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    Elizabethtown College
  Jan 19, 2018
Student Handbook 2017-18

About Elizabethtown College


Mission, Vision and Core Values

Vision: Elizabethtown College prepares a new generation of innovative thinkers and ethical leaders for global citizenship.


Mission: Elizabethtown College provides a transformative educational experience that cultivates personal strengths and develops a passion for lifelong learning and purposeful work.


Core Values: We affirm the values of peace, non-violence, human dignity and social justice and believe learning is most noble when used to benefit others.


Motto:  Educate for service.




Elizabethtown College Pledge of Integrity

“I pledge to respect all members of the Elizabethtown College community, and to act as a responsible member of the College community. I pledge to respect the free exchange of ideas both inside and outside the classroom. I pledge to represent as my work only that which is indeed my own, refraining from all forms of lying, plagiarizing, cheating, and academic dishonesty. As members of the Elizabethtown College community, we hold each other responsible in the maintaining of these values.”

– adopted in 1995 by Elizabethtown College students and faculty (revised in 2014).

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Elizabethtown College does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, possession of a general education development certificate as compared to a high school diploma, or any other legally protected status. This commitment applies but is not limited to decisions made with respect to hiring and promotion, the administration educational programs and policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other College administered programs. Discriminatory acts of any kind are strictly forbidden.

Any person having inquiries concerning Elizabethtown College’s application of non-discrimination policies, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975,should contact one of the following:

Richelyn Penn Mekile, Director of Human Resources

Myer Hall, One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown PA 17022 or 717.361.1406


Armenta Hinton, Equity and Title IX Coordinator

219 High Library, One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown PA 17022 or 717.361.1179


Lynne Davies, Director of Disability Services

228 Baugher Student Center, One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown PA 17022 or 717.361.1227

For further information on non-discrimination, visit or contact the Philadelphia Office of the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Suite 515, The Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3323, or 215.656.8541.


Educational Philosophy and Learning Goals

Elizabethtown College engages students in a dynamic, integrated learning process that blends the liberal arts and professional studies. Challenged to take responsibility for their education, students at Elizabethtown embark on a journey of self-transformation that involves intellectual, social, and personal growth.

The College is committed to educating the whole person within a relationship-centered learning community where common goals are achieved through engagement in a rigorous academic curriculum and thoughtful co-curricular experiences. Students are encouraged to develop and challenge their own values, while seeking to understand and appreciate alternative perspectives. Embedded in an ever-changing global context, the College promotes the developmental, collaborative and complex nature of learning.

In seeking to “educate for service,” Elizabethtown College believes that students can perform no greater service than they do when sharing knowledge and creativity with others. Opportunities to strengthen scholarship and leadership extend beyond the classroom, and students learn actively through practical experiences and civic engagement.

The impact of an Elizabethtown College education is long lasting and far-reaching because it is deeply transformative. Students acquire new habits of mind and heart–some in the course of the undergraduate experience, others as students grow beyond college.

At Elizabethtown College, students are inspired and challenged to:

  • Assume responsibility for their intellectual development, personal growth and well-being. Students will learn to sharpen their curiosity and become aware of the capabilities, strategies and resources needed to learn.
  • Reason, analyze and engage in critical thinking. Students will make, systematically evaluate, and, if necessary, refute arguments and claims—both their own and those of others.
  • Demonstrate thoughtful and articulate communication by applying knowledge in a variety of contexts, including writing, speaking, listening and interpretation.
  • Understand the creative process and its role in human expression, and cultivate the ability to make informed aesthetic judgments.
  • Navigate diverse cultural worldviews and perspectives, with the realization that differing frames of reference influence analysis, communication and behavior.
  • Make reflective ethical decisions and act with integrity to seek just outcomes with relationships, communities and society.
  • Apply and integrate different strands of learning and comprehend interconnections in the process of gaining knowledge and experience.
  • Identify and cultivate a sense of purpose that inspires a commitment to meaningful work in service to society.


Commitment to Diversity – Embracing Inclusive Excellence

Elizabethtown College is committed to valuing and fostering the diversity reflected in our life together and in the world beyond our campus. We strive to ensure that the members of the community–students, faculty, staff, and administrators–are diverse in race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, gender, gender identity and expression, age, and national origin. We also seek to provide our community members, especially our students, with educational opportunities, programs, and services that are multicultural in content and expressive of a diverse life of experiences and worldviews that underrepresented groups bring to the learning environment.

The College’s commitment to maintaining and growing a diverse community of education is an integral part of principled efforts to achieve academic excellence and to educate our students for service to humanity and the world. Guided by this commitment, the College affirms the following three principles:

  • Diversity in our educational life promotes learning and academic excellence. One of the most significant practices required for achieving academic excellence is direct engagement with multiple sources of knowledge, worldviews, experiences, and skills. A truly liberal–and excellent–education is neither parochial in content nor singular in perspective but comprehensive in its attention to the rich facts, insights, and attributes of our diverse social world.
  • Diversity in our social life prepares us to participate in a global community. Familiarity with the diverse identities, beliefs, and practices found in our global community provides a strong foundation for undertaking effective and constructive work in the world beyond our campus. We serve our community members well not by creating a campus marked by uniformity, but by offering them the social diversity that is characteristic of our increasingly interdependent world.
  • Diversity in our campus life models our institutional commitment to social justice, human dignity, and peace. By becoming a diverse community, we provide access and equal opportunities for individuals and communities who have long been excluded from mainstream society. And this allows us to create the understanding of difference that is required for building a just and peaceful world.


Structure and Governance

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees has final legislative authority in all matters pertaining to the purpose of the College and the policies for fulfilling the statement of purpose. Among the Board’s primary functions are selecting the president of the College, developing and sustaining the philosophy and policies of the College, setting the costs of tuition and fees, adopting the annual budget, and approving plans for developing and maintaining the physical plant.

Faculty Assembly

The Faculty Assembly consists of full-time instructional personnel, the President, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students, and full-time librarians.  The president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer of the Student Senate may participate in meetings of the Faculty Assembly, without vote. The Faculty Assembly has the primary responsibility for determining requirements for admission and graduation and for approving candidates for degrees. The Faculty Assembly also has the primary responsibility for establishing policies and standards for curricular and other aspects of the academic program of the College.

Student Senate

The Elizabethtown College Student Senate is comprised of 48 members, 12 from each class. The purpose of Student Senate is to advocate for student rights on campus, and to bring student voices and ideas into the process of improving the Elizabethtown College campus and community. All student clubs and organizations seeking college support or the use of college resources must register with Student Senate every year. The Dean of Students is the advisor.

Student Senate meetings are open to anyone in the college community and are held on Thursdays at 3:45pm in Hoover 212. Contact information is:

Location:    BSC 244




Elizabethtown College Organizational Chart

Please refer to the college organizational chart or call the Vice President for Student Life if you have a question about college operations.



Campus Councils and Committees

Academic Council

Proposes academic policy and oversees the curriculum and the quality of the academic program.


Academic Occasions

Recommends policies and procedures and designates responsibility for commencement, convocation, and other academic occasions.


Academic Review Committee

Conducts hearings on cases of alleged violations of the standards of academic integrity.


Academic Standing Committee

Conducts periodic review of academic standards and academic dismissal procedures and makes recommendations to the Academic Council.


Athletics Committee

Recommends and interprets policies regarding inter-collegiate and advises the Director of Athletics in implementing athletic programs.


Campus Life Council

Consists of representatives of the faculty, student body, and administration who plan and implement the annual student awards ceremony.


Core Program Committee

Recommends policies related to core program and advises the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty in matters of staffing, implementing, and funding of the Core curriculum.


Educational Assessment Committee

Ensures that student learning is regularly and skillfully assessed and that the results of these assessment activities are used to strengthen the educational program and inform resource allocation across the institution.


Honors Committee

Advises the Honors Program Director in overseeing the program, including the selection and ongoing evaluation of Honors Program participants, determining criteria for Honors credits and courses, selecting and evaluating Honors courses, and making policy decisions.


Parking Appeals Board

Reviews all parking ticket appeals; meets monthly.


Religious Life Committee

Responsible for planning campus-wide program­ming and serves as a consultant group to the Office of the Chaplain.


Resources and Strategic Planning Council

The Resources and Strategic Planning Council, in collaboration with the Senior Staff, is responsible for the oversight of all matters related to resources and strategic planning, including resource allocation, budgeting, and the evaluation of business and tuition models. The council is charged with monitoring trends and making recommendations concerning enrollment, college finances, and resource allocations. It will develop long-range strategic plans in consultation with relevant committees and Senior Staff and assess the implementation of all strategic goals.  The Chair of RSPC will report at least quarterly to the Executive Council and the college President, and will submit a written report to the Faculty Assembly, Board of Trustees, and Student Senate a minimum of once each semester. 

Drug-Free Campus

The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees is not permitted by Elizabethtown College. The College adheres to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989.

Violations (e.g., possession, sale, use, transfer, purchase and/or delivery of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia) will result in a student conduct referral. Refer to the Student Code of Conduct  for information on the conduct process and disciplinary sanctions.

