The goals of point forgiveness are:

  • To reward students who avoid conduct difficulty
  • To give students an opportunity to reduce points through meaningful activities
  • To help students learn more about alcohol and other drugs so they can make informed choices
  • To help students become more aware how choices affect outcomes
  • To provide support to students who want to make positive behavioral changes

Frequently Asked Questions

How often can I get a 1-point reduction?

  • For each semester that a student is not involved in any adjudicated violations of College Policy, (including for example residential guidelines, network use policy, etc.) ONE point will be removed from their record. 
  • To qualify for the removal of one point from their record, as described above, students must have completed all outstanding sanctions and meet the scheduling expectations for educational programming and counseling sessions at the time of the initial violation (see the Educational Programming and Counseling section above for more details).  
  • Students that successfully complete an optional alcohol education program (through Counseling Services) have ONE point removed from their record.
  • After completing an optional alcohol education program, students may work with a hearing officer to develop their own point forgiveness program. This program must meet the expectations of all point forgiveness and must be approved by the hearing officer. After successful completion of this program the student will have ONE point removed from their record.
  • No more than 4 points can be forgiven for a student in one academic year; no more than 2 points can be forgiven for a student in one semester.
  • Points cannot be forgiven for a previous violation if a student is being investigated for (or has been charged with) a new violation, until the new violation has been fully adjudicated.

 Note:  Point Forgiveness is an opportunity, not a right.  While we will provide point forgiveness opportunities throughout the academic year, these opportunities are limited and may conflict with your class/activity schedules.  None are offered after April 1 and before September 1.  Any student wishing to earn point forgiveness should pursue it immediately upon completing required sanctions.  Those who wait may not be able to earn point forgiveness given time and logistical conflicts.


If I have no conduct violations at the end of a semester, do I need to let someone know that I qualify for a 1-point reduction?

No, this happens automatically.  For questions, contact Jan Pasco, jpasco@gettysburg.edu.


What can I do to get a 1-point reduction? 

You may seek point forgiveness only after you have completed all assigned sanctions. You may reduce a point by completing one of the activities listed below.  You may complete each activity only once (unless descriptions specifies you may repeat) and you may not use an activity that has been assigned to you as a sanction to earn point forgiveness. Be sure to keep track of the activities you complete so you don’t accidentally complete an activity more than once.  If you are assigned a program as a sanction that you’ve already completed for point forgiveness, let your Area Coordinator know that. You would then be assigned another activity for your sanction.


When may I do a point reduction activity?

It’s strongly recommended that you complete point reduction activities as early in the academic year as possible.


Students who seek point reduction after the end of each semester cannot be accommodated.  Students who incur violations toward the end of the school year won’t have the opportunity to earn point forgiveness that year.  Before signing up, carefully read the requirements under “Point Forgiveness Activities” to be sure you are choosing the right activity for your situation.


How do I sign up?

It is the student’s responsibility to schedule and fulfill the requirements for voluntary point forgiveness.  Students are advised to pursue point forgiveness as early in the academic year as possible. It is also the student’s responsibility to ensure that they are credited for the point reduction after completing the activity.


Before signing up, carefully read requirements under “What can I do to get a 1-point reduction to be sure you’re choosing the right level.


Point Forgiveness Activities

AlcoholEdu Sanctions Program

This on-line program is for students who have only 1-4 points.  It builds on the AlcoholEdu program you completed as part of your First Year Experience.  You may complete the online Sanctions Program only once.     To sign up, email Jan Pasco, jpasco@gettysburg.edu for the account login password.

Green Dot Bystander Training

During training, participants will receive a comprehensive approach to responding to and preventing power-based personal violence.  The goal for this training is to engage in a basic education program that will equip you to integrate moments of prevention within existing relationships and daily activities.  Students participating for points forgiveness will only receive a point off if they have completed the entire training, actively participate, and maintain a positive attitude about the experience.  Keep in mind that this is voluntary and there are other points forgiveness opportunities.  Only choose this training if you are committed to remaining engaged in this interactive experience.   Please contact Jan Pasco, jpasco@gettysburg.edu to sign up for the Fall '17 training which is scheduled for Saturday, October 21, 2017.

*Introduction to SMART Recovery®

Students who attend Counseling Services' 4 -session "Introduction to SMART Recovery®" group will earn point forgiveness.  Students must attend all four sessions in order.  Sessions will be held Wednesdays at noon on October 18 and 25 as well as November 1 and 8 and Mondays at 4pm on November 13, 20, 27 and December 4.  All sessions will be held in the Health Center Conference Room. 

Contact Gettysburg College Counseling Services at 717-337-6960 or email hmarritz@gettysburg.edu for more information.

Social Norms Campaign

Students will earn point forgiveness for completing a project assigned by Student Rights & Responsibilities.  Contact Jan Pasco; jpasco@gettysburg.edu for more information.

*Adams County Youthful Offenders Program

This 12-hour Adams County Adult Probation Office program is available to eligible students cited by the local police for certain summary offenses.  Students who complete the program may receive point forgiveness.  Questions?  Contact Gettysburg College Counseling Services at 717-337-6960.