive. Sexual harassment includes sexual violence.

If you have been subjected to sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking or other forms of sexual harassment, a confidential care advocate can assist you. Learn more about confidential and nonconfidential reporting options and resources.

Additional policy and procedure information:

  1. University of California Policy on Sexual Harassment and Violence
  2. UC Berkeley Interim Sexual Misconduct Policy
  3. Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination Title IX Compliance Officer, ask_ophd@berkeley.edu or call (510) 643-7985.

We are committed to maintaining an environment that encourages personal, professional and intellectual growth through honesty, integrity and respect for others. Learn about our Code of Student Conduct (PDF).

You may want to record (via handwritten, audio or video) lectures and other classroom presentations to help you better understand the material. You can share these recordings with your fellow students for things such as group projects or group studying. If you record a presentation, you must get approval from your instructor and fellow classmates to protect their privacy. Also, you cannot provide, sell or otherwise distribute to others any recordings you make without written consent from the instructor/presenter and the University Chancellor. Learn more about the University's policy on course recordings.

The UC Berkeley Police Department offers many tips and information on keeping safe while you're in Berkeley.

The University of California, Berkeley, is a tobacco-free campus. You cannot use tobacco, smokeless tobacco or unregulated nicotine products (i.e., e-cigarettes) in indoor and outdoor spaces owned or leased by UC Berkeley. Anyone found violating this policy will be asked to cease the activity immediately.

You may be eligible for tax credits through the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997. To determine eligibility, contact the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), a tax consultant or an accountant. Through the Tax Credit Reporting Service (TCRS), you will receive an electronic IRS Form 1098-T Tuition Statement to help you determine if you are eligible for an educational tax credit and/or deduction. We will send you a Form 1098-T by Jan. 31 if you had at least one reportable transaction (such as a tuition payment or a program application/registration fee) during the calendar year.

If you do not receive a Form 1098-T notification by email by Jan. 31, log in to www.1098t.com with your ITIN, SSN or student ID to retrieve your Form 1098-T. See step-by-step instructions on how to download your Form 1098-T from the TCRS website.

Additional resource: UC Berkeley Student Billing Services website

The IRS requires all educational institutions to request students to provide a Social Security Number (SSN) or an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN); log in to your student account to review or update this information under My Profile by the end of the calendar year.

Sexual Harassment and Violence Policy

Sexual harassment and violence are prohibited both by law and by University of California policy. Sexual harassment is defined as unwelcome sexual advances; requests for sexual favors; and other verbal, nonverbal or physical contact of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment includes conduct that explicitly or implicitly affects a person’s employment or education or interferes with a person’s work or educational performance or creates an environment such that a reasonable person would find the conduct intimidating, hostile or offensive. Sexual harassment includes sexual violence.

If you have been subjected to sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking or other forms of sexual harassment, a confidential care advocate is available to assist you. Please also refer to the following information regarding your confidential and nonconfidential reporting options and resources.

For further details on the policy and procedures, please also refer to the University of California Policy on Sexual Harassment and Violence, the UC Berkeley Interim Sexual Misconduct Policy or contact the Title IX Compliance Officer at the Office for the Prevention of Harassment and Discrimination: ask_ophd@berkeley.edu or call (510) 643-7985.

Honor Code and Student Conduct

All members of the UC Berkeley Extension community are expected to act with honesty, integrity and respect for others.

UC Berkeley Extension, as a unit of the University of California, Berkeley, is a continuing education and professional community committed to maintaining an environment that encourages personal, professional and intellectual growth. It is a community with high standards and high expectations for those who choose to become a part of it. This behavior includes abiding by the established rules of conduct intended to foster behaviors that are consistent with a civil and professional educational setting. Members of the UC Berkeley Extension community are expected to comply with all laws, University policies and campus regulations, conducting themselves in ways that support a professional and safe learning environment. In this context, instructors are guided by UC Berkeley Extension's instructor conduct policies and students by the UC Berkeley Extension Code of Student Conduct (PDF).

Academic Integrity

As a student of UC Berkeley Extension, you are encouraged to reach out to your fellow students in the classroom to avoid isolation, to discuss materials, and to ask each other questions; however, there are limits to this collaboration. 

Academic misconduct is any action or attempted action that may result in creating an unfair academic advantage for yourself or any other members of the academic community. This misconduct includes a wide variety of behaviors such as cheating, plagiarism, altering academic documents or transcripts, gaining access to materials before they are intended to be available and helping another student to gain an unfair academic advantage.

In 2015, UC Berkeley Extension launched the Turnitin service to support academic integrity. Turnitin is an opt-in tool enabled through the Canvas Learning Management System that allows instructors to check student assignments for originality. Instructors can use Turnitin to identify possible instances of plagiarism or as a student-facing self-assessment tool to improve student writing and citation.

 

International Student Policies

International students interested in studying full-time at UC Berkeley Extension on an F-1 visa should visit extension.berkeley.edu/static/international/ for additional information about available full-time programs. International students with a Form I-20 that is issued by UC Berkeley Extension must be enrolled full time and must file a study list every term. The definition of full-time study differs depending upon the type of program in which you are enrolled. For concurrent enrollment, the full-time load is dependent on the load requirements of the inviting academic department. Note that not all UC Berkeley Extension programs are available for full-time study.

If you are visiting the United States on a B1/B2 tourist visa, you are strictly prohibited from enrolling into a full-time credit program of study at UC Berkeley Extension. You may take a credit course at UC Berkeley Extension only for recreational purposes; you may also take noncredit courses for corporate training purposes. Studying cannot be the main purpose of your visit, and your course cannot exceed 18 instructional hours per week. Refer to your visa application for more details. To transfer into a full-time program of study, you must either obtain an F-1 nonimmigrant visa from a consular officer abroad and seek readmission to the U.S., or apply to a UC Berkeley Extension International Program and request a change of status.

If you are in the U.S. primarily for tourism, but want to take a course at UC Berkeley Extension, the following rules apply:

  1. Your enrollment into UC Berkeley Extension course(s) must solely be for recreational purposes;
  2. Your course(s) must only be incidental to your visit as a tourist to the U.S., and must not be the main purpose of your visit;
  3. Your course(s) must not equal or exceed 18 instructional hours per week;
  4. Your course(s) must not equal or exceed:
    1. For courses numbered X300-499: 8 semester units a term; or
    2. For courses numbered X or XB 1-299: 12 semester units per term (including concurrent enrollment courses); and,
  5. Your course(s) must not be used for credit toward a degree, diploma, certificate or other program completion award.

To be successful in your courses, you must:

  • Have achieved a minimum TOEFL score of 79 iBT and/or possess equivalent English language proficiency skills;
  • Have previously completed the listed prerequisites for the course(s).

For more information, contact UC Berkeley Extension’s International Student Administrative Services at extension-intl@berkeley.edu or (510) 642-2564.

Safety and Security

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires that institutions of higher education make information regarding crime statistics and campus security available to students. You can access the Clery report online, or you can visit police.berkeley.edu for other UC Berkeley campus safety information.

UC Berkeley Nonsmoking Policy

Consistent with its emphasis on health and environmental protection, the University of California, Berkeley, is tobacco-free effective Jan. 1, 2014, meaning the use of tobacco, smokeless tobacco or unregulated nicotine products (i.e., e-cigarettes) is strictly prohibited in indoor and outdoor spaces owned or leased by UC Berkeley. Anyone found violating this policy will be asked to cease the activity immediately.