Mandated campus closure

COVID-19 Response information about Governor Wolf’s order to close campus.

Last updated: May 15, 2020

I’ve been approved to stay on campus, can I still stay given the Governor’s orders?

Yes, students who were approved to stay may stay.

When will I be able to access my belongings?

We are planning for the move-out process to occur from Monday, May 18 until Saturday, June 6. Please complete this form by Sunday, May 17 to select your preferred option. We encourage everyone that can do so, to come to campus and retrieve all of your belongings. Please note that your return to campus is at your own expense.

When and how will I receive notice of my scheduled time to retrieve my belongings?

Within 48 hours of submitting your form, you will receive a call from a Residential & First-Year Programs staff member to schedule your move-out date and time. We will be working closely with you in order to carefully manage the timing of each student’s return so that we can maintain proper social distancing in the residence halls during move out.

Upon arrival on campus for my belongings, what do I do?

When you arrive on campus, you may proceed directly to your residence hall to retrieve your belongings. Your student ID card and/or your residence hall key(s) will be set up to grant you access upon your arrival. If you have any questions, need boxes, or have lost your key and will need access to your space, you may drive to the tent outside of the Department of Public Safety (DPS). You will not need to exit your vehicle; someone will approach your vehicle to assist you. If you do need to exit your vehicle at DPS, you may park in the Admissions Lot across Stevens Street from the DPS Office.

Where should I return rental and/or library books?

If you have rental books or library books to return, you may drop them off at the tent outside of DPS.

How long will I have to pack and remove my belongings from the residence hall?

You are permitted to return to campus only for the scheduled three hour time block assigned to you; you are not permitted to remain in your residence hall or any other on-campus building overnight during this move-out process.

Will my family and/or friends be allowed to help retrieve my belongings?

You are permitted to only have one additional person to travel with you and help you through the move out process. Gettysburg College encourages students to plan for this person to be someone who would not easily be compromised from contracting COVID-19.

Can I pick up my art, musical, and/or athletic equipment from another building on campus?

If you have belongings elsewhere on campus, please contact the following individuals to arrange for a time (during your three-hour move-out block) to pick up your belongings in these locations:

What are the options if I can’t return to campus to get my belongings?

You may designate someone to pack your belongings on your behalf; have the College pack and store your belongings, at no cost, until you return to campus this fall; or work with a moving company approved by the College to have your belongings packed and stored by the moving company or shipped to you by the moving company at your expense.

What precautions will be in place when I return to campus for my belongings?

In addition to staggering arrivals of those in shared living spaces and limiting the number of people on campus, the College provided the following instructions in your move-out confirmation email:

  • You are required to wear a facial covering or mask while on campus. Please bring a mask of your own with you when you travel to campus. However, if you do not have a mask, one can be picked up at the tent outside of DPS.
  • You are expected to maintain social distancing practices with all people that you come into contact with during the move-out process.
  • You are expected to follow the specific move-out guidelines for each residence hall or building that you are moving out of, such as one-way directional signs, entry and exit door designations, and stairwell directional instructions.

How should I return my residence hall key(s) if I’ve already removed my belongings from campus?

Please mail your key(s) in a padded envelope to the College as soon as it is safe for you to do so at the following address:

Residential & First-Year Programs
300 N. Washington Street
Box 430
Gettysburg, PA 17325