Policies & Procedures
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Bar Application and Registration

Commencement and Hooding

Communications

Confidentiality of student records

Employment Policy

Facilities

Nondiscrimination policy

Services for students with disabilities

Student Complaints

Student Handbook

Summer School & Academic Dismissal

Transferring Credit Hours

Use of Creighton name or logo

Withdrawals and Tuition Refunds

 

BAR APPLICATION AND REGISTRATION

Each state has distinct rules and procedures regarding the admission to practice law, including some states which require registration as a law student if the applicant intends to practice in that jurisdiction following graduation from law school. For example, a number of jurisdictions require first-year law students to register with the state bar commission within sixty days, ninety days, or longer (i.e., 120 days) of beginning their legal education if they intend to sit for the state's bar examination.  Every student is strongly advised to personally confirm requirements and deadlines with the bar examiners in the jurisdiction in which they intend to sit for the bar exam.  Bar exam information can be found in the Career Development Office.  In addition, the Associate Dean for Adminstration and Finance, Edward Birmingham, is available to meet with students to answer bar related questions. 

COMMENCEMENT AND HOODING

Annual University commencement ceremonies are held in May and December. Students who complete their degree programs in the spring semester are required to be present at the annual commencement exercises in May to receive their degrees. Students who complete their degree programs in the fall semester may attend commencement ceremonies in December. Diplomas will be mailed upon confirmation of the completion of all degree requirements by the respective Dean. Students who complete their degree programs during summer receive their degrees at the end of the Summer Sessions, but no ceremony is held. These students may participate in the preceding May Commencement. All candidates who receive degrees at the end of a fall semester or summer session are listed in the next annual commencement program.

To participate in the May commencement, a candidate must have successfully completed all degree requirements and must be approved for graduation, or be able to and plan to complete all requirements by the date for conferral of degrees in the following August. The respective deans of the Schools and Colleges of the University shall have the responsibility for clearing all participants in the commencement. Those participants in the May ceremony who have not completed all degree requirements shall be so designated in the commencement program.

COMMUNICATIONS

Contact Information
It is important that you keep the Law School informed of your address and telephone number. If you change your address or telephone number during a semester, please update your contact information in NEST

Assignment Bulletin Board
The Class Assignment Bulletin Board is located immediately to the left of the entrance to the Administrative Suite. This bulletin board is reserved for the posting of class assignments. Assignments are normally posted at the beginning of each semester and from time to time as indicated by individual professors. They are also posted on the law school's assignment website. Check these announcements daily; you are responsible for all posted items. 

E-Mail
All students are strongly encouraged to check their Creighton University email account daily. Email is the number one method of communicating administrative announcement, faculty news, and student organizational information. 

Mailboxes
Individual mailboxes are provided for each student in the corridor next to the Sidebar. You are encouraged to check your mailbox daily for announcements, publications, and messages. Special communications from the Deans or employers may also be placed in your mailbox.

Outside Speakers
It is the policy of the Law School that no outside groups or speakers are permitted to speak or present at the Law School unless they do so at the invitation of an authorized student group, law faculty member, or the administration. No outside individual, group or its representative may use law school email lists without the prior approval of the administration nor will the Law School forward emails from such individuals or groups to law students without the prior approval of the administration.  When a student organization wishes to invite an outside speaker to speak at an organization function or wishes to sponsor an outside speaker for a school-wide activity, the group must first check with the Assistant Deans for Student Services for authorization to facilitate planning and to avoid conflicts.  Room reservations can be secured from Anne Margaret Underwood, Law School Receptionist.

Student Bulletin Boards
Bulletin boards for general student and student organization announcements are located in the corridors on the first floor of the Law School. You are encouraged to use professional good taste in posting announcements. AT NO TIME SHOULD ANNOUNCEMENTS, POSTERS,ETC., BE PLACED ON ANY WALLS, WINDOWS, OR DOORS.

Telephones for Student Use
Telephones located in the Side Bar and the Schneider Commons may be used without charge for local calls only. Telephones for long distance calls are located in the first floor corridor.

