Remote learning

COVID-19 Response information about remote learning.

Last updated: March 27, 2020

When will the College launch its remote learning classes?

Classes, labs, and other sessions resumed virtually on Monday, March 23.

What platforms are faculty using for their online instruction?

With the guidance of Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning (JCCTL) and Educational Technology, the faculty have quickly learned to apply the fundamentals of remote teaching and learning. For more information on what platforms they may choose to use in a remote learning setting, visit Gettysburg College Academic Continuity. You can also listen to Episode 5 of Gettysburg College’s Conversations Beneath the Cupola podcast. In this episode, President Iuliano and three faculty guests further explore the transition to remote learning.

Will I be able to complete my academic requirements?

You will be able to meet your academic requirements remotely. We do not want this move to online classes to negatively impact your progress to graduate.

How long will classes be held online?

Classes will be online for the remainder of the Spring 2020 semester.

Spring 2020 semester will end on Friday, May 1 and final exams (or equivalent) will commence on Sunday, May 3.

How will my professors teach things like labs, music, art, and theater courses online?

Our creative and resourceful faculty, with the help of our dedicated Educational Technology staff, are working hard to create engaging educational experiences for our students.

Do my professors know how to teach online?

We have an all-hands-on-deck approach to help faculty transition to teaching online. Our Educational Technology staff has already been offering in-person and remote training for faculty and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. Faculty have responded in true Gettysburg spirit with an unwavering commitment to students and a determination to provide the best educational experience possible under challenging circumstances.

Will there be a Pass/Fail option for classes during 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.

  • 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.

What if I don’t have a computer or internet access?

Information Technology is working to identify and support any students who might not have access to a computer or internet. There are many internet companies offering free months of service and IT staff members are available to coach students on how to order internet and navigate the plan options. Please call GTech at (717) 337-6935 ASAP if you need assistance obtaining a computer or internet access.

What if I need help using the technology in my classes (internet, laptop, Zoom, Screencast-o-matic, Moodle)?

Please enter information into the CNAV form by logging into CNAV and clicking the link “Remote Instruction Help Request” or students with no internet access should call 717-337-6935.

When and/or how should I reach out to my advisor?

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your faculty advisor if you have any questions or concerns. You may also seek assistance from the Office of Academic Advising by calling (717) 337-6579 or making an appointment using the web form

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 COVID-19 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 the Musselman Library Services and Resources During Campus Closure page. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance accessing resources and services.
Will there be any changes in class times for students in different time zones?

They will continue as planned with the time their classes were on campus. We will operate on Eastern Daylight Time.

What disability accommodations is the College providing for online learning?

Additional resources and accommodations for online learning are available from Academic Advising. If you would like to make an appointment with one of the Deans, please complete an appointment request and we will set up a phone call (or video call if you prefer) with the appropriate person who may best answer your questions or concerns.