The Social Event Policy reflects the social climate that the Gettysburg College community strives to establish and maintain regarding campus social life, including the appropriate role of the use of alcoholic beverages by community members. Its success depends upon the cooperative efforts of students, faculty, administration and alumni in both understanding and upholding the spirit of personal responsibility and respect for self and others that is embodied in this Policy. The College’s Alcohol Policy Review and Advisory Board (APRAB) must approve any exceptions to this Policy in advance.

Responsible Decisions Regarding the Use of Alcohol

The College supports the choice not to drink alcohol and actively discourages and sanctions the irresponsible use of alcohol. In compliance with Pennsylvania laws and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the College does not approve of the consumption of alcohol by students (or their guests) who are under the age of 21, on or off the campus. Inappropriate behavior involving the furnishing or consumption of alcoholic beverages will result in appropriate disciplinary proceedings and penalties. The College recognizes and cooperates with law enforcement authorities in their enforcement efforts pertaining to alcohol, and will seek to educate students about laws pertaining to alcohol, as well as about the use and abuse of alcohol.

Procedures for Hosting Social Events

All students and student organizations have a responsibility to follow the Social Event Policy Procedures outlined below.

1. Definitions.

The terms defined in this section are intended to be used in the context of Social Events.

A. BYOB events: Guests of legal drinking age may bring alcohol with them to the Social Event with Alcohol.

B. Host Provider events: The Host provides the alcohol for those of legal drinking age at the Social Event.

C. Host:  Any Gettysburg College student, group of students, organizations, or living group that:

1. Pays for or provides alcohol; directly or indirectly.

2. Registers a Social Event in any College space (residence hall, fraternity, indoor or outdoor space).

3. A fraternity is considered a host when renting or providing space to another organization sponsoring an event. Fraternities on probation are ineligible to host events at their house.

4. No fraternity/facility is eligible to host more than one social event with alcohol per day.

D. Guest: Any person present at a Social Event, other than a Host or a member of the Host organization.

E. Social Event with Alcohol – which must be registered with the College: Defined by the office overseeing the registration process for the student organization in question, using the following criteria (at least #1, but not necessarily all, of these criteria must be present for an event to require registration with the College)

1. A gathering of people at which alcohol is served to guests.

2. An event where there is the potential for music/noise that can be heard outside the building in which the event is taking place.

3. An event at which there will be guests coming and going from the site of the event throughout the event.

4. Other criteria deemed appropriate by the office overseeing the registration process for the student organization in question.

2. Social Event Registration

A. Social Events with Alcohol at which students may/will be present which meet the criteria in section 1.E. above must be registered with the College, and must be reviewed and approved by the Alcohol Policy Review and Advisory Board (APRAB) prior to the event taking place.

B. Other events (without alcohol) should also be registered with the College. Registration of a Social Event does not constitute College approval of such Social Event.

C. Events hosted by Greek organizations, (whether held in residential fraternities, other campus venues, or off campus)  must be registered with the Office of Greek Life in CUB 240 by noon on the Thursday prior to the event.

D. Theme house/other events held in campus residences (other than fraternity houses) at which alcohol will be served must be registered with the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs at least two weeks prior to the date of the event.

E. Events hosted by other student organizations (on campus in venues such as the Attic, Ballroom, etc; or held off-campus): must be registered with the Office of Student Activities two weeks prior to the date of the event.

F. The person registering a Social Event with Alcohol must be an officer of the hosting organization, and present at the event. At least one member of the hosting organization must be at least 21 and present at the event, and must be documented as such on the registration form.

G. Social Events with Alcohol may take place only between 5:00 p.m. Friday and 2:00 a.m. Sunday.

H. All Social Events must conclude by 2:00 a.m.

I. Social Events with Alcohol must be no more than 4 hours in duration.

J. Forms must contain all requested information and proper signatures before a Social Event can be approved. Co-sponsored Social Events require a signature from a representative of each sponsoring Host. There is no charge for registering a Social Event with the College.

3. Host Training

Student servers at Social Events with Alcohol are required to complete the TIPS training course. At least two TIPS trained servers must be present at all times during the Social Event with Alcohol. Student servers at Social Events with Alcohol must abstain from consuming alcohol. Details on these training courses can be obtained from the Office of Greek Organizations.

4. Host Responsibility

A. Conduct of Guests

Hosts are responsible for the conduct of guests.  See the College’s Alcohol/Drug Related Emergency Response Policy for more information on assisting students in need of medical attention.

B. Serving of Alcohol

Only those individuals who show proof of being 21 years of age or older may consume alcoholic beverages at Social Events with Alcohol.

