Gettysburg Going Home

How long are we going to last?


Gettysburg College has decided to reopen its residential campus for the Fall 2020 semester, but some students, staff, and faculty already worry that we will evacuate before the end of the semester.

How to Play

It's free to play and the winner will get a $100 Visa Gift Card. If you want to increase the odds, you can donate here.

To win, guess a date and time that is the closest to when a notification is sent saying that we must evacuate the campus (not the time that we must evacuate by).

Some Rules

  • No breaching the Student Health Agreement!
  • For your guess to be valid, you must submit adequately before any evacuation notice is sent.
  • Only one submission is allowed per person.
  • If campus does not get evacuated early, the person who first guesses closest to the last day of the semester wins.
  • If more than one person guessed the winning date and time, the first person to guess the date and time wins.
  • If the winner submitted a name that I cannot contact, the next closest person will win.

Guess Distribution


Total: 0

Number of Cases at Gettysburg College: 0


  • Gettysburg College sends "Immediate Notification" to all students and faculty

    Thursday 8/13/2020 10:33 AM

    "As a result of the College’s proactive mass testing protocol during move-in, five Gettysburg College students have tested positive for COVID-19. This return of positive cases was entirely predicted based on the number of students being tested, and we should expect more positive cases in the next few days as we complete our testing protocol. Please keep in mind that our baseline testing approach of all students was intended to identify positive cases and isolate them quickly from the campus community. The students are currently isolating in a designated isolation space or have gone home. Those persons who may have come into “close contact” with these students are being directly notified, encouraged to self-quarantine and remain alert for COVID-19 symptoms - fever and cough, fever and shortness of breath, or a combination of all three." - Bill Lafferty
  • Gettysburg College sends "COVID-19 Safety Reminders"

    Friday 8/14/2020 4:49 PM

    "We, the faculty, staff and administrators of the college, are excited and delighted to have you all back on campus. You bring such great energy and a wonderful diversity of talents and perspectives to this place. We are about to embark on a semester unlike any other and we can only be successful IF you all cooperate to the highest degree possible. Many of you have remarked about how important it is to you to be back on campus and we will all need to adhere to the expectations of mask use and distancing. ... What happens this weekend will set the tone for the entire semester, so let’s decide now that we start off with strong commitment to doing the right thing! ... Please take care and stay well." - Dean Ramsey
  • DPS Busts Parties at Barlow, Yellow, ATO, and FIGI

    Friday 8/14/2020

  • Gettysburg College sends "COVID-19 Status Update" to all students and faculty

    Sunday 8/16/2020 7:22 PM

    As of 6 PM Sunday, August 16, 2020, 9 students tested positive for COVID-19.

  • Message to Gettysburg Students About Follow Up Testing

    Thursday 8/20/2020 1:27 PM

    "I hope that you are settling nicely into your classes this semester and have enjoyed connecting with friends, old and new. While these experiences are at the heart of the Gettysburg experience, we can’t lose sight that the COVID-19 virus is still a real threat to our individual and community health. We know that one of our best strategies to contain community spread is to conduct COVID-19 testing on a regular and on-going basis. In that spirit, the College will conduct another round of baseline testing which will take place next week, Monday August 24th – Thursday, August 27th. We will re-test all students, except for the small number who have already been tested a second time and those who had COVID-19 this summer, before coming to Gettysburg. ... Given the very low numbers of positive cases in the first round of testing and that all positive cases were isolated appropriately, we can move on to the next round without quarantine. ... If your test is positive, Health Services will be in contact with you regarding follow up. If that is the case, you will be asked to identify "close contacts," –those with whom you have been in contact for more than 10 minutes and within 6 feet. ... Tomorrow you will receive notification from the Residence Life office about your testing time and the location of the test. ... There will be future rounds of testing." - Dean Ramsey
  • Gettysburg College Sends Students Notice that the Arrival Wristbands Can Come Off

    Friday 8/21/2020 12:25 PM

    "We have completed the initial Baseline COVID-19 Testing...
    Please continue to wear your masks, wash your hands often, and follow college guidelines for social distancing."
    - Judith A Williams CRNP
  • Message from the President

