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Quiet & Courtesy Hours
Pet Policy
Emotional Support Animal Policy
Life Safety Inspections and Violations
Fire Alarms
Fire Safety Equipment
Emergency Building Evacuation

Alcohol & Drug Policy
Conduct: Prohibited Items and Prohibited Conduct


Quiet & Courtesy Hours

Residential communities are intended to provide an environment that is conducive to studying and sleeping. In order to maintain an acceptable noise level, staff and students are expected to be respectful of others and should confront noise problems when they occur.

Quiet Hours:

Sunday through Thursday nights from 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Friday and Saturday nights from midnight – 8:00 a.m.

During quiet hours all noise (e.g. music, TV, conversation) should be contained inside a student room with the door closed. Noise in the hallways, stairwells, and lounges should be kept to a minimum. Students are encouraged to talk with those violating quiet hours before requesting the assistance of a staff member. Students violating quiet hours may be given a warning and further violations may lead to other conduct action and/or fines.

Outside of quiet hours, courtesy hours are in effect. During courtesy hours students should be especially respectful of others in the hall. If you are trying to study or sleep, you may ask people to be quiet. If you are asked to turn down your music or quiet down, you are expected to comply.

As members of the Gettysburg College community, students are expected to adhere to the Borough noise policies by refraining from the production of loud volumes of noise.  All audible noise outside the halls must cease by 10 PM during the week and midnight on weekends. Violators may be subject to College conduct action as well as Borough fines.


College housing is provided for the exclusive use of Gettysburg College students as assigned by the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs. Visitors may be allowed to use residence facilities within the following guidelines:

  • In order for a student to host a guest in the room, the student must ask all other roommates for permission to host a guest. Students are not able to host a guest unless all other roommates agree to allow the guest into their space.
  • Visitors are permitted for only three consecutive days and totaling no more than 8 days in a one month period. No student is authorized to permit extended use of college housing facilities (including rooms) to any visitor, either student or non-student, when such use, because of its duration or frequency, constitutes a de facto sub-contracting of College facilities to an unauthorized person.
  • No student is authorized to permit use of college housing facilities (including rooms) for any visitor, either student or non-student, when such use becomes a source of complaint to the roommate(s), members of the floor/residence hall, or College staff.
  • The host student has complete responsibility for all visitors. Students accused of violating this policy may be subject to conduct action. If visitors violate College policy, the host student will be held responsible and is subject to conduct action. The visitor, either student or non-student, will be removed from College housing and may be prohibited from returning to campus.
  • Guests must register their vehicle at the Department of Public Safety.

Pet Policy

Gettysburg College does not allow pets in residence halls, even as guests of family or friends. College residences are not conducive to appropriate pet ownership. While pets can be a source of much enjoyment, they can also pose a threat to the health and safety of the campus community. Many individuals suffer from allergies related to pet dander and pet hair, and it is important to provide a healthy environment for all our students, employees, and visitors. In addition, pets pose a significant liability risk to the College. As such, pets are not approved for students living in College-controlled residential properties.

With the exception of non-carnivorous fish, certified service animals, and approved assistance/emotional support animals, the presence of animals in buildings is prohibited. Fish must be maintained in a bowl or tank that does not exceed 20-gallons. The College will not be responsible for the care of fish during breaks.

If a pet is discovered in a student's residential space, the student(s) will be fined $250 and given one week to remove the pet from campus. If the pet remains in the room after one week, the students will be fined an additional $250 per week until the pet is removed, and the student could face additional financial penalties. Failure to remove the pet from the residence in a timely manner may result in removal by animal control services. Violation of the pet policy may result in damage billing for the replacement and/or refurbishment of carpeting, furniture, or other affected areas of the facility.

Members of the professional staff who live in residence halls controlled by the College may request permission from the Director of Residential & First-Year Programs to have a pet(s) reside with them. If approval for a pet is granted, these pets will not be permitted in administrative or classroom buildings unless they are certified service animals.

