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Gettysburg College is committed to sustaining a living and learning community where all members of the community are respected and differences among us are celebrated. Hate and bias-related incidents are inconsistent with the mission, values and goals of Gettysburg College. In addition, they are hurtful to individuals and groups of individuals in our community. In its commitment to providing an environment conducive to learning, Gettysburg College condemns acts of hate and bigotry and will work with members of the community to address any such issues.

Gettysburg College defines “Bias Related Conduct” to include hate crimes, harassment and bias incidents. The definitions of each are outlined below, as is a description of the response by Gettysburg College to a report of any Bias Related Conduct. In addition to investigating any such report to determine whether there has been a violation of College policy and working with the police to determine if a crime has occurred, the College will offer appropriate support, outreach and education to any College community member impacted by a hate crime, harassment or a bias incident. This will include, but is certainly not limited to, access to Counseling Services, residential accommodations, and facilitated community discussions when appropriate.

Some material adapted from Lehigh University and the University of Virginia. Adopted by the Student Life Committee on December 5, 2007 for implementation on January 1, 2008.