    Friday 8/21/2020 1:24 PM

    "The past two weeks have given proof that we are, in fact, Better Together. In that spirit, I am grateful for the work done by the College to establish the public health framework that has made it possible for us to return. Thank you to those students who have understood why these new ways of living are essential for us to stay together.
    Over the summer, I recorded a video message in which I noted that it would not always be easy to follow the public health principles that keep us together. Wearing a mask during a Monday class isn’t quite the same as a Friday night gathering with friends. This week alone, we have seen several examples of what can happen if public health principles are not followed, as schools such as the University of North Carolina and Notre Dame have been forced to transition back to remote learning as cases of COVID-19 spiked on their campuses.
    We do not want that to happen here, yet we have been made aware of recent incidents where some students appear not to have been adhering to the protocols we have put in place. We are following the steps that were outlined in our behavior rubric to handle these situations."
    - Bob Iuliano
  • Two Gettysburg College Employees Sit at a One Person Table with No Masks

    Wednesday 8/26/2020 2:10 PM

  • Baseline Testing Mistake Means Re-tests are Needed

    Wednesday 8/26/2020 3:06 PM

    Some students recieved the following message:

    "We have been informed by the lab processing the tests that your sample did not pass quality control and these tubes were never tested. This typically occurs during a human error when packaging or the transport of the test tubes.
    This does not have any indication of a positive test result, but just an acknowledgement that you will need to be retested as soon as possible so that we can get your second round baseline testing results. ..."
    - Andy Hileman
  • Gettysburg College Closes Musselman Library for 24 Hours

    Thursday 8/27/2020 12:02 AM

    "Musselman Library will be closed on Thursday, August 27 and will re-open on Friday morning, August 28, at 8 a.m. During this time the library will undergo an aggressive cleaning. We are closing the library for the next 24 hours because of chronic breaches in mask-wearing protocol and continuous disregard for the rules that will keep us all safe. Repeatedly for the past three days, library staff have had to disperse group of students gathering at tables clearly marked for one. The signage in the library is clear. You must wear a mask. You must adhere to social distancing guidelines. ... We must take this action because of failure to comply with safe practice guidelines." - Robin Wagner (Dean of the Library)
  • Gettysburg College Sends "COVID-19 Testing Update"

    Friday 8/28/2020 12:11 PM

    "You have no doubt heard that we do have six positive cases on campus from the testing done Monday - Wednesday. All of the week’s results will be back by Sunday and we will produce a complete update at that time. The reality of positive cases underscores the need to significantly ramp up our commitment to wearing masks and maintaining six foot distance from others at all times. Spend more time outdoors, limit all social gatherings to no more than three others, and maintain distance of two arm’s length. ..." - Dean Ramsey
  • Gettysburg Hotel Quarentine Notice

    Friday 8/28/2020 12:00 PM

    "We have been testing all students this week for COVID-19 which has resulted in our receiving some positive test results. We are in the process of notifying students and working through the contact tracing process. An initial review of the results indicate there may be a number of students living in the Hotel which may be impacted by these results. Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking that all residents of the Hotel quarantine effective immediately. This means that the residents of the hotel should leave the room only to obtain food at the grab and go option at the hotel and return to your room to eat. Students are not permitted to enter Starbucks – please see instructions on the door to Starbucks from the Hotel to place an order for pick up. No one should leave the Hotel for any other purpose, including class attendance. We will let the Office of Academic Advising know of your situation and they can assist you in contacting your faculty if needed. No non-residents are permitted on the property, including students who do not live in the Hotel. ..." - Dean Ramsey
  • Gettysburg College Sends "COVID-19 Update," New Cases and Restrictions

    Friday 8/28/2020 2:34 PM

    "We have now confirmed that we have 13 total positive cases. Please note that we are still awaiting results from the full week of testing and will provide a comprehensive update to the community no later than Monday. What we are already seeing, however, suggests that we may be at the beginning of a concerning pattern shift. We are calling your attention to this now, and taking other steps outlined below, as a means of reinforcing expectations and responding to the evolving context in ways designed to protect community health and permit us to remain in residence. ... Because we are concerned about the increased presence of the virus on campus, the College is immediately restricting any and all student gatherings, formal and informal, for the coming weekend, August 28 to August 30. Any student who is found to be responsible for violating these restrictions will be subject to the sanctions outlined in the behavior rubric. ... In addition, the College will conduct approximately 800-900 surveillance tests next week. This is likely to be a combination of random testing and a focus on segments of the population where students have already tested positive. ... If you miss your testing time, you must make it up immediately or we will temporarily suspend your access to the College’s network, your card access, and meal plan until you complete your test." - Dean Ramsey
  • Gettysburg College Sends "Immediate Notification": Number of Cases Jumps to 33