Dogs and other animals are permitted on campus roads, walks, and grounds, as they are in the local community, when they are on a leash and controlled by the owner. It is the owner's responsibility to clean up after the animal. All pets must be tagged, registered, and vaccinated in accordance with Pennsylvania state law.

Services and Assistance/Emotional Support Animals

Students with disabilities who use trained Service Animals should contact the Office of Academic Advising to discuss housing and other related accommodations.

Students seeking to bring Assistance/Emotional Support Animals to campus as an accommodation should fill out and return to the Office of Academic Advising the Disability Accommodation Student Request Form and the Documentation for Emotional Support Animal form.  Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If approved to bring an Assistance/Emotional Support Animal to campus, students will meet with a staff member from the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs to discuss their rights and responsibilities. 

Emotional Support Animal Policy

This Emotional Support Animal policy exists to support the care of our students and to demonstrate our compliance with the Fair Housing Act (federal law) which allows individuals with disabilities the presence of emotional support animals in college housing. By law, an emotional support animal means any service animal, as well as an animal needed for emotional support. An individual may keep an emotional support animal as an accommodation in college housing if:

  1. The individual is disabled.
  2. The individual has presented documentation to the Office of Academic Advising that describes the functional limitations of the individual's disability. This documentation must be from a licensed medical provider.
  3. The animal is necessary to afford the individual an equal opportunity to use and enjoy a residential dwelling.
  4. There is an identifiable relationship between the disability and the assistance the animal provides. This is determined through the documentation from a licensed medical provider. (Emotional distress resulting from having to give up an animal because of a "no pets" policy does not qualify a person for an accommodation under federal law.)

An accommodation for an emotional support animal is unreasonable if it presents an undue financial or administrative burden on the College, poses a substantial and direct threat to personal or public safety, or constitutes a fundamental alteration of the nature of the service or program.


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): A disability is defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities." Examples of major life activities include major bodily functions, seeing, hearing, eating, sleeping, walking, standing, lifting, bending, speaking, breathing, learning, reading, concentrating, thinking, communicating, working, performing manual tasks, and caring for oneself.

Fair Housing Act: The Fair Housing Act is a federal law that prevents discrimination against tenants in their homes. Under the Fair Housing Act, a disability is defined as a physical or mental impairment which significantly limits a person's major life activities, and the College is required to make what is called a "reasonable accommodation" to allow students to possess assistance animals, including animals that provide emotional support in College housing.

Service Animal: Any dog (or miniature horse) individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability and meets the definition of “service animal” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. The work or tasks performed must be directly related to the individual’s disability. Examples include, but are not limited to assisting individuals who are blind or have low vision with navigation and other tasks, alerting individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing to the presence of people or sounds, providing non-violent protection or rescue work, pulling a wheelchair, assisting an individual during a seizure, alerting individuals to the presence of allergens, retrieving items such as medicine or the telephone, providing physical support and assistance with balance and stability to individuals with mobility disabilities, and helping persons with psychiatric and neurological disabilities by preventing or interrupting impulsive or destructive behaviors. Service animals are generally permitted in College facilities when the service animal accompanies an individual with a disability who indicates the service animal is trained to provide, and does provide, a specific service to them that is directly related to their disability.

The crime deterrent effects of an animal's presence and the provision of emotional support, well-being, comfort, or companionship do not constitute work or tasks for the purposes of this definition of service animal.

Emotional Support Animal: Emotional support animals are animals that are necessary to afford the person with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy College housing and the accommodation must also be reasonable. Emotional support animals provide emotional or other support that ameliorates one or more identified symptoms or effects of a person's disability. Unlike service animals, emotional support animals are not required to be trained to perform work or tasks, and they include species other than dogs and miniature horses. An emotional support animal may provide physical assistance, emotional support, calming, stability and other kinds of assistance. Emotional support animals do not perform work or tasks that would qualify them as “service animals” under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Emotional support animals that are not service animals under the ADA may still be permitted, in certain circumstances, in College housing pursuant to the Fair Housing Act. Emotional support animals are not considered service animals and are not permitted in any area other than the student’s on-campus residence and immediate surrounding area considered part of the residential dwelling. Emotional support animals are generally not allowed to accompany persons with disabilities in all public areas as a service animal is allowed to do, but an emotional support animal may reside in College housing, including accompanying such individual in all public or common use areas of College housing, when it may be necessary to afford the person with a disability an equal opportunity to use and enjoy College housing.

