Student Responsibilities

Statement of Student Responsibilities

All UC Berkeley students are responsible for their education. 

As a student in the College of Letters & Science (L&S), you are expected to:

  • Abide by the UC Berkeley Honor Code.* 

  • Be aware of all the University of California, Berkeley campus, College, and Major degree requirements and all relevant policies as outlined on L&S Advising and other UC Berkeley websites. If you do not understand a particular policy or requirement, meet with an L&S College Adviser.

  • Be familiar with the L&S Deadlines for add/drop/grading option change/withdrawal (found on the Homepage) and changing the expected graduation termCalCentral registration dates, and the Final Exam Schedule.

  • Verify your course enrollments through CalCentral at the beginning of the term and once again right before the add/drop deadline. You are responsible for confirming all course and waitlist adds and drops, as well as all grading option choices, by the relevant deadlines.

  • Review the Academic Progress Report for accuracy and to inform yourself of remaining requirements for graduation. Notify L&S Advising, your Undergraduate Major Adviser (UMA), and/or the Office of the Registrar of any discrepancy noted.

  • Once you have been accepted into a major, consult with your UMA to make certain you are up to date on departmental requirements for graduation and changes in options for tracks and emphases within the major.

  • Keep L&S Advising informed of situations that may disrupt your academic work. Consult L&S Advising immediately if a serious problem (medical, financial, personal) affects your ability to attend classes or interferes with your ability to focus on your education and to do your best academic work.

  • Ensure that your contact information and email addresses are up to date and review your UC Berkeley email account on a regular basis for notices and updates. 

  • Read emails from all UC Berkeley offices carefully and get assistance from the relevant offices if you have a concern or need clarification about their content.

*If the Center for Student Conduct finds you responsible for academic misconduct in a course, you will not be allowed to drop that course, change the grade option, or request an Incomplete (or freeze an Incomplete). If an L&S Dean grants a drop or approves a change, or you withdraw, and you are later found responsible, the course will be reinstated to your record.

Be proactive, plan ahead, and take advantage of the many resources at UC Berkeley. We look forward to helping you make informed and responsible decisions about your education at Berkeley.