In addition to the College’s disciplinary sanctions, violators are subject to legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law. The College recognizes drug abuse not only as a safety and security concern, but as an illness and major health problem. Consistent with the concern related to all life threatening illnesses and serious diseases, the College offers a range of resources and services as follows:

  1. Student education and information is available through the Dean of Students’ Office.
  2. Counseling and support services are available through Counseling Services.
  3. Referral to agencies and organizations which offer supportive services is available through Student Wellness, as well as other Student Life offices.


Alcohol and Drug-Free Workplace

As required by law, Elizabethtown College is obligated to provide a drug-free, safe, healthful, and secure workplace for all employees (including student employees). In turn, our employees are expected to arrive for work in proper mental and physical condition.

The College has a zero tolerance policy for disruptive behavior, unsafe conditions, or unsatisfactory work performance resulting from alcohol or drug use. Violations of this policy will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, or referral for prosecution or other legal consequences. The College prohibits the unlawful sale, manufacture, distribution, use, dispensation, or possession of a controlled substance on College property or while conducting College business off the premises.


Federal and State Penalties

Under the Federal Controlled Substance Act and Pennsylvania state laws, individuals face penalties for unlawful manufacturing, distribution, use and possession of controlled substances. The penalties vary based on the type of drug or level of alcohol involved, possession and intent to distribute. Federal law sets penalties for the first offense ranging from one year to life imprisonment and/or $100,000 to $4 million in fines. Penalties may include forfeiture of property, including vehicles used to possess, transport or conceal a controlled substance or denial of federal benefits such as student loans and professional licenses. Convictions under state law may be misdemeanor or felony crimes, with sanctions ranging from six months to life imprisonment and/or $250 to $100,000 in fines.

Federal law holds that any person who distributes possesses with intent to distribute, or manufactures a controlled substance in, or within one thousand feet of an educational facility is subject to a doubling of the applicable maximum punishments and fines. A similar state law carries sanctions of up to five years imprisonment and up to a $100,000 fine for similar violations.


Smoke-Free Campus

Elizabethtown College is dedicated to providing a healthy, comfortable, and productive work and living-learning environment. Campus buildings are smoke-free. Smoking and the use of tobacco in any form is prohibited in all facilities of Elizabethtown College at all locations, including College vehicles. Additionally, the Baugher Student Center terrace areas, all athletic venues and outdoor classrooms are smoke-free zones. This policy applies to all students, employees, clients, contractors, and visitors. Smoking shall be permitted only at a reasonable distance (20 feet or more) outside any enclosed area or building entrance so as to ensure that secondhand smoke does not enter the area through entrances, windows, ventilation systems, or any other means. Smokers must dispose of cigarette butts in appropriate receptacles rather than littering.


College Communication

Elizabethtown College typically will communicate with traditional students through their College-issued student mail boxes and via e-mail through the Campus Connections system. On some occasions, a College representative also may contact a student by sending a letter through U.S. mail to the student’s home address or by calling the student’s home telephone number. Students should check these modes of communication frequently for important information from Elizabethtown College.

Whistleblower Policy

Elizabethtown College is committed to the highest standards of all business practices. This policy is created to enable all employees of the College to report concerns about possible business or financial misconduct, with the reassurance they will be protected from any retaliation for acting in good faith. For the purpose of this policy, misconduct may include, but is not limited to:

  • Theft of cash or College property
  • Misappropriation of College funds
  • Falsification of accounting or financial records, including accounting omissions
  • Misappropriation of grant funds
  • Inappropriate authorization, allocation or spending of College funds
  • Falsification of reported work hours (including student employees)
  • Kickbacks

When making a good faith report, the reporter will not be subject to retaliation by the College. To file a report under this policy, an employee may do so via telephone or in person during regular operating hours or by mail to the Director of Human Resources or the College President. By telephone one could report anonymously through the ECTipline 855-696-1899. If reporting in house the employee will need to submit in writing a report relative to the business or financial misconduct. A good faith report should contain factual information, dates, names, locations, and any other information to warrant an investigation. Contact information of the individual submitting the report should also be included.  Confidentiality of the reporter will be maintained to the extent practicable by law and the legitimate needs of the investigation.


Upon receipt of the report explaining the business or financial misconduct, an investigation will ensue promptly. Any employee found to have engaged in business or financial misconduct will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including immediate termination of employment and prosecution by the appropriate law enforcement authorities.


If the reporter experiences any retaliation from the individual wrongdoer(s), it should be immediately reported to the Director of Human Resources.

Employees found to have made knowingly false or misleading reports will be subject to disciplinary action including possible termination of employment.


Reports of business or financial misconduct by a student will be turned over to the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students.



Any member of the College Community may also file a report by using the ECTipline.  This number is to be used for non-emergency situations.


  • Call 855.696.1899.  A representative is available 24/7.
  • The ECTipline provides an option for making an anonymous report.

The College reserves the right to assume the role of the Complainant and to refer student misconduct to local law enforcement.