May 27, 2024  
College Catalog 2019-2020 
College Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life

Division of Student Life

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

The Vice President, together with the educators in Student Life, 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 comprehensive co-curricular programs and services that supports our students’ growth and development and enriches their college experience.

Vice President for Student Life

Elizabethtown’s Vice President for Student Life serves as the senior student affairs administrator and the primary advocate for our students. The Vice President, 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.

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Elizabethtown College proudly sponsors one of the top NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletic programs in the nation. Enjoying an 89-year tradition of success, the College’s 24-team, 13-sport varsity program operates within the principles and rules of the NCAA and the Landmark 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.

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Campus Security

The Department of Campus Security is a multi-service agency that provides safety, security, fire prevention, crime prevention, and emergency management on the Elizabethtown College campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Campus Security staff are non-sworn personnel. Campus Security additionally employs a contingent of student patrol officers or SPO’s, who supplement Campus Security operations by performing basic security functions including foot patrol, escorts, building checks, and special event security. The department works closely and cooperatively with federal, state, and local agencies, as well as all on-campus offices, regarding problems of mutual concern. Campus Security also serves a variety of other functions including responding to all medical emergencies, alarms, parking enforcement, access control, and providing information to college guests and visitors.

The Campus Security office is located at 605 South Mount Joy Street, directly across from the Office of Residence Life. For more information, please visit

Career Services

Career Services assists students with all aspects of the career development process, from choosing a career, to selecting a major, and implementing their post-graduate plans. Students are encouraged to connect in their first year with Career Services to develop goals that will integrate their passions, skills, and values as they pursue curricular and co-curricular activities.

Signature programs include:

Career Pathway courses provide students with the opportunity to engage in 1-credit classes designed according to their year of study. Topics include exploring career options, mapping your career plan, developing professional skills, and implementing your post-graduate plans.

Job Shadowing and Informational Interviews enable students to experience “a day in the life of” a professional related to their field of interest. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their interests and gain an insider’s perspective of a possible career option.

Wings of Success Internship Program coaches students through the internship search and supports a student’s development of skills such as teamwork, written communication, time and project management, problem solving, and relating to a supervisor.

P.O.S.T. (Program on Senior Transitions) helps seniors prepare for their next steps. This mini-conference style event has sessions on developing a budget, student loans, interviewing skills, resume reviews, and Linkedin information.

Networking and Employer Connections help students reach their career goals. These connections are facilitated through career fairs, on-campus recruiting, career panels and presentations, employer site visits, mentoring, networking sessions, and the use of Handshake (our online job posting system).

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CP 150 - Career and Purposeful Pathways  

Center for Student Involvement

The Center for Student Involvement is a crossroads space for the many leadership, service, civic, governing, wellness, international, religious, cultural, club/group, entertainment, and fun activities at Elizabethtown College. In the CSI space, you will find Called to Lead, Community & Civic Engagement, Chaplain’s Office, Club & Group Lockers, International Student Services, Peer Mentors, Purposeful Life Pathways, Strengths Education and Coaching, Student Activities (OSA), Student Senate, Student Wellness, and The Well.

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 Cafe, Interdenominational Christian Worship, interfaith prayer services, the Labyrinth Experience, Fake Fireplace, Real Conversation, and a spring break Civil Rights Interfaith Leadership & Service Trip. 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, Campus Crusade for Christ, Hillel Club, the Humanist Alliance, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and Muslim Students and Friends. The Chaplain and Assistant Chaplain are available to students for spiritual mentoring, pastoral care, and vocational exploration. For more information, please visit

Called to Lead Program

The overall mission of Called to Lead is to empower students, faculty, and staff to clarify vocational calling and discover individual leadership strengths that will allow them to practice visionary servant leadership in support of the College’s motto Educate for Service. In Called to Lead, students engage in faculty and staff led discussions, take innovative academic courses, work with personal mentors, embark on servant leadership trips, learn from their peers, lead campus organizations, and share in networking dinners. Students earn points throughout the program; points signify learning. Students who complete the program earn a certificate and recognition at commencement. Explore our website to find out more:

Strengths Education

At Elizabethtown College, we believe that every single person has unique natural talents. Our goal is to help each person discover their strengths and unlock their potential. We begin by utilizing the Clifton Strengths inventory, backed by 50 years of research and developed by Gallup. Students have the opportunity to complete this online inventory, which returns their top 5 themes of talent, and engage in educational opportunities to learn how to utilize their strengths to succeed.

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Center for Student Success

The Center for Student Success provides comprehensive academic support services to Elizabethtown College students. The Center is comprised of distinct, yet integrated, service areas, including Academic Advising, Disability Services, Learning Zone, Writing Wing, Commuter Student House and International Student Services. Additionally, the Center’s Director chairs the Campus Wellness Network.

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Academic Advising

Academic Advising guides students in the development of meaningful educational plans that are compatible with their life goals. This program supports and complements the faculty advising system on campus, and is available 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. Exploring 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, peer academic advisors, resident assistants, and other Student Life professionals.

We strive to support students who are experiencing difficulty when that academic advice is the most productive – early and while there is still an opportunity to resolve concerns with a successful outcome. This office coordinates the use of Starfish Alert and Connect software system. This early-warning system provides a tool for intervention, referral and support. Additionally, Academic Advising provides support to all students at the College who are placed on academic probation.

The Director of Academic Advising or designee may conduct academic progress checks by contacting faculty to determine a student’s current academic standing, attendance, participation, and observable behavior in courses for the purpose of follow-up, support, or intervention.

The Director of Academic Advising or designee may notify faculty and staff when a student is unable to attend classes due to brief illness, hospitalization, death of a loved one, or other personal circumstances. The notification is to facilitate communication only and does not supersede individual course attendance policies. The student will be responsible for contacting faculty to discuss missed work. The student or family member may call (717) 361-1415 for more information. For more information regarding a Leave of Absence or withdrawal from the College, see Academic Policies .

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.

The Office of Disability Services requires documentation from the treating health care provider about a student’s condition in order to establish the presence of a disability, gain an understanding of how the disability affects the student’s ability to function in a college setting, and make informed decisions about reasonable accommodations and adjustments. All requests for academic adjustments and accommodations are reviewed by the Director of Disability Services.

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.

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Learning Zone

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

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The Writing Wing

The Writing Wing can help all students improve their writing with the help of student tutors who are trained and updated on their skills by a faculty member who teaches writing at Elizabethtown, and who is a professional writer. Writing Wing tutors are friendly, and it’s easy for students connect with them for an hour-long session. Many tutors are education or English majors, but there are also some from other majors. We emphasize a chain of events frequently called the writing process. It’s not simply a proofreading service; instead, it’s a learning service aimed at helping students become better writers. The Writing Wing also conducts workshops about all aspects of writing for faculty and students and can act as a resource about writing for anyone in the campus community.

To learn more about The Writing Wing, please visit, or to stop by and see us in the Baugher Student Center, second floor, in Learning Services.

Office of International Students and Scholars

Elizabethtown College welcomes students each year from more than 25 countries who choose to study at Elizabethtown either as exchange students for a semester or year, or who pursue full degree programs. The Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) provides assistance and advice for these students and sponsors international co-curricular programs on campus. The Director of International Student Services serves the international student community by providing orientation and New International Student Seminar programs for new students, advising students about immigration and visa issues, and providing guidance about U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of State regulations. The Director also advises students about employment, taxes, extracurricular programming, and supervises the International Leadership Team.

ISS 101 - Seminar for International Student Success  

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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 also throughout their lives.

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Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities

The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR) holds the primary function of resolving alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct, working collaboratively with community members, including the Vice President of Student Life, staff members of Residence Life, Campus Security, Athletics, the Center for Student Success, the Center for Student Involvement, and the Office of Diversity. The SRR office upholds practices of a facilitative and fair nature, respecting individual rights while balancing these with community integrity, honesty, civility, and safety. The SRR office is dedicated to enriching the social learning experiences of students, whether within the formal resolution process or by connecting students with mediation and restorative opportunities. The SRR office staff members take pride in their daily interactions with students, especially in their goal of educating students about the College’s policies and procedures as well as the College’s goals of living healthy, balanced, and ethically rich lives.

