Important Community Standards Letter from Dean Ramsey

August 11, 2014 

Dear Gettysburgian,

Welcome back for another academic year! We are all looking forward to your return to campus later this month. Last year and over the summer, the College has been focused on a number of important policy changes and key hires to further advance our goals to be a safer and more inclusive campus community.


New Hire: We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Jeanne Arnold to the position of Chief Diversity Officer. Dr. Arnold’s office is located in Penn Hall and we encourage you to welcome her to Gettysburg College when you see her. Information about Dr. Arnold is available on the College’s website

Promotion: Erin Duran has been promoted to Director of LGBTQA Advocacy and Education. Erin will be providing ongoing, one-on-one support and education for the entire community, including those who identify as LGBTQ. Visit the LGBTQA Advocacy & Education page for additional information. 

Sexual Misconduct and Relationship Violence Policy: We have revised the policy to include sexual misconduct, sexual assault, and relationship violence. Please be sure to read the new policy, check out the updated Sexual Misconduct Resource Site, and report any inappropriate behaviors that you may witness or experience on campus. 

On Campus Social Events with Alcohol: Last year, we did not permit open student social events with alcohol for the first two weeks.  After careful consideration and multiple discussions with students and student groups we have decided to open this year under the same policy.

  • No student social events with alcohol on campus, including fraternities and College Houses, during the time prior to the first day of classes and through the conclusion of Greek recruitment (until September 12, 2014).
  • First year students are restricted from events with alcohol until September 19, 2014.
  • Additional points and fines will apply for students in violation of these restrictions.

Our primary goal is to give students the opportunity to attend programs and other events hosted on campus without alcohol being present. We hope you all will take part in Late Night Gettysburg activities as well just hang out in spaces such as the Junction, Bullet Hole, Jaeger Center, and Majestic Theater.  


You may recall a letter that was sent to you on July 14 about a drug ring investigation by the Montgomery County, PA, District Attorney’s office. Gettysburg College initiated an internal investigation in April which has resulted in twenty-seven Gettysburg College students being found responsible for violating College policy. The sanctions include expulsions, suspensions, and persona non grata status (no longer welcome on our campus) for a specified period of time for students who have already graduated. Additionally, Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity has been derecognized on our campus for no less than five years. As these sanctions indicate, drug distribution and abuse has serious consequences. 

Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa

Gettysburg College routinely monitors world health issues that could pose a threat to campus health. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Ebola virus disease (EVD), which has been much in the news recently, poses little risk to the U.S. general population at this time. At this time, we know of no students or faculty who have been living or traveling in the affected areas.  If you have recently travelled or are planning to travel to or from West Africa, please notify Health Services at 717-337-6970. For additional information about EVD, please review the WHO fact sheet. The College will continue to monitor events closely and follow guidance from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization (WHO).


Alcohol and Drug Support: Our Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities contains information regarding alcohol and drug policy and support, including:

    • Health effects of alcohol and other drug use.
    • Counseling, assessment, intervention and treatment resources available to our students.
    • Applicable local, state and federal laws.

This information is also available online:

 Assault and fighting (Article III, Section 2, Letter B) Students who engage in assault or fighting can expect to be suspended or expelled from the College.

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.  

Finally, Counseling Services is making changes to the psychiatry services available to students. If you are using psychiatry services through Gettysburg College’s Counseling Services, your counselor will review these changes with you upon your return. 

We look forward to seeing you in a few weeks!


Julie L. Ramsey, Ed.D.

Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students


Alcohol and Drug Information provided in accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act.


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