Apr 07, 2020  
Student Handbook 2019-2020 
Student Handbook 2019-2020

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

mekiler@etown.edu or 717.361.1406


Armenta Hinton, Equity and Title IX Coordinator

Nicarry 236 & 237, One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown PA 17022

hintona@etown.edu or 717.361.1179


Lynne Davies, Director of Disability Services

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

daviesl@etown.edu or 717.361.1227

For further information on non-discrimination, visit www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr 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, OCR.Philadelphia@ed.gov 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.


Houses on Campus

Commuter House

The Commuter House is a comfortable space for commuting students to relax between classes, socialize with other students, study or meet for a group project.  Conveniently located at 625 S. Mount Joy Street, the commuter house is across from the Church of the Brethren parking lot, one of the many lots for commuting students. Some of the resources available to commuting students are a refrigerator, microwave, sink, wireless internet, coffee/tea/hot chocolate, comfortable seating, and a full bathroom.  For questions about commuting to campus, please contact Commuting Student Liaison, Michelle Henry at henrymichelle@etown.edu or 717.361.3017.

Mosaic House

The Mosaic House serves as a gathering place for students of diverse backgrounds and interests with spaces for events, meetings, studying, and lounging. Mosaic House hosts educational programs for the campus community and provides a supporting and welcoming environment for all students.  The House has space for students to spend time together socializing, having meetings, and studying. There are also workspaces for student groups who have demonstrated a commitment to diversity and inclusion. The address of the house is 346 East Orange Street.



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 of Elizabethtown College shall consist of (a) all full-time instructional personnel with rank of instructor or above; and (b) the President of the College, the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of Faculty, the Dean for Academic Affairs & Faculty Development, the Dean for Curriculum & Honors, the Associate Dean for Institution Effectiveness, the Dean of the School for Continuing and Professional Studies, the Vice President for Student Life, full-time professional librarians, and full-time lecturers. The President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary of the Student Senate may attend and participate in meetings of the Faculty Assembly, without vote.The Faculty shall recommend the requirements for admission and graduation, and policies and standards necessary for the conduct of the academic program of the College.  The Faculty is responsible for the ongoing shaping and modification of the college’s academic program.

It is the responsibility of the Faculty to make recommendations relative to the policies and standards governing faculty appointments, reappointments, non-reappointment, dismissal, promotion and tenure, and also matters affecting the professional welfare and activities of the Faculty.  It is the responsibility of the Faculty to develop and maintain the highest standards of professional behavior and ethics.

Staff Council

The Elizabethtown College Staff Council represents Elizabethtown College staff in reference to interests and issues that affect them. This group serves in an advisory capacity to Senior Staff at the College. The 13 members of the council are made up of representatives from all areas of our Elizabethtown Campus Community. Each representative serves a term of two years. The Officers of the Council consist of the Chair, Vice Chair, Web Communicator, and Secretary, and serve a term of one year as Officer.

Student Senate

The Elizabethtown College Student Senate is comprised of 55 members, including 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 Vice President for Student Life and Assistant Director of Student Activities are the advisors.

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 246

Website:    https://www.etown.edu/campus-life/senate/index.aspx

Facebook: www.facebook.com/EtownSenate

E-mail:       Senate@etown.edu

Campus Councils and Committees

Academic Council

Proposes academic policy and overseer and evaluator of the curriculum of the College and the quality of the academic program. The Council’s function is to consider academic questions that are fundamental in nature and broad-based in scope including, especially, the core curriculum.  In performing its function, Academic Council initiates and continuously reviews policy regarding admissions standards, degree requirements, and the content and quality of the overall curriculum and the academic programs.  All academic policies, procedures and decisions having broad or campus-wide implications must be submitted for approval at the next meeting of the Faculty Assembly.

Academic Standing Committee

Responsible for periodic review of academic standards and academic dismissal procedures. The Committee makes recommendations to Academic Council when changes in policy seem appropriate.  The Committee applies academic dismissal procedures and evaluates applications of students for reinstatement after such dismissal.  The Committee handles matters pertaining to academic probation, academic dismissal, readmission and deviations from the academic curriculum of the College as defined in the College Catalog. The Committee conducts hearings on cases of alleged violations of the standards of academic integrity, as those standards are defined in the Student Handbook. The Committee also hears appeals of course grades, in accordance with procedures set forth in the Student Handbook. In fulfilling these responsibilities, the Committee shall adhere to Academic Due Process, again as defined in the Student Handbook.

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

The Committee has oversight responsibility for policies related to the Core Program, and advises the DC&H in matters of staffing, implementing, and funding the Core Program.

Educational Assessment Committee

The primary mission of the EAC is to ensure that student learning is regularly and skillfully assessed and that the results of these assessment activities are used to strengthen educational programs and inform resource allocations across the institution.  The EAC also is responsible for ensuring that the College meets the intent and the technical requirements of Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Standard 14:  Assessment of student learning demonstrates that, at graduation, or other appropriate points; the institution’s students have knowledge, skills, and competencies consistent with institutional and appropriate higher education goals.

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, Staff Council, Board of Trustees, and Student Senate a minimum of once each semester. 

Elizabethtown College Organizational Chart

Please refer to the college organizational chart http://www.etown.edu/about/college-leadership.aspx or call the Vice President for Student Life if you have a question about college operations.

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 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 Vice President for Student Life’s 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 (25 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.



The purpose of the ECTipline is to provide a confidential way, outside of normal reporting procedures, for students and employees to report suspected violations of college policy and illegal activities.  Calls to the ECTipline can be anonymous however; without the ability to follow up with the reporter, an anonymous report  could limit the College’s ability to take appropriate action.   Any member of the College Community may also file a report by using the ECTipline. This number (855.696.1899) is to be used for non-emergency situations and a representative is available 24/7.


Crimes or violations occurring in real time or emergency situations should be reported by calling 911, or Campus Security at 717.361.1111.

The following is a list of examples of actions and violations that may be reported through the ECTipline.

  • Fraud;
  • Theft of cash or college property;
  • Willful damage, abuse, or destruction of College property or systems;
  • Verbal or physical harassment or intimidation of a co-worker, student, supervisor, or other member of the College community, including violation of the College’s Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, or Bullying Policy;
  • Bias-related incidents;
  • Violation of the College’s Code of Conduct and other college policies;
  • Various college policies and procedures such as Standards of Conduct, Whistleblower Policy, Drug- free Workplace, etc;
  • Violation of local, state, or federal laws and regulations;
  • Any act which may endanger the safety of others;
  • Any act that may cause harm or danger to a minor on campus;
  • Inappropriate authorization, allocation, or spending of college funds;
  • Falsification of payroll, accounting, or financial records, including accounting omissions;
  • Falsification of college documents or files;
  • Improper misrepresentation of one’s self;
  • Misappropriation of grant or gift funds;
  • Violation of NCAA guidelines;
  • Computer security violations or unauthorized access;

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