Jun 22, 2018  
College Catalog 2011-2012 
College Catalog 2011-2012 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life

Division of Student Life

Elizabethtown College recognizes that learning and achievement extend beyond the classroom.

Through the Division of Student Life, we provide students with the opportunity to make connections with campus resources, to develop necessary skills for success, and to productively join in college life. Elizabethtown offers a comprehensive collection of co-curricular programs and services that supports our students’ growth and development and enriches their college experience.

For more information, please visit www.etown.edu/campus-life/?topic=Student+Life+Offices.

Dean of Students

Elizabethtown’s Dean of Students serves as the chief student affairs officer and the primary advocate for our students. The Dean, together with the Student Life staff, works with students and faculty to shape the living and learning environment and enhance the quality of life for all students.

For more information, please visit www.etown.edu/offices/dean-of-students.


Elizabethtown College proudly sponsors one of the top NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic programs in the nation. Enjoying an 80-year tradition of success, the College’s 20-team, 13-sport varsity program operates within the principles and rules of the NCAA and the Middle Atlantic Conference’s philosophy of amateur student-athlete participation. Our exceptional coaching staff believes in the importance of integrating our students’ academic and athletic experiences.

All Elizabethtown students receive free admission to home contests. The entire campus community joins in cheering on our Blue Jays to victory.

Elizabethtown College also offers a multi-sport intramural program, including soccer, basketball, volleyball, softball, water polo, etc. With our varsity program, our intramural program provides students of all abilities and interests a variety of opportunities to learn through athletic competition and to remain physically fit.

For more information, please visit www.etownbluejays.com.

Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities upholds practices of a facilitative and fair nature, respecting individual rights while balancing these with community integrity, honesty, civility and safety. The Office holds the primary function of investigating and resolving alleged incidents while working collaboratively with many community members, such as the Dean of Students and staff members of such organizations as Residence Life, Campus Security, the Athletics Department, the Center for Student Success, and the Office of Diversity. Further, this Office is dedicated to enriching the social learning experiences of students, whether within a hearing discussing integrity or by training Peer Board members about higher education leadership. The Office staff members take pride in their daily interactions with students, especially in their goal of proactively educating students not only about the College’s policies and procedures but also about the College’s goals of living healthy, balanced and ethically rich lives.

For more information, please visit www.etown.edu/offices/student-rights.

Student Health

Student Health provides health information and educational programs to encourage students to make healthy lifestyle choices. The organization also collaborates with the Penn State Hershey Medical Group to provide quality medical care to our students at the Medical Group’s Elizabethtown office.

To support personal well-being, Student Health offers The WELL, a resource room that provides self-help kits and health information. Additionally, a virtual WELL, featuring online health information and campus resources, is available at www2.etown.edu/thewell/. Students Promoting Awareness and Responsible Choices (S.P.A.R.C.) works closely with the Student Health staff to coordinate health promotion and disease prevention efforts.

Of note, health insurance is required for all full-time Elizabethtown College students. The cost of the insurance is included in the fall tuition bill. Students who have comparable insurance and wish to be exempt from this requirement must sign a waiver.

For the protection of the College community, all full-time students are required to provide proof of immunization against rubella, rubeola, mumps, hepatitis B, varicella and meningitis and the absence of tuberculosis. The College reserves the right to deny access to the campus to anyone who is judged to be actively contagious with a serious condition or disease.

For more information, please visit www.etown.edu/offices/health.

Residence Life

Elizabethtown College students are required to live in campus housing unless they are approved to live off-campus. The College offers a variety of housing options, including traditional residence halls, on-campus town houses and apartments, and Student Directed Learning Communities (SDLC).

In the traditional residence halls there are several floors designated as Living and Learning Communities, which are focused residential living/learning environments. In addition, students have the opportunity to live on floors designated as Quiet Study.

Juniors and seniors have the option to apply to live in our SDLCs. Established in 1992, SDLCs are housing opportunities in College-owned homes along the perimeter of the campus. These houses offer small groups of students the opportunity to create a unique, self-directed living environment, centered on a common theme, issue or interest through which the group is expected to serve others and enrich the campus or the neighboring community.

Throughout the year, Residence Life staff members and student resident assistants create engaging programming and activities that enhance campus life and continue the educational experience outside of the classroom.

For more information, please visit www.etown.edu/offices/residence-life.

Center for Student Success

The Center for Student Success provides comprehensive academic and career support services to Elizabethtown College students. The Center is comprised of distinct, yet integrated, service areas, including the following: Academic Advising, Career Services, Counseling Services, Disability Services, and Learning Services. Additionally, the Center’s Director chairs Elizabethtown’s Campus Wellness Network.

Academic Advising

Academic Advising assists students in the development of meaningful educational plans that are compatible with their life goals. This assistance, which supports and complements the faculty advising system on campus, is offered to all students at Elizabethtown College.

First-year students are assigned a faculty advisor, who also is their First-Year Seminar instructor. In their second semester, first-year students may declare a major and, if they do, will be assigned a faculty advisor from the Department of their chosen major. Deciding or undeclared students remain with their first-year advisor for another semester, and thereafter will be assigned to one of our professional advisors from Academic Advising until they declare a major. Additionally, our students benefit from support and guidance from trained peer mentors, resident assistants and Student Life professionals.

At Elizabethtown, we strive to provide support to those students who are experiencing difficulty when it is the most productive – early in the situation’s development and while there is still an opportunity to resolve it with a successful outcome. This office uses a time-proven, five-week early warning system, which is intended to identify first– and second-year students in jeopardy. This early-warning system provides intervention, referral and support. Additionally, Academic Advising provides support to all students at the College who are placed on academic probation.

For more information, please visit www.etown.edu/offices/advising.

Career Services

Career Services assists students with all aspects of the career development process, from career and major selection to finding employment after graduation. Introduced in spring 2011, e4 provides students with a comprehensive career development program. Students may engage in a series of workshops designed to assist them in four phases of the career development process: explore, envision, experience, and enact.

In addition to participation in e4, a career counselor is available to help students explore majors and careers, obtain graduate school information, and develop the job search and interview skills that are necessary to finding internship and full-time employment. Participation in job shadowing opportunities, career fairs, on-campus recruiting, and Jobs for Jays – our online job and internship posting system – provides students with an opportunity to connect with potential employers.

For more information, please visit www.etown.edu/careerservices.aspx.  

Counseling Services

Counseling Services provides a broad range of counseling and mental health support services that facilitate our students’ personal and educational development. Counselors offer short-term counseling, consultation and/or referral for a variety of mental health concerns.

Counseling Services is staffed by licensed mental health professionals and has limited psychiatrist hours available on a biweekly basis during fall and spring terms.

For more information, please visit www.etown.edu/offices/counseling.

Disability Services

Elizabethtown College is committed to providing equal access to all of its courses, programs and services for qualified students with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990.

Students requesting academic adjustments and accommodations can do so by having their health care provider complete the appropriate disability-related information form located on the Disability Services website. All requests for academic adjustments and accommodations are reviewed by the Disability Review Board. The Director of Disability Services will contact the student regarding the decision. 

For further clarification about policies for students with disabilities or for information about the College’s disability policy grievance procedures, please contact Lynne Davies, Director of Disability Services, at 717-361-1227 or daviesl@etown.edu.

For more information, please visit www.etown.edu/offices/disability.

Learning Services

Learning Services encourages all enrolled students to take advantage of peer tutoring and resources for college success. Professional staff members provide students with assistance in time management, test-taking preparation, and study strategies. Faculty-recommended students provide peer tutoring in writing and specific academic courses.

For more information, please visit www.etown.edu/offices/learning.

Campus Wellness Network

Elizabethtown College’s Campus Wellness Network is an effective student support system that seeks to proactively identify and aid at-risk students. Composed of faculty and staff, the Campus Wellness Network bridges academic and co-curricular aspects of college life at Elizabethtown to take a more holistic approach to student success.