Approval Process

Any student having a medical need for an emotional support animal can request approval through the disabilities accommodations process housed in the Office of Academic Advising.  

Once approved for an emotional support animal through the medical accommodations process housed in Academic Advising, students will meet with a representative from Residential & First-Year Programs (RFYP) to discuss their rights and responsibilities regarding their emotional support animal.

Rights and Responsibilities of Student with an Approved Emotional Support Animal

Students approved to have an emotional support animal in college housing have the right to have their approved emotional support animal in their place of residence (room and/or apartment).  Please note: emotional support animals are not allowed in classrooms or in public places on campus, unless they are trained service animals.

Any student who has been approved for an emotional support or service animal is responsible for the behavior, care and supervision of the animal. This includes, but is not limited to: ensuring non-disruptive or non-aggressive behavior and animal health such as vaccinations, cleanliness, and flea and odor control. The student is responsible to be aware of the animal’s needs to relieve itself and the student must attend to the proper collection and proper disposal of the animal waste.

Gettysburg College is not responsible for the animal’s care or supervision. All approved animals must at all times be in compliance with all Pennsylvania State laws and requirements associated with licensing, vaccinations, and other health regulations.

Students approved to have an emotional support animal in college housing have the following responsibilities:

  • To provide the animal
  • To provide appropriate care and supervision for the animal
  • To incur all costs associated with the animal (licensing, food, medical care, damage that is the responsibility of the animal, etc.)
  • To keep animal on leash or lead in public areas
  • To keep the animal clean, fed, watered, and in good health
  • To dispose of all waste from the animal
    • The owner is responsible for the cleanup and disposal of the animal’s waste. Animal waste disposal via college plumbing is prohibited. Outside trash receptacles are appropriate for waste disposal.
  • To be in compliance with any laws pertaining to animal licensing, vaccination, and owner identification
  • To, when requested, be able to provide proof of flea prevention, proof of sterilization (spayed/neutered), proof of up-to-date vaccinations as required by law
  • To comply with all college rules regarding noise, safety, disruption, and cleanliness
  • To keep the animal under control and take effective action if it becomes out of control

The owner is solely responsible for the behavior of the emotional support animal including any and all damage or injury to persons or property caused by the animal. In all cases, the owner of the animal must hold harmless Gettysburg College for any damage or injury to others.

Gettysburg College does not require any fees for the use of an approved emotional support animal in the residence halls because it is a disability-related accommodation. However, the animal’s owner may be charged for damage caused by the emotional support animal to the same extent that any student would be charged for damage they cause to college property.

The owner’s residence may be inspected for pests as needed. If pests are detected the residence will be treated using a college approved pest control service. Pest treatment expenses incurred above and beyond standard pest management in the residence halls will be the owner’s responsibility. Additionally, cleaning and repair expenses incurred above and beyond standard cleaning and repair are also the responsibility of the owner.

The emotional support animals may not be left overnight in the residence hall to be cared for by another student.

Each student will be permitted to have no more than one approved emotional support animal.

In the event the above conditions are not being met, Gettysburg College reserves the right to ask an individual to remove said approved animal from campus. If, Gettysburg College properly excludes a service animal, it must give the approved individual the opportunity to obtain goods, services, and accommodations without having the animal on college property.

The College may exclude or remove an emotional support animal from college housing if the animal:

  • Is not housebroken
  • Would cause substantial damage to the property of others
  • Would pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others
  • Would fundamentally alter the nature of a program or activity
  • Is not being cared for by the owner or if the individual does not comply with the Emotional Support Animal Policy
  • Creates an unmanageable disturbance or interference with the College community

The College will base such determinations upon the consideration of the behavior of the particular animal at issue, and not on speculation or fear about the harm or damages an animal may cause. Should the emotional support animal be removed from the premises for any reason, the owner is expected to fulfill their housing obligations for the remainder of the housing license agreement. 

