In compliance with the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, it is the policy of Gettysburg College to provide an environment that is free from the use, sale, possession, or distribution of illegal drugs or the improper or abusive use of legal drugs or alcohol on Gettysburg College premises.

Students concerned about their substance use and/or mental health may access a confidential, anonymous self-survey through a link from the Gettysburg College Counseling Services website, Mental Health Self-Assessment, or by going directly to http://www.ulifeline.org/self_evaluator

Students can also contact Counseling Services directly for confidential support (717) 337-6960

 

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act requires every higher education institution that receives any form of Federal funding to implement a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program (DAAPP). The purpose of this program is to prevent the unlawful possession of alcohol and drugs. Gettysburg College is concerned about the well-being of its community members and has embraced the expectations of the Drug-Free School and Communities Act. Below is the most recent version of the College’s drug and alcohol abuse prevention program.

Standards of Conduct

Potential Legal Sanctions

Health Risks

Alcohol and Drug Intervention Programs

Statement of Prohibited Behavior and Sanctions


Standards of Conduct

Prohibited Conduct

Students

  • Violation of any federal, state or local law is prohibited.
  • Use, possession, transmission, manufacturing, or distribution of marijuana, heroin, narcotics, or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law. Conspiring, co-conspiring, or facilitating in drug selling, distribution, and manufacturing is prohibited. Use or possession of drug paraphernalia is also prohibited.
  • Use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages is prohibited (except as expressly permitted by College regulations). Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstances be used by, possessed by or distributed or sold to any person under twenty-one (21) years of age. Please refer to the College’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Points System for details.

Employees

  • Employees may not possess, use, purchase, sell, or transfer illegal drugs or controlled substances in any amount on College property(including parking lots), or in College vehicles (either owned by, leased to or used on behalf of the College), or while on College business or performing College-related duties on or off campus. Illegal drugs and substances are those which cannot be legally obtained, including controlled substances and controlled substance analogues,as well as those drugs which, although legal, have been illegally obtained (i.e.,prescribed drugs not being used for prescribed purposes or not being used by the intended recipient of the prescription, including amphetamines and barbiturates). Examples of illegal drugs include marijuana, cocaine, "crack", heroin, morphine, phencyclidine (PCP), hallucinogens, narcotics, etc.
  • Employees may not possess, use or consume illegal drugs or substances on or off College property during working hours, lunch periods, or break or relief periods.
  • Employees may not report to work "under the influence" of illegal drugs or substances.
  • Employees are prohibited from bringing drug paraphernalia onto College property(including parking lots) at any time.
  • Employees may not possess, use, purchase, sell, or transfer alcohol on College property (including parking lots), or in College vehicles (either owned by, leased to or used on behalf of the College), or while on College business or performing College-related duties on or off campus. An exception to this general rule is the responsible and legal use of alcohol at College sponsored events. The College does not take responsibility for the improper or illegal use of alcohol at such events.

 

Potential Legal Sanctions

Pennsylvania Law/Borough Ordinances

Underage drinking (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 Possession of a Controlled Substance

21 U.S.C. 844(a)

  • 1st conviction - Up to 1 year imprisonment and fined at least $1,000 but not more than $100,000, or both.
  • After 1 prior drug conviction:  At least 15 days in prison, not to exceed 2 years and fined at  least $2,500 but not more than $250,000, or both.
  • After 2 or more prior drug convictions:  At least 90 days in prison, not to exceed 3 years and fined at least $5,000 but not more than $250,000, or both.
  • Special sentencing provision for possession of crack cocaine: Mandatory at least 5 years in prison, not to exceed 20 years and fined up to $250,000, or both if:
    • 1st conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 5 grams.
    • 2nd crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 3 grams.
    • 3rd or subsequent crack conviction and the amount of crack possessed exceeds 1 gram.

21 U.S.C. 853(a)(2) and 881(a)(7)

  • Forfeiture of personal and real property used to possess or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance if that offense is punishable by more than 1 year imprisonment. (See special sentencing provisions re: crack)

21 U.S.C. 881(a)(4)

  • Forfeiture of vehicles, boats, aircraft or any other conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance.

21 U.S.C. 844

  • A civil fine up to $10,000 (pending adoption of final regulations).

21 U.S.C. 853

  • A Denial of Federal benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, and professional and commercial licenses, up to 1 year for first offense, up to 5 years for second and subsequent offenses.

