Important Community Standards Letter from Dean Ramsey

August 18, 2017

Dear Gettysburgian,

Welcome back for another academic year! We are all looking forward to your return to campus later this month. Please review the information below regarding our campus community including resources available to you as well as the expectations and the policies in place to support your well-being.

Construction on Campus
As you move in, you will undoubtedly notice the numerous construction projects on campus. We know that these projects are significant investments in the future, although they may cause some inconvenience for you in the short term. Currently, work is continuing or has started on a number of buildings:

College Union Building (CUB).  Our largest project set to open in fall 2018, the new addition to the CUB will include Career Development, Garthwait Leadership Center, Experiential Education, Student Activities & Greek Life, space for Student Senate and other student organizations, as well as new dining and social space.

Dining Center and Bullet Hole.  A new addition on the Dining Center, located along Lincoln Avenue, will be home to the Bullet Hole for the 2017-18 academic year.  Formerly located in the CUB, the Bullet Hole primarily serves made-to-order items as well as take-out options. Food locations on campus include Servo and Bullet Hole, both located in the Dining Center; The Commons in the CUB; the Dive in the Jaeger Center; and, the Servo Food truck. Please read the Digest for the latest information on food service on campus.

International House. The International House has relocated to the Tudor House on North Washington Street. Over the summer, the first floor common area was renovated to better meet the needs of the International House community including a more open design including renovated kitchen and social spaces.

In January 2018, the Office of Multicultural Engagement (OME) will be relocated from the IRC building on N. Washington Street to 102 W. Water St., which is located near Kline Theater. The renovated building, which will include OME offices, residential space, and social space is scheduled to open for the spring 2018 semester.  Also in January 2018, the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life will move from the Chapel Basement to 75 W. Stevens Street, which is located across the street from the Chapel adjacent to Career Development. This renovated space will include a common area, kitchen and dining space worship/meditation space, and offices on the second floor. You will notice construction work on these two buildings throughout the fall 2017 semester.

The College is also adding a Welcome Center to the Eisenhower Admissions House and replaced a number of walkways and sidewalks in and around campus. Our Facilities staff has worked diligently to minimize the impact of this important work and I hope you will soon find these improvements will add greatly to your experience as a student.


Important Information

NEW POLICY - Unauthorized Recording Policy: Approved by the Student Life Committee in spring 2017, the policy prohibits recordings in any place where a reasonable expectation to privacy exists. Unauthorized recordings are prohibited in the classroom, as well as meeting spaces, office spaces, residential facilities, recreational spaces, restrooms, and locker rooms.  The policy acknowledges that classrooms have special considerations regarding recording. Faculty may authorize recordings by students for educational reasons, including academic accommodations approved by the Office of Academic Advising.  To learn more about the Unauthorized Recording policy, please see Letter “U” in the Code of Conduct or contact the College Life Office at 717-337-6909.

NEW HIRE - Religious and Spiritual Life: We are pleased to welcome Rev. Dr. Kristin Largen as the Associate Dean for Religious and Spiritual Life & College Chaplain. Dr. Largen will be located in the Religious and Spiritual Life Office in the Chapel Basement for the fall 2017 semester and can be reached at (717) 337-6280 or

Diversity & Inclusion:  The Office of Diversity & Inclusion, located on the 2nd Floor of Penn Hall, takes pride in helping the College sustain a welcoming living and learning environment for all students. It provides training opportunities for enhancing intercultural competence as well as information and education to address diversity concerns.  To learn more about inclusion initiatives, please visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s webpage or contact Dr. Jeanne Arnold, Chief Diversity Officer, at 717-337-6375 or

Alcohol Use on Campus: No single issue impacts students and the community more negatively than the abuse of alcohol. The Alcohol and Drug Policy Point System is designed to help our students make informed decisions and to avoid the potentially damaging consequences of alcohol or drug abuse. It is important to note that students reaching 10 points will be required to leave campus for a semester.

Research from the National Institutes of Health indicates that first-year students are particularly vulnerable during the first six weeks to excessive drinking and alcohol-related consequences. Our primary goal is to give students the opportunity to attend programs and other events hosted on campus without alcohol being present. Therefore, Gettysburg College will not permit student social events with alcohol as follows:

  • No events with alcohol on campus, including fraternities and College Houses, during the time prior to the first day of classes and until September 8, 2017.
  • First year students are restricted from any events with alcohol until September 15, 2017.
  • Additional points and fines will apply for students in violation of these restrictions.

Activities Fair: I encourage you to learn more about the 120+ student organizations on campus by attending the Campus Activities Fair on Thursday, August 31 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Stine Lake.

Bias Conduct Policy: To instill a safer and more inclusive campus community, Gettysburg College has a Bias Conduct Policy. Please review the policies and report any inappropriate behaviors that you may witness on campus.

CARE Group: It is important for all members of our community to support one another and I want you to be aware of the College’s CARE group.  If you have concerns about a fellow student, particularly if you have observed disturbing behaviors, we encourage you to use the Community Concern Form to report concerning behaviors or contact Associate VP Jeff Foster at (717) 337-6900 or

Health Services: Health Services is advising all students and parents to carefully review updated recommendations from the CDC and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases regarding meningitis vaccination. Recent college meningitis outbreaks have been related to the serogroup B strain; a vaccine for this strain is now available and recommended. For more information, contact Health Services at (717) 337-6970 or your healthcare provider. Health Services has also developed a guide, Navigating a Healthy College Experience, to assist you in preparing for the coming year including services available, reviewing your insurance coverage, and use of apps to store health information.

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Support. Counseling Services is an important resource for students with concerns about their mental health, substance use and abuse, and the general well-being of members of our community. In addition, our Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities contains information regarding alcohol and drug policies, health effects of alcohol and other drug use, and treatment resources available to our students.

Sexual Violence and Relationship Violence Education & Prevention: Sexual violence, including sexual assault, and relationship violence is prohibited at Gettysburg College. All students need to understand our policy, the importance of and how to obtain consent to engage in sexual activity, how to intervene and prevent sexual violence, and how to report any inappropriate behaviors that you may witness or experience on campus. All Gettysburg College students take part in sexual assault education programming. You are required to take a course called Haven Plus, designed to help students understand consent, incapacitation, bystander intervention techniques, and other helpful information on preventing sexual assaults. The College has designated Jennifer McCary, Associate Dean of College Life and Title IX Coordinator, as the institutional Title IX coordinator. She is located in room 220 of the College Union Building and can be reached at (717)337-6900 if you have questions regarding sexual misconduct, sexual assault, and relationship violence issues and resources on campus. Please see the Sexual Misconduct Resource Site for more information.

For more information on our policies the most up to date version of the Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities and the Points System can be found online at Please take some time to review this information before you come to campus.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Julie L. Ramsey, Ed.D.

Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students


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