A key component of Gettysburg College's mission is to provide a safe environment where students are able to pursue their academic and social goals. The College may require a student to take a leave of absence if a student illustrates that he or she is repeatedly unable to make sound and safe decisions about alcohol and drug use, or the student engages in drinking or drug use that threatens the life, health and safety of one's self or others. This term of Alcohol and Drug Required Leave will be invoked for significant or repeated violations of the terms of the College's Alcohol and Drug Policy Points System.
The Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students or his/her designee will determine the terms of the Alcohol and Drug Required Leave. If a student violates the terms of the Alcohol and Drug Policy Points System by reaching or exceeding ten points, the terms of the Alcohol and Drug Required Leave will normally include a provision for the student to receive care (medical, psychiatric, psychological, counseling, or therapy) while on leave. Our procedures will follow the protocol outlined in the Medical Leave of Absence and Withdrawal Policy. The Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students or his/her designee may identify additional criteria in order to return to campus. The Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students or his/her designee, in consultation with Health and Counseling Services, will determine if all criteria have been met and if the student is eligible to return. If a student is required to leave during the fall semester, normally the leave will be extended to the entire spring semester as well.
A student returning from Required Leave will have 5 points on their record upon return.
A student that accumulates 10 or more points for a SECOND time during their Gettysburg career will be referred to the Student Conduct Review Board for consideration of suspension/expulsion, along with any sanctions assigned through the point system process.
Instances of any of these behaviors, whether alcohol-related or not, could also be referred to the Student Conduct Review Board for consideration of possible suspension or expulsion (along with other sanctions, as detailed in the Handbook of Student Rights and Responsibilities).
Note on Suspension: students who are suspended from the College during an academic semester normally do not receive any refund on their tuition or housing fees for that semester.