Sustainability in the Residence Halls
The Gettysburg College community is committed to a greener future and to do that we can all take simple steps especially where we live. There are some simple things you can do to be a responsible and sustainable community member.
Recycling and trash: Separate your trash and recyclables. There are two bins in your room and spaces for trash and recyclables are clearly marked in your residence hall. Do not leave trash in the hallways. Reduce your waste by using sustainable items, such as Nalgene bottles, travel coffee mugs and canvas bags when you go to the grocery store.
Water usage: Limit your shower time and don't leave the water running while brushing your teeth.
Electricity: During some hours of the day and during quiet hours, certain lights are off to conserve electricity. In your room, turn off lights and other electronic devices when you aren't there. No need to leave your light on when you're in class! Turn your computer off at night too.
Driving: We live on a residential campus, so walk or ride a bike to class or to run errands in town. Try to only drive your car when necessary; you get some exercise and you aren't wasting gas.
During the first community meeting, your student staff member will facilitate the development of a community agreement where you will decide, as a community, the standards to which you will hold each other within the context of college policy. This agreement will be revisited as needed throughout the academic year.
Sharing a living space with another person can be challenging. Students must learn to communicate their needs to each other and agree to established rules as a way to manage their environment. Your student staff member has access to roommate agreements which we encourage all students to complete as a way to manage your relationship. First-year students will also engage in a conversation with their staff member regarding there roommate agreement.
Roommates having difficulties are encouraged to speak first with their roommate, then with their student staff member, and then, if needed, a Residential & First-Year Programs professional staff member.
Residential & First-Year Programs staff members are available for emergencies that may occur in the halls.
During the day, you should find your student staff member or you may contact the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs (717-337-6901) or the Department of Public Safety (717-337-6911). The Department of Public Safety is open 24-hours, seven days a week.
During the evenings from 9 PM – 12 AM on Sunday through Thursday and 9 PM – 1 AM on Friday and Saturday, student staff members are available in the East and West Quad Duty Offices. The staff can be reached by telephone during this time for any problems. The West Quad duty office is located in Stine Hall, and the phone number is 717-337-8700. The East Quad duty office is located in Patrick Hall, and the phone number is 717-337-8572. If you cannot reach a staff member in the duty office, staff members go on rounds throughout the evening, so please leave a message or call back.
For problems in the upperclass area, you may contact the Department of Public Safety and ask to be put in touch with the Professional Staff member or the student staff member on-call.
Each resident is responsible for keeping his/her room in a reasonably neat and clean condition at all times. Students will need to supply their own cleaning supplies. Trash must be taken to the appropriate receptacles and recycling to the recycling bins. At no time should a student place their room trash in the hallway or in a community bathroom. Any trash left outside a student room will be subject to conduct action, including fines. Students who violate these policies create a hazardous living environment and may be relocated to new housing.
Community bathrooms, including showers, in traditional-style halls (Hanson, Huber, Musselman, Patrick, Paul, Rice, Stevens, Stine) and many College Houses, are thoroughly cleaned each week. If you are living in a room or apartment with a private bathroom, Gettysburg College will clean these bathrooms over Winter Break. Otherwise, it is the responsibility of the residents to clean and maintain private bathrooms.
Hallways, stairways, study rooms, and other public areas are cleaned weekly by housekeeping staff. Common areas within suites, apartments, and some College Houses are the responsibility of the residents.