The Discipline Process

The Discipline Process

Any student who is documented for an alleged violation of the code of conduct will need to participate in the Community Standards non-academic misconduct process in order to determine an appropriate outcome. This discipline process is fully outlined in the Creighton University Student Handbook. Students should refer to the Creighton University Student Handbook for specific details regarding the process. A simplified version of the process can be found below.

Students participating in the discipline process can expect the following:

  1. The Senior Director of Community Standards, or their designee, will review the known facts of the incident and determine the possible violations for each student involved. The Senior Director, or their designee, will then assign a University staff member to serve as a hearing officer for the incident. 
  2. The student will receive a letter from the assigned hearing officer. This letter will inform the student about the specific area(s) of the code of conduct they are alleged to have violated. It will also direct the student to contact the hearing officer in order to set up a Preliminary Conference Meeting (PCM) to discuss the incident and the alleged violations.
  3. The student will meet with the assigned hearing officer for their PCM. During this meeting, the hearing officer will ask the student to share more information about the incident, the alleged violation(s), and what the student thinks he/she is responsible for in the situation.
  4. At the conclusion of the PCM, the hearing officer will inform the student of how the incident will be resolved. If the student and hearing officer agree upon the student's responsibility in the situation (i.e. the violations for which the student is responsible) and the sanctions that result from that responsibility, the PCM may result in a 'private decision'. A private decision concludes the conduct process, pending the student's successful completion of the sanctions agreed upon in the private decision. There is no appeal for this type of decision.
  5. The hearing officer might determine that the student's responsibility for the alleged violations would be more appropriately determined by a more formal Administrative Hearing or by the University Committee on Student Discipline. In this case, the hearing officer will inform the student about his/her rights and responsibilities in either hearing process.
  6. A hearing date/time will be set. During the hearing, the panel of hearing officers will ask the student questions related to the incident, the alleged violations, and what the student thinks he/she is responsible for in the situation. Following the conclusion of the hearing, the board will decide on the responsibility and sanctions appropriate for the incident. Their decision will then be communicated to the student by the Office of Community Standards.