Feb 01, 2023  
2022-2023 Student Handbook 
2022-2023 Student Handbook

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, the Americans with Disabilities Amdendments Act of 2008, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975,should contact one of the following:

For Employees contact:

Ann Thompson, Director of Human Resources

Myer Hall, One Alpha Drive, Elizabethtown PA 17022

Thompsonann@etown.edu, 717.361.1395


Nichole Gonzalez, Dean of Students

(Title IX Coordinator)

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

gonzaleznichole@etown.edu, 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 and Belonging

Etown is committed to creating a culturally vibrant campus community that values diversity, equity and inclusion, where all community members achieve a sense of belonging. The following are the goals and objectives outlined in our Etown College Strategic Plan, established in 2021:


1. Integrate cultural intelligence as a learning outcome throughout all academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and professional development programs.

a. Implement a three-year plan to evaluate all courses offered address diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) confirming each major has a DEI component by fall 2022 and implement enhancements by fall 2024.

b. Define DEI learning outcomes for curricular, co-curricular, and select extra-curricular activities by fall 2023.

c. Create an annual multi-leveled professional development program for employees and student leaders related to DEI by fall 2022 and implement by spring 2023.


2. Foster a genuine sense of belonging in all members of the College by ensuring policies, practices and culture will build a diverse, equitable, accessible and just community.

a. Establish faculty and staff affinity groups by fall 2022 and connect faculty and staff of underrepresented backgrounds with regional consortia to increase support and retention by fall 2023.

b. Launch diversity, equity and inclusion assessments beginning fall 2022 (and every two years) to determine needed resources and support for campus community members with underrepresented identities.

c. Review campus activities and infrastructure for ADA accessibility measures to create an implementation/prioritization plan of opportunities to employ Universal Design principles by fall 2023.

d. Support the wellbeing of the campus community, including physical and mental health, through proactive support and education.



3. Increase the representation and retention of historically marginalized groups among our student body and employee base.

a. Grow enrollment for undergraduate, degree-seeking, full time students for fall 2022, fall 2023, and fall 2024 that have at least 2% growth year-over-year for Students of Color.

b. Strive to achieve alignment of Faculty and Staff of Color with our Student of Color population by fall 2026.

c. Develop new pipeline/pathway programs beginning spring 2023 and to continue for underrepresented students to prepare them for undergraduate and graduate programs.

d. Expand the mentorship program for all first-year Students of Color by fall 2022.

e. Expand the backgrounds and enhance the skills of the Board of Trustees to collectively represent the diverse nature of the institution by utilizing and adopting universal Board resources and best practices that align with the institution.


4. Collaborate with underrepresented communities as an ally committed to making meaningful social change.

a. Ensure community partnerships reflect regional and global diversity by fall 2024.

b. Implement ethical models of preparation and reflection to adequately prepare students to participate in opportunities for service which require an understanding of systems of oppression and cultural differences by fall 2023.

c. Apply an ethical framework for projects to foster collaboration across diverse cultural perspectives by fall 2023.



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.   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 Provost and Senior Vice President, the Dean of Faculty, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, the Dean of Students, 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. Up to 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 an 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.  The Dean of Students and Associate Dean of Students serve as the Senate advisors.

Student Senate meetings are open to all students and employees 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 https://www.etown.edu/offices/president/college-leadership.aspx or email Dean of Students  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 Dean of Student’s Office.
  2. Counseling and support services are available through Student 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 lawful and ethical behavior. This policy is created to enable members of the College community (students, employees, Board members, and others) to report concerns about possible 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
  • Misappropriation of College
  • Mismanagement or waste of College funds
  • Discrimination or harassment
  • Improper records destruction
  • Falsification of accounting or financial records,including accounting
  • Falsification of reported work hours(including student employees)
  • Kickbacks
  • A substantial and specific danger to health or safety
  • Violation of any law, regulation, rule, policy, etc.
  • Forgery or unauthorized alteration of documents


How to Make a Report

When making a good faith report, the reporter will not be subject to retaliation. To file a confidential report under this policy, members of the College community may use any of the following methods:

  • Telephone or in person during regular operating hours or by mail to the Director of Human Resources or the College President.
  • By telephone through the ECHotline,855-696-1899.
  • Via email:


A good faith report should contain factual information, dates, names, locations, and any other information to aid in 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 misconduct, an investigation will ensue promptly. Any individual found to have engaged in misconduct will be subject to disciplinary action appropriate to the nature of the offense.



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


False Reports

Individuals found to have made knowingly false or misleading reports will be subject to disciplinary action as appropriate.


Reports of business or financial misconduct by a student will be turned over to the Dean of Students. 

Student Complaint Policy and Procedures


The policy and procedures outlined below are intended to provide structure for resolving specific student complaints and concerns. This policy is not intended to address anonymous concerns. Elizabethtown College values student privacy, and the information collected throughout any process will only be shared with those having a right or need to know to help resolve the complaint or track the progress of the resolution. Prior to consulting this policy and procedure, students should first consult policies and procedures outlined in the Student Handbook and the Academic Policies outlined in the College Catalog. This policy is not a replacement for existing procedures outlined in the Elizabethtown College Student Code of Conduct, Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures, Bias-Related Harassment and Discrimination Policies and Procedures, Academic Policies outlined in the College Catalog, Whistleblower Policy, or other existing policies or appeals processes. Students must initiate and pursue complaints on their own behalf, and others are not permitted to initiate and pursue complaints on behalf of a student including parents or family members.

  1. Student concerns about a course, a faculty member, and/or issue directly related to academics should first consult the Academic Policies outlined in the College Catalog. Policies and procedures regarding grade appeals, the academic judicial system, etc., can be found in the College Catalog. If a student does not feel any existing policies or procedures address their concerns, they should speak with the faculty member. Should the concern fail to be addressed at that level, the issue should then be raised to the Dean of the school from which the issue originates.
  2. Student concerns with a non-faculty employee or a non-academic policy or procedure should be raised directly with that employee. If the complaint cannot be resolved at this level, the issue should be raised with the employee’s direct supervisor. Should the concern fail to be addressed at that level, the issue should then be raised to the director of the department/area. Please consult the Elizabethtown Organizational Chart.
  3. Student concerns about other issues related to campus climate may be raised through the Dean of Students and/or Student Senate. Students may contact Senate Executive Cabinet to determine who their representatives are or may seek assistance through the Senate Executive Cabinet.
  4. Students having concerns or grievances about another student should consult policies and procedures outlined in the Elizabethtown Student Code of Conduct. 


Concerns not resolved after following the steps outlined above may then be brought forward as formal complaints utilizing the Student Complaint Form. The Complaint Form will be automatically directed to and reviewed by the Associate Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Innovation.  The Associate Provost will direct the Complaint form to the appropriate Executive Officer. Students submitting a complaint should expect a reply by the appropriate Executive Officer about the status of their complaint within 10 class days of submission. The resolution reached at the level of the Executive Officer is the final resolution.




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 Safety 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.