1. Hosts of Social Events with Alcohol must issue to Guests who are 21 years of age or older and plan to consume alcoholic beverages a wristband, stamp or other distinctive marking, which must be worn by the individuals at all times during the event.

2. The Host must insure that no visibly intoxicated person is served alcohol.

3. Each Social Event with Alcohol must have one designated bar area from which all alcohol will be distributed only to those of legal drinking age.

4. All alcohol brought to a BYOB Social Event with Alcohol must be delivered immediately by the Guest to the Host and provided to an authorized server.

C. Responsibility and Accountability of Hosts

1. The Host will be held accountable for any violations of College policies or Pennsylvania law that occur at their Social Event. Individual violators will also be held accountable for their actions.

2. Hosts are responsible for setting up, cleaning up, and maintaining order at their Social Event and for any damage resulting from the event.

5. Prohibited Activities

A. Irresponsible distribution and consumption of alcohol.

B. Drinking games & tables/equipment for drinking games, funnels, chugging con- tests, etc.

C. Putting pressure on Guests to consume alcohol, or maintaining the expectation that they will or should.

D. Serving alcohol to visibly intoxicated individuals.

E. Serving or possessing ethyl (grain) alcohol.

F. Common sources of alcohol are prohibited at social events:

1. Kegs: In residence facilities and fraternities, serving alcohol from kegs or any other alcohol-dispensing device requiring a tap is prohibited. Students under 21 are prohibited from possessing tap systems.

2. Juice, punch or other consumable liquid containing hard alcohol.

G. Charging for the Sale of Alcohol/Charging Admission to Social Events.

1. No Host, Host organization, or other person may ever charge, sell, or receive any form of consideration from Guests or for their Social Events with Alcohol unless they obtain the appropriate liquor license from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

6. Quantity of Alcohol

A maximum permitted amount of alcohol is that quantity sufficient to serve each person of legal age one drink (12 oz. beer, 4 oz. wine) per hour of the Social Event with Alcohol. The quantity of alcohol permitted at each Social Event with Alcohol will be reviewed during the Social Event with Alcohol registration process.

7. Department of Public Safety

A. All Social Events held in non-residential, on-campus locations must have Department of Public Safety Officers present.

B. For events with alcohol held in residential facilities (fraternities or theme houses), Department of Public Safety officers will:

1. Visit each registered Social Event one half hour prior to the scheduled start time to check on compliance with these Procedures.

2. Public Safety officers will also visit each registered Social Event near the designated ending time of the event, again to check on compliance with these procedures, and to assist students with any issues involved with closing down the party.

8. Other important information

A. Non-alcoholic beverages and food/snacks must be as easily and readily available.

B. Use of College Funds. College funds may be used to purchase alcohol only with the prior approval of APRAB.

C. Charging for the Sale of Alcohol/Charging Admission to Social Events. No Host, Host organizations, or other person may ever charge, sell, or receive any form of consideration from Guests or for their Social Events with Alcohol unless they obtain the appropriate liquor license from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.

Revised by the Student Life Committee, May 4, 2011

Guidelines Specific  to BYOB Events 

•  Students who are at least 21 years of age may bring to the BYOB event no more than one (1) 12-ounce beer or one (1) wine coolers for each hour of the length of the event. For example, if a BYOB event is registered for a duration of four (4) hours, each student may bring (4) 12-ounce beers or (4) wine coolers to the event.

•  Beer must be presented to a server who will store beverages in a secure place and redistribute alcohol one at a time at the request of the guest. When handing beer to the server at the bar, you will be given a BYOB Punch Card. Each time a student is given a drink, a hole will be punched through one of the squares until they have all been punched through.

•  If students bring alcohol in bottles, the server must pour the drink into a cup before serving.

•  Unused alcohol will be returned to the owner at the end of the event.

•  Unclaimed alcohol will be turned over to College Security for disposal after the event

Alcohol/Drug Related Emergency Response

In situations where intoxicated students are in of need medical assistance, the health of the intoxicated student MUST always be the main priority for all members of the College community.

Through its policies and practices, the College encourages all individual students and organizations to take responsibility for the health, welfare and safety of other students who may be suffering from alcohol poisoning or intoxication. Students and organizations taking proactive measures to insure student safety will be supported by the College.

The College is deeply concerned about students who need medical assistance due to extreme intoxication. Because of the serious nature of this issue, the College will provide appropriate support and education for those students who received assistance.

Alcohol Policy Review and Advisory Board (APRAB)

An Alcohol Policy Review and Advisory Board is to be actively involved in reviewing events, evaluating the impact of the Social Event Policy and procedures and assessing its effectiveness. Members of this Board will include staff involved in planning the events including the Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students office, Greek Life, Student Activities, Student Rights and Responsibilities, Public Safety, and two student members appointed by Senate.

