Break Housing
Hall Closings
Early Arrivals and Late Departures
Room Changes
Vacancy Policy
Consolidation Policy
Senior Week Housing
Summer Housing
Access to College Property by College Official
Administrative Moves as Result of Student Behavior
Leave of Absence or Withdrawing from the College

Break Housing
During the academic year, the College officially closes for Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Breaks. Residence halls usually close at 10 AM the day after the last day of class or exams during these periods and reopen at noon on the day before the first regularly scheduled class. Notices of specific times and dates are publicized in the College's Academic Calendar and before each break. Students are reminded to make travel arrangements accordingly.

All students must vacate the residence halls during the breaks. Break Housing for students who cannot return home or leave campus over breaks may be provided. Should a student need break housing accommodations during any portion of a break, he/she must complete and submit the online break housing request form. The online request form may be found by logging into CNAV, select "MyPlace," choose "My Housing Self Service," and select "Applications." The dates for the online request form will be announced approximately one month prior to the beginning of each break.

When the residence halls close for breaks, students are expected to take out trash and perishable food, unplug items in the room, turn out the lights, and shut and lock the windows. Bedroom doors that are lockable and apartment doors must also be closed and locked. A list of complete closing procedures will be distributed about two weeks prior to each break closing. Residents may leave personal items in their room during all breaks, except for the summer. However, due to the "unoccupied" status of the campus during breaks, it is suggested that students take valuable items with them to ensure their safety.

Staff members from Residential & First-Year Programs and Department of Public Safety conduct inspections during breaks. Any infractions will be noted and the student will be notified and/or charged accordingly.

Any student requesting access to his/her residence hall or room during College break periods when the College is officially closed shall present themselves to the Department of Public Safety and request permission for access. Public Safety will authorize a student access to his/her respective room for legitimate reasons only. Public Safety officers authorize full discretion in determining a student's legitimacy to enter the closed residence hall based on the information given. For example, access should be limited to medical needs and necessities and similar related urgent requests. Once the legitimacy of the request is established, access requests will be managed as follows: The student's identity, resident status, and room assignment will be verified. After this verification, an officer will escort the student to his/her room, allow drop-off or retrieval of the item(s) in question, and then escort the student from the building.

Hall Closings

Fall Semester: At the end of the fall semester, all students must vacate their rooms within 24-hours after the completion of their last exam or by the designated closing time (whichever comes first). Students who are not returning for the spring semester must remove their belongings and return their room key(s) to the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs prior to departure. A fee may be assessed if appropriate action and/or paperwork is not completed. Students returning to their same room for the Spring Semester may leave personal items in their room at the end of the fall semester during Winter Break. However, due to the "unoccupied" status of the campus during Winter Break, it is suggested that students take valuable items with them to ensure their safety.

All residential spaces must be left in "move-in" condition prior to students leaving for Winter Break. At the close of every fall semester many room changes occur and, in some cases, students make decisions not to return for the spring semester. As a result, it is possible that when students leave for break, their space does not have a vacancy but one is created during the break. The Office of Residential & First-Year Programs will need to be able to use all vacancies to house students returning from off-campus study, readmission, or room changes.

"Move-In" Condition

  • Residential space must be cleaned, including kitchens, living rooms, and bathrooms.
  • All trash must be removed.
  • All furniture must be present, assembled, and available for use.

At the conclusion of the fall semester and during Winter Break, room inspections will be conducted by staff in order to assess whether rooms and common spaces are prepared for occupancy. Students are asked to set their spaces to "move-in" condition before leaving for break because the new resident(s) who move into your space may arrive on campus before you return in January. If the living spaces are not in "move-in" condition, students will be asked to return to campus to clean the space and be subject to a fine.

Spring Semester: At the end of the spring semester, all students are required to vacate their residence hall rooms and remove all belongings within 24-hours following the completion of their last exam or by the designated closing time (whichever comes first). Students who do not depart the residence halls by closing time and do not have approved extensions are subject to fines for late departure, up to $50 for each hour they are late in departing. Students who wish to request an extension for a late departure must do by submitting an online request through CNAV/MyPlace/MyHousing Self-Service at least five days prior to the halls closing. Residential & First-Year Programs staff will review all requests and determine whether students will be granted permission for a late departure. If approved, students may be subject to a late departure fee.

