University Committee on Student Discipline

Purpose -

The purpose of this committee shall be to conduct hearings on alleged infractions of University rules and recommend sanctions for individual(s) or group violations to the Vice President for Student Services. The hearing is not a formal process such as a civil or criminal trial but an educational endeavor, which deals with alleged disruptive behavior. Discipline in a university, by the very nature of the institution is educational, for that reason, formal rules of evidence shall not apply in disciplinary hearings.

Membership -

The Vice President for Student Services will appoint the chairperson of the Committee on a case by case basis.

The committee shall consist of the appointed chairperson, three faculty members and three students. The faculty are recommended by the Faculty Council and appointed by the President of the University for terms of three years. These members shall be elected from at least two Schools or Colleges. Six alternate members shall be elected by the faculty for three-year terms at staggered intervals. No College or School shall be represented by more than two alternates. Deans, University Officers, Chairs, Division Heads, Directors of Centers and Institutes, and non-tenured faculty are not eligible for elections.

The students, one graduate or professional student, one male undergraduate and one female undergraduate are recommended by the Creighton Students Union and appointed by the President of the University from the student body at large for a term of one year. Six alternate students shall also be selected for one academic year—two graduate or professional students, two male undergraduate students, and two female undergraduate students.


Voting -

A quorum of four (4) Committee members or three (3) members and the chairperson is required to hear cases. All issues, findings, or sanctions in a case will be decided by majority vote of the quorum. The chairperson will vote in case of a tie and, as stated above, if necessary to obtain a quorum. The Committee’s determination shall be made on the basis of whether it is more likely than not that the accused is responsible for committing the alleged offense.


Conflict of Interest –

If the case of any student is referred to the Committee with whom any member of the Committee has an actual or perceived conflict of interest, the Committee member may ask that member to excuse themselves in accordance with this section and shall not have access to any of the materials for the case from which they are excused.