Please note: Communication regarding approval of emotional support animals will be sent to one representative in the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and Facilities Services, as well as the RFYP professional staff members. This is to ensure that the appropriate staff are aware of the animal, its location, and its approved status.  The student may postAnimal in Residence” signs, but they are not required by the college.

The student is responsible for notifying roommates about the animal. The notification should include the type and size of the animal, as well as clear expectations and any instructions for appropriate interaction with the animal. The student has a responsibility to be sensitive to others who may fear their animal or have allergies to the animal. Roommates may request a room change if they have a desire to do so. Residential and First-Year Programs has the right to reassign the student to another accommodation if care of the animal or interactions with others become a concern.

Any time the student requires service by Facilities Services for their residential space they are requested to call 717-337-6700 in order to arrange a time to receive the services needed when they will be present.

Life Safety Inspections and Violations

The Department of Public Safety's Life and Fire Safety Unit performs residence hall and fraternity full-scale Health and Safety (H&S) Inspections three times a year, once during winter break, once during spring break, and once during the summer months prior to the start of each fall semester.   Life and Fire Safety building inspectors conduct regular inspections of residential hall and fraternity common areas throughout the academic year.  Full-scale building/hall inspections are announced.  Not all common area inspections are announced.   The Life Safety inspections are primarily designed to find and eliminate safety violations.  Students are required to read and comply with the Residential and Fraternity Guidelines which include life and fire safety rules and regulations for residential buildings. 

The inspections include, but are not limited to, a visual examination of electrical cords, sprinkler heads, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers and other life safety systems.  In addition, each room will be examined for the presence of prohibited items (e.g., sources of open flames, such as candles; non-surge protected extension cords; halogen lamps; portable cooking appliances in non-kitchen areas; etc.) or prohibited activity (e.g., smoking in the room; tampering with life safety equipment; possession of pets; etc.). This inspection will also include a general assessment of food and waste storage and cleanliness of the room. 

For more detailed information, including sanctions for life safety violations, see the Public Safety website under Life and Fire Safety and then Residential Living

Fire Alarms

Public Safety should be called immediately at 717-336-6911 (x6911) for all fire alarms. Two emergency evacuation drills are held each semester to ensure that all students are familiar with evacuation procedures.  Anytime a fire alarm sounds everyone must evacuate the building and remain outside until notified that it is safe to return by a Security Officer or Residence Life Staff member.  During an evacuation, residents are to follow emergency procedures including any Residence Life Staff instructions.

Fire Safety Equipment

In the event of an actual fire, evacuate the building immediately.  Pull the building's fire alarm (if the alarms are not already sounding), and once evacuation has begun, contact Public Safety.  Pulling a false fire alarm, discharging a fire extinguisher or failure to comply with the above guidelines during an evacuation will result in disciplinary action. Sanctions may include suspension from the College.  False fire alarm activation and fire extinguisher use will also result in a fine to the individual responsible or to a residence hall floor or building in the case that individual responsibility cannot be determined.

Fire extinguishers, fire alarms, pull boxes, smoke detectors, emergency lighting fixtures and exit lights are located in each building.  This equipment should only be used in emergency situations. Misuse or tampering with any fire safety equipment will not be tolerated and may result in removal from the residence hall or suspension from the College.  If you use a fire alarm or extinguisher for an actual emergency or fire, please notify Public Safety.

Fire Safety Services provides each apartment kitchen with a five pound fire extinguisher for their safety. This extinguisher must be inspected each month to ensure it is in good working order and mounted properly. The College provides apartment-style living throughout the campus and has developed a policy to allow these inspections to be conducted as efficiently as possible.  There is no extra charge for this service, but the residents are responsible for the condition of the fire extinguisher. The charge for a lost, discharged, or damaged fire extinguisher is $250.00.  Any fire within an apartment must be reported, especially a fire that is extinguished with a fire extinguisher. Residents will not be fined for using a fire extinguisher to extinguish an actual accidental fire.

