The Office of Residence Life works in partnership with several other departments on campus to support students through challenging moments in their academic and personal lives. The College has student and professional staff available to assist with a variety of situations.
Each first-year building within each of the two first-year quads (East and West) has a senior leader called a Residential Coordinator (RC). The RCs generally live on the first floor of the building and also serve as the Resident Assistant (RA) for their floor. On most other floors there are two RAs assigned to support their residents.
In upperclass buildings, we have RCs who serve as building or complex leaders. In buildings that house predominantly sophomores the RCs lead teams of Community Advisors (CAs) who are specially trained to provide academic and career development support. RCs in spaces where juniors and seniors tend to live lead teams of Community Leaders (CLs). These buildings offer independent style living, which leads CLs to focus more on community development through group contact with less focus on intensive one-on-one contact.
All student staff are available to support their residents as needed. The staff is responsible for community development, personal support, and helping to maintain a safe place for students to live and study.
Contact: Students can contact their Residence Life student staff member by calling them, emailing them, or visiting their room. Each night of the academic year there are two RCs/RAs on duty in each first-year quad and there is an RC on duty for the upperclass buildings. The first-year staff are available in the staff offices (Stine and Patrick). All student staff on duty can be reached by calling the Department of Public Safety (717-337-6911).
The student staff are supervised by four full-time post-master's professionals. Two Residential Life Coordinators supervise the first-year quads (Keywuan Caulk: East Quad, Erin Duran: West Quad). One Residential Life Coordinator, Scott Wojciechowski, supervises the sophomore resources and theme housing areas. And Dwayne Taylor, Assistant Director of Residence Life, supervises the apartments and suites staff.
Contact in Emergencies: These four staff members, along with one other (Monique Mathews, Associate Director of Student Activities and First Year Programs) serve on the Residence Life On-Call Rotation. One of these professionals is on-call 24 hours a day throughout the academic year and are the first point of contact for student staff on-duty and for the Department of Public Safety when there is a student in distress due to a personal or medical situation. The person on-call can be reached through the Department of Public Safety (717-337-6911).
Victor Arcelus, Assistant Dean and Director of Residence Life, coordinates the Dean On-Call rotation. Eight Deans and Directors within the College Life Division serve in the Dean On-Call rotation. A member of this group is on-call 24 hours a day throughout the academic year. Their role is to support the Residence Life On-Call professional in addressing critical situations pertaining to student health and well-being. The Dean On-Call is contacted directly by the Residence Life On-Call professional.
Throughout the academic year there is a counselor on-call 24 hours a day. The counselor on-call is one of the four full-time counselors who work at Gettysburg's Counseling Center. This person is contacted directly by the Residence Life On-Call professional and they work together to evaluate critical situations and determine plans to support students in need.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for providing a safe, secure living and learning environment for the campus community. Officers are on duty 365 days a year and provide immediate response to all types of emergencies on campus. The Department provides services in the areas of patrol, investigations, parking enforcement, residence hall protection, building security, crime prevention, and special event security. They can be reached by calling 717-337-6911. The DPS works in partnership with the staff on-call to support students through challenging situations that emerge at any time day or night.
Academic Advising is an important resource for academic concerns. The Academic Advising Deans offer support in many areas of academic life. They work in conjunction with students' faculty advisors to help students make educational plans and solve academic problems. Each Dean manages a specific set of responsibilities.
The CARE Team meets regularly to discuss and address concerns with student behavior, academic progress, and personal issues. Concerns about a student who may pose a danger to self or others or who may be in significant distress should be forwarded to a member of the CARE Team. The CARE Team is a centralized group that reviews all information regarding students of concern at Gettysburg College. It was formed to insure that all relevant information about students of concern is reported to one central source. This information will then be investigated for the purpose of providing timely and effective intervention, as appropriate.