Academic and Personal Support

The Office of Residential & First-Year Programs works in partnership with several other departments on campus to support students through challenging moments in their academic and personal lives. The College has student and professional staff available to assist with a variety of situations.

Residential Student Staff

Professional Staff On-Call

Counselor On-Call

Department of Public Safety

Academic Advising

CARE Team

Report a Community Concern

Residential Student Staff 

Each first-year building within each of the two first-year quads (East and West) has a senior leader called a Residence Coordinator (RC). The RCs generally live on the first floor of the building and also serve as the Resident Assistant (RA) for their floor. On most other floors there are two RAs assigned to serve as educators and resources in the first-year residence halls. Learn more about the First-Year Learning Plan.

In upperclass buildings, we have RCs who serve as building or complex leaders. The RCs lead teams of Community Advisors (CAs) who are specially trained to serve as peer advisors with the skills to facilitate discussions that support their residents' academic progress, personal development, and career exploration. Learn more about the Sophomore Resources program.

House Leaders (HLs) act as liaisons and advocates for College Houses. While the HL serves as liaison, mediator, administrator, and house advisor, HLs also facilitate the formulation of a community agreement, aid program planning, and inspect the house on a periodic basis. Learn more about the College House program.

House Leaders are supervised by the Assistant Residential Life Coordinator (ARLC) who oversees the day-to-day operations of the College House program. The ARLC supports the House Leaders in their programming efforts and assists in maintaining a healthy, welcoming community. The ARLC also coordinates community-wide events that strengthens the relationship of Spark and Theme House residents. The ARLC also manages the transition of Spark Houses and application process for new Theme Houses.

Finally, we have Orientation Leaders (OLs), who work with incoming new students during the Orientation time period.  OLs play a critical role in welcoming and introducing new students and their families to the academic culture, social culture, and community of Gettysburg College.  OLs also work with the RAs to help students create relationships and ease the transition to this new environment. Learn more about Orientation.

All student staff are available to support their residents as needed. The staff is responsible for community development, personal support, and helping to maintain a safe place for students to live and study.  

Contact: Students can contact their Office of Residential and First-Year Programs student staff member by calling them, emailing them, or visiting their room. Each night of the academic year there are two RCs/RAs on duty in each first-year quad and there is an RC on duty for the upperclass buildings. The first-year staff are available in the staff offices (Stine and Patrick). All student staff on duty can be reached by calling the Department of Public Safety (717-337-6911).

Professional Staff On-Call 

A number of College Life professional staff members serve on the Residential & First-Year Programs On-Call Rotation. One of these professionals is on-call 24-hours a day throughout the academic year and are the first point of contact for student staff on-duty and for the Department of Public Safety when there is a student in distress due to a personal or medical situation. The person on-call can be reached through the Department of Public Safety (717-337-6911).

Counselor On-Call

Throughout the academic year there is a counselor on-call 24-hours a day. The counselor on-call is one of the four full-time counselors who work at Gettysburg's Counseling Center. This person is contacted directly by the Residential & First-Year Programs On-Call professional and they work together to evaluate critical situations and determine plans to support students in need. If a student would like to speak to a counselor after regular business hours, they can contact the Department of Public Safety (717-337-6911).

Department of Public Safety  

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is responsible for providing a safe, secure living and learning environment for the campus community. Officers are on duty 24/7/365 and provide immediate response to all types of emergencies on campus. The Department provides services in the areas of patrol, investigations, parking enforcement, residence hall protection, building security, crime prevention, and special event security. They can be reached by calling 717-337-6911. The DPS works in partnership with the staff on-call to support students through challenging situations that emerge at any time day or night. 

Academic Advising

Academic Advising is an important resource for academic concerns. The Academic Advising Deans offer support in many areas of academic life. They work in conjunction with students' faculty advisors to help students make educational plans and solve academic problems. Each Dean manages a specific set of responsibilities

CARE Team

The CARE Team meets regularly to discuss and address concerns with student behavior, academic progress, and personal issues. Concerns about a student who may pose a danger to self or others or who may be in significant distress should be forwarded to a member of the CARE Team. The CARE Team is a centralized group that reviews all information regarding students of concern at Gettysburg College. It was formed to insure that all relevant information about students of concern is reported to one central source. This information will then be investigated for the purpose of providing timely and effective intervention, as appropriate.

Report a Concern

At any time, students, faculty, and staff can submit a concern about themselves or other students.  Read more about reasons you should consider submitting a Community Concern Form and how to submit a form online.