CONFIDENTIALITY OF STUDENT RECORDS

Creighton’s policy relating to the confidentiality of student records is in keeping with the “Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act” (FERPA). Information about students or former students will not be released without the consent of the student other than in the exceptions stated in the Federal Act. FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. They are:

The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar, Dean, Department Chair, or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request shall be addressed.

The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosures without consent.

One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including Public Safety personnel and Student Health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, collection agency, the National Student Loan Clearinghouse or the Voice FX Corporation); a person serving on the Board of Directors; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

A school official has legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

Upon request, the University discloses educational records without consent to officials of another school in which the student seeks or intends to enroll.

FERPA also allows the University to disclose directory information without the written consent of the student. Directory information is information contained in an education record of a student which generally would not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Directory information includes the student’s full name, the fact that the student is or has been enrolled, full-time/part-time status, local and permanent address(es), e-mail address, telephone number(s), date and place of birth, dates of attendance, division (school or college), class, major field(s) of study and/or curriculum, degrees and awards received, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, photograph, and previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.

A currently enrolled student may request any or all directory information not be released by completing and filing with the Registrar’s Office a statement entitled “Student Request to Restrict Directory Information.” Such filing of this request shall be honored for the remainder of the term in which the request is filed, except that such restriction shall not apply to directory information already published or in the process of being published.

The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Creighton University to comply with requirements of FERPA.

The name and address of the office that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
600 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605

EMPLOYMENT POLICY

We encourage all first-year students to give full attention to their education and not to be employed during the fall or spring semesters. Second-year and third-year students are encouraged to supplement their formal education with clerkships and internships. However, under the Law School’s policies and the American Bar Association standards a student may not be employed more than 20 hours per week in any week in which the student is enrolled in more than twelve class hours.

FACILITIES

Alcoholic Beverages
Alcohol may not be served at any event in the Law School or on University grounds without the prior, written permission of the Assistant Deans for Student Services or the Dean. Student organizations seeking to serve alcohol at their event should plan well in advance so that they can secure and complete all required forms.

Alcohol may be served at off-campus organization-sponsored events; however, it must be served from a "cash bar." (The term "cash bar" refers to any event where drinks are purchased individually for immediate consumption. This does not prohibit drink specials.) Cash bars should not be staffed by law students who are participants in the event. If the
event is of such a type where it is not practical to have a cash bar, the sponsoring organization must submit a written request for a waiver of such requirement to the Assistant Deans for Student Services or the Dean. Alcohol may not be included in the price of the event ticket (Sedgwick, Barrister’s Ball, 3L Week events, etc…) without the prior, written permission of the Assistant Deans for Student Services or the Dean. Although not generally preferred, drink tickets may be "pre-sold" with the prior, written approval of the Assistant Deans for Student Services or the Dean. Money
derived from student fees may not be used to purchase or to subsidize the purchase of alcohol without the prior, written permission of the Assistant Deans for Student Services or the Dean. "Student fees" include, without limitation, funds allocated to the SBA by the Creighton Student Union (CSU) as well as funds allocated to student organizations by the SBA.
Money derived from membership fees or any other fee which is required for new or continued membership in any organization may not be spent on alcohol without the unanimous approval of the members of the organization.
Advertisements for events or parties may refer to the presence of alcohol with the statement "a cash bar will be available" or "drink specials." Signs may not refer to the event as a "beer bash" or words of similar import.

Violation of this policy by a student organization will result in the responsible students being asked to resign their positions from the organization and the organization forfeiting any remaining funding for the academic year. Further violations by the organization could result in the permanent disbanding of the organization at Creighton Law School. Violation of this
policy by students planning an event for the SBA will result in the responsible students being asked to resign from their position with the SBA. The SBA may be required to place all funds and expenditures under the supervision of the Assistant Deans for Student Services or the Dean.


Copy Center
Students may request copying from the Copy Center. The standard charge is ten cents a page. Faculty and administration have priority in copying requests. Copy machines are also available in the Library for student use. These machines are coin-operated and multi-use copy cards can be purchased in the Library.