    Saturday 8/29/2020 7:31 PM

    "As a result of the College’s proactive mass testing protocol, 33 Gettysburg College students have tested positive for COVID-19. These results represent the total number of positive cases from this week’s testing as of 5:00pm on Saturday, August 29, 2020 and include the 13 cases previously reported on August 28, 2020. ..." - Bill Lafferty
  • Gettysburg College Sends "Additional COVID-19 information and town hall reminder," Extending Restrictions

    Saturday 8/29/2020 7:34 PM

    "From what we currently know from the careful investigation of the positive cases and the contact tracing work that has been completed, it is clear that the great majority, if not all, of the positive cases are the result of transmission of the virus within specific groups—or clusters—of students. In some cases, they can be traced back to specific gatherings.
    All students who have tested positive are in isolation. Some have decided to return home. Almost all of the students who have tested positive are asymptomatic... To date, no faculty or staff member has been identified as a close contact in any of the positive cases through the contact tracing process.
    To contain and prevent further spread of the virus, the College is taking a number of immediate action steps, as outlined below. ...
    While we await those test results, we have quarantined specific residences where we have observed a trend of positive results. Those students will learn remotely and should be in touch with their faculty members if the class is offered in person.
    We are moving forward with immediate sanctions, up to and including suspension, of students who have clearly failed to comply with the College’s public health protocols and requirements. Greek leaders have suspended all pledging activities. Additionally, one sorority has been suspended as a result of a social gathering. A fraternity is also facing disciplinary consequences as a result of a social gathering without masks and physical distancing. We are extending the restrictions established for this weekend until further notice. We may impose additional restrictions if further information or data warrant doing so. Individual students will be suspended or restricted from campus for any significant violation of the protocols for masks and physical distancing. ...
    We strongly encourage you to attend the virtual town hall tomorrow where we will talk more about the health status of campus and the actions that are being taken in response."
    - Bob Iuliano, Rich Keeling M.D., Julie Ramsey, Chris Zappe
  • Gettysburg College Holds a "Town Hall" over Zoom

    Sunday 8/30/2020 1:00 PM

  • Students Protest Greek Organizations and the Town Hall Speaches Outside of Servo

    Sunday 8/30/2020 6:30 PM

  • Gettysburg College Sends "COVID-19 Status Update": More Restrictions

    Monday 8/31/2020 11:48 PM

    "...the alert level has not changed but additional restrictions have been put into place until further notice.
    • Students may continue to spend time with assigned roommates, suitemates, and apartment-mates.
    • Students living on campus and off campus are not permitted to have any guests, including other Gettysburg College students and non-students, in their assigned residence hall space or off-campus house.
    • All events, including College-sponsored events, are canceled.
    ...Thank you for your work to keep our campus safe. Please remember to visit the Better Together website for additional information."
    - Dean Julie L. Ramsey, Ed.D.
  • Gettysburg College Sends Notice: "Immediate All-Student Quarentine": 25 More Positive Cases

    Tuesday 9/1/2020 7:30 PM

    "Dear Campus Community,

    I’m writing today with updated information about the College’s current health status. At the town hall on Sunday, we discussed that we were at an inflection point: we were beginning to see a trend of positive cases on campus that, according to the results we had, were connected to certain affinity groups or social gatherings. As we discussed at the town hall, we determined that to better understand the state of campus—and to confirm that these were, in fact, clustered incidents—we would test the identified affinity groups and certain residences in addition to the surveillance testing we had already planned.

    We have begun to receive test results from this week and have more positive cases to report. As of 6 p.m. tonight, of the 348 test results we have received, 25 of those have been positive. Similar to what we were beginning to learn last week, it appears that most—but not all—of these positive cases relate to the previously identified clustered incidents.

