Marian University is committed to fundamental fairness.  Therefore, our investigations and responses to potential violations of student codes of conduct involve fair timelines of notifications of the potential violations and a chance to respond meaningfully to the report of any violations.

This page contains the basic processes followed.  A full, detailed description is found in the Student Handbook.


Processes Sections


Awareness is when the university becomes aware of a potential violation of the code of conduct.  This could happen from an informal message to a university official to a written incident report submitted to the Office of Community Standards.

Pre-investigation is a time for a campus official, such as the Director of Community Standards, to review the presented information and determine if a violation is described and if so, who is involved.  This stage often involves gathering more information from reporters, if necessary.


Notification is when students are notified that a violation has potentially occurred.  This is often when a student accused of violating a code becomes aware that the conduct process has begun.  Students at this time can choose to accept responsibility for the violation or deny it.  If they accept it, the university holds a conference with the student to determine the best response.  If they deny it, a formal investigation begins.  Investigations involve interviewing everyone involved, gathering and reviewing evidence, allowing all parties to review and question evidence and witness statements and a final report to be reviewed by all directly affected parties.

Deliberation occurs once all the evidence and interviews have been conducted and reviewed.  The conduct officer will then make a determination of responsible or not responsible.  All directly affected parties will be notified of the decision simultaneously.   If there is a university response to the responsible party, this will be included in the deliberation report.

Appeals are offered to any directly affected party in a formal investigation.   Appeal must be made within two (2) business days of the deliberation reports delivery.  Appeals are final.  Any directly affected parties will receive the appeal decision.