Your Personal Belongings and Important Insurance Information

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While on campus, bikes should be locked in racks provided near most residence hall and classroom buildings. Bicycles cannot be left in stairwells, hallways, or any passageways within buildings, and must never be chained to stair banisters due to fire code regulations. All bicycles must be registered with the Department of Public Safety. Permits are issued free of charge and help DPS identify your bike if it is misplaced or stolen.


Storing personal property in the residence halls over the summer is not permitted. If possible, you should plan to bring only items which will fit in your room or car. There is no storage available during the academic year. Information regarding off-campus storage options may be found on the Office of Residential & First-Year Programs’ website.

Student Property

Gettysburg College is not responsible for any personal possessions in a residence hall room, laundry room, or any common space. Gettysburg College strongly recommends that all students insure the belongings that they bring to campus. Unfortunately, there have been situations in the past where student belongings have been stolen, damaged, or destroyed. Reimbursement for such loss can be provided by insurance. The College’s property insurance does not cover student property. Some homeowner’s policies automatically cover property while a student is away at college. Otherwise, renter’s insurance can be purchased specifically for the student. Please check with your family’s insurance agent about obtaining appropriate coverage.

Any questions concerning insurance coverage should be directed to:

Gettysburg College
Office of Human Resources & Risk Management

To guard against theft or damage of your property as well as that of your friends and roommates, the College recommends the following safeguards:

  • Record serial numbers or similar identifying numbers and/or makes & models of valuable items such as smart phone, computers, other personal electronic devices, and bicycles.
  • Consider leaving family heirlooms or other valuable and hard to replace items at home.
  • Keep money and valuables in a secure place. It may be a good idea to purchase a personal safe or lockbox to secure these when you are not carrying them.
  • Do not keep excess amounts of cash in your room.
  • Record the numbers of all credit cards and checking accounts and keep addresses of the companies and banks so that you can notify them if your cards are lost or stolen.
  • Be alert to the presence of strangers in non-public areas of living units; report their presence to your student staff member or Public Safety. This also applies to solicitors.
  • Keep your room doors and windows locked whenever it is unoccupied and when you are sleeping.
  • Report any problems with doors, windows, and locks to Facilities Services as soon as possible so that they may be promptly corrected.

Liability Insurance

A homeowner’s or renter’s policy may also provide liability coverage for a student. Liability insurance protects someone if they negligently cause injury to another person or damage to another’s property. It is not uncommon today for accidents to lead to lawsuits. Financial responsibility for damage and/or fire caused by use of prohibited items will be incurred by the responsible student(s).

Automobile Insurance

If a student brings an automobile to college, the student must carry the liability insurance required by the applicable state law. Gettysburg College also recommends that physical damage (comprehensive) coverage be purchased as well. All of the College parking lots are “park at your own risk”. Damage to vehicles parked on campus is not the responsibility of the College.