    Though we expected there to be positive cases in this batch of tests, due to the number of positive test results received so far, the number of test results that have yet to be returned, and the presence of a small number of cases that could be outside the existing clusters, we are increasing our alert level to High. To respond to the current situation, beginning immediately, we are moving to an all-student quarantine effective 10 p.m. tonight through at least the end of the week. More information about the all-student quarantine is below and we will provide more information in the coming days.

    The remainder of the semester
    This interim all-student quarantine allows us to better understand the path of the virus on campus, informed by the results of the remainder of this week’s tests. Based on the entirety of the information before us, we will assess how we should best proceed as a community.

    Details of the all-student quarantine
    All buildings will be closed by 10 p.m. tonight and each day that follows through at least the end of the week.
    • All classes and labs will be taught remotely.
    • Students should remain in their rooms and should only leave to:
      • Pick up food from Servo, the Atrium, or the Bullet Hole to take back to your room
      • Use the restroom
      • Go to your scheduled COVID-19 testing appointment
    • Students should call the Health Center if they need to make an appointment.
    • If students are found to be in non-compliance with the all-student quarantine, they will be required to leave campus and return home.
    • Mental health and student well-being during this time is essential. We encourage all students to review our COVID-19 emotional wellness resources.
    • No in-person student employment will occur. Virtual work is permitted.
    • Employees who are already scheduled to work and provide support resources should continue to report to work.
    • Faculty will continue to have access to their offices to assist in their teaching remotely for the remainder of the week.
    • Students who live off-campus may only come to campus to pick up meals if they have a meal plan.
    • We ask that students remain on campus for the remainder of the week and not return home. However, if you must leave, please complete the following form.
    • If you need medication or academic materials that may be coming into the post office, please contact 717-337-6450 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    The College phone bank will be open from 7 - 9 p.m. tonight. It will also be available from 8:30 a.m. - noon tomorrow. The phone bank can be reached out 717-337-8800. All additional questions can be directed to We ask for your patience in response during this time.

    We understand that a residential restriction will not be easy and that the current situation on campus is not what any of us had in mind when we decided to return residentially. The days ahead will be challenging, and we’ve heard from you about the challenges you are experiencing with the restrictions that are already in place. This is a moment when we must join together, support one another, and fully comply with our community health and safety protocols.

    Julie Ramsey
    Dean of Students"
  • Gettysburg College Closes Library at 9:00pm

    Tuesday 9/1/2020 9:11 PM

    "Musselman Library will close at 9 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, September 1, and will plan re-open on Saturday at noon. The re-opening is subject to change. During this time the library will undergo an aggressive cleaning.

    We are closing the library until Saturday because of the all-student quarantine and because of chronic breaches in mask-wearing protocol and continuous disregard for the rules established to keep all community members safe. Unfortunately, the library staff continues to disperse group of students gathering at tables clearly marked for one and request students wear masks. The signage in the library is clear. You must wear a mask. You must adhere to social distancing guidelines."
    - Christopher Zappe.
  • New York Times Article Comparing Gettysburg College to a "Prison Situation"

    Thursday 9/3/2020

  • Gettysburg College Sends "Get Outside for Lunch - Today" Notice

    Friday 9/4/2020 11:43 AM

    "Dear Students

    We are aware that many of you would like the opportunity to go outside given the ongoing all-student quarantine. Today, between 11:30am and 1:30pm, you are welcome to pick up your lunch and spend some time outside on the campus green spaces. It is important that follow these important guidelines:
    • Everyone must wear masks and maintain distance as outlined in the Student Health Agreement
    • We ask that you remain on campus during this timeframe
    • Please return to your rooms at 1:30pm today.
    • Students at the Gettysburg Hotel, President’s Inn, and Super 8 have received specific instructions about a different time today to head outside – please follow the instructions you received earlier.
    College staff will be on campus to ensure everyone is following these important COVID-19 mitigation practices.

    Thank you and be well,
    Keira Kant"
  • Gettysburg College Sends Notification to "de-densify student body on campus"

    Friday 9/4/2020 4:12 PM

    Dear campus community,

    Since March, the global pandemic has presented a set of unprecedented and deeply complicated challenges to all of American higher education. Confronted with a notably efficient and persistent virus, higher education has sought to remake itself to ensure that it continues to meet its educational obligations to its students in the context of a pandemic. The necessary transformations have been many and profound. None has been more significant than creating a wholly new public health infrastructure on our campuses that includes requiring important changes to the way we interact.

