Our approach to resuming in-person instruction

How the College is returning to in-person instruction

A successful return to campus for the fall semester relies on our commitment to the health and safety practices and guidelines we have put into place.

Additionally, the College is working to provide flexible and equitable academic and co-curricular options for the year, understanding that not all students may be able to or may choose not to return to campus but may still want to continue to make academic progress.

  • Online and in-person courses are being developed to give students a choice as to how they’d like to receive their education, to help with heightened classroom demand, and to ensure that faculty members who will not be in a position to return to campus are still able to offer courses to students. This may require some adjustments in course registration. The faculty are participating in a Pedagogy Institute this summer to ensure flexible and diverse curricular offerings of the highest quality possible. These courses build on the training from last semester and give our faculty the tools to create courses from the outset that are adapted to, and take advantage of, online capacities. This work will also allow us to pivot more effectively to remote teaching if circumstances arise that make that necessary.
  • We will expand the distance from which students can choose to commute to campus from their homes from a 30-mile radius to a 60-mile radius. If you live within 60-miles of the campus and are interested in commuting for the fall semester, please contact Residential and First Year Programs at residencelife@gettysburg.edu. Students must indicate their desire to commute by July 15.
  • More classes will be held in the evenings to allow us to keep class sizes small and maintain physical distancing.
  • The College has developed a variety of gap options for students who would prefer to take a semester or a year off but still remain engaged with the College and gain practical experience or course credits in some situations.