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Student Conduct Board feels that it can help
students realize their potential as mature
responsible citizens.

The Student Conduct Review Board consists of
twelve student members, nine faculty members,
plus the Dean of the College and the Dean of
Student Life. Four of the student members shall
be representatives from the Student Senate, the
Interfraternity Council, and the Panhellenic
Council. The eight remaining members shall be
elected by the student body.

Before a student decides to apply for entrance
into Gettysburg College, he or she should be
aware of the rules governing student conduct. A
complete copy of the rules and regulations may
be obtained by writing to the Dean of Student Life.

College Union

The College Union is the center of student
activities and an informal laboratory for
experiential learning. Through a myriad of
services and activities, the Student Activities
Council and College Union offer many
opportunities for students to become involved in
planning and participating in campus activities.
Assistance with the development of interpersonal
and leadership skills, as well as working with
faculty, administrators, and students to initiate a
well-balanced program of cultural, educational,
recreational, and social activities are the
priorities of the College Union staff.

Located in the College Union are meeting rooms,
offices for student organizations, recreational
facilities, including a pool and bowling alley, the
College Store, an art gallery and showcases,
photo darkroom, and a 2,000 seat ballroom. The
Bullet Hole (snackbar), which is student operated
and managed, provides for the development of
aspiring business managers while offering an
outstanding service to the campus. The
Gangplank is an informal gathering place for
students to meet, relax, study, and listen to
music, both live and recorded. Pinball machines,
billiards, electronic games, and a snackbar are
all located here. This multipurpose room may be
used for dances, speakers, small group
discussions, movies, and theatrical

Among the many services provided by the
professional and student staff of the College
Union are: information about campus and
community activities; film passes and ticket
sales; camping equipment and bike rentals;
travel information; photocopying, mimeo and
sign press services; lost and found; and
newspaper subscription services.

Hours of Operation

College Union

Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to midnight

Saturday 8 a.m. to 1a.m.

Sunday noon to midnight

Saturday thru Friday . . 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m
Sunday 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

The Review Board is the policy-making body for
the College Union. The Review Board deals with
issues regarding scheduling, space allocation,
house rules, and general policies and procedures
for the College Union.

While the facilities and services offered by the
College Union contribute largely toward making
it a comfortable place for students, the Student
Activities Council (SAC), a student-run
programming board, provides meaningful and
enjoyable cultural, educational, recreational, and
social activities which complement and
challenge the curriculum at Gettysburg College.
All such events are supported by student-
controlled funds. SAC is composed of nine
committees: Art Appreciation, Coffeehouse,
Concert, Films, Gangplank, Ideas and Issues,
Public Relations, Recreation, and Special Events.


student Government

Students participate in College governance by
serving on various College, class, and faculty
committees; through participation in Student
Senate, class, residence hall, or fraternity
meetings; and by exercising their right to vote in
various campus elections.

Student Senate

Student chest funds are distributed to student
organizations by the Student Senate. Currently
the Senate provides financial support to a large
number of exisiting clubs and organizations.
New groups may be formed by interested
students. The Student Senate, which is the
principal unit of student government, works in
cooperation with the administration and faculty
to bring to the campus community a well-
organized and democratic form of student
government. It represents the students in
formulating many College policies and works to
promote cooperation among administration,
faculty, and students.

Student Life Council

The Student Life Council is an organization
composed of members of the student body,
faculty, and College administration. This Council
has responsibility for studying matters and
developing policies pertaining to student life and
student conduct. Business may be brought to the
Council or legislation proposed by any member
of the College community. Major issues are
debated in Student Senate and in faculty
meetings before resolution by the Council. The
Council makes recommendations to the
President, who accepts, rejects, or refers them to
the Board of Trustees prior to implementation.

The Honor Commission

The Honor Commission is a student organization
which is authorized by the constitution of the
Honor Code. The Commission is composed of ten
students, aided by four case investigators, six
faculty advisers, and a member of the staff of
the Office of Educational Services. Its function is
to promote and enforce the Honor Code at
Gettysburg College, to secure the cooperation of
students and faculty to these ends, and to
adjudicate allegations of Honor Code violations.

interfraternity Council
An important part of the responsibility for
governing fraternities at Gettysburg College is
assumed by the Interfraternity Council, an
organization composed of the President and one
representative from each social fraternity. This
Council formulates and administers general
regulatory policies by which fraternities must
abide. It serves as the representative of the

social fraternal groups to the student body, the
College, and the community of Gettysburg.
During the school year the IPC sponsors a
variety of campus social and social service

Panhellenic Council

Important responsibility for governing the
sorority system at Gettysburg College is
assumed by the Panhellenic Council, to which
each social sorority sends two student
representatives. This Council establishes and
enforces the Panhellenic "rushing" regulations
and functions as a governing body in matters
involving sororities and intersororitv relations

Programming and Student Activities

In addition to the programs sponsored by the
Student Activities Council and College Union
staff, the College Union often hosts many of the
other major activities which are sponsored by
campus groups. Among these are the Lecture
Committee, Performing Arts Committee, and
Convocation Committee as well as various
dramatic and musical organizations.

The lecture program, sponsored by a faculty
lecture committee, brings well-known scholars
and outstanding figures in public life to campus
each year. In this way, the College extends the
student's view beyond the confines of the College
community. In addition to the general lecture
series, the following special lectures are given

The Robert Fortenbaugh Memorial Lectures An
endowment provided by Clyde E. (1913) and
Sara A. Gerberich supports a series of lectures
and other programs in the Department of History.
Each year an authority on the Civil War period
has lectured on a topic related to those years.
These public lectures are presented in November
to coincide with the anniversary of Abraham
Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.

Musselman Visiting Scientist A fund provided by
the Musselman Foundation in honor of Dr. John B.
Zinn, former Chairman of the Chemistry
Department, supports an annual three-day visit
by a renowned scientist to the Chemistry

Stuckenberg Lecture A bequest from Mary G.
Stuckenberg in memory of her husband, the
Rev. J. H. W. Stuckenberg, enables the College to
sponsor a lecture in the area of social ethics.

Bell Lecture A fund from the estate of the Rev.
Peter G. Bell (1860) was given to the College to
establish a lectureship on the claims of the


gospel ministry on college men. The main object
of this fund is "to keep before the students of the
College the demand for men of the Christian
ministry and the condition of the age qualifying
that demand."

The Henry M. Scharf Lecture on Current
Affairs A fund provided by Dr. F. William
Sunderman (1919) in memory of Henry M. Scharf,
alumnus and member of the College's Board of
Trustees from 1969 to 1975, is used to bring a
recognized authority or scholar to the campus
each year to speak on a subject of timely

The College encourages students to experience
and to participate in various performing arts and
provides an opportunity for those with special
talent to develop and share that talent.

Faculty Performing Arts Committee Each year
recognized professional groups and individuals
present to the campus performances of dance
and drama, as well as vocal and instrumental

7776 Gettysburg College Choir Internationally
recognized through occasional European tours, it
appears at special services and concerts on
campus. Each year it makes a concert tour,
presenting concerts in churches and schools.
Choir members are selected on the basis of
ability, interest, and choral balance.

Chapel Choir During the year it performs at
chapel services, special services, and concerts.
Members are selected on the basis of ability and
willingness to meet the rehearsal and service

Band The "Bullet" Marching Band begins its
season with a band camp in preparation for
performances at football games, festivals, pep
rallies, and parades.

At the conclusion of the marching band season,
the College Symphonic Band begins its
rehearsals. In addition to home concerts, there is
an annual tour through Pennsylvania and
neighboring states.

The offering of small ensembles remains a vital
segment of the overall instrumental program.
Clarinet choir, brass ensemble, jazz ensemble
and others are open for membership to Band
members and meet on a weekly basis.


Gettysburg College/Community Chamber
Orchestra The Orchestra performs concerts
throughout the academic year. Membership is
open to all students who have the necessary
proficiency. Auditions are held at the beginning
of each school year.

The Sunderman Chamber Music Concerts The
Sunderman Chamber Music Foundation,
established by Dr. F. William Sunderman (1919)
to "stimulate and further the interest of chamber
music at Gettysburg College," each year
sponsors important campus performances by
distinguished and internationally-recognized
chamber music groups.

The Owl and Nightingale Players Each year this
distinguished group of performers stage three
major productions under the leadership of the
College's Director of Theatre. Their program is a
varied one: each four-year season usually
includes plays by Shakespeare, Shaw, Moliere,
and O'Neill, as well as Broadway musicals and
works by contemporary dramatists. All
productions are offered in the handsome new 245-
seat Kline Theatre which features a thrust stage
and is located in Brua Hall.

Laboratory Theatre Lab Theatre produces a
dozen one-act plays each year, many of which
are frankly experimental and some of which are
the work of campus playwrights. All works are
given in the exciting new Stevens Laboratory
Theatre in Brua Hall, where the seating can be
rearranged to provide staging in the round,
thrust, profile, and frontal. In addition, senior
Theatre Arts students utilize the theatre for
staging their major thesis productions.

Otherstage In addition to sharing the facilities of
the black box Stevens Theatre, this troupe
performs its short plays at other areas both on
campus and in the community. Their work
encompasses Lunchtime Theatre, Street Theatre,
and Children's Theatre.