    We entered the fall with such a public health infrastructure—a comprehensive system guided at every step by medical expertise. We were and are confident in its effectiveness. But we are also seeing, in ways not distinctive to Gettysburg College, how quickly the virus can spread if the protocols that undergird that infrastructure are not followed. On our campus, we are now presented with a system taxed to an extent that requires us to rethink how we proceed for the remainder of the semester. Since our last message to the community, we have confirmed six new positive cases, bringing our total for the week to 31, and to 64 positive test results over the past eight days. We have 150 students currently in quarantine because of contract tracing, and many others who have been in quarantine and since been cleared to return to residence.

    I am writing, therefore, to share the difficult news that, after consultation with our Board of Trustees and medical experts, we have determined it is necessary to reduce the number of students on campus. The first-year class and a cohort of other students will be able to continue to remain in residence; other students will return home and learn remotely for the remainder of the fall semester. Below, I outline our next steps in this process, as well as identify what student cohorts will remain on campus and those that will phase out of our residential model. More details regarding this transition can be found on the College website.

    This is a significant step, and one we do not take lightly. But, since our first communication about COVID-19, we have emphasized that our decisions as a College would be guided by what we could reasonably and responsibly do, with a focus on the health and well-being of the community we serve. In too brief a time, we have seen a deeply concerning increase in the incidents of cases on our campus with the resulting stress on all of the systems that support a productive return to campus. Sixty-four cases in a little more than a week must give us all considerable concern. It threatens to outstrip our ability to house and quarantine students, as well as our contact-tracing capacity. We are beginning to see symptomatic students. Regrettably, we find ourselves on a path that is not sustainable, and it has caused us to come to the necessary but regrettable judgment that we needed to act before our overarching commitment to community well-being was compromised.

    This decision is also guided by our determination to provide students with a dynamic and engaging residential experience. It is clear that the spike in cases has made it harder to meet what our students want, indeed deserve, much less what we expect of ourselves. The recent need to engage in substantial campus-wide restrictions—which we recognize has imposed a meaningful burden on our students—is the most evident illustration. Less obvious is what this has meant for the ability of the College to provide the transformational co- and extra-curricular activities that help define this campus. Simply put, the call on our resources to buttress the public health infrastructure has meant that we have been too stretched to support too many of the other activities that make this a special experience for our students.

    A recalibration will not stop us from advancing our mission or achieving our highest academic priorities; rather, it is the next step in our public health model—designed to ensure the effective protection of our campus community as a whole and in the quality of our educational offerings. For the students who will remain in residence (our residential cohort), it holds the promise of enhancing their overall experience. The first-years will remain together, here, forming the relationships with faculty and each other that will endure throughout their lives. We will be able to give each student a single room and College Life will be better positioned to provide co- and extra-curricular programming. Fewer students equates to a lesser demand on our public health infrastructure. All of our requirements about the use of masks and physical distancing will, of course, continue to apply, and in that vein, it is worth noting that the first-year students have demonstrated a commendable commitment to our protocols.

    For the students who will be learning remotely (our remote cohort), our faculty have intensively prepared for this possibility over the summer. Indeed, our faculty have been engaging our students through innovative online pedagogy during the opening weeks of this semester. Furthermore, our faculty will be prepared to engage individual students who need additional support throughout the remainder of the fall semester. We have also established a range of co-curricular activities, including virtual fitness classes and programming on the presidential election, that will ensure an engaging educational experience, both academically and co-curricularly. We will have more details about how remote education will be administered in the coming days.

    Finally, this decision speaks to what we will do for the remainder of this semester, not for the remainder of the year. A smaller residential student body will give us opportunities to learn about how we might change our approach to the second semester in ways that may permit us to return together as a community. There are also encouraging developments on rapid-testing and vaccines, either of which could make a dramatic difference. As I have said throughout the summer, we want to be together and we will work as hard as possible to make that a reality for the spring.