18 U.S.C. 922(g)

  • Ineligible to receive or purchase a firearm.

Federal Penalties and Sanctions for Illegal Trafficking and Possession of a Controlled Substance: Federal Trafficking Penalties can also be found at: https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/ftp3.shtml

Health Risks

Substances:
Category and Name

Examples of Commercial or Street Names

DEA Schedule/ How Administered

Intoxication Effects/ Potential Health Consequences

Cannabinoids

 

Euphoria, slowed thinking and reaction time, confusion, impaired balance and
coordination / cough, frequent respiratory infections; impaired memory and
learning; increased heart rate, anxiety, panic attacks; tolerance, addiction.

Hashish

Boom, chronic, gangster, hash, hash oil, hemp

Swallowed, smoked

Marijuana

Blunt, dope, ganja, grass, herb, joints, Mary Jane, pot, reefer, sinsemilla, skunk, weed

Swallowed, smoked

Depressants

Alcohol

Oil, juice, liquid courage, booze

Legal for those 21 and over/  swallowed

Slurred speech, slowed reaction time, nausea/vomiting, sedation, loss of consciousness, coma.

Barbiturates

Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, Phenobarbital: barbs, reds, red birds, phennies, tooies, yellows, yellow jackets

Injected, swallowed

Reduced anxiety; feeling of well-being; lowered inhibitions; slowed pulse and breathing; lowered blood pressure; poor concentration / fatigue; confusion; impaired coordination, memory, judgment; addiction; respiratory depression and arrest; death.
Also, for barbiturates—sedation, drowsiness / depression, unusual excitement, fever, irritability, poor judgment, slurred speech, dizziness, life-threatening withdrawal.
For benzodiazepines—sedation, drowsiness / dizziness.
For flunitrazepam—visual and gastrointestinal disturbances, urinary retention, memory loss for the time under the drug’s effects.
For GHB—drowsiness, nausea / vomiting, headache, loss of consciousness, loss of reflexes, seizures, coma, death.
For methaqualone—euphoria / depression, poor reflexes, slurred speech, coma.

Benzodiazepines (other   than flunitrazepam)

Ativan, Halcion, Librium, Valium, Xanax: candy, downers, sleeping pills, tranks

Injected, swallowed

Flunitrazepam

Rohypnol: forget-me pill, Mexican Valium, R2, Roche, roofies, roofinol, rope, rophies

Injected, swallowed

GHB

Gamma-hydroxybutyrate: G, Georgia home boy, grievous bodily harm, liquid ecstasy

Injected, swallowed

Methaqualone

Quaalude, Sopor, Parest: ludes, mandrex, quad, quay

Injected, swallowed

Dissociative Anesthetics

 

Increased heart rate and blood pressure, impaired motor function / memory
loss; numbness; nausea / vomiting.
Also, for ketamine—at high doses, delirium, depression, respiratory depression and arrest for PCP and analogs—possible  decrease in blood pressure and heart rate,
panic, aggression, violence / loss of appetite, depression.

Ketamine

Ketalar SV: cat Valiums, K, Special K, vitamin K

Injected, snorted, smoked

PCP and Analogs

Phencyclidine: angel dust, boat, hog, love boat, peace pill

Injected, swallowed, smoked

Hallucinogens

Altered states of perception and feeling; nausea; persisting perception
disorder (flashbacks).
Also, for LSD and mescaline—increased body temperature, heart rate, blood pressure; loss of appetite, sleeplessness, numbness, weakness, tremors.
For LSD—persistent mental disorders.
For psilocybin—nervousness, paranoia.

LSD

Lysergic acid diethylamide: acid, blotter, boomers, cubes, microdot, yellow sunshines

Swallowed/absorbed through mouth tissues

Mescaline

Buttons, cactus, mesc, peyote

Swallowed

Psilocybin

Magic mushroom, purple passion, shrooms

Swallowed

Opioids and Morphine Derivatives

 

Pain relief, euphoria, drowsiness / nausea, constipation, confusion, sedation,
respiratory depression and arrest, tolerance, addiction, unconsciousness,
coma, death.
Also, for codeine—less analgesia, sedation, and respiratory depression than morphine.
For heroin—staggering gait.

