Discipline Statuses

Discipline Statuses

Every student at Creighton University is subject to the policies and procedures articulated in the Student Handbook and Code of Conduct. If a student chooses to violate those policies, that student may face disciplinary action as a result of their choice. Any student who is found responsible for violating the code of conduct through their involvement in the discipline process will see a change in their discipline standing with the university. The Office of Community Standards and Wellbeing does not issue warnings to students who have been found responsible for violating the code of conduct.

There are a number of discipline standings that a student might hold at Creighton. These statuses are best described as a ladder where the statuses become more serious and consequential as a student moves up the rungs. All disciplinary statuses are carried by the student for a period of time (as determined by the hearing officer). After that time period expires, so do most restrictions that came with the status being carried by the student.

The discipline statuses, from least to most severe:

No Discipline Status

No Discipline Status - Every student at Creighton begins with a clean conduct record with the university. If a student is never found responsible for violating the code of conduct, this status will not change.

Disciplinary Reprimand

Disciplinary Reprimand - This is the most common and basic discipline status sanctioned to a student who has been found responsible for violating the student code of conduct. Reprimand serves as a formal warning that a student's choices directly violated the code of conduct, and as a reminder that the student should be more proactive about making a different decision in the future.  Reprimand does not have any impact on a student's ability to be involved on campus. It does not disqualify a student from holding positions of leadership or influence. Students who have a status of reprimand may still study abroad and be involved socially and academically on campus in other ways. Students should be aware that this status may be extended or elevated if they are found responsible for violating the code of conduct in other ways while on reprimand.

Disciplinary Probation

Disciplinary Probation - This status is common for students who display a pattern of misconduct by repeatedly violating the code of conduct. It may also be appropriate for certain situations where a student's behavior is particularly concerning or registers a significant negative impact on themselves or their community. Probation serves as a more serious formal warning that a student's choices directly violated the code of conduct, and should be considered as a directive from the university for the student to intentionally change their behaviors in regards to the violations for which they were found responsible. A status of probation does have an impact on a student's ability to be involved socially and academically on campus. Students who carry the status of probation may not hold officer/executive positions in student groups and organizations, study abroad, or hold certain positions of leadership (e.g. Resident Assistants, Desk Workers, etc.). Students should be aware that this status may be extended or elevated if they are found responsible for violating the code of conduct in other ways while on probation.

Disciplinary Suspension

Disciplinary Suspension - Suspension is the first of the discipline statuses that results in a student's separation from the university, and may be appropriate in cases of repeated misconduct, or misconduct that presents a serious and negative impact to the well-being of an individual or the community. In the case of suspension, the student is separated from the university for a designated period of time. The student may not participate in any university sponsored activity, and may be barred from University premises during the suspension period. The student normally may not advance toward a Creighton degree at another institution.The reinstating of a student, following the completion of the term of disciplinary suspension, requires the approval of the Vice Provost for Student Life.

Disciplinary Expulsion

Disciplinary Expulsion - Expulsion means the permanent separation of the student from the University. The student will be barred from University premises and disallowed from returning to the university. Further, the university may refuse to release a student's academic transcripts.