Campus offices and operations during COVID-19

Information and updates to campus buildings and operations

November 18, 2020: Read the latest communication from President Bob Iuliano about the spring semester.

In adherence to our community health and safety guidelines, adjustments to our campus operations have been implemented, including how and when our buildings and facilities are used.

Building modifications

Classroom with a plastic barrier in front of the podium

Facilities services worked with closely with building architects and health experts to understand what modifications needed to be made to our indoor spaces. This includes rearranging furniture, installing plexiglass (faculty interested in having plexiglass in their classroom should submit a work order request), creating clear ingress and egress points, installing hand sanitizer stations, and understanding how many people can be in a building or room at a certain time.

Below is an overview of some of the major changes across campus, followed by specific modifications made within particular spaces and buildings:

  • Physical distancing guidelines, to create a separation of six feet between two people, have been implemented in all classrooms, common areas, and meeting rooms on campus. In most cases, these guidelines will reduce the capacity by about 50%. Science labs, computer labs, art studios, and lecture areas with fixed seating could see capacity reductions that range from 60% to 80%. Loose furniture will be removed from the space and signage will be posted indicating the capacity of the room.
  • We have reduced the numbers of printers on campus. There are two high output printers in the basement of Glatfelter. If a student is concerned about their access to printers, they may bring a personal, small printer that connects directly to their computer. We do not allow WiFi on printers to be turned on.
  • Water fountains have been covered. The basement of each building has a bottle refilling station, which everyone is encouraged to use.
  • Common vending machines are no longer in use.

Jaeger Center

Physical and streaming fitness classes

  • Abs and Toning
  • Barre
  • Boot Camp
  • Butts and Guts
  • Full Body Yoga
  • HIIT Training
  • Pilates
  • Six Pack Season
  • Vinyasa Flow Yoga
  • Walking Club
  • Zumba

To view the weekly class schedule and sign up for a class, register on IMLeagues, and click on “group fitness reservations.”

  • Must bring your own equipment!
  • Be sure to check the location of your class.
  • Classes also available remotely via Zoom.

Please note the following changes to the Jaeger Center:

  • Only students, faculty and staff with a valid ID are allowed.
  • No guests, alums, retirees, dependents allowed in the first phase of reopening.
  • Access to the Ortenzio Fitness Room will be limited to a maximum of 50% capacity of the facility at any one time. Sign ups are not required.
  • Access to the pool for open swim and fitness classes will be by scheduled appointment only. Sign-ups will take place through IMLeagues.
  • Masks are required at all times, even when exercising, unless you fit into one of the exceptions included in Section 3 of the state’s mask order (PDF), or are in the water, or are swimming in the pool.
  • All equipment must be cleaned before and after use with provided supplies.
  • Individual workout equipment such as foam rollers, stretch bands, massage sticks, water bottles, and other items typically shared in workout spaces will not be available. Individuals seeking to use those implements should bring their own and should not share with others. Free weights will still be available for use.
  • The Plank Gym and Stage, Multipurpose Room, and Bouldering Wall and Climbing Tower will not be available for use.
  • Admissions tours can come into the lobby of the building, but will not be able to access the Ortenzio Fitness Room. All new egress and ingress patterns must be followed.
  • There will be detailed mitigation practices and infection control conducted throughout the Jaeger Center.
  • The building has also been reconfigured to adhere to recommended physical distancing practices. Due to COVID-19, some exercise equipment will be moved into Hauser Field House to allow the recommended physically distancing protocols. Hauser Field House is dedicated to intercollegiate and recreational programs. Athletics will be programming and using the fitness equipment brought in from the Ortenzio Fitness Room.
  • Cubbies are not available for storage.
  • Locker rooms are closed.
  • Equipment will not be available for check-out.
  • Access to outdoor facilities including tennis courts, volleyball courts, intramural fields, patio by pool, tents with workout equipment placed outside Jaeger Center and around campus will also be available.

Learn about changes to Athletics during the fall semester.

Dining Services

Gettysburg College's healthy eats section in the dining hall

To promote student health and wellness and adhere to physical distancing protocols, dining facilities will convert certain points of service to accommodate “to-go” pick-up formats. Seating in all dining locations is reduced by approximately 75% to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Dining Services will also be adding additional locations to obtain and eat food, including the Ballroom, a tent on Memorial Field, patio seating, Plank Gym, etc. Visit Dining Services’ website for more information.

College Union Building (CUB)

Please note the following changes in CUB:

  • Tables and chairs have been physically distanced and are disinfected regularly.
  • Commons Marketplace will remain open.
  • Textbook pickup will be in CUB 126 and textbooks can be purchased in the bookstore. There will be no “Textbook Rush” in the Ballroom this year; all textbook purchases must be made in the store.
Seating area in the Janet Morgan Riggs Student Center

Musselman Library

Musselman Library's lower floor sitting area

Please note the following changes in Musselman Library:

  • Building access will only be allowed with e card swipe during open hours.
  • Card entry is for students, employees, retirees, dependents. The latter two groups will be encouraged to update their IDs (retirees and dependents will need to register online as visitors).
  • Admissions tours can swipe in.
  • Visitors, including donors, vendors, researchers, friends of the library, etc. may call ahead to make an appointment and register online unless on the approved vendor/contractor list. The staff member they are meeting with must let them in and out of the building.
  • Appropriate signage will be developed for the doors.
  • We are not lending headphones this semester. Instead, we will be handing out complimentary earbuds upon request while supplies last.
  • When Omni Power Banks are returned, they will be wiped down. They will require additional charging, so there will be a time period between users.
  • Students will need to bring their own charging cords for laptops, devices, etc., or utilize the charging lockers on the main level near the Browsing Room.
  • There are no restrictions to using the Browsing Room or checking out the materials. Students will still be able to search MUSCAT Plus for reserved items, but they won't need staff assistance to access them.
  • Books will be covered in plastic and disinfected after each use by library staff.

The Library will continue to operate grab and go services and all patrons can request materials be pulled from stacks and held for them. View the Guide to Musselman Library Resources and Services Fall 2020.

Front desk at Musselman Library

Post Office

Please note the following changes in the Post Office:

  • Plexiglass barriers and touchless kiosks have been installed, eliminating the need for students to hand their ID card to a clerk
  • Students will tap a touch pad with their ID to let the post office personnel know whose package to retrieve and where it is located to sign out their package
  • Students must maintain physical distance while waiting in line as they approach the mail window. Signage to queue lines has been placed
  • Some delays in receiving packages and mail are to be expected
  • More lockers have been added to the mailroom for safer, touchless options
  • The mailroom will operate for normal hours
The post office in the Janet Morgan Riggs Student Center

The Attic

The Attic will be open and reservable much like a classroom space, with appropriate capacity and physical distancing standards. If the space is not reserved, it is available on a first-come, first-served basis (e.g. as a study space).

Repurposed facilities

Certain campus areas are being reimagined to create additional space for eating, classroom space, and studying. The following rooms on campus have been converted into classrooms:

  • CUB 208, 260
  • Musselman Library 18
  • Pennsylvania Hall 304
  • 102 Water Street 001
  • Christ Chapel 7, 10
  • Ice House A 101, 102, 201, 202, 301, 302
  • Jaeger Multipurpose
  • Majestic Theater 134, 1SLY
  • West Building Attic
Classroom on the upper floor of Penn Hall

Parking

Updated parking information for new students, returning students, employees, and visitors can be found on the College’s Public Safety webpage, along with a current map and regulations.

Outdoor classroom space

While faculty are welcome to take classes outside for individual sessions, all courses should have a scheduled indoor location for times when the weather does not cooperate. The outdoor spaces will not have any of the standard technology that is available for indoor classroom spaces. Therefore, classes held outdoors cannot be delivered remotely for students attending virtually.

Several tents for classrooms will be located in Constitution parking lot, each with the following setup:

  • Tents are 30’ x 40’, with a floor
  • Each tent may hold up to 30 people with physical distancing requirements
  • The sides of the tents zip open to allow air to flow through the space
  • Each tents is equipped with a dry erase board
  • Tents are equipped with lighting, but no electrical outlets
  • Tents are not air conditioned
  • Tent spaces have been assigned room numbers
Tents set up in Constitution parking lot
Interior photo of a tent classroom

Location details

Constitution Tents

Room ID Amenities
Room 1
(“CONSTENT1” in 25Live)
Classroom / general use all day
• Seats 30 at desks
• Platform floor
• Lights
• Dry erase
Room 2
(“CONSTENT2” in 25Live)
Classroom / general use all day
• Seats 30 at desks
• Platform floor
• Lights
• Dry erase
Room 3
(“CONSTENT3” in 25Live)
Classroom / general use all day
• Seats 30 at desks
• Platform floor
• Lights
• Dry erase
Room 4
(“CONSTENT4” in 25Live)
Classroom / general use all day
• Seats 30 at desks
• Platform floor
• Lights
• Dry erase

Memorