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Public Safety
Cable TV Service
Telephone Service
Mail Delivery
Illness and Injury

 The Department of Public Safety

The Department of Public Safety is located at 51 W. Stevens Street.  They are open 24-hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached by dialing 6911 from any campus phone or 717-337-6911 from cell or off campus phones. Officers patrol on foot, bicycle and cruiser. Although DPS strives to provide a safe and secure environment on campus, responsibility for safety lies with the individual; no amount of service can offset irresponsible behavior.

The Department of Public Safety provides numerous services to the community. These services include community policing, crime prevention programs, response to medical and other emergencies, courtesy vehicle jump-starts, nightly residence hall security, proactive patrols of all campus buildings and grounds, security escorts, special event coverage, National Bike Registry, Operation ID, investigations, lost and found, and Civil War Era weapons storage.  (For the purposes of storage, a Civil War Era firearm is described as follows: any original or reproduction smooth bore or rifled barreled rifle or handgun model year 1863 or older that is fired by way of flint and pan or percussion cap or any model year 1863 or older rifle that holds and fires one brass encased bullet at a time.)

Cable TV Service

The campus TV channels will be available this fall for viewing in common rooms of residence halls rather than residence hall rooms. Streaming devices and smart television flat screens are welcome in the residence halls and must be connected to the wired network. Students must register these devices and they must be secure and compatible wit the campus network. Students can also watch internet video on a laptop or display video on their flat screen using an HDMI cable from their laptop to the flat screen. 

Telephone Service 

Telephone service and one active telephone line (number) can be provided in each residence hall room upon request. Students are encouraged to supply their own telephones, although loaner units are available and may be signed out at Information Technology at no charge. Due to interference with the wireless network access to computers, 2.4 GHz Cordless phones are not allowed.

Residence hall telephone lines and related equipment are the property of Gettysburg College and unauthorized persons or students are not permitted to tamper with college owned phones, jacks, cabling or any other telecommunications equipment.

Students requesting telephone service can also receive their own private/personal voice mailbox upon request. Please contact IT at 717-337-7000 or by email to to request telephone and/or voicemail service. Answering machines are permitted on the College phone system.

College Long Distance service is billed directly to the student by using a personal authorization code issued by the College upon request and will remain the same for four years unless changed by Telecommunications.

Mail Delivery
College Mail Services, located in the College Union Building, provides postal services as a contract substation of the Gettysburg branch of the U.S. Post Office. Students receive mail Monday through Saturday. Deliveries from UPS and FedEx are also received by the College Mail Services. Notices are placed in campus mail boxes when a package is being held for a student to pick up. Mail is only delivered to campus mailboxes. Students should notify family and friends of their box number to avoid any delay in receiving mail. Mail should be addressed as shown below:

Campus Box #
300 N. Washington Street
Gettysburg College
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Ample parking for the Gettysburg College community is available at several sites on campus. A copy of the Traffic and Parking Regulations will be mailed to each student at the beginning of the academic year via the campus mail system and additional copies can be obtained at the Department of Public Safety or on the College website.

In an effort to cooperate with the Borough of Gettysburg, all College community members are encouraged to park on Gettysburg College property. First-year students are not permitted to have cars on campus unless approved by the Exceptions Committee. Any exception requests for first-year parking must be submitted in writing to Public Safety. All first-year student exceptions are required to park in the Stadium West Parking Lot on Constitution Avenue. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will find parking in Constitution and Stadium lots. There are smaller parking lots in and around the residence halls that are designated for resident parking but require a special permit. Please see the Traffic and Parking Regulations for details.

All parking lots require a Gettysburg College parking permit. Students must annually register their vehicle and display a parking permit within 24-hours of coming to campus. A yearly fee is charged.

Failure to register a vehicle could result in loss of parking privileges for the remainder of the academic year. Parents and other visitors may obtain a visitor parking permit by stopping at the Department of Public Safety or online. Students are not eligible for visitor parking permits. Students are eligible to obtain a temporary permit for a secondary vehicle during the year, but must have paid the parking fee for that semester. Temporary permits will not be permitted during breaks unless the registration fee has been paid.

All paved parking lots have clearly marked parking spaces for maximum efficiency. Please park within those marked spaces.  Areas that are not marked for parking are not designed to handle parked vehicles. Students are permitted to receive a total of six parking tickets per academic year before losing their parking privileges.

The Department of Public Safety officers patrol the parking lots daily and enforce parking regulations as much as possible. The overall goal of enforcement measures is to provide a safe environment for the College community. Access to the campus property by emergency vehicles, daily deliveries, contract services, and other service-oriented vehicles are vital to the campus community.

Parking lots are well lit and have emergency phones located at central points throughout campus. The Department of Public Safety provides a safe walk escort service for anyone who prefers not to walk alone after dark.

If you have special needs or a situation regarding parking, please contact the Department of Public Safety at 717-337-6912.

Illness and Injury
Residents who are ill or injured should seek assistance from a residence hall staff member, who may, if the situation warrants, arrange transportation through Public Safety to the Health Center or the emergency room of Gettysburg Hospital. Students should not transport other students to the hospital. Staff members will assist in notifying other college personnel as needed.