In each of the theatre groups, students are
afforded the opportunity of gaining experience in
all areas of theatre, from acting and directing to
scene design, lighting, and costuming.

Gettysburg Theatre Festival Now in its sixteenth
season of offering cultural stimulation as well as
refreshing entertainment to both campus and
community, the Theatre, with its company of
professional performers, provides the focus for
the Theatre Practicum. This is a college credit
course: students herein enrolled serve in
supporting roles and assist in the technical
aspects of the theatre's life. The company offers
an interesting balance of modern classics,

Broadway and Off-Broadway hits, and avant
garde works not generally performed in summer
theatre. All works are performed in the air-
conditioned Kline Theatre. In addition, the
company operates a Theatre for Children, which
offers a series of hour-long plays for young
people on the lawn adjacent to Brua Hall.

Artist-in-Residence During the year, the College
invites professional performing artists to the
campus for one-month residencies. Drawn from
music, theatre, and dance, the Artists-in-
Residence work with interested and talented
students in workshops as well as in rehearsals
and, ultimately, in performance.

Campus Communications

Every community needs to keep its members in
contact with each other and with the rest of the
world. On the Gettysburg campus student
communication media not only inform the
members of the community, but also afford
students an opportunity to express their ideas
effectively and to learn the practical necessities
of producing newspapers, radio broadcasts,
magazines, and yearbooks.

The Gettysburgian The College newspaper is
staffed completely by students who are
responsible for editing, feature writing, news
writing, layout, personnel management,
subscription management, and circulation. This
weekly newspaper carries news, feature articles,
and editorials concerning activities on and
off campus.

The Mercury The poems, short stories, and
illustrations published in The Mercury are
contributed by students. The student editorial
staff encourages creative writing within the
campus community.

The Spectrum A pictorial essay of life on
campus is featured in the College yearbook.
Staffed by students, the yearbook offers the
opportunity for creativity in design, layout,
photography, and writing. The Spectrum covers
the full academic year, including commencement
weekend. It is mailed to graduating seniors
and offered to underclassmen early in the
fall semester.

WZBT The College radio station (91.1
megacycles) has been the voice of the campus
for many years. WZBT operates as a
noncommercial, educational FM radio station
over the public airwaves and under FCC
regulations. The station is student staffed and
broadcasts a variety of programs from its fully
equipped studios in the College Union. WZBT is
organized like a professional radio station and

offers positions for announcers, disc jockeys,
newscasters, engineers, and music librarians, as
well as jobs in production, continuity, and
advertising. A student Executive Committee
supervises the daily operation of the station, and
a Board of Overseers composed of students,
faculty members, and administrators,
establishes general policy for the station.

Other Activities

Debating Union The Debating Union is committed
to developing reasoning and argumentative
skills through formal, intercollegiate debate as
well as through the sponsoring of campus
forums and discussions. Student members offer
workshops in reasoning and argument, and
volunteer their services as moderators, devil's
advocates, and discussion leaders for various
campus organizations.

Opportunities for students to pursue their special
interests also exist through the long list of clubs
and organizations on the campus. Among the list
are BACCHUS, Chess Club, Minority Student
Union, Outing Club, and Photo Club. Various
other opportunities are available in Departmental
and Professional Clubs and Honorary Societies.

Counseling Services

With the goal of promoting the emotional well-
being of all members of the Gettysburg College
community, the Counseling Services staff,
located in the health center, offers a number of
services and a wide variety of programs. These
activities are concerned with helping students
grow to become effective, self-directing adults,
and with teaching them the skills necessary to
deal with their personal problems and feelings so
that they can benefit as much as possible from
their educational experience.

One of the services offered by the College's
professional counselors is individual counseling.
They work with students in a confidential
relationship teaching them how to approach their
problems and how to resolve them. Some of the
types of things students talk to counselors about
are their morals and values, academic pressure,
study habits, concerns about their sexuality,
relationship issues, problems with friends and
roommates, their goals and plans, difficulties at
home, feelings of depression and lack of
motivation, and how to become the kind of
person they want to be. While much counseling
involves solving problems and changing, its
focus is often simply helping a student to better
understand himself or herself.


Counseling Services also offers a number of
topic oriented group experiences which teach
skills that students can use to improve their
experiences on campus and to assist them when
they leave Gettysburg. Group experiences that
are regularly offered are designed to teach
assertiveness skills, communication skills,
relaxation, improve study habits, help in
approaching eating disorders, build self-esteem
and to cope with separation. Other group
experiences are created based on campus need
and interest.

An audio and video tape library is available in
the Counseling Office for students interested in
self-help for a variety of interests.

When appropriate, the Counseling Service also
functions as an information and consulting
service working with students and others on a
variety of campus programs and projects to
improve the environment. Members of the
Counseling staff teach, conduct research, and
work closely with faculty, administration, and
parents on issues of student concern.