Codeine

Empirin with Codeine, Fiorinal with Codeine, Robitussin A-C, Tylenol with Codeine: Captain
Cody, Cody, schoolboy; (with glutethimide) doors & fours, loads, pancakes and syrup

Injected, swallowed

Fentanyl and  fentanyl analogs

Actiq, Duragesic, Sublimaze: Apache, China girl, China white, dance fever, friend, goodfella jackpot, murder 8, TNT, Tango

Injected, smoked, snorted

Heroin

Diacetylmorphine: brown sugar, dope, H, horse, junk, skag, skunk, smack, white horse

Injected, smoked, snorted

Morphine

Roxanol, Duramorph: M, Miss Emma, monkey, white stuff

Injected, swallowed, snorted

Opium

laudanum, paregoric: big O, black stuff, block, gum, hop

Swallowed, smoked

Oxycodone HCL

OxyContin: Oxy, O.C., killer

Injected, swallowed, snorted

Hydrocodone bitartrate,
acetaminophen

Vicodin: vike, Watson-387

Swallowed

Stimulants

 

 

 

Amphetamine

Biphetamine, Dexedrine: bennies, black beauties, crosses, hearts, LA turnaround, speed, truck drivers, uppers

Injected, smoked, snorted, swallowed

Increased heart rate, blood pressure, metabolism; feelings of exhilaration, energy, increased mental alertness / rapid or irregular heart beat; reduced appetite, weight loss, heart failure, nervousness, insomnia.
Also, for amphetamine—rapid breathing / tremor, loss of coordination; irritability,  anxiousness, restlessness, delirium, panic, paranoia, impulsive behavior, aggressiveness, tolerance, addiction, psychosis.
For cocaine—increased temperature / chest pain, respiratory failure, nausea, abdominal pain, strokes, seizures, headaches, malnutrition,  panic attacks.

Cocaine

Cocaine hydrochloride: blow, bump, C, candy, Charlie, coke, crack, flake, rock, snow, toot

Injected, smoked, snorted

MDMA (methyl-
enedioxymeth-
amphetamine)

MDMA Adam, clarity, ecstasy, Eve, lover’s speed, peace, STP, X, XTC

Swallowed

For MDMA—mild hallucinogenic effects, increased tactile sensitivity, empathic feelings/ impaired memory and learning, hyperthermia, cardiac toxicity, renal failure, liver toxicity.
For methamphetamine—aggression, violence, psychotic behavior / memory loss, cardiac and neurological damage; impaired memory and learning, tolerance, addiction.
For nicotine—additional effects attributable to tobacco exposure: adverse pregnancy outcomes; chronic lung disease, cardiovascular disease, stroke,
cancer; tolerance, addiction.

Methamphetamine

Desoxyn: chalk, crank, crystal, fire, glass, go fast, ice, meth, speed

Injected, smoked, swallowed, snorted

Methylphenidate   (safe and effective for
treatment of ADHD)

Ritalin: JIF, MPH, R-ball, Skippy, the smart drug, vitamin R

Injected, swallowed, snorted

Nicotine

Cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, snuff, spit tobacco, bidis, chew

Not scheduled/smoked, snorted,
taken in snuff and spit tobacco

Other Compounds

 

 

 

Anabolic steroids

Anadrol, Oxandrin, Durabolin, Depo-Testosterone, Equipoise: roids, juice

Injected, swallowed, applied

No intoxication effects / hypertension, blood clotting and cholesterol changes,
liver cysts and cancer, kidney cancer, hostility and aggression, acne; in
adolescents, premature stoppage of growth; in males, prostate cancer, reduced
sperm production, shrunken testicles, breast enlargement; in females, menstrual
irregularities, development of beard and other masculine characteristics.

Dextromethorphan
(DXM)

Found in some cough and cold medications; Robotripping, Robo, Triple C

Not scheduled/swallowed

Dissociative effects, distorted visual perceptions to complete dissociative
effects/for effects at higher doses see ‘dissociative anesthetics’.

 

Inhalants

 

Solvents (paint thinners, gasoline, glues), gases (butane, propane, aerosol propellants,
nitrous oxide), nitrites (isoamyl, isobutyl, cyclohexyl): laughing gas, poppers, snappers,
whippets

Not scheduled/inhaled through

Stimulation, loss of inhibition;  headache; nausea or vomiting; slurred speech,
loss of motor coordination; wheezing / unconsciousness, cramps, weight loss,
muscle weakness, depression, memory impairment, damage to cardiovascular
and nervous systems, sudden death.

