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Gettysburgians are MORE engaged!

Make a positive difference

Own their choices


Embrace conflict

Respect – Gettysburgians treat the community with respect (people, campus, and Gettysburg Borough).

Through the residential experience, first-year students will have the opportunity to learn from people different from themselves. It is our goal that students will become increasingly familiar with their own values, beliefs, goals, as well as their needs within the community in order to be successful. Through this self-discovery process they will also learn about the values, beliefs, goals, needs, and expectations of other students. Respect is demonstrated through the awareness of self, the appreciation of others within the community, and the acknowledgement of institutional values and expectations. 

 Outcomes – students will…

  • Clarify their needs for living in a residence hall.
  • Recognize that they and the peers they are living with have both similar and different needs.
  • Recognize that the college has expectations for the way that they engage with others on campus and within the Gettysburg community.
  • Develop shared expectations with the peers that they are living with.

Embrace Conflict – Gettysburgians communicate constructively, rather than avoid conflict.

As a result of living and communicating with others different from themselves, first-year students will encounter conflict during their time at Gettysburg College. It is our goal that students will appreciate that their experience will not be “perfect” and that it is in the imperfect moments that they have the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills and their interpersonal communication skills. First-year students will be challenged to communicate with others about their thoughts, feelings, and concerns in a constructive manner. A goal of the residential program is to overcome many students’ tendency to avoid conflict and also to minimize aggressive verbal and physical responses. Instead, students will learn to positively engage their peers in dialogue in order to meet each other’s needs through understanding and compromise.  Their experience will not be exactly as they expected, but as their path unfolds they will learn about themselves and others in ways that will make them effective leaders on campus and in their lives after college.

 Outcomes – students will…

  • Be familiar with effective techniques to use when addressing conflicts.
  • Challenge the peers they live with when they disagree.
  • Be familiar with campus resources that can support them when conflict arises.

Own their Choices – Gettysburgians understand and exercise their rights as members of the community while taking responsibility for the consequences of their actions and inactions.

The Residence Life Office operates on the premise that being a member of our Gettysburg College community (particularly in the residence halls) entitles students to a set of rights that are coupled with a set of responsibilities to the community. It is our goal that first-year students will exercise their rights as part of the community but that they will also respect the responsibilities that they have to the community. Students will be challenged to identify moments when their behavior is not in alignment with their responsibilities. In addition, students will be asked to reflect on their role in making the choices they made and the impact that these choices had on people around them.  

Outcomes – students will…

  • Reflect on the ways that their choices impact others.
  • Receive feedback about their actions within the community.
  • Work with others to resolve conflict.
  • Articulate at least one personal expectation/value related to student conduct.
  • Articulate at least one institutional expectation/value related to student conduct.

Make a Positive Difference – Gettysburgians engage in thoughtful reflection and participate in the life of the community, striving to enrich the community by making a positive difference.

The Gettysburg College community believes that the student learning experience extends beyond the classroom and that students will benefit most from their college experience by engaging in the community and connecting with other students and individuals. It is our goal that first-year students will explore ways to get involved on campus and chose to participate in at least one initiative beyond their scheduled classroom activities. Students will make an effort to connect with others on campus and, as a result, will feel a sense of belonging that strengthens their commitment to the institution.

Outcomes – students will…

  • Engage in the daily life of the hall community.
  • Explore opportunities to get involved on campus.
  • Get involved outside of the classroom.
  • Begin to connect to the community by identifying peers who share similar interests and/or values to their own.