    I recognize that most of you will be deeply saddened, even frustrated, by our need to de-densify. I share in these emotions. I so looked forward to having you all back on campus this fall. In my conversations with you, I know you were excited to be back as well. Returning to residence amid a global pandemic was always going to be challenging. We understood and embraced this, investing our best thinking and energies into making it possible. Given all that our residential liberal arts experience offers, we owed it to our students to try. Indeed, it was a worthy pursuit.

    That said, we have much work ahead of us to ensure a smooth transition. At this juncture, therefore, I ask that we dedicate our focus to ensuring a safe and orderly campus departure for the students pivoting to remote learning, supporting those students who will remain on campus, and doing everything in our power to provide an exceptional in-person and virtual educational experience.

    Transition and Pausing of Classes

    In the coming days, we will reduce our total number of students in residence to approximately 900. This will enable our institutional infrastructure to more fully support our health protocols and any positive cases that may occur. Two fundamental ways we will achieve this is by assigning each student to their own residence. Additionally, we believe we will be able to provide regular testing for all students who remain in residence.

    Our decision to retain the first-year students is fundamental. We know that first-year experiences are critical to a student’s success for their four years at Gettysburg College. Our decision to retain them on campus centered around providing them with the educational opportunities and connections they need to be dynamic and contributing members of this community into the future.

    The College’s de-densification will occur over a three-day period (September 5 -7), assuring our students and staff can adhere to safe masking and physical distancing protocols, similar to our Move-In Week. This process will begin as early as tomorrow. As outlined in the de-densification process that can be found on the website, students pivoting to remote learning will depart campus on an assigned day based upon their state of residence. We recognize the challenges created by the current campus-wide restrictions and are actively engaging with our public health advisors about how we can best proceed in the coming days while the move-out takes place; at a minimum, the measures taken today to permit certain activities are expected to stay in place. Please continue to check your email for updates.

    Recognizing the challenging task of moving approximately 1,300 students out of residence, the College has instituted a one-week pause of classes. We will extend our fall semester by one week, concluding final exams from December 7 - 13. Classes will resume, both in person and remotely, beginning on Monday, September 14. For questions regarding the one-week pause of classes, please contact Vice Provost Jack Ryan.

    Students Remaining in Residence

    Upon a comprehensive review that included perspectives from the Board of Trustees, the President’s Council, the Implementation Committee, the Office of the Provost, the Office of the Registrar, and members of the faculty, it was decided that the following student cohort will remain on campus for the fall semester, up to our 900 maximum:
    • All first-year students
    • All transfer students
    • All international students
    • Student teachers with placements in local schools
    • Residential & First-Year Programs (RAs and CAs) student leader staff
    • Student leaders charged with supporting a robust in-person co-curricular experience
    • Students with specific graduation requirements, particularly seniors, which could include capstones, laboratory research, and/or creative activities, may be able to remain on campus where they will have access to the facilities necessary to complete their degree.

    Students petitioning to remain on campus for academic reasons must complete a Housing Petition Form by Monday, September 7 at noon. For academic related requests, students must have the support of a faculty advisor or mentor to make this request. The petitions will be reviewed by a committee in the Provost’s Office.

    Students with a demonstrated need to stay on campus. To be eligible, students must complete a Housing Petition. Only students who experience significant housing insecurity or other difficult circumstances will be approved. The petitions will be reviewed by a College committee. The committee will approve or deny each request. All petitions must be submitted by Monday, September 7 at noon.

    Students identified as eligible to remain on campus will be notified by College personnel today. Again, if you have personal hardships that the College should consider in its evaluation of eligible residential cohort, please submit the petition form linked above. To learn more about College’s criteria for selecting this residential cohort of students, please visit the College website.

    Emergency Fund

    Emergency funding for students is available on a case-by-case basis. Factors considered for funding include the student’s financial need, the nature of the funding request, and the availability of funding at the time the request is made. All requests are confidential. Students in need of financial assistance are encouraged to submit an Emergency Fund Request.


    For questions, please visit the College website. The phone bank (717-337-8800) will be open during the times listed below. Any additional questions can be directed to
    • Friday, September 3: 3 - 9 p.m.
    • Saturday, September 4: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
    • Sunday, September 5: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

    Moving Forward

    While this transition is certainly difficult for all us, I know it will be particularly challenging for our students. For the members of our remote cohort—our sophomores, juniors, and especially our seniors—I understand how deeply you will miss living, learning, and interacting on this campus. For our residential cohort—our first-year class and those who will remain on campus—I likewise know how deeply you will miss your classmates and the vibrant experience that comes with us all being together. Let us commit to keeping the bonds between us strong through this de-densification and over these next three months, and that we are doing all that we can to ensure we are safe, healthy, and continuing to support one another.


