Gettysburg College

Location: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Type: Private
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Gettysburg College has been given the speech code rating Yellow. Yellow light colleges and universities are those institutions with at least one ambiguous policy that too easily encourages administrative abuse and arbitrary application. Read more

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  • Gettysburg College: Unjust Sexual Misconduct Policy

    August 17, 2002

    After more than a year of public pressure from FIRE, Gettysburg College amended its controversial Sexual Misconduct Policy. Gettysburg students are now free from the draconian policy, which failed to distinguish between an innocent, spontaneous hug and forcible rape. The school’s old Sexual Misconduct Policy infringed on students’ rights to due process and fundamental fairness…. Read more

  • Gettysburg College adopts unique ‘Freedom of Expression Philosophy’ with input from various campus stakeholders

    June 15, 2018

    Concluding a year-long process of deliberating and drafting last month, Gettysburg College’s Board of Trustees approved a comprehensive statement of principles on free expression, the “Freedom of Expression Philosophy.” Echoing the values of the “Report of the Committee on Freedom of Expression” at the University of Chicago (the “Chicago Statement”), the Philosophy will serve as… Read more

  • This Month in FIRE History: Hug at Your Own Risk

    May 18, 2011

    In light of FIRE’s ongoing efforts to highlight concerns raised by the lowered due process protections mandated by the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) in cases of sexual harassment and sexual assault, it is fitting to review our 2006 campaign against Gettysburg College’s sexual misconduct policy. The old Gettysburg policy’s draconian restrictions… Read more

  • No Summer Break for Student Rights

    August 24, 2007

    While students were away for the summer, enjoying beaches and lazy days, the struggle to protect student rights on campus continued. For those just coming back from summer break, here is a review of some of the major student rights cases that you might have missed. Seniors Need Not Sue In a disappointing decision, the… Read more

  • Press Continues to Cover Gettysburg Policy Change

    August 24, 2007

    Gettysburg College’s long-overdue decision to revise its sexual misconduct policy continues to garner media attention. Today, The Evening Sun (which serves the Greater Hanover and Gettysburg areas) reported on the change. FIRE President Greg Lukianoff told the paper that, with regard to the old policy, “[w]hen colleges pass codes so broad, every student can be… Read more

  • Victory at Gettysburg College on The Huffington Post

    August 23, 2007

    Check out my blog post today on Gettysburg College’s reform of its “hug at your own risk” policy over at The Huffington Post: You know a way to make it more likely to catch sex offenders? Make the definition of “sex offense” so broad that virtually any physical contact counts as sexual assault. Then whenever… Read more

  • Lukianoff to Discuss Gettysburg Case Live at 3 p.m. ET

    August 23, 2007

    In just a few minutes, FIRE President Greg Lukianoff will be discussing the Gettysburg case on WHP 580 Talk Radio. You can listen live online by going to http://www.whp580.com/main.html and clicking on WHP Live on the upper right hand side of the screen.

  • Associated Press Story on Gettysburg’s Revamped Policy

    August 23, 2007

    The Associated Press is reporting about FIRE’s announcement yesterday that Gettysburg College has finally rewritten its Sexual Misconduct Policy. The AP writes: The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, which advocates for free speech issues on college campuses, objected to the policy in May 2006 because it listed several actions, including patting, hugging and kissing,… Read more

  • Victory at Gettysburg College

    August 22, 2007

    FIRE’s press release today celebrates victory at Gettysburg College, which has finally put an end to its Sexual Misconduct Policy more than a year after FIRE first took the case public. The policy was so broadly written that nearly every student on campus violated it on a regular basis. Gettysburg applied the term “sexual misconduct”… Read more

  • Victory for Fundamental Fairness at Gettysburg College

    August 22, 2007

    GETTYSBURG, Pa., August 20, 2007—After more than a year of public pressure from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Gettysburg College has amended its controversial Sexual Misconduct Policy. Gettysburg students are finally free from the draconian policy, which failed to distinguish between an innocent, spontaneous hug and forcible rape. “According to the old,… Read more