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Residence Life

Elizabethtown College is a residential college, which means students who choose to live on campus as first year students, will continue to live on campus throughout their time as undergraduates. There is so much for students to engage with on campus - from academic events to clubs and organizations to athletic games - that we know the Elizabethtown College experience is best when students live in on-campus housing for their undergraduate journey. The residential facilities at E-town are vibrant and inclusive communities where students live out their strengths, build meaningful relationships, explore big concepts like purpose and service, and prepare for post-college life. We call this the Live E-town experience. Incoming residential students complete a four-year Housing Agreement prior to arriving on campus for move-in day, with the exception of students that opt to commute from home. Residential housing options on campus include traditional residence halls, townhouses, apartments, and campus-owned houses, and students can choose to participate in a variety of themed housing opportunities.

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Counseling Services and Student Health

The office of Counceling Services and Student Health provides services and programs to foster the physical, emotional, and psychological well-being and development of Elizabethtown College students in order to facilitate students’ personal, social, and academic success. We use a team and holistic approach to help students in a diversity-affirming environment.

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Student Health

Student Health medical care is provided in collaboration with Penn State Health Medical Group Elizabethtown, at 1 Continental Drive in Elizabethtown (on the edge of campus, just off College Avenue near the Alumni House). Students can meet with our College Health Liaison for no additional charge, or use their health insurance (a variety of types are accepted) to meet with one of the other health care providers.

Eileen Wagener RN, College Health Liaison, phone = 717-489-1021

Penn State Health Medical Group Elizabethtown, phone = 717-361-0666

For medical concerns after hours, please call Campus Security at 717-361-1264 (to access the Nurse Triage line for non-urgent concerns) or 717-361-1111 (for a medical crisis).

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Counseling Services

Counseling Services provides a broad range of counseling and mental health support services that facilitate our students’ personal, social, and academic development. Our licensed mental health professionals provide short-term individual counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, and consultation to currently enrolled students for no additional charge. Counseling services are provided in a confidential and diversity-affirming environment to help students address a variety of mental health, situational, and developmental concerns. Our office is located in the Baugher Student Center, Suite 216. Appointments can be made in person or by calling 717-361-1405. Urgent walk-in services are also available. To access our after-hours crisis services, please call the 24/7 Campus Security number of 717-361-1111.

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Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-Being

The Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-Being serves as a dynamic campus hub for health and well-being as well as supports the college’s expanding athletics program.  It provides purposeful programming and a state-of-the-art facility that inspires, educates and empowers students and the campus community to cultivated healthy and active lifestyles.  Features of the space include a cardio, strength and fitness area, group fitness rooms, multipurpose rooms, athletic training area, six athletic locker rooms, indoor track, three multi-use courts, smoothie bar, demonstration kitchen, relaxation room, lounges with fire places, an outdoor fire pit, and outdoor courts.  Within the Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-Being is the Office of Student Activities, Well-Being and Recreation (SAWR).  SAWR provides most of the extracurricular events and programming on campus, focusing on the holistic health of our campus community.

Office of Student Activities

The Office of Student Activities (OSA) is the student-run central programming organization on campus.  OSA is responsible for planning and executing a wide variety of events, both entertaining and educational, for the entire campus.  They also manage the social lounge, campus traditions, off-campus trips and a bike-share program.

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A variety of intramural sports are offered each semester that are free for students, faculty and staff to participate in.  Consisting of structured game play between other teams on campus, intramurals are a great way for the campus community to engage in physical activity and meet new people. 

Group Fitness

The Group Fitness program provides students, faculty and staff with an opportunity to participate in a variety of group exercise offerings that encourage and support a healthy lifestyle in a fun environment.  Classes are run by certified student instructors as well as employees and outside instructors.  We offer a diverse listing of classes each semester to accommodate a range of skills, interests and groups.

Health Promotion

Health Promotion strives to promote a healthier campus community through prevention programs and educational activities. Our Student Wellness Advocates focus on the eight dimensions of wellness to assist students in achieving individual well-being by making health choices based on their developing values. Health Promotion also offers The WELL, a resource room located in the Bowers Center for Sports, Fitness and Well-Being that provides free over-the-counter medications and wellness resources to students. For more information, please visit