Gettysburg College Student Handbook

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 Commission on Higher Education.

The College reserves the right to make changes to the policies and procedures and will notify students accordingly.

Diversity Statement

Handbook contents

1. Student Rights and 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.

Free discussion, inquiry, and expression in the classroom are essential to the task of a liberal education at Gettysburg. Student performance, therefore, should be evaluated solely on the basis of academic achievement, not on opinions or conduct in matters unrelated to academic standards. Students are responsible for maintaining the academic standards established by the College and the respective instructor(s) for each course in which they are enrolled. Students have the right to know their standing and the criteria on which they are being evaluated in any course in which they are enrolled. Students have the right to be evaluated solely on the stated criteria in any course in which they are enrolled. They should never be subjected to prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. Any student who feels he/she has been subjected to such evaluation should ask the professor involved to explain his/her grade. If not satisfied by such explanation the student may request the Chairperson of the department or the Provost to consider and resolve the issue.

2. Academic Policies

Introduction to Academic Policies

3. Community Standards and Conduct Procedures

4. Other policies

Guidance for Religious Observance for Students

5. Residential policies

View the Residential Guidebook