Any member of the campus community may refer to the Campus Wellness Network a student who he/she believes is experiencing difficulty in or out of the classroom. Once identified, the Network will formulate an appropriate course of intervention that will suggest choices and options that the at-risk student may not have recognized. Through interventions, students receive the support they need and learn valuable skills that benefit them not only during their college career, but throughout their lives.

For more information, please visit www.etown.edu/offices/counseling/campus-wellness-network.

Center for Student Involvement

Through the activities of the Center for Student Involvement, Elizabethtown College students are offered productive and engaging programming that allows them to connect with the campus community, to get involved, and to build lasting memories of their college experience. The Center also provides opportunity, direction and support for tomorrow’s leaders as they develop the skills that will benefit them for a lifetime.

Through the Center, three professional offices – the Office of the Chaplain and Director of Religious Life, the Office of Student Activities, and the Office of Diversity – provide a variety of programs and services. Center for Student Involvement staff also administer the College’s Called to Lead program.

In addition, five student organizations join in enhancing campus life by planning unique events and offering services to Elizabethtown students. These organizations include Students Working to Entertain E-town (S.W.E.E.T.), which plans and coordinates special events; The Etownian, our student-run newspaper; the Conestogan, the College yearbook; Campus Residence Association (CRA), which provides programming and educational services in the College’s residence halls; and Student Senate, the student governing body.

Office of the Chaplain and Religious Life

The Office of the Chaplain and Director of Religious Life strives to create a vital and vibrant atmosphere for spiritual growth and religious exploration. Each year, the Office sponsors Soul Café, Interdenominational Christian Worship, interfaith prayer services, the Labyrinth Experience, Fake Fireplace…Real Conversation, alternative spring break trip, and more. The Chaplain and Assistant Chaplain are available to students for spiritual mentoring, pastoral care and vocational exploration.

Religious Life on campus also includes many active student groups, as well as a number of ministries from various denominations and organizations, including Catholic Campus Ministry, Brethren student fellowship, Campus Crusade for Christ, the Faith in Action student group, Hillel Club, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, Lutheran Campus Ministry, and Newman Club.

For more information, please visit www.etown.edu/offices/chaplain. 

Office of Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities (OSA) strives to create an environment that calls for participation and involvement in the campus community and to develop students into campus leaders. OSA is comprised of a network of students that provide a wide range of programming for the student body: S.W.E.E.T. sponsors social events on and off campus, from comedians to city excursions; A Step Up provides edu-tainment programs to advance a student’s knowledge base in a unique learning experience; and E-fit is a fitness series that combines free group fitness classes on and off campus with free passes to the local gym. OSA coordinates intramurals, to give students the opportunity for friendly competition in a growing number of sports and contests. The Office also serves as the primary resource to the College’s more than 80 student groups that strive to enhance their individual contributions to the College community.

For more information, please visit www.etown.edu/offices/osa.

Office of Diversity

The Office of Diversity seeks to create and sustain an inclusive environment that examines, recognizes and affirms the human dignity of all regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, gender, gender identity and expression, age and national origin.

For more information, please visit www.etown.edu/offices/diversity.

Called to Lead Program

Called to Lead invites students to enlarge their potential by exploring leadership within the context of the meaning of life, the many things that really matter to them, and the ethical issues and concerns of the world. Students personally craft their own program from an a la carte menu of events, where faculty and staff address the question of what really matters in the world and why it matters, sharing networking dinners with alumni; participating in servant-leadership trips; attending mini-workshops on special topics, such as managing group conflict or leading from personal strengths; choosing innovative academic courses; and engaging in reading groups.

Students accumulate points for participation in events and courses, and receive recognition at the milestones of 300 and 600 points. Those who reach 1,000 points receive our Called to Lead certificate and a signature sash to wear at Commencement.

The Called to Lead program includes students from more than 20 different majors ranging from business to education to theatre. Currently, more than 300 students are involved in the program.

For more information, please visit www.etown.edu/offices/chaplain/called-to-lead.