Drugs chart (n.d.) In National Institute of Drug Abuse web-site. Retrieved from http://www.ncadd-sfv.org/docs/resources_commonly_abused_drugs_chart_nida.pdf 

 

Alcohol and Drug Intervention Programs

Students

Counseling

  • 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.

“Second Look” Program

  • Our campus 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. Peer students and their outreach programs are supervised by Counseling Services.

BASICS Group*

  • 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)

SMART Recovery

  • SMART Recovery® helps empower individuals to make desired positive behavior changes. It features practical ways to deal with every day challenges. While the program supports abstinence, all students who are considering behavior change are welcome. It is not a 12-step program. Meetings are free and confidential. Although this group is not intended primarily for conduct point forgiveness, students may earn point forgiveness each semester in which they attend at least five consecutive meetings.

Alcohol and Other Drug Use Assessment

  • Students may complete 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 their off-campus assessment provider, giving them permission to send notification to the Gettysburg College Counseling Services office (where it remains protected by confidentiality laws) that the assessment process was completed and indicating any follow-up recommended for the student as the result of the assessment.  The student must also sign a release with the Gettysburg  College Counseling Services office allowing them to confirm with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities that the off campus assessment was completed (no other information from the assessment is shared with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities unless the student requests this and signs a separate release form). 


    • True North Wellness Services, 44 South Franklin Street, Gettysburg; 717-334-9111
    • Pennsylvania Counseling Services, 334 York St., Gettysburg; 717-337-0026
    • Wellspan Behavioral Health, 1270 Fairfield Rd., Gettysburg, 717-337-4283
  • 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).

 

Employees

Employee Assistance Program

  • We encourage employees who think they may have a drug or alcohol dependency problem to seek help voluntarily through the Employee Assistance Program.
  • The EAP may be accessed at www.wellspaneap.org or by phone 1-866-227-6527.

Local Drug and Alcohol Assessment, Treatment, and Referral Resources

  • Adams-Hanover Counseling Services, 44 S. Franklin St. Gettysburg, PA 17325 -717-334-9111; Hanover 717-632-4900.
  • Pennsylvania Counseling Services: 334 York Street, Gettysburg, PA 17325, 717-337-0026.
  • Wellspan Behavioral Health: 40 V-Twin Drive Suite 202, Gettysburg, PA 17325, 717-337-2257.

Drug/Alcohol Related Self-Help Groups

  • Contact Counseling Services, 337-6960

 

Statement of Prohibited Behavior and Sanctions

Statement of Prohibited Behavior

It is the policy of Gettysburg College to maintain a drug-free workplace. Illegal possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of drugs or narcotics by employees (while engaged in employment activities or activities related to a federal grant, regardless of the location of these activities) constitutes unacceptable conduct by such employees and makes such employees subject to disciplinary procedures of the College ranging from a reprimand through termination of employment, according to procedures set out in the employee handbooks for staff employees, administrative employees, and faculty.

The purpose of this summary is to provide students and employees of Gettysburg College with general information on applicable laws. Although every effort has been made to provide accurate information at the time of printing, this information can at any time be superseded by changes in the law. Each student and employee has the ultimate responsibility to stay informed concerning changes in the law. Those with specific legal questions are encouraged to seek the services of an attorney.

The College supports the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Student violations of the policies and guidelines pertaining to alcohol and drugs specified in the Gettysburg College Judicial System will result in sanctions appropriate to the degree of the violation. Sanctions will increase in severity for repeated violations. Sanctions will include, but are not limited to, fines, education, referrals for  counseling, community service, probations, residence hall separation, or suspension or expulsion from the College.

Commonwealth law states that a person who is under 21 years of age and who attempts to purchase, purchases, consumes, possesses or knowingly and intentionally transports any alcohol, liquor or malt beverages commits a summary offense. Misrepresentation of age to a licensed dealer or other persons who sell or furnish intoxicating liquors constitutes a third degree misdemeanor. A person also commits a third degree misdemeanor for selling or providing alcoholic beverages to a known minor. There are also serious legal repercussions for driving under the influence of alcohol. Drivers under the age of 21 with any measurable alcohol will be charged with Driving Under the Influence. Drivers 21 and over the BAC .08+ will be charged with Driving Under the Influence. Locally, there are borough open container and noise ordinances.

