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Safety and Security

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) offers a variety of Crime Prevention programs. Part of the program is a safety brochure developed by the department concerning safety precautions that conference attendees are advised to follow. These brochures have been provided to Conference & Event Services to distribute to attendees. If desired, DPS would be glad to provide a safety talk to conference participants. This can be requested through Conferences & Event Services or DPS.

The Department of Public Safety is a 24-hour, 7-day per week operation available 365 days each year. Safety officers patrol the campus via foot, vehicle, and bicycle. Officers are trained in self-defense and use of force techniques/tactics and are State certified medical first-responders. DPS is also responsible for life and fire safety issues on campus. This responsibility includes the maintenance of fire alarm systems and apparatus, the monitoring of building fire alarms, hazard identification and documentation, and building safety audits. DPS can provide security services for your event. The rate is $20 per hour per officer. Other charges will apply for blocking roads, parking, etc. Events will be reviewed by the Director of Public Safety and recommendations will be made regarding safety and security matters. 

Criminal incidents or incidents that violate College policy are documented, reviewed, and investigated by DPS. DPS also works closely with outside law enforcement agencies in the investigation and resolution of criminal incidents occurring on campus. Conference attendee members whose conduct, behavior, and/or actions are deemed criminal and/or inappropriate in accordance with College rules may be subject to removal from campus. A collaborative review of such conduct/behavioral issues is conducted between DPS, the conference group member in charge, and the Conference & Event Services Manager to determine what appropriate actions should be taken in response to the behavior/conduct. The final decision regarding disciplinary type actions rests with the Conference & Event Services Manager.


Parking on-campus is at a premium. The Conference & Event Services Manager, in coordination with DPS, will identify appropriate on-campus parking for conference attendees. Conference attendees who park their vehicles in other than designated areas are subject to ticketing and/or towing. At your registration, you will be provided with parking passes to hand out to your participants.

Federal legislation requires institutions of higher education to inform current campus community members and prospective members of our community about its most recent crime/incident statistics, crime prevention and security programs and activities, policies concerning the reporting of crime, and related information in accordance with the Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, commonly referred to as the Clery Act. You can obtain this information by contacting the:

 Department of Public Safety

Gettysburg College

300 North Washington Street

Box 2442

Gettysburg, PA  17325

Copies can also be obtained by contacting the Department of Public Safety by phone at (717)337-6912, or by visiting our office located at 51 West Stevens Street.  This information is also available via the Internet at /college_life/safety/.

For additional information regarding campus safety and the Department of Public Safety, please refer to the DPS's conference services brochure. For information on Fire Safety including fire alarms, emergency building evacuations, and fire safety equipment, please contact the Conference Services Department.

Gettysburg College 300 North Washington Street · Gettysburg, PA 17325
P: 717.337.6300