Course Handouts/Distribution Center
The distribution center is located immediately outside the Administrative Suite near the assignment bulletin boards.

Food and Drink
The Sidebar should be the primary place for eating and drinking. However, students may serve food and drink in the Commons at organized student activities. Students may bring drinks to the Commons at other times, but are asked to take particular care in cleaning up after themselves. Food is never permitted in the Library. Food and drink are not generally
permitted in the lecture rooms or seminar rooms.  

Hours
During the Academic Year, the Law Center is open:
                 Monday through Thursday                  7:00 a.m. - 12:00 midnight
                 Friday                                                  7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
                 Saturday                                             9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
                 Sunday                                                Noon - 12:00 midnight
The Administrative Suite is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

After 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and on weekends, a building access card, coded at registration by Public Safety, is necessary to enter the building.  Students should not be in the building when the building is closed. For safety and security reasons, doors must NEVER be propped open. 


Lockers
Lockers are provided for the convenience of all law students.  Locker numbers and combinations can be obtained in the  the Administrative Suite.

Maintenance and Custodial Needs
All maintenance and custodial needs should be reported to the Copy Center Operator/Building Representative, Colleen Kelly-Firmature.    

Room Reservations
Student organizations may reserve rooms for meetings through Anne Margaret Underwood, the law school's receptionist.  Library group study and seminar rooms may be reserved by checking with the circulation desk in the library.

Smoking
Creighton is a smoke-free University and the Law School is a smoke-free building. Smoking is NOT permitted inside the building or outside on campus grounds.

NON-DISCRIMINATION POLICY

It is the policy of the University to provide equal employment and educational opportunities to faculty, employees, students and applicants for such opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap or disability, marital status, citizenship, sexual orientation, maternity and lactation status, status as a Vietnam-era, special, disabled, or other veteran who served on active duty during a war, campaign, or exhibition for which a campaign badge has been authorized in accordance with applicable federal law. In addition, it is the policy of the University to comply with applicable state statutes and local ordinances governing nondiscrimination in employment and educational activities. For more information, see University Policies and Procedures on Harassment and Discrimination, No. 2.2.3.

SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

It is the policy of Creighton University to ensure that no qualified person shall, solely by reason of disability, be denied access to, participation in, or the benefits of, any program or activity operated by Creighton University. Each qualified person who gives the appropriate notice shall receive the reasonable accommodations needed to ensure equal access to education opportunities, programs, and activities in the most integrated setting appropriate.

Law students with disabilities who require accommodations must make those needs known, in writing, to: Associate Dean for Academics, Creighton University School of Law, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178-0140 as soon as possible (within 2 weeks of acceptance or at least 5 weeks in advance of a course, workshop, program, or activity for which accommodation is requested). It is the responsibility of the student to make these needs known in a timely fashion and to provide documentation and evaluations in appropriate cases. Qualified students who apply for services related to a documented disability will receive written confirmation of what services will be provided by the University.

Students who do not require accommodations need not make their disabilities known. Information concerning a student's disability and accommodations is treated as confidential information under applicable federal, state, and university laws and policies.

Students who believe they will need special accommodations should contact the Associate Dean for Academics at their earliest convenience. In some cases, time will be required to evaluate documentation, work out specific accommodations, arrange a schedule in barrier-free classrooms, work out arrangements including funding for auxiliary services, and arrange accommodations for orientation. The University may not be able to accommodate last minute requests for accommodation.

STUDENT COMPLAINTS

Please see Creighton's student complaint policy by clicking here.

SUMMER SCHOOL & ACADEMIC DISMISSAL

Students who have a cumulative grade point average that is less than 1.85 at the end of second semester will be automatically dismissed from the Law School. (Academic Rule 2.1.)

Typically, second semester grades do not become available until early June. If a student subject to dismissal is enrolled in summer school, the student will be immediately withdrawn from summer school. A dismissed student?s summer school registration will be cancelled, and all summer school tuition and fees will be refunded. If a student has taken out a student loan for summer school, the tuition and fees will be returned to the lender to repay the loan. Any other funds distributed to the student for books, living expenses, or other incidentals are subject to immediate repayment to clear the loan.

The student subject to dismissal will not be permitted to complete summer school and will not receive summer school grades or credit. This policy applies even if a student has completed course work prior to release of second semester grades (for example, courses taught on an accelerated schedule). Dismissal is automatic. Students will not be permitted to complete summer school pending an appeal of their dismissal to the Academic Affairs Committee.

TRANSFERRING CREDIT HOURS

Visiting Students

Summer Programs. The Law School permits students, with the permission of the Dean, to be visiting students for summer programs or interterm session programs only at programs sponsored by law schools approved by both the American Bar Association and the American Association of Law Schools. Credit hours will be transferred into the Law School only for courses approved in advance by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and only for courses successfully completed with a grade of "C" (or equivalent) and above. The Law School does not transfer credit for courses graded on a pass/fail basis or its equivalent.

Visiting Students. Except as stated in the prior paragraph, the Law School does not permit students to visit at other law schools except as noted in Academic Rule 7.4.

 7.4      Upon a showing of extraordinary personal hardship, a student who has senior standing with a grade average of at least 2.0 will be granted permission to attend another AALS accredited law school for the purpose of completing his or her third year of law school. Hours completed at that school with a grade of "C" (or equivalent) and above will be applied toward the graduation requirements at Creighton University. The student will remain subject to Creighton University Law School's Academic Rules, including Rule 2.2 (more than 13 hours failure rule).

When a student is permitted to visit at another law school, credit hours will be transferred into the Law School only for courses approved in advance by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and only for courses successfully completed with a grade of "C" (or equivalent) and above. The Law School does not transfer credit for courses graded on a pass/fail basis or its equivalent.

The Law School has a student exchange program under agreement with Universidad Pontifica Comillas de Madrid, a Jesuit university with a law program, located in Madrid, Spain. Under that agreement, Creighton Law Students may transfer in credit hours for certain courses taken as part of that program at Comillas. For more details, see Comillas Student Exchange Program.

Transfer Students

Creighton University School of Law (the "Law School") accepts applications for transfer students. Admission of transfer students is determined by the Admissions Committee. When a transfer student is accepted by the Law School, credits for courses completed at another American Bar Association approved law school are transferred in accordance with Academic Rule 7.5.

 7.5       No more than three semesters of residency and no more than 45 credit hours may be transferred from another ABA approved law school. No credit shall be transferred for any course in which a grade of less than C was received. Grades received at another law school shall not be counted in ascertaining the student's cumulative law school average at Creighton.

The Law School only transfers credit for courses completed at law schools approved by the American Bar Association. It does not give law school credit for courses from non-law schools nor does it give credit for courses from law schools not approved by the American Bar Association. The Law School does not transfer credit for courses graded on a pass/fail basis or its equivalent.

The Associate Dean for Academic Affairs determines whether particular transferred courses, in addition to qualifying for credit, also satisfy any of the Law School's mandatory first or second year course requirements.

USE OF CREIGHTON NAME OR LOGO

Creighton University, Creighton Law School, Creighton University School of Law, and the various Creighton University logos are common law and federally registered tradenames and trademarks of Creighton University, and may not be used by anyone on products or goods sold, or in connection with services to be provided, without the specific permission of Creighton University. Any unauthorized use may subject the parties involved to the payment of civil damages and/or fines as well as to the possibility of criminal penalties.

WITHDRAWALS AND TUITION REFUNDS

Students withdrawing before the end of a semester will be charged tuition and recurring fees on the following basis:  

Period of attendence from date of enrollment

Percent of the semester rate to be charged

During the first week

10%

During the second week

20%

During the third week

40%

During the fourth week

60%

During the fifth week

80%

Over five weeks

100%

Non-recurring fees, the application fee, University fee, and penalty fees will be charged in full, regardless of period of attendance.