Alcohol and Drug Education

The College is significantly concerned with the
rise in the use and abuse of alcohol and other
drugs by young persons in our society.
Accordingly we provide the campus community
with a program of alcohol and drug education
which includes prevention programming, help for
problem users, support groups for recovering
persons, and various awareness presentations.
A trained Alcohol Education Coordinator is
available to the campus community to develop
and maintain appropriate educational programs
and to counsel with individuals.

All Counseling Service activities are free and
available to Gettysburg College students. It is the
Counseling staff's desire that their services
complement the College's academic program and
their hope that for many students they will be an
integral part of their educational experience.

Career Services

The Career Services Office seeks to perform two
primary functions: 1) to assist students in
making and acting on career decisions: 2) to
promote an awareness of Gettysburg College and
a receptivity to Gettysburg students among
individuals and organizations beyond the
campus community. Belatedly, the office
provides a diverse and comprehensive program
to support students in planning and
implementing the next step after graduation.
Core group-based programs include the First
Step Orientation Session, which focuses on the
career decision-making process, the workshops
on job hunting, resume writing, interviewing
skills, and the graduate school selection process.
Examples of additional programs designed to
correspond to the various phases of the career
development process (decision-making,
planning, and placement) are workshops dealing
with the process of making an effective
transition to life after college and a Career Day
during which students may receive information
from representatives from a variety of career
fields. Individual assistance is also available.
Both group-based and individual help provided
by Career Services are evaluated very favorably
by student participants.

The office also maintains a career library which
includes employer literature, graduate school
directories, and self-instructional materials. A
special feature of this library is a series of taped
interviews with Gettysburg alumni employed in a
wide array of careers. These interviews convey
both career information and suggestions for
students interested in pursuing the type of
work involved.

Seniors may take advantage of interview
opportunities provided by employer and
graduate and professional school
representatives who visit the campus annually.

All students are encouraged to become involved
with the Career Services Office early in their
college careers in order to learn more about both
the relationship between the liberal arts and
career development and means of working
toward a satisfying post-graduation
involvement. More specifically, the following
sequence of activities is recommended. During
the freshman year, exposure to many aspects of
the college experience, both academic and
extracurricular, may be gained, and interests
and skills may be expanded. The sophomore
year represents a time for beginning the formal
exploration process by learning more about both
one's values, interests, and skills, and career


opportunities. The First Step Orientation Session
is strongly recommended at this point. During
the junior and senior years, career decisions
should be made, and action plans for pursuing
the desired goals should be developed and
implemented. While this sequence is an ideal
one. Career Services staff members are sensitive
to other timetables which may exist for students
based on individual differences. Consequently,
assistance is available to students throughout
their time at Gettysburg.

Career Services also conducts a follow-up study
of each graduating class to learn more about the
members' post-graduate experiences. The most
recent data provides information about the Class
of 1983. Approximately 67% of the class
responded to this survey. Of that group 96% of
those who were employed and 98% of those in
graduate or professional school assigned
positive ratings to the preparation they received
at Gettysburg, while 86% of the employed group
and 100% of the further education group
expressed satisfaction with their current job or
educational program. Members of the class
pursued a wide range of post-college
involvements including jobs such as accountant,
teacher, management trainee, research
assistant, sales representative, communications
specialist, and youth pastor, and further study in
fields such as applied history, law, social
psychology, music, medicine, and business.
Examples of organizations where graduates
obtained employment are A.T. & T., IBM,
McGraw-Hill Publishing, Xerox, Yale University
Medical School, Center of Military History,
Colgate Palmolive, and The Johns Hopkins
University, and examples of educational
institutions attended include Carnegie-Mellon
University, Dickinson School of Law, Peabody
Conservatory, University of Pennsylvania, and
Duke University.

Health Service

The College maintains a Health Service for the
benefit of all students. The objective of the
Health Service is to facilitate the physical and
emotional well being of the student. This is
accomplished through health education,
management of acute episodic illnesses, and
providing ongoing care for previously diagnosed
health problems. Medical information and health
records are maintained but are not included as
part of the student's college records; all such
medical information is confidential.

The Health Service requires that a questionnaire,
an immunization record, and a physical
examination be completed prior to entrance. If
the student has had any illness, surgical
procedure, or injury which might modify or
prevent his/her participation in physical
education, the family physician must stipulate in
writing the nature of the injury and the
limitations on activity.

All students must have the following: 1) Tetanus
immunization within 10 years; 2) Tuberculin skin
test within 1 year; 3) Rubella (German measles)
immunization or evidence of having had the
disease; 4) Rubeola (measles) immunization or
evidence of having had the disease.

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