This board shall:

•  Coordinate the registration of all on-campus events at which alcohol will be served with the Office of Student Activities and the Office of Greek Organizations.

•  Oversee the review and approval of proposed student social events with alcohol.

•  Determine appropriate settings, locations, and scheduling of events at which alcohol is to
be served.

•  Seek community consensus about the effectiveness of the Social Event Policy and Guidelines.

•  Make judgments regarding the effectiveness of the Social Event Policy and Procedures and recommend changes as necessary.

Alcohol and Drug Information

Pennsylvania Law/Borough Ordinances

•  Underage drinking

o  18 Pa. C.S.A. 6308.

•  This includes consumption, or transportation of alcoholic beverages. Penalties include fines up to $300 to $500, up to 90 days in prison and 90-day to two-year driver’s license suspension. Parents will be notified for those under 21.

•  Misrepresenting age to obtain alcohol

o  18 Pa. C.S.A. 6307.

•  Penalties include fines up to $300 to $500, up to one year in prison, and 90-day to two-year driver’s license suspension. Parents will be notified for those under 21.

•  Carrying a false ID to obtain alcohol.

o  18 Pa. C.S.A. 6310.3.

•  Penalties include fines up to $500, up to one year in prison and 90-day to two-year driver’s license suspension. Parents will be notified for those under 18.

•  Representing a minor to be 21 or older.

o  18 Pa. C.S.A. 6309.

•  Penalties include fines of $300 to $2,500 and or up to one year in prison.

•  Requesting or inducing a minor to obtain alcohol.

o 18 Pa. C.S.A. 6310.

•  Penalties include fines of not less than $300 up to $2500 and or up to one year in prison.

•  Knowingly making, altering, selling, or attempting to sell a false ID.

o 18 Pa. C.S.A. 6310.2.

•  Penalties include fines of not less than $1,000 to $5,000 and or up to two years in prison.

•  Furnishing alcohol to minors (including allowing minors to possess alcohol on premises owned or controlled by person charged).

o  18 Pa. C.S.A. 6310.1.

•  Penalties include fines of not less than $1,000 up to $2,500 (can be per person served) and or up to one year in prison.

•  Restriction on alcoholic beverages.

o  18 Pa. C.S.A. 7513.

•  It is unlawful for any person who is an operator or an occupant in any motor vehicle to be in possession of an open alcoholic beverage container or to consume any alcoholic beverage or controlled substance. Penalties include fines up to $300, up to 90 days in prison.

•  Alcoholic Beverages (Open Containers)

It shall be unlawful, within the Borough of Gettysburg, for any person to drink “liquor” or “malt  or brewed beverages” upon any public street, municipal parking lot, private parking lot open for public use or public park, or in any vehicle operated or parked thereon.

It shall be unlawful, within the Borough of Gettysburg, for any person to have in such person’s possession or in a vehicle under such a person’s control any open container containing “Liquor” or “malt or brewed beverages” upon any public street, municipal parking lot, private parking lot open for public use or public park.

•  Noise Violations (Disorderly Conduct)

It shall be unlawful for any person to make unreasonable noise as to disturb, annoy or inconvenience any other person. Any noise includes but is not limited to noises caused by loud music, loud talking, yelling, and barking dogs (etc.). The Gettysburg Borough Police Department has the right to issue citations on a single complaint from the public. A warning is not necessary if the Police Officer feels the citation is warranted.

•  Federal Penalties and Sanctions for Illegal Trafficking and Possession of a Controlled Substance: Federal Trafficking Penalties can be found at: http://www.usdoj.gov/dea/ agency/penalties/htm.

Alcohol/Drug-Related Support Services


Gettysburg College’s Counseling Services has a staff of five licensed psychologists and counselors who are available to students for on-going counseling, assessment, referral to off-campus counseling, and crisis support. One counselor focuses primarily on substance abuse prevention, education, assessment and referral. Students may participate in a confidential individual assessment of their alcohol and other drug use by Counseling Services staff. The counselor and student then collaborate to set mutually agreed upon goals. Substance use assessments generally take three, one-hour sessions. Harm- reduction and abstinence support groups are offered on an as-requested basis. On- campus support for students returning from off-campus treatment programs is available. All counseling services are offered at no charge and are strictly confidential. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 717-337-6960.

Prevention programs (these may be used for conduct point forgiveness depending on the student’s circumstance):All first year students participate in a mandatory on-line alcohol education course, AlcoholEDU, before arriving and during orientation. The following programs build on this foundation. Students can refer themselves to our program or can be referred by the residence life or judicial systems, a Dean, faculty member, coach, parent, other advisor or friend.