Illegal possession, manufacture, distribution, or use of drugs or narcotics by students constitutes unacceptable conduct and such students are subject to disciplinary measures, including suspension, by the College. When students are awarded PELL or other federally funded grants they agree to abide by the conditions of the drug-free workplace certifications. It is their responsibility to inform the Financial Aid Office within five days of any criminal illegal drug statute conviction.

It is the policy of Gettysburg College to maintain a drug-free workplace. Illegal possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of drugs or narcotics by employees (while engaged in employment activities or activities related to a federal grant, regardless of the location of these activities) constitutes unacceptable conduct by such employees and makes such employees subject to disciplinary procedures of the College ranging from a reprimand through termination of employment, according to procedures set out in the employee handbooks for staff employees, administrative employees, and faculty.

The complete Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Controlled Substances, Drugs, Devices and Cosmetics Act (Act of 1972, P.L. 233 No 64) can be found at http://www.health.state.pa.us/pdf/ddc/ddcAct.pdf

 

Description of Sanctions

Students  

A student found responsible for violating the College’s Alcohol or Drug policy is subject to a range of sanctions. Additionally, the College utilizes an Alcohol and Drugs Points System to hold students accountable for these violations. The possible alcohol and drug sanctions are below and the Alcohol and Drugs Points System can be activated by clicking on this link

Alcohol and Drug Sanctions

Advisor notification - Advisors for student organizations of which the student is a member may also be informed of violations when:

  • The student conduct administrator hearing the case believes that this would be helpful to the student.
  • The advisor requests such information.

Alcohol and Drug Required Leave - A key component of Gettysburg College’s mission is to provide a safe environment where students are able to pursue their academic and social goals. The College may require a student to take a leave of absence if a student illustrates that they are repeatedly unable to make sound and safe decisions about alcohol and drug use, or the student engages in drinking or drug use that threatens the life, health and safety of one’s self or others. This term of Alcohol and Drug Required Leave will be invoked for significant or repeated violations of the terms of the College’s Alcohol and Drug Policy Points System.

  • The Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students or their designee will determine the terms of the Alcohol and Drug Required Leave. If a student violates the terms of the Alcohol and Drug Policy Points System by reaching or exceeding ten points, the terms of the Alcohol and Drug Required Leave will normally include a provision for the student to receive care (medical, psychiatric, psychological, counseling, or therapy) while on leave.
  • Our procedures will follow the protocol outlined in the Medical Leave of Absence and Withdrawal Policy on page 7 of the Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities. The Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students or their designee may identify additional criteria in order to return to campus. The Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students or their designee, in consultation with Health and Counseling Services, will determine if all criteria have been met and if the student is eligible to return. If a student is required to leave during the fall semester, normally the leave will be extended to the entire spring semester as well.
  • A student returning from Required Leave will have 5 points on their record upon return.
  • A student that accumulates 10 or more points for a SECOND time during their Gettysburg career will be referred to the Student Conduct Review Board for consideration of suspension/expulsion, along with any sanctions assigned through the point system process. Instances of any of these behaviors, whether alcohol-related or not, could also be referred to the Student Conduct Review Board for consideration of possible suspension or expulsion (along with other sanctions, as detailed in the Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities).

BAC Testing -  Is done only by Public Safety and the local Police, at the discretion of the officer addressing the situation. RAs will not administer Breathalyzer tests. Public Safety may ask students to take a voluntary Breathalyzer test in order to demonstrate that they have not been drinking. Security may also ask students to take a Breathalyzer test to help assess the need for medical treatment.

Warning a notice in writing to the student that the student is violating or has violated institutional regulations.

Conduct Probation a written reprimand for violation of specified regulations. Probation is for a designated period of time and includes the probability of more severe disciplinary sanctions, such as suspension or expulsion, if the student is found to violate any institutional regulation(s) during the probationary period. A letter will be sent to parents or guardians notifying them of this sanction. Students on probation are normally not permitted to live off-campus, join a Greek letter social organization, or study off-campus.

Loss of Privileges denial of specified privileges for a designated period of time. This includes, but is not limited to, loss of position in club or organization, suspension from athletic team or performing group, loss of privileges to use specified facilities, prohibition from participation in co-curricular activities, loss of privilege to have car on campus, loss of privilege to live in residence hall or lottery system, loss of privilege to join a fraternity or sorority, restricted access to a fraternity chapter house.

Fines previously established and published fines may be imposed.