  • Red Alert: Gettysburg College

    July 26, 2007

    Today, Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania joins Johns Hopkins and Tufts on FIRE’s Red Alert list. As we explained in a press release last month, a place on the Red Alert list is “an ignominious distinction awarded to those institutions of higher education that have shown particularly severe and ongoing disregard for their contractual or constitutional… Read more

  • Antioch’s Infamous Sexual Assault Policy

    June 15, 2007

    As Emily mentioned yesterday, Antioch University, in my home state of Ohio, is closing the doors of its main undergraduate campus (called Antioch College). Even living in Ohio, few people knew much about Antioch with the exception of a short time in the 1990s when the college became nationally known for its bizarre sexual offense… Read more

  • Antioch University Announces Closing

    June 14, 2007

    An article in yesterday’s Inside Higher Ed reports the closure of the main undergraduate college of Antioch University due to low enrollment and a small endowment, stating that the school’s total enrollment had dropped down to just over 300 students for the upcoming semester.   Through the years, Antioch had become known for its drastic… Read more

  • Today’s ‘Campus Alert’: Hug At Your Own Risk

    May 29, 2007

    Today’s installment of our weekly Campus Alert feature in the New York Post discusses a sexual misconduct policy at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania with which FIRE has taken issue for quite some time. The policy, which defines “brushing, touching, grabbing, pinching, patting, hugging and kissing” as sexual interactions, requires “verbal,” “continuing,” and “active” consent to… Read more

  • Campus Alert: Hug at your own risk

    May 29, 2007

    Every hour, students at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania commit sexual misconduct. How? No, the student body isn’t made up of sexual predators. It’s because Gettysburg’s sexual-misconduct policy makes even the most innocent student interactions a violation. Gettysburg requires its students to gain consent before sexual interaction. No surprises there: That’s not only the law, it’s… Read more

  • This Week in FIRE History: Hug at Your Own Risk at Gettysburg College

    May 16, 2007

    One year ago this week FIRE announced: GETTYSBURG, Pa., May 11, 2006—Gettysburg College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy is so broad in scope that it draws no distinction between an innocent, spontaneous hug and forcible rape. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is calling for the repeal of this draconian policy, which prohibits most, if… Read more

  • Post Valentine’s Day Wrap-Up: Gettysburg Still Outlawing Hugs

    February 21, 2007

    One week ago tonight, the nation’s restaurants, florists, and candy stores were overrun by citizens paying fealty to a beloved annual ritual: Valentine’s Day. Doubtless you know the drill: couples (established, would-be, erstwhile, and even those holdouts still insisting that they’re “just friends”) circle February 14th as a particularly appropriate opportunity to demonstrate their affection… Read more

  • Reminder to Gettysburg College: Revise Your Policy

    November 14, 2006

    On November 3, 2006, FIRE sent a follow-up letter to Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania encouraging the school to keep its promise to rewrite its Sexual Misconduct Policy as stated in a mass e-mail sent to the student body on October 29, 2006. FIRE pointed out that the primary problem with the policy was its extraordinary… Read more

  • FIRE, Carol Iannone, and the Amy Gutmann Halloween Costume Controversy

    November 7, 2006

    On Phi Beta Cons today, Carol Iannone criticizes FIRE’s reaction to the Halloween party picture of University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann with Saad Saadi, a Penn student who dressed as a suicide bomber for Halloween. Iannone says, in part:  Contrary to the libertarian view, a good, free, ordered society does not simply proceed on… Read more

  • Gettysburg PR Hits Still Coming

    October 20, 2006

    People all around the country continue to think that the Gettysburg sexual misconduct policy is absurd, with the latest round of PR flak coming out of Denver, Colorado. Columnist Linda Seebach, in an excellent opinion column featured in the Rocky Mountain News, trains her guns on a policy that makes even casual contact, such as… Read more

