While on campus, bikes should be locked in racks provided near most residence hall and classroom buildings. All bicycles must be registered with the Department of Public Safety, a free service. Bicycles cannot be left in stairwells, hallways, or any passageways within buildings, and must never be chained to stair banisters due to fire code regulations.
Storing personal property in the residence halls over the summer is not permitted. A summer storage area for trunks and suitcases is provided on a very limited basis for international students and domestic students living at least 600 miles away from campus. Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The College assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged articles left in storage. If possible, you should plan to bring only items which will fit in your room or car. There is no storage available during the academic year. Information regarding storage may be found on the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs’ website.
Gettysburg College is not responsible for any personal possessions in a residence hall room or left in a laundry room or any other common space. Gettysburg College strongly recommends that all students insure the belongings that they bring to campus. Unfortunately, there have been situations in the past where student belongings have been stolen, damaged, or destroyed. Reimbursement for such loss can be provided by insurance. The College's property insurance does not cover student property. Some homeowner's policies automatically cover property while a student is away at college. Otherwise, renter's insurance can be purchased specifically for the student. Please check with your family's insurance agent about obtaining appropriate coverage.
Any questions concerning insurance coverage should be directed to:
Office of HR & Risk Management
To guard against theft or damage of your property as well as that of your friends and roommates, the College recommends the following safeguards:
- Record serial numbers or similar identifying numbers and/or makes of watches, computers, and other electronics
- Consider leaving family heirlooms or other valuable items at home
- Do not keep excess amounts of cash in your room.
- Record the numbers of all credit cards and checking accounts and keep addresses of the companies and banks so that you can notify them if your cards are lost or stolen.
- Be alert to the presence of strangers in non-public areas of living units; report their presence to your student staff member or Public Safety. This also applies to solicitors.
- Keep your room locked whenever it is unoccupied and when you are sleeping.
A homeowner's or renter's policy may also provide liability coverage for a student. Liability insurance protects someone if he or she negligently causes injury to another person or damage to another's property. It is not uncommon today for accidents to lead to lawsuits. Financial responsibility for damage and/or fire caused by use of prohibited items will be incurred by the responsible student(s).
If a student brings an automobile to college, the student must carry the liability insurance required by the applicable state law. Gettysburg College also recommends that physical damage (comprehensive) coverage be purchased as well. There have been occasional situations when vehicles parked on campus have been damaged or vandalized. All of the College parking lots are "park at your own risk". Damage to vehicles parked on campus is not the responsibility of the College.