This webpage is meant as a guide/resource for advisors participating in Student Conduct Review Board (SCRB) hearings. If any questions persist after reviewing the information below, please contact the Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
Philosophy of the Code of Conduct
Gettysburg College seeks to establish and maintain an environment that provides for the development of the young adult as a whole person with an emphasis on inquiry, integrity, and mutual respect. The College expects its students to conduct themselves in all places and at all times in such a manner as to show respect for themselves, others, and the community. The Gettysburg College community fosters respect for the rights and dignity of all residents, including members of both majority and minority groups. Gettysburg College students are members of the academic College community, the greater Gettysburg community, and global society and are expected to abide by the College's policies at all times.
Role of the Advisor
As the advisor you participate in the hearing with your advisee, however the advisor may not address the SCRB. You can advise him or her prior to the hearing, and quietly during the procedure if you feel it is necessary. The student may request a brief recess to consult with his or her advisor. The advisor is really there for support, and to help student through what can be a very stressful time. The Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities will contact each advisor prior to the hearing to verify that the date, time, and location of the hearing has been relayed by the student, to answer any questions, and to communicate any changes, if needed. You will want to arrive at least ten (10) minutes before the hearing is scheduled to begin. It is expected that you have communicated with your advisee prior to the hearing to help him or her by answering any questions and being as supportive as possible. If you cannot commit to working with the student to prepare for the hearing, you should encourage him or her to find another advisor.
It is important to differentiate the College’s hearing process from the legal process. The hearing process is educational in nature. The process is working to determine responsibility and not guilt, and sanctions are largely educational. The chair of the hearing is an administrator of the College and will guide the hearing process. He or she will follow a script to be certain that all parties understand his or her rights and responsibilities, and have an equal opportunity to present information. The complainant (the person bringing charges forward), the respondent, and their respective advisor(s) are present for the entire proceeding. The respondent(s) will be asked to plea either responsible or not responsible for a violation of the code. The respondent should consider his or her plea before entering the hearing. Following the plea, the complainant(s) and respondent(s) will have the opportunity to give an opening statement, answer and ask clarifying questions, and make a closing statement. Witnesses will also provide statements during the hearing. A DPS representative may also be present during the hearing to present investigation information.
After pleas have been entered and all statements have been made, the board will excuse all parties and deliberate to determine responsibility and, if necessary, assign sanctions. The respondent(s) will receive their sanctions at this time if found responsible for a violation of the code. The chair will then call in the complainant(s) and respondent(s) separately to discuss the findings. The chair of the hearing will ask the respondent to schedule a meeting with the Director of SRR to discuss the outcome of the hearing, and the appeals process.
As the advisor, you will wait in the lobby for your advisee to return. Your advisee will share the outcome of the hearing. You are encouraged to remain in the lobby through the duration of deliberations.
For more information on the hearing processes, including FAQs, please visit the for complainant, or for respondent sections of the website. If you have further questions, please contact the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities at 717.337.6998.