Dear Gettysburg Parent,
College offers a range of experiences that serve as preparation for success and satisfaction in a complex and rapidly changing world. Your student will inevitably encounter some challenges along the way, and this letter is intended to provide you with resources to help support your son or daughter while at college. If your student does encounter situations where they need assistance, please encourage them to engage with their faculty advisers, professors, coaches, RAs and college counselors as they work their way through these challenges.
To help insure the safety and well being of our community, there are a few specific items that I would like to bring to your attention.
1. Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities: The College's Handbook outlines all of the rights and responsibilities that a student has as a member of the Gettysburg community. It is important for your student to understand the policies and procedures that work to uphold our community standards. I encourage you to read more at www.gettysburg.edu/studenthandbook.
2. CARE: CARE is Gettysburg's student concerns group that supports and responds to students experiencing emotional or behavioral difficulty. If you have concerns about any student's behavior, well-being, or mental health, you can notify Associate Dean Jeff Foster, Chair of the CARE group, at email@example.com or 717-337-6900. Jeff will then work with the appropriate persons on campus to follow up on the concern. Additional information regarding CARE is available at www.gettysburg.edu/care.
3. Academic Issues or Concerns: If your student has any academic issues or concerns, their faculty adviser is the best place to start. Please suggest your student make an appointment with their adviser to raise any questions, get advice, or plan for the coming terms. If for some reason the faculty adviser is not able to assist, your student may contact Anne Lane, Associate Dean of Academic Advising at 717-337-6579 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Alcohol and Drug Policy Points System: No single issue impacts students and the community more than the abuse of alcohol. The Alcohol and Drug Policy Point System is designed to help our students make informed decisions about alcohol and drug use and to avoid the potentially damaging consequences of alcohol abuse. We have clarified the expectations and consequences regarding alcohol and drug use by assigning points for various types of alcohol violations. I encourage you to read more at: www.gettysburg.edu/points. Making smart, informed decisions regarding alcohol use is every student's responsibility. By giving you this information now, it is our hope that you will review it, know the expectations and potential consequences, and help your student make good decisions when he or she comes to campus.
5. AlcoholEdu: Prior to the start of school, your student should also be working on an on-line educational program called AlcoholEdu. Please talk with them about the program as they are completing the program in August.
6. The Counseling Center: I encourage you to contact Counseling Services at 717-337-6960 if you have any questions about the support available at the College and in the local community. We have a number of programmatic and counseling-based opportunities for students who need support in working through a variety of issues.
7. The Emergency Text Notification System: Parents may sign up to be notified by text message in the event of a campus emergency. To do this, you will need to request a Parent CNAV account. Once your account has been created, you may subscribe to the campus emergency text notifications via the Parent CNAV Main Menu.
Your student will have virtually unlimited opportunities for engagement and leadership when they come to campus later this month. Please encourage them to get involved in the life of the community and to reach out for assistance should they need it.
I look forward to seeing you at Orientation. Please contact me at 717-337-6921 or email@example.com if you have any questions. Sincerely,
Dr. Julie L. Ramsey
Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students
Office of Residential & First-Year Programs
Building: College Union Building
Room Number: 250
Phone: (717) 337-6901
Office Hours: M-F 8:30-5:00, closed 12:00pm - 1:00pm for lunch
Campus Box: 430
Website: Residential & First-Year Programs
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