  • No Hugs and Kisses for Gettysburg’s Sexual Misconduct Policy

    September 22, 2006

    The absurd Sexual Misconduct Policy at Gettysburg College requiring “continuing and active” “verbal” consent for all sexual acts, including touching, hugging, and kissing remains in effect and continues to garner harsh criticism from the media. Now gburgforum.com, Gettysburg’s only independent student news service, has run an editorial, written by Paul Accomando, ridiculing the policy: Aside… Read more

  • ‘Know Before You Go’

    September 7, 2006

    With students heading back to school, the busy season for FIRE has started once again. This year, FIRE has more resources than ever before to help students and professors combat censorship and oppression on college campuses. From an expanded Spotlight, to the Guides to Student Rights on Campus, to our individual rights defense work, FIRE… Read more

  • FIRE Letter to Gettysburg President Katherine Haley Will, August 17, 2006

    August 17, 2006

    August 17, 2006 President Katherine Haley Will Office of the President Gettysburg College 300 North Washington Street Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325 Sent via U.S. Mail and Fascimile (717-337-6666) Dear President Will: Thank you for your response to FIRE’s April 11, 2006 letter regarding Gettysburg College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy. FIRE writes again today seeking a firm commitment… Read more

  • Everyone Is a Criminal at Gettysburg College

    July 7, 2006

    While I was traveling, I somehow missed the fact that the California Daily Journal had published a column I wrote on Gettysburg College’s absurd and manifestly unfair sexual misconduct policy. I wrote: Under the policy, “consent” to sexual interaction is defined as “the act of willingly and verbally agreeing (for example, by stating ‘yes’) to… Read more

  • ‘What Difference Can My Measly $18 Million Make?’

    June 30, 2006

    Two days ago, David French had a great post over at National Review’s Phi Beta Cons about Larry Ellison’s decision to rescind his $115 million gift to Harvard University following the Larry Summers fiasco. I have consistently been amazed at how wealthy alums give to their alma maters uncritically and almost as if they had… Read more

  • Cathy Young in ‘The Boston Globe’ on Gettysburg College

    May 22, 2006

    Check out Cathy Young’s column in today’s Boston Globe about Gettysburg College’s dangerously overbroad Sexual Misconduct policy: [T]he requirement of ensuring an explicit ‘‘yes” takes the campaign against sexual assault to a new and absurd level. For one thing, it infantilizes women (while the policies may be gender-neutral on their face, they generally presume men… Read more

  • FIRE President to Talk About Gettysburg College on Fox News Tonight

    May 17, 2006

    FIRE President Greg Lukianoff will be featured tonight on the Fox Report with Shepard Smith at 7 p.m. ET. Fox News will be airing a segment on the overbroad sexual misconduct policy at Gettysburg College. Make sure to watch tonight to see more on the betrayal of liberty at Gettysburg College.

  • A Striking Point About Gettysburg’s Sexual Misconduct Policy

    May 15, 2006

    Hans Bader, Counsel for Special Projects at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, sent me this comment on the overbroad sexual misconduct policy at Gettysburg College. It’s worth noting that the Antioch and Gettysburg college policies requiring express consent for touching of any kind essentially treat only prostitution as an appropriate relationship, since only prostitutes and johns… Read more

  • Gettysburg College in ‘The Philadelphia Inquirer’

    May 12, 2006

    Check out this article in The Philadelphia Inquirer about FIRE’s challenge to Gettysburg College’s absurd and unfair sexual misconduct policy. In the article, Gettysburg essentially admits that not only does the policy exist, but it is enforced.  As I said in the article, “[t]hey’re saying: ‘Yes we know we’ve written a code so broad that… Read more

  • Gettysburg College: Hug at Your Own Risk

    May 11, 2006

    GETTYSBURG, Pa., May 11, 2006—Gettysburg College’s Sexual Misconduct Policy is so broad in scope that it draws no distinction between an innocent, spontaneous hug and forcible rape. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) is calling for the repeal of this draconian policy, which prohibits most, if not all, of the sexual and even… Read more