Once a month, two building Inspectors will visit each apartment. The visits will be conducted on Mondays through Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  The inspectors will knock several times and identify themselves if a resident answers. They will explain their visit and the resident may escort them to the kitchen.  The extinguisher will be inspected.  If no one answers the door the officers will enter the apartment and announce themselves.  If no one answers to their announcement, the inspectors will proceed with the inspection.

Emergency Building Evacuation

Emergency Building Evacuations are necessary to ensure the safety of the occupants to a variety of threats including fires, bomb threats, acts of violence, chemical releases, or other hazardous substances. The fire alarm system serves as the main notification to building occupants that there is an emergency situation that requires an evacuation.

In some cases the fire alarm may not be used if information indicates that the alarm system may cause a threat, in such cases as a bomb threat. In these cases, the word of mouth and room-to-room notification system may be conducted by the Department of Public Safety. Public Safety may assign certain college personnel to help with the room-to-room evacuation.

During an Emergency Building Evacuation every occupant must exit the building immediately after hearing the alarm or being advised by Public Safety. Occupants who exit the building should remain outside until advised by a Public Safety Officer that it is safe to return. Public Safety will coordinate fire, police, medical, and rescue assistance.

If conditions exist that prevent occupants to reenter then Public Safety will provide occupants with a relocation site nearby. If occupants are relocated to a nearby site, then those occupants will be provided with up-to-date information and needed resources to maintain their quality of life needs such as restrooms, water, food, clothing, and shelter from elements.

Any person failing to leave a building when the fire alarm sounds, when directed to leave by a Public Safety Officer, or as a result of a known or perceived emergency is subject to conduct sanctions and/or prosecution.

Emergency Evacuation Drills are conducted to familiarize occupants with emergency egress from a building and to establish conduct of the drill to a matter of routine. Drills will include suitable procedures, such as room-to-room checks, to ensure that all persons subject to the drill participate. Any person who fails to participate in a drill will be subject to conduct action by the appropriate authority. In the conduct of drills, emphasis shall be placed on orderly evacuation rather than speed. Drills shall be held at expected and unexpected times and under varying conditions to simulate the unusual conditions that can occur in an actual emergency. Participants shall relocate to a safe location outside the building and remain at such location until given further instruction.

Alcohol & Drug Policy

In compliance with Pennsylvania state laws, students under the age of 21 are not permitted to purchase, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages. All students, regardless of age, are prohibited from manufacturing alcohol. In addition, students who are of legal drinking age cannot possess open alcohol containers in common areas (halls, lounges, bathrooms). If students living in a room are both under 21, then alcohol cannot be present in that room. Alcohol is not permitted in any first-year residence halls, with the exception of upperclass students who are of legal drinking age. Possession of alcoholic beverage containers, either full or empty, will be taken as a presumption of use and possession, and as such may be considered policy violations. Open source alcohol such as kegs/beer balls and grain alcohol punch are prohibited from all residence hall facilities (including apartments). All drinking games and drinking game paraphernalia (beer pong tables, beer funnels, etc.) are also prohibited.

Students must register parties where alcohol will be served. Illegal drugs are prohibited. Violation of these policies will result in disciplinary action. See the Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities for further information on the alcohol/drug policy.

    Prohibited Items and Prohibited Conduct

    If your behavior does not meet College community expectations or is in violation of the policies outlined in the Residence Hall Housing License Agreement, this Guidebook or the Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities, you may expect conduct action. Gettysburg College expects students to maintain a standard of personal discipline that is in harmony with the educational goals of the institution, federal, state, and local laws, and to respect the rights, privileges, and property of fellow students, faculty, staff, and administrators. Students are responsible for the items contained in their rooms and the events that occur in their rooms. Special surveillance resources may be utilized by the College when conduct issues become chronic or disruptive.

