COVID-19 behavior rubric

Effective September 29, 2020

An updated behavior rubric for the spring semester will be available in early December. View preliminary information about health and compliance expectations for the spring.

We have implemented a COVID-19 Behavior Rubric. The purpose of the COVID-19 Behavior Rubric is to inform students of the consequences that will be issued for violations of the Student Health Agreement, which each student returning to in-person instruction was required to sign and students residing on campus are required to uphold. If a student engages in behavior that is inconsistent with the Student Health Agreement, the sanctions described in the COVID-19 Behavior Rubric will be utilized to hold the student accountable.

Rationale for Updated Rubric and Health Agreement Requirements: Since the de-densification decision, the College has heard calls for a stronger and more visible response to violations of the Student Health Agreement protocols. In order to support students who want to learn in residence on campus, both for the fall and spring, we have amended the Student Health Agreement and will implement the new sanctions below, effective immediately.

As you will see below, the new rubric provides greater detail for those studying remotely and living off campus, and particularly those who remain in the Gettysburg community.

Reports from Students, Faculty, and Staff: Students have been very forthcoming about reports of fellow students leaving the Gettysburg area, not wearing masks, not distancing, hosting social gatherings, and not adhering to quarantine expectations. We encourage students to continue to use the Community Concern Form to submit non-emergency concerns.

In order to effectively follow up on reported concerns, it is helpful if members of the community can report specific information upon which we can take action, including:

  • name(s)
  • dates/times
  • locations/buildings
  • descriptions
  • observed behaviors
  • patterns of behavior
  • names of others who witnessed the same behavior
  • any additional information you can provide.

Some students choose to, understandably, report anonymously. This may limit our ability to follow up appropriately. The more information students can provide, the further we can pursue the concern.

Level 1 Violations - Residential Cohort

First violation

Behavior

  • Not wearing a mask.
  • Not keeping six feet physical distancing.

Response/intervention

  1. Inform the student that an incident report will be submitted.
  2. Do not allow the student access to the relevant facility or area.
  3. Submit an incident report.

Resolution/sanction 1, 2, 3, 4

  • Conduct Probation
  • Restricted access to campus facilities (example: Library)

Second violation

Behavior

  • 2nd Violation - Not wearing a mask.
  • 2nd Violation - Not maintaining 6’ distancing.

Response/intervention

  1. Inform the student that an incident report will be submitted.
  2. Submit an incident report.

Resolution/sanction 1, 2, 3, 4

  • Remote study

Level 2 Violations - Residential Cohort

First violation

Behavior

  • Guest at a residence without a mask/distancing.
  • Not following quarantine expectations.
  • Hosting guests without masks/distancing.

Response/intervention

Submit an incident report immediately.

Resolution/sanction 1, 2, 3, 4

Options will include:

  • Quarantine
  • Remote Study
  • Suspension

Second violation

Behavior

  • 2nd Violation – Guest at a residence without mask/distancing.
  • 2nd Violation - Not following quarantine expectations.
  • 2nd Violation - Hosting guests without masks/distancing.
  • Interacting with others on campus after testing positive for COVID-19.

Response/intervention

Submit an incident report immediately.

Resolution/sanction 1, 2, 3, 4

  • Multi-term Suspension
  • Expulsion

Level 1 Violations - Remote Learning Cohort

First violation

Behavior

  • A mask or physical distancing violation.

Response/intervention

Submit an incident report immediately.

Resolution/sanction 1, 2, 3, 4

  • Conduct Probation

Second violation

Behavior

  • 2nd Violation - mask or distancing violations.
  • Visit to campus without permission.

Response/intervention

Submit an incident report immediately.

Resolution/sanction 1, 2, 3, 4

  • Suspension

Level 2 Violations - Remote Learning Cohort

First violation

Behavior

  • Hosting guests without masks and distancing.

Response/intervention

Submit an incident report immediately.

Resolution/sanction 1, 2, 3, 4

  • Suspension

Second violation

Behavior

  • 2nd Violation – Hosting guest without masks and distancing.

Response/intervention

Submit an incident report immediately.

Resolution/sanction 1, 2, 3, 4

  • Expulsion

Notes

  1. Students for whom reports are submitted with limited information will be notified and may be subject to a warning.
  2. The College may assign fines for any of the above violations in order to offset the costs to implement any required mitigation strategies for a student. Examples include additional testing, cleaning, relocation, etc.
  3. The College reserves the right to suspend student access to the College’s network if students fail to comply with the College’s health and safety directives.
  4. Students may be subject to Interim Separation as a temporary measure during investigation and adjudication.