Below is the official information regarding the application verification (audit) from the UC Counselors and Advisers Bulletin – December 2020, received on December 8, 2020 (source):
In December, a random sampling of applicants are selected to verify information in their application. Applicants are asked to provide documentation to verify one item from sections on the UC application including academic history, honors and awards, extracurricular activities, volunteer work and community service, special program participation, employment, or information contained in the personal insight responses.
Within the emailed instructions for verification, applicants are provided a list of appropriate documentation. Appropriate documentation could include official transcripts, a letter from a counselor or coach on letterhead, or a copy of a certificate or award. The deadline to respond is January 31, 2021. Failure to respond to the request by the deadline will result in withdrawal of the application.
Check the email address associated with your UC Application frequently (the spam/junk folder too!) so you don’t miss the verification notification in case you are selected. According to one source (from 2010; includes description of the verification process), verification requests go out to approximately 1% of the applicant pool (randomly selected freshman and transfer applicants).
If you receive a request, respond before the stated deadline; not responding will cause your UC Application to be canceled with no refund. Carefully review the instructions for examples of acceptable verification documents. If you are unable to provide proof for the selected item, reply to the request with a clear explanation of the reason(s). If the explanation is deemed acceptable, the UCs will choose a different item to verify.
The verification process does NOT delay review of your UC Application. Your application is being reviewed separately by each UC campus. The verification results are checked before admission decisions are sent out.
Remember that this is a data verification request; anything that can definitively prove your participation will do (within the parameters of the instructions). There’s no need to go out of your way to get glowing recommendation letters since the people reviewing the verification forms do NOT make admission decisions.
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