Citizenship Rights and Responsibilities


It is the policy of Gettysburg College not to discriminate improperly against any matriculated student, employee or prospective employee on account of 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. Religious qualifications, however, may be required by organizations whose practices and observances depend upon religious homogeneity.

Freedom of Expression – Statement of Philosophy

Policy on Partisan Political Activity Hosted by Students and Student Organizations


A. College

Generally speaking, the facilities of Gettysburg College are for the use of all who comprise this institution. For any member of the community to damage, destroy, or otherwise impair the effective use of these mutually shared facilities is to deny to others the full measure of their participation in this community. The students of Gettysburg College have the right to the effective use of these facilities subject to reasonable regulation established by the College. They have the corresponding responsibility to maintain these facilities unimpaired for the use of all.

B. Personal

Theft, vandalism, or other abuse of individual personal property leads to the impairment of the community function through fear, disruptive suspicion, and a preoccupation with security measures. Students of Gettysburg College have the right to expect their own individual personal property to be kept inviolate. Students have the corresponding responsibility to maintain the individual personal property. The College has a responsibility to protect its guests and authorized visitors from mistreatment or danger, and expects student cooperation in exercising that responsibility.


A. On-Campus

Gettysburg College is a residential college. All undergraduate students are required to live on-campus or in a College-related fraternity house, unless they commute from their parents/guardians’ home or receive approval to reside off-campus.

B. Off-Campus in Gettysburg

In February, students apply to live off-campus the following academic year. The Office of Residence Life reviews applications and informs applicants whether they have been approved to live off-campus. Students should not sign leases for off-campus accommodations before receiving approval (in writing) at the end of February. Students who sign leases without College authorization may end up paying for both on-campus and off-campus housing. Students will not be released from on-campus housing obligations due to unauthorized leases. Once approval is granted, the responsibility for securing suitable accommodations rests entirely on each student. The College is not involved in borough inspections of non-College facilities and therefore cannot ascertain whether such facilities are safe, sanitary, or in compliance with local ordinances. The College does not provide residential services (including the Department of Public Safety) for those living off-campus. Students’ landlords, the Gettysburg Code Enforcement Office and the Gettysburg Borough Police are among the many resources available to students living off-campus. Students residing off-campus are still subject to the College’s Student Code of Conduct. The Associate Dean of College Life and Director of Public Safety work closely with the Gettysburg Borough Police, the Gettysburg Borough Code Enforcement Office and the Borough Council College Relations subcommittee. Communication between borough officials, college administrators, and students help maintain good relations between the Gettysburg Borough and Gettysburg College communities.

C. Commuting

A commuter student is a student who lives with their parents or guardians within reasonable driving distance to campus. Students must reside at the official parent/ guardian address provided to the College (address submitted for financial aid and noted on the previous year’s tax return). A student who is commuting must be classified as a commuter by the Office of Residence Life, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Office of Financial Services.