For inappropriate bias behaviors and bias conduct violations, the College will take prompt action to investigate and resolve complaints.

Immediately report any Bias Related Conduct to Public Safety at (717) 337-6911, or the Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students office at (717) 337-6921 or at www.gettysburg.edu/reportconcern.

If you become the victim or target of a bias incident or witness any Bias Conduct, please do the following to document the incident the best you can:

  • If the incident was verbal, be sure to immediately document what was said, where it was said and when it was said, and if known, the name of the individual(s) responsible and present as witnesses
  • If you see a written slur or discover graffiti, do not erase the words or images. The Department of Public Safety and the Gettysburg Police will need to see it in order to document and photograph.

Gettysburg College encourages prompt reporting of any Bias Conduct so that it can investigate the alleged facts for possible violation(s) of College policy, including the Student Code of Conduct, and if needed refer complaints to law enforcement authorities in order to determine whether an independent investigation for violation(s) of criminal law is warranted. 

Bias conduct is a violation of College policy and the College will investigate such incidents to determine if someone has violated our policy. Students found responsible are subject to College sanctions (see section XX for a list of all possible sanctions). All reports of bias incidents/ conduct will be included in an annual report. This report, which does not include names, is intended as a reference for the community to track the number and types of incidents on campus. The Gettysburg College Diversity Commission and Student Life Committee will receive a regular summary of bias incidents occurring on campus from the Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students.  In addition, these incidents may be shared with the broader community as appropriate.

 

The College will respond in one of the following ways in consultation with the aggrieved party:

Violation

Response

Outcome

Inappropriate Bias Behaviors

  • refer the incident for a Restorative Justice (RJ) Conference; or
  • refer the incident to Student Rights & Responsibilities for formal adjudication.

 

  • Afford students who have acted intolerably an opportunity to examine their behavior, learn from their mistakes, and begin the process of repairing their breach of our community’s trust and values.
  • In cases where RJ is used, all participants will help determine the relative facts and recommendation for the remedy (including sanctions where appropriate). These recommendations will be submitted to the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities.

Bias Conduct

  • Refer the incident to Student Rights & Responsibilities for formal adjudication.

 

  • Students accused of bias conduct (the respondent) will be referred to an Administrative Hearing or the Student Conduct Review Board for resolution.  
  • If found responsible, sanctions can vary from educational and reflective in nature, to suspension/ expulsion. 
  • Afford students who have acted intolerably an opportunity to examine their behavior, and display that they have learn from their mistakes.

 

 

The College's response to Bias Conduct will be coordinated by the Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students. 

 

 

Bias Incident Diagram

 

Resolution Process 

The goals for resolving bias incidents are :1) to enhance the principles of openness, pluralism, inclusiveness, and democracy, 2) to restore for targets and witnesses a sense of safety and repair to one’s sense of community, 3) to be educative rather than simply punitive, 4) to model for the community at large effective approaches for addressing and interrupting bias, and 5) to restore and maintain a discriminatory and bias free environment for all members of the campus community.

In cases where bias behaviors are not violations of Code of Conduct or any other applicable policy, the College Life Office or the Bias Education & Advisory Council will serve as primary coordinators for seeking resolution. Approaches to resolving incidents may include but are not limited to: a restorative justice conference, mediation between target(s) and perpetrator(s), organizing community forums, community service requirement, etc.