Handbook of Student Rights & Responsibilities

A community for education provides opportunity to learn. The student, in order to make best use of that opportunity, must be free to learn. The effectiveness of the opportunity depends upon each faculty member's freedom to teach. The various agencies of the College Administration attempt to provide the instruments and the conditions, which make the opportunity possible.

In order that Gettysburg College, as a community for education, may be of greatest utility in providing the opportunity to learn, both in the formal student-teacher relationship and in less formal contexts, each of its constituent groups must have certain rights and, equally important, must exercise certain responsibilities.

The purpose of the statement, which follows, is to provide guidelines for the insurance of the rights of Gettysburg College students and for the exercise of their responsibilities as members of this community for education. Other documents deal with the rights and responsibilities of other constituencies of the College.

Gettysburg College, an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal, state, local laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and admission. The College prohibits discrimination and harassment, and provides equal opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, marital/familial status, possession of a General Education Development Certificate (GED) as compared to a high school diploma, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, sex, age, or genetic information in all aspects of employment, educational programs, activities, and admissions. Pursuant to Title IX of the Education Amendment of 1972, Gettysburg College prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex (i.e., which includes but is not limited to the prohibition of sexual misconduct and relationship violence, including sexual assault and harassment) in all of its educational programs and activities.

Gettysburg College is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

The College reserves the right to make changes to the policies and procedures printed in the Handbook.

Table of Contents

Academic Policies


Academic Level

Academic Standing

Accommodation of Physical and Learning Disabilities

Alcohol and Drug Required Leave

Center for Global Education

Class Attendance General Policies and Policies for Athletics & Other Extracurricular Activities

Exemption from Degree Requirements

Deans List

Grading System

Graduation, Honors, and Commencement

Honor Code

Honor Societies

Suspension, Leaves of Absence, and Reinstatement


Residence Requirements And Schedule Limitations

Special Interest and Dual Degree Programs


Transfer Credit

Freedom of Expression

Organizational Misconduct Policy

Academic Rights and Responsibilities - Freedom of Access

Academic Freedom

Student Records

Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities

Governance Rights and Responsibilities

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 students, 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.

Article I - Definitions

Article II – Student Code Authority

Article III – Proscribed Conduct

Article IV – Student Conduct Code Procedures for Individual Students

Article V - Student Conduct Code Procedures and Sanctions for Student Groups/Organizations

Article VI – Interpretation and Revision

Alcohol and Drug Policy Points System

Other Policies

Diversity Statement

Guidance for Religious Observance for Students

Vendor Sales

Drug Policy

Anti-Discrimination Policy

Bathroom Access Policy

Smoking Policy

Computer Network Use Policy

Campus Solicitation & Sales Policy

Preferred Name Policy

Harassment Policy

Crime Reporting/Reporting of Criminal Actions or Emergencies

Consensual Sexual or Romantic Relationships

Gettysburg College Official Email Address Policy

Information Management Policy

Anti-Hazing Policy

Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Policy and Procedures

Social Event Policy

Animals on Campus and in Buildings

Policy on Partisan Political Activity Hosted by Students and Student Organizations

Residential Guidebook