CHEERS “Second Look” Program

Our campus CHEERS peer educators facilitate this 1 hour program. It gives students a chance to examine attitudes, consequences and perceptions and to look at how these influence behavior. Students discuss strategies to reduce risks related to their drinking choices. Cheers students and their outreach programs are supervised by Counseling Services.


Counseling Services offers this as a 1-session educational group followed by an individual meeting with a counselor. This program gives students the opportunity to assess the effects of their drinking, to set goals and to get support for effecting positive change in their lives. Students complete BASICS only once.(*Group adaptation of Brief  Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students, G. Alan Marlatt et. al., U. of Washington, Guilford Press, 1999)

Positive Choices Group

Gettysburg College Counseling Services offers this 4-week counselor-facilitated group twice each semester. You must attend all four consecutive weeks to earn point forgiveness. You may complete the group only once.

Counterpoint Group

Our 4-session “Counterpoint” focuses on topics relating to student and life success. Participating students help choose these weekly topics. It is offered three times each semester. Students may participate more than once.

Student Abstinence Support Group

Gettysburg College Counseling Services offers this confidential support group, as requested. Students must attend at least 4 consecutive sessions for point forgiveness, but may continue to attend indefinitely.

Alcohol and Other Drug Use Assessment

Students may earn point forgiveness by completing a substance use assessment through True North Wellness Services, 44 South Franklin Street, Gettysburg (717 632 4900) or Pennsylvania Counseling Services, 344 York St., Gettysburg (717-337-0026). There is a fee for this service but both providers participate 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 with Pennsylvania Counseling Services 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. (Contact Counseling Services for more extensive list of local providers.)

True North Wellness Services(formerly Adams Hanover Counseling Service) Gettysburg  717-334-9111

Pennsylvania Counseling Services, 334 York St., Gettysburg 717-337-0026

Wellspan Behavioral Health, 1270 Fairfield Rd., Gettysburg, 717-337-4283

Cornerstone Counseling, 11 York St. Hanover 717-632-6555

Gettysburg College community members experiencing an acute alcohol or other drug emergency should be transported to the Gettysburg Hospital Emergency Department via ambulance (call 911).

Health Risks

Health Risks 


Physical Dependence

Withdrawal Symptoms


Short & Long Term Effects

Effects of Overdose



  • Watery eyes
  • Runny Nose
  • Yawning
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Gooseflesh
  • Irritability
  • Tremors
  • Panic
  • Cramps
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Chills & Sweating







  • Euphoria
  • Drowsiness
  • Respiratory depression
  • Constricted pupils
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Pulmonary Edema
  • Slow & shallow breathing
  • Clammy Skin
  • Pinpoint Pupils
  • Convulsions
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Coma
  • Possible death





















  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Tremors
  • Delirium
  • Convulsions
  • Possible death






  • Slurred speech
  • Disorientation
  • Drunken behavior
  • Slowed reflexes
  • Impaired memory, judgment and coordination
  • Shallow respiration
  • Clammy skin
  • Dilated pupils
  • Weak/rapid pulse
  • Coma
  • Possible death























  • Apathy
  • Long periods of sleep
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Disorientation




  • Increased alertness
  • Excitation
  • Euphoria
  • Increased pulse, rate & blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of appetite
  • Psychosis
  • Heart attack or stroke
  • Agitation
  • Increased body temp
  • Hallucinations
  • Convulsions
  • Possible death









  • Reports of insomnia
  • Hyperactivity
  • Decreased appetite
  • Irritability


  • Euphoria
  • Relaxed inhibitions
  • Increased appetite
  • Disorientation
  • Fatigue
  • Paranoia
  • Possible psychosis
  • Disorientation












  • Unknown





  • Illusions and hallucinations
  • Altered perceptions of time/distance


  • Longer, more intense "trip" episodes
  • Psychosis
  • Possible death


























  • Unknown


  • Poor motor coordination
  • Impaired vision & memory
  • Lightheadedness
  • Drunken behavior


  • Sudden death
  • Brain, liver and kidney damage
  • Glaucoma






Spray paint



Paint thinners






Nitrous oxide









Synthetic Marijuana








  • Unknown





  • Rapid heart rate
  • Vomiting
  • Agitation
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations





  • Unknown




Moon Rocks







Synthetic stimulant-like drug compounds








  • Unknown





  • Chest pains
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Agitation
  • Hallucinations
  • Extreme paranoia
  • Delusions





  • Unknown



Bath Salts


Sources:  National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)