    Bob Iuliano
  • Students Protest the De-Densification on the Steps of Penn Hall

    Friday 9/4/2020 6:30 PM

  • Gettysburg College Sends "Instructions for the Transition to Remote Learning"

    Friday 9/4/2020 4:12 PM

    Good afternoon upperclass students,

    This email contains important information related to the College’s decision to reduce the density of the student body on campus. It outlines the information that you need to effectively and efficiently depart campus to continue your semester remotely.

    Who needs to depart campus and return home?

    First-year and transfer students are able to remain on campus residentially. All other class years are required to return home.

    In addition to first-year and transfer students, the College has identified a cohort of students permitted to remain in residence that include the following:
    • International students will be able to remain on campus residentially. They will receive additional communication from Brad Lancaster, Director of International Student Services.
    • Residential & First-Year Programs (RFYP) student staff (RAs/CAs) will remain on campus to assist in facilitating the experience of our residential cohort. The RA and CA staff will receive additional communication from the RFYP Office.
    • Students with extenuating personal or academic circumstances (see Housing Petition section below for details).
    • Students currently in isolation or quarantine at one of the on-campus motels or off-campus hotels will remain until their isolation/quarantine period concludes. If students are at home, once their isolation/quarantine period concludes, they may return to campus to retrieve their belongings (if in the remote cohort) or to rejoin the residential community (if in the residential cohort). Health Services is tracking the time for each student’s re-entry.
    • Additional student leaders who will be contacted directly by their supervisor.

    When do students need to depart campus by?

    The de-densification process staggers student departures over a three-day period. Please see the schedule below. The schedule is based on your state of residence. Students must depart campus on or before the day assigned below:
    • Saturday, September 5: Students from Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington, D.C.
    • Sunday, September 6: Students from Delaware, New Jersey, and New York
    • Monday, September 7: Student from all other states

    Please note: During the time that students remain on campus until their departure, it is expected that they will continue to uphold the Student Health Agreement. Going forward, anyone who has a documented violation of the Student Health Agreement (which includes hosting any social events) will be subject to removal from campus via remote study or suspension.

    De-densification Process

    Similar to moving out at the end of an academic year, it will be important to pack and take home all of your personal belongings. Before leaving campus, all students must clean their room and turn in keys before departing campus. Please see the de-densification process check list below:
    • Clean your room, including taking out all trash, as well as emptying and defrosting your microfridge or refrigerator.
    • Pack all of your belongings and take them home with you.
    • Turn in your residence hall key(s) at the College Union Building (CUB) Bullet Hole patio doors between the hours of 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, September 5 through Monday, September 7. It is very important that you do not leave campus without turning in your residence hall key(s).
    • Before leaving campus, pick up any items that may have been shipped to the campus post office located in the CUB. If you have items in transit, please work to redirect those items to your home address.
    • If you have books or other academic materials at the bookstore, please remember to pick them up prior to departing campus.
    • After all of these items are complete, you must leave campus on or before the departure date you have been assigned based upon your state of residence.
    • Gettysburg Hotel Residents: Please note that you should not bring your key to the CUB. You should return your key to the front desk of the hotel.

    Students are permitted to have one helper assist them during the de-densification process. All students and their helpers must have a mask on at all times and maintain physical distancing of at least six feet from other individuals. If needed, packing supplies will be located in the Stadium North parking lot across from the Jaeger Center, former Agway Building parking lot at the corner of N. Washington and Railroad Streets, and Huber parking lot.

    Have you already left campus?

    If you left campus prior to today and still have belongings on campus, you should return to campus and move out, abiding by the de-densification process outlined above. However, you will be the only person permitted to return to your room to collect your belongings, and you will have a two-hour window to complete your move out. Please do NOT return to campus to move out if you are not feeling well or have tested positive for COVID-19 since leaving campus.

