Faculty guidance

COVID-19 Response information for faculty.

Last updated: March 26, 2020

Is training available to help me teach online?

Yes. Eric Remy and Sharon Birch in Educational Technology are offering remote training on a variety of topics, including Zoom (for live classes), Screencast-o-matic (for recorded asynchronous material), and Moodle on an as needed basis. Please see IT academic continuity and Musselman Library services and resources during campus closure for helpful information.

How long will classes be held online?

We began teaching all classes online on Monday, March 23. Classes will be online for the remainder of the spring semester.

Will we make up the week of classes we missed during the extended spring break?

No. The College plans to use our original academic calendar with classes ending on Friday, May 1 and finals beginning on Sunday, May 3.

What if I don’t have a computer at home to use for teaching online?

Please write to ITHelpdesk@gettysburg.edu immediately.

Are we going to have course evaluations for the Spring 2020 semester?

This is being discussed. No decisions have been made.

Can we grade Pass/Fail for the Spring 2020 semester?

We have elected to create a temporary modification to the grading policy for the Spring 2020 semester. All Gettysburg College students will be permitted to convert any of their courses to S/U grading for this semester only. All grades of D- or better in a course for which a student elects the S/U grade will convert to S. For all courses in which students receive Satisfactory (S), including majors and minors, this grade will count toward degree requirements, which will override some Departmental or College policies. All other academic policies will apply.

  • At the end of the semester, all faculty will submit their course grades (A-F) to the Registrar’s Office.
  • Students will have from Monday, May 11 until Friday, May 15 at 5:00 p.m. EDT to decide about moving a course or courses to S/U grading.
  • There will be no limit on the number of courses students can convert to S/U grading. Students can decide on a course-by-course basis.
  • For Spring 2020 courses, courses taken S/U can satisfy major and minor requirements.
  • If a student takes a Spring 2020 course S/U that is a prerequisite for another course, any particular grade requirements associated with that prerequisite (other than the requirement that the student pass the course) are to be waived.
  • If a student takes a Spring 2020 course S/U and earns a grade of U, the student will not earn course credit for that course and the course cannot satisfy a prerequisite.

Will I still have access to the library’s resources and services?
Musselman Library will continue its commitment to support the teaching and research needs of the Gettysburg community during the COVID19 pandemic. The library staff will work with students and faculty to ensure that as many scholarly resources and services as possible are accessible remotely. Information on library resources and services will be updated regularly on Musselman Library’s during campus closure page. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance accessing resources and services.