The safety of the Gettysburg College community is our top priority.
Last updated: April 1, 2020
The College continues to closely monitor updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and the U.S. Department of State in regard to the status of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) health concern, both internationally and in the United States.
- Due to the Pennsylvania Governor’s order to close all non-life sustaining businesses until further notice, the College closed at 8 p.m. on March 19.
- The College began teaching all classes remotely on March 23.
- Call the College Phone Bank at 717-337-8800 from 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
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The Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) are meeting regularly to discuss COVID-19 and to take proactive steps to minimize exposure and risk for our campus and for our students and employees traveling abroad.
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Message from President Bob Iuliano
Frequently asked questions
- Did faculty understand that not all students had what they needed for classes?
- I’ve been approved to stay on campus, can I still stay given the Governor’s orders?
- I am not comfortable with someone else packing up my things. What should I do?
- Can I still have my things mailed to me?
- When will I be able to access my belongings?
- I left medication that I need in my room. What should I do?
- I’m still going to campus to gather my belongings. The College has to let me in, right?
- Is there a way to get an exemption from the Governor to get our belongings?
- Publishers across the country are providing e-book access. Will Gettysburg faculty consider this option?
- My instrument is still on campus. What should I do?
- Will there be a Pass/Fail option for classes during the Spring 2020 semester?
Resources for an Inclusive Community
Please utilize the following resources to ensure we maintain an inclusive community:
About the virus
2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus) identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan, China (source: CDC). Read more about 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
How is the virus spread?
The CDC thinks that COVID-19 is spread mainly from person-to-person, particularly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
- Person to person spread is believed to occur via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby, or possibly inhaled into the lungs.
- It may be possible to get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or possibly their eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
CDC message about germs: “Stop the spread of germs by avoiding close contact with people who are sick; covering cough and sneeze; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and washing your hands with soap and water.”
What are the symptoms?
Patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reportedly had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
- Shortness of breath
The CDC believes at this time that symptoms of COVID-19 may appear in as few as 2 days or as long as 14 after exposure.
CDC message about COVID-19 rumors: “Know the facts about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and help stop the spread of rumors.”
Who should seek medical attention?
Patients with fever and/or acute respiratory illness who have traveled in the past 14 days to an area affected by COVID-19, or who have had close contact with someone who is under investigation for, or lab-confirmed, with COVID-19 should seek medical attention.
How to get information
Use gettysburg.edu/coronavirus to check the latest information and updates from the College.
Contact the following offices and departments for additional information.
|COVID-19 Phone Bank||717-337-8800|
|Department of Public Safety||717-337-6911|
|Center for Global Education||717-337-6866|
Official email messages
View official College communications about the virus since January, 2020.
- Gettysburg College box request
- Storage form
- Refund request form (PDF)
- Petition to stay on campus after Saturday March 21st form
- Travel request form
- Remote Instruction Help Request
- Equipment Checkout Request