    Students who are returning from home and joining the residential cohort will need to be tested and quarantine until we receive their test results. If returning the week of September 7, these student must return on Wednesday or Thursday to be tested. If returning the following week, these students must return on Monday or Tuesday to be tested. If these students can provide proof of a negative test within 72 hours of returning we will allow them to reenter without an additional test the week they return.

    Post Office

    During this week, the post office hours are as follows:
    • Saturday, 9/5 and Sunday, 9/6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Please pick up any packages and mail prior to leaving campus.


    During this week, the bookstore hours are as follows:
    • Saturday, 9/5 and Sunday, 9/6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Saturday, 9/13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    Please pick up any textbooks, academic materials, or any other necessary items at the bookstore prior to leaving campus.


    Dining is open at the following locations this week: Dining Center, Bullet Hole and Commons.

    Please visit the Dining Services website for hours.

    Housing Petition

    The College is providing a limited number of residential spaces for students that are unable to leave campus. Students with a demonstrated need to remain in residence must complete a Petition Form. Only students with significant housing insecurity or other extenuating circumstances will be approved. The petitions will be reviewed by a committee of College administrators who will carefully review and approve or deny each request. All petitions must be submitted by Monday, September 7 at noon.

    Storage request form

    Students must take all personal items with them when they depart campus. When preparing to return to campus in August, students were advised to pack lightly in the event of the need to depart campus quickly. Any items left in rooms will be donated or discarded. If you have extenuating circumstances and cannot take all of your items with you and need to leave some items behind, you must complete the Storage Request Form. If you do not complete the storage form, receive approval to utilize storage, or follow all instructions related to packing and storing your items, items left in a space (whether packed or not) will be donated or discarded.

    Transportation Services

    Transportation Services will be running shuttles to mass transit centers. The shuttles depart campus at 6 a.m., 9 p.m., noon, 3 p.m., and 6 p.m. Mass transit locations include Harrisburg Airport, Harrisburg Amtrak, BWI Airport, BWI Amtrak, Dulles International Airport, and the Shady Grove Metro Station. Shuttles will practice physical distancing and masks are required. Students can book their shuttles via the Transportation Services website.

    Shuttles will be free to students, but reservations are still required. Please allow a three-hour minimum between your shuttle time and your transit departure time. This will provide you with adequate time for the shuttle commute, ticketing, and airport security.

    Spring Semester Housing

    At this time, given the uncertainty of the COVID-19 global pandemic, all students will be foregoing their spring housing assignment. Once the de-densification process is complete, classes resume, and relocations occur for the residential cohort, students will receive more information regarding housing selection for the Spring 2021 semester.

    Thank you for your patience, understanding, and attention to these detailed instructions. If you have any questions, please contact the phone bank at 717-337-8800 during the following times:
    • Friday, September 3: 3 – 9 p.m.
    • Saturday, September 4: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Sunday, September 5: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

    Be well.

    Danielle Phillips
  • Gettysburg College Sends "Get Outside for Lunch - Today" Notice

    Saturday 9/5/2020 10:19 AM

    Dear Students,

    We heard from a several of you that the time outside yesterday over the lunch hour was a welcome experience. We are aware that many of you would like to continue the opportunity to go outside. At this time, we plan to offer this opportunity again for lunch today and potentially for other meals throughout the weekend. This will be evaluated daily and you will be updated about the status of the opportunity.

    Later today, between 11:30am and 1:30pm, you are welcome to pick up your lunch and spend some time outside on the campus green spaces.

    It is important that follow these important guidelines:
    • Everyone must wear masks and maintain distance as outlined in the Student Health Agreement.
    • Please be aware of students/visitors moving out today and maintain distance.
    • We require that you remain on campus during this timeframe
    • Please return to your rooms at 1:30pm today
    • Students at the Gettysburg Hotel, President’s Inn, and Super 8 have received specific instructions about a different time today to head outside – please follow the instructions you received earlier.

    College staff will be on campus to ensure everyone is following these important COVID-19 mitigation practices.

    Thank you and be well,

    Keira Kant
  • Students Protest the De-Densification on the Steps of Penn Hall

    Saturday 9/5/2020 11:00 AM

"Always predict the worst, and you'll be hailed as a prophet."
-Tom Lehrer

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