Gettysburg College offers substance-free housing through the RISE program (Respecting Individual Student Expectations about alcohol). RISE is designed to help students connect with alternative social programming that focuses on implementing on and off campus substance-free programming, building student relationships, and healthy lifestyle choices. Students who choose to participate in this program make a commitment to maintain a living environment which promotes and respects healthy lifestyle choices.

Getting Involved

Upperclass students are involved in the program in two ways.  The first is to choose to be a participant by asking to be added to the RISE email alias. Through the email alias students will learn about upcoming meetings or programs and have the opportunity to share program ideas with RISE staff members. The second way to be involved as an upperclass student is to live in the RISE House (Tudor House; Stevens Hall for 2016-2017).

Living in the RISE House

Students who choose to live in the RISE house make a commitment to maintain a living environment which promotes and respects healthy lifestyle choices.

Upperclass students who select to live in a RISE room agree to:

  • Live in an environment that promotes and respects healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Live in a residential environment where alcohol and tobacco are not present nor used, and no drugs are used contrary to prescription or law.**
  • Be an active and engaged member of the RISE community.
  • Abide by 24-hour quiet hours.
  • Attend all house meetings as determined by the Residence Coordinator and/or Program Assistants.

**All students are reminded that they must comply with campus alcohol and drug policies, which can be found in the Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

RISE members who fail to fulfill the RISE program residency responsibilities are subject to relocation and, when appropriate, may be sanctioned through the campus student conduct system.

If you would like to live in the RISE House, please contact House Leaders Aileen Routledge or Ashley Lookenhouse.

RISE Programming

RISE students and staff work collaboratively to coordinate on campus and off campus programs that focus on helping students to create strong relationship bonds with other students and to have fun. The RISE program is supported by the Student Activities fee. The RISE program also collaborates with other offices to put design and implement programs.  Some RISE programs include:

  • A Trip to a Baltimore Orioles Game
  • A Trip to the National Apple Harvest Festival
  • Late Night Glow Bowling
  • Be a Kid Again Night
  • Holiday Parties
  • Pre-Snowball Mocktail Party

The RISE program has a staff of four upperclassmen student leaders and is overseen by Julia Collett, Residential Life Coordinator for Residential & First-Year Programs. If you have questions concerning the RISE program please contact Julia Collett.