    Prohibited Items
    The following items are prohibited in residence halls:

    • Guns, firearms, knives longer than three-inches, or weapons of any type, including BB and pellet guns
    • Candles and/or incense (lit or unlit)
    • Tapestries, banners and flags. These items cannot be hung on walls, ceilings, or over windows. Window treatments such as curtains must be made of a fabric that resists or retards the spreading of flames and has either a UL fire rating #723 or NFPA 225.
    • Room-heating devices, including all space heaters, kerosene or oil lamps, and alcohol burners
    • Gasoline-powered items, such as motorcycles, mopeds, or parts thereof
    • Hover boards and/or electric unicycles
    • Pressurized tanks (e.g. helium tanks)
    • Flammable and/or combustible liquids and/or chemicals including gasoline and charcoal
    • Grills of any type (except UL-listed Foreman-style grills in apartments)
    • Fireworks, smoke bombs, sparklers, etc.
    • Drug paraphernalia and illegal drugs
    • Animals or pets of any kind (except certified service animals, approved emotional support animals, and/or non-carnivorous fish). See Pet Policy for more information)
    • Light dimmers, ceiling fans, or any other device that replaces, adds to, or interferes with any room apparatus
    • Excessive furniture that blocks or restricts egress
    • Physical training equipment
    • Three-section couches
    • Waterbeds and beds other than twin size
    • Dartboards and darts
    • Nails, hooks, double-faced adhesive tape, or other items that will damage walls
    • Live trees
    • Personal lofts

    The following electrical appliances and corded items are prohibited in residence halls:

    (Note: all cords and permitted appliances must be UL Listed)

    • Halogen lamps
    • Electrical appliances with an exposed heating source (e.g. toaster ovens, toasters, hot plates)
    • Overloaded electrical receptacles
    • Faulty or old extension cords
    • Portable washers, dryers, and dishwashers
    • Personal room refrigerators (only permitted in apartments)
    • Air conditioners (except for approved housing accommodations that are provided and installed by the College)
    • Microwaves other than a Microfridge (unless within an apartment, limit one)

    NOTE: The preceding list is not all inclusive; any item that is a threat to public safety may be removed. In addition to confiscation, violators may pay a monetary fine and may be subject to Conduct action.

    Prohibited Conduct
    The following actions are prohibited in residence halls and may result in conduct action:

    • Smoking inside any residential space; this includes the use of electronic cigarettes
    • Draping or placing objects, including fabric, over lighting fixtures, smoke detectors, or fire sprinkler systems
    • Hanging cardboard, plastic, or fabric (e.g. tapestries, banners, and flags) on walls, ceilings, light fixtures, or fire sprinkler apparatus. Posters on walls can't exceed 25% of the total wall surface.
    • Hanging stringed lights on the exterior of buildings without the advanced, expressed, written consent of the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs. Inside residence halls, students may use up to three strands of stringed light per room. All stringed lights must be UL-approved.
    • Wrapping or placing wires or stringed lights in the area of beds
    • Lending keys to others; copying keys; possession of keys that are not authorized for your use
    • Water fights, ball playing, bike riding, or similar activities which may cause harm to persons or property
    • Storage of bicycles in stairwells, halls, or rooms
    • Storage of personal items such as sports bags/equipment, furniture, or suitcases in stairwells or halls
    • Throwing any items into or out of windows
    • Altering, tampering, or dismantling any door closure or propping open any exterior door
    • Cooking food in individual rooms (other than in Microfridges)
    • Solicitation of goods or services, except by Gettysburg College students who have received prior approval from the Office of College Life
    • Painting, wallpapering, or similarly decorating individual rooms or common areas unless prior approval is given by the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs and Facilities Services
    • Repairing any damages or the removal or replacement of light bulbs in ceiling fixtures that have not been approved/provided by the Facilities staff
    • Removal, destruction, disassembling, or altering of any furniture in a room
    • Removing screens from windows
    • Installing wall partitions or paneling
    • Modifying or tampering with circuit breakers or any part of the electrical system
    • Installing and subscribing to a cable or satellite TV provider
    • Installing personal locks or chains on doors or windows
    • Sleeping in public areas of the residence halls
    • Entering the Quarry pond - this includes wading, swimming, and ice skating
    • Vehicle maintenance on college property