Restitution compensation for loss, damage, or injury. This may take the form of appropriate service and/or monetary or material replacement.

Discretionary Sanctions work assignments, essays, alcohol and drug assessment or substance use advising, service to the College, community service, or other related discretionary assignments.

Behavioral Contract a Dean in College Life or the Director of Student Rights & Responsibilities may meet with a student to develop a mutual consent/behavioral contract. This is an agreement between the student and College outlining the behaviors or tasks a student is to perform or avoid, the criteria for an acceptable level of performance or completion, the reinforcement/support (i.e., activities, privileges, or resources available to the student), and the timeline for completion. Violation of any of the terms outlined in the mutual consent sanction may result in disciplinary action which may include a Required Leave.

Residence Hall Relocation students may be assigned to a different residential space on campus if they violate policy or demonstrate an inability to continue living in their current community or room.

Residence Hall Separation separation of the student from the residence halls for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission to the residence halls may be specified.

Restorative Justice Conference or Circle The purpose is restorative justice is to: identify and take steps to repair harm, involve all harmed parties, and place emphasis on community.

Drug Testing – Periodic drug screening performed at a certified off-campus facility at the students’ expense, as arranged by College Life within 24 hours’ notice. Once a student has signed an agreement for periodic drug testing, failure or refusal to be tested as scheduled, or a positive test result, will be a breach of the agreement which will likely result in suspension or expulsion.

Alcohol and Drug Required Leave The College may require a student to take a leave of absence if a student illustrates that he or she is repeatedly unable to make sound and safe decisions about alcohol and drug use, or the student engages in drinking or drug use that threatens the life, health and safety of one’s self or others.

College Suspension separation of the student from the College for a definite period of time, after which the student is eligible to return. Conditions for readmission may be specified. Students who are suspended forfeit all fees that have been paid to the College; are ineligible to visit the campus (including fraternity chapter houses) or participate in College activities unless permission is granted by the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities. In addition, a ‘suspension’ notation is placed on their College transcript until the term of suspension has expired (notation changed to ‘withdrew’ after suspension ends). Students must seek readmission as outlined in the Academic Procedures section of the Handbook. A letter will be sent to parents or guardians notifying them of this sanction.

College Expulsion permanent separation of the student from the College. A letter will be sent to parents or guardians notifying them of this sanction. In addition, an “expulsion” notation is placed on the College transcript indefinitely.

Revocation of Admission Gettysburg College reserves the right to revoke admission to admitted or deposited students for fraud, misrepresentation, violation of College standards, or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to enrolling at Gettysburg. The Director of Admissions along with the Vice President of Enrollment and Educational Services will handle all revocations with consultation from the Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students. Incoming students matriculate on June 1 of each year and as of this date they are expected to comply with the conduct outlined in the Gettysburg College Student Code of Conduct Handbook. Violations could lead to a revocation of admission. The Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students in consultation with the Vice President of Enrollment and Educational Services will handle all revocation of newly matriculated students.

Revocation of Degree Gettysburg College reserves the right to revoke a degree awarded from the College for fraud, misrepresentation, or other violations of College standards in obtaining the degree, or for other serious violations committed by a student prior to graduation.

Withholding Diploma the College may withhold a student’s diploma for a specified period of time if that student has judicial charges pending. Additionally a student may be assigned this sanction by the Student Conduct Review Board or the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities if they are found responsible for violating a policy. The student may also be denied participation in commencement exercises while charges are pending or as a sanction.

Employees

An employee found responsible for violating the College’s Alcohol or Drug policy is subject to a range of sanctions. These sanctions are below.

Disciplinary Action - Any employee found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action that may include warning, immediate suspension, and up to and including termination. All such action requires the joint review and approval by the immediate supervisor and the Co-Directors of Human Resources and Risk Management. Any illegal substance confiscated will be turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agency for additional investigating and handling. Illegal substances include medication or prescription drugs not being used in accordance with a legitimate prescription.

Relapse by Employee - Any employee who is rehabilitated through the EAP must abide by the terms of any last chance agreement and/or the terms and conditions of the EAP program. Any relapse by an employee will be considered a violation of this policy and the employee will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination.

Reporting Violations - As a condition of continued employment with this College, any employee convicted in court of any workplace violation of any criminal drug statute must report the conviction to the College no later than five (5) days after such conviction. An employee who fails to report such a violation is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge.