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,

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 April 1 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

Point Forgiveness activities build on each other.  Therefore, students should progress from the online program (if eligible), to the Positive Choices Group, to the Counterpoint or Abstinence Support group.

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, for the account login password.


*Positive Choices Group

This counselor-facilitated education group meets over four consecutive weeks.  Students must attend all four consecutive weeks to earn the point reduction.  You may complete only once.

Learn more about Positive Choices and sign up. .  Please note:  Positive Choices groups have an attendance limit.  If you show up without signing up in advance, there may not be room for you in the group.


*Student “Counterpoint Group”

Offered by Gettysburg College Counseling Services once a semester.

For students who have already completed the Positive Choices (formerly “Harm Reduction” group) and who don’t feel the Abstinence Support group is right for them.  You must attend all four weeks in a row to earn point forgiveness.  You may only attend once.

Learn more about Student Counterpoint and sign up. Please note:  Student Counterpoint groups have an attendance limit.  If you show up without signing up in advance, there may not be room for you in the group.


*Student Abstinence Support Group

Offered by Gettysburg College Counseling Services as requested.  This is only for students who have a sincere desire to stay clean and sober.  Students must attend at least 4 consecutive sessions for point forgiveness.  Students may participate more than once, if counselor agrees this is appropriate.

To sign up for the Abstinence Support or Counterpoint Groups call the Gettysburg College Counseling Services office, 717-337-6960.


*Alcohol and Other Drug Use Assessment

Students may earn point forgiveness by completing a substance use assessment through True North Wellness or Pennsylvania Counseling Services.  There is a fee for this service.  True North and PA Counseling participates with many health insurance plans, including our student health insurance provider. Be sure to have your health insurance information available when you call.  Students must sign a release giving them permission to send an Initial Referral Form/Admissions Report to the Gettysburg College Counseling Services office (where it remains protected by confidentiality laws) in order to verify that the assessment process was completed.


*Completing recommended individual and/or group counseling

Students may receive point reduction for completing care recommended by their True North Wellness or Pennsylvania Counseling Services substance use assessment

* May also be used to satisfy point forgiveness for marijuana violations.


*Adams County Youthful Offenders Program

Students who complete this 12-hour Adams County Probation Office program (available to some students who have community citation) may receive point forgiveness for it.  Call Gettysburg College Counseling Services (717 337 6960) to discuss this.