Before departing campus for the summer, students must clean their entire room and/or apartment and remove all non-college furniture and trash. All furniture that was dismantled must be reassembled.

At the end of the academic year, students should check out and return keys to the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs. In the event that students are departing campus outside of published office hours, students should return his/her key(s) to a key box located at the Department of Public Safety. It is the student's responsibility to return his/her room key by the published deadline to avoid an unreturned key charge.

Unreturned Key Charges (per key):

No key returned, no previous lock changes $150
No key returned, one previous lock change $250
No key returned, two or more previous lock changes $350

Students may be charged for keys that are returned with paint or nail polish on them. Unreturned key charges are billed automatically to student accounts and will not be credited for any keys mailed back to campus after the halls close.

Early Arrivals and Late Departures

Gettysburg College establishes dates and times for the opening and closing of the residential facilities at the beginning and end of the academic year and for Thanksgiving, Winter, and Spring Breaks. This information can be found on the calendar on the Residential & First-Year Programs website.

Students should make travel plans accordingly and well in advance. If a student has extenuating circumstances that does not permit him/her to arrive on campus accordingly, there is an approval process to request housing outside of when the halls are open for the academic year. Office staff review requests and determine whether an exception can be accommodated.

Early Arrival Requests: Any student who wishes to move in before the designated check-in/hall opening dates must have their requests approved by the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs.

Group Requests

Students participating in any College-sponsored activity which require early arrival (practices, trainings, meetings) are granted permission to move in early. If students fall under this category, the group's coordinator will arrange for their early arrival. The student does not need to submit an individual request. There is no early arrival fee for group early arrivals as long as students do not arrive prior to their group's scheduled date.

Individual Requests

Any individual upperclass student that has extenuating circumstances that require early arrival must complete an online early arrival application by the deadline. Instructions and deadlines will be communicated to students prior to breaks and the start of each semester. Emails or phone calls to the office will not be accepted in place of this application. Office staff will review individual requests and determine whether students will be granted an exception to move in early. Individual requests that are made by the deadline and are approved will be automatically billed a $100 early arrival fee. Approval decisions will be communicated to each applicant via email within one week of receiving an application. Early arrival requests submitted after the deadline may be approved but will be automatically billed a $200 early arrival fee. Students who arrive on campus early without prior approval will also be automatically billed $250.

Please note that dropping off personal belongings prior to the official check-in dates will constitute an early arrival and the above policy, deadlines, and fees will apply.

Late Departure Requests: Students who do not depart the residence halls by the published closing date and time for any breaks or at the end of the academic year are subject to fines for late departure. Students who wish to request an extension for a late departure must complete an online late departure application by the deadline. Instructions and deadlines will be communicated to students prior to semester closings. Emails or phone calls to the office will not be accepted in place of this application. Office staff will review individual requests and determine whether students will be granted an exception of late departure.

Graduating seniors who remain on campus through commencement must vacate their senior week housing by 10:00 AM the Monday after commencement.

ALL students who do not request prior approval for a late departure are subject to a $50 fine for each hour they are late in departing. Students approved for late departures may be charged a late departure fee.

Room Changes

The Office of Residential & First-Year Programs strongly encourages students to sit down with their roommates early in the year to discuss issues important to living together. Students with specific conflicts are encouraged to seek counsel of their Residence Coordinator (RC), Resident Assistant (RA), Community Advisor (CA), or House Leader (HL). If a mutually satisfactory solution to the conflict is not reached, students wishing to pursue a room change must meet with a Residential & First-Year Programs professional staff member. Students are reminded that all room changes must be officially requested in this manner. Room changes can take place any time after the first two weeks of the semester and up until the last two weeks before final exams. Exceptions to this procedure may be granted only by the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs.

If wishing to change your room, you should contact your RC, RA, CA, or HL to discuss a room change. A referral to a professional staff member may occur. Prior to any room change, official paperwork and key exchanges must be completed with the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs. Failure to complete necessary paperwork may result in fines and/or conduct action. When searching for a new space, the person wishing to move is encouraged to have an informal meeting with the prospective roommate prior to moving into the space.

Vacancy Policy

The Office of Residential & First-Year Programs reserves the right to use any available space to house any of our students. Residents pay only for a portion of the room in which they live and do not have exclusive rights to the entire room in which they reside, unless they reside in a single occupancy room. The College also reserves the right to use any vacant space as temporary housing for other Gettysburg College students during break periods, if needed. If at any time, a resident's roommate should move out, the remaining resident has two days to find another roommate and begin the necessary paperwork, or move to another vacancy on campus. If the remaining resident does not find another roommate within this time frame, the space becomes available to other residents on campus.

We encourage people who are requesting a room change to talk with a potential new roommate in order to increase the likelihood of a good match between the students involved. However, students are not required to meet with prospective roommates and, after the two-day waiting period, the space is available for immediate occupancy. The Office of Residential & First-Year Programs will make an attempt to notify the occupant(s) of the room/apartment into which a new roommate is planning to move. However, under some circumstances (such as emergency moves or late admits) this notification may not be possible.

Students with a vacancy in their room should keep the following three important notes in mind:

  • Any residence hall room with a vacancy must be maintained in such a way that a person can move in immediately and live comfortably with the closet, bed, desk, shelf, and dresser available for use.
  • Any attempt on a student's part to discourage, refuse, or intimidate a potential or newly assigned roommate is a violation of Residential Guidelines. If a Residential & First-Year Programs staff member receives information that a student is discouraging prospective roommates, that student will be contacted by a member of the staff.
  • By violating this policy the student risks conduct sanctions, including the loss of the student’s housing lottery number.

Consolidation Policy

Due to its residency requirement, Gettysburg College guarantees housing for all full-time students. Therefore, the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs must efficiently and effectively utilize all available spaces in its housing inventory and reserves the right to utilize the following consolidation policy.

Prior to the fall academic semester, at semester break, and in emergency situations, the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs reserves the right to move students from their current room assignment. All students within a room may be moved to another location, multiple groups of students in separate rooms but on the same floor/building may be relocated, and students residing alone in multiple occupancy rooms may be consolidated. This means that a student, upon notification, will need to vacate her/his room and move into another space on campus. This is an effort to use each room/floor/building to its capacity. We will work with all students involved in a consolidation to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Senior Week Housing

During the week prior to graduation, certain residence halls will be designated for senior week housing. These accommodations are exclusively for graduating seniors. The Office of Residential & First-Year Programs reserves the right to consolidate students and move students to different housing to ensure safety for all students.

All graduating seniors will be required to vacate their senior week housing by 10 AM the Monday after commencement. Students who vacate later than Monday at 10 AM will be subject to a $50 fine for each hour they are late in departing. Students must return their room key(s) when they depart campus to avoid being billed for an unreturned key. See "Hall Closings: Spring Semester" for unreturned key billing rates.

Summer Housing

Gettysburg College offers limited housing to students who stay on campus over the summer for research, academic work, or Gettysburg College office support. Students interested in summer housing will need to apply for housing during April of each academic year. Students are assigned to housing based on class year and a random lottery draw of all applicants.

Access to College Property by College Officials

As a private educational institution, Gettysburg College reserves the right to enter and inspect all college residence hall rooms or other areas that are used for student residential living in order to protect the health, safety, and well-being of any or all students, enforce college policies and regulations, and/or to protect and preserve college property and the educational process. Furnishings provided by the college within college residence hall rooms or other areas that are used for student residential living remain the property of Gettysburg College are subject to inspection under this policy. This means that when it is necessary to enforce this policy, the College may enter a residence hall room or other areas used for student residential living without prior notice to the occupants and conduct an inspection of the room or area and any College property within it, including (but not limited to) closets, beds, desks, dressers, bookshelves, Microfridges, and refrigerators.

The College shall try to give the student(s) involved prior notice of the need for entry and the opportunity to be present during any entry into his/her residence hall room or other area used for residential living unless there is an immediate risk of harm to the health, safety, or well-being of any student, including violations of College policies and regulations.

Where federal, state, or local law enforcement officers are involved in an investigation of a possible violation of any applicable law, any search of a student residence hall room or other areas used for student residential living shall be conducted in accordance with legal standards applicable to police searches of private residences.

Administrative Moves as a Result of Student Conduct

There may be a number of reasons that may require a student to move due to his/her conduct or behavior on campus or within the residential community. The need to move would be communicated to the student through the conduct process, and the student would work with his/her hearing officer in that process to arrange for any necessary change in residence hall room.

Leave of Absence or Withdrawal from the College

When a student takes a leave of absence or withdraws from the institution, the student must vacate his/her room and return his/her key(s) within 48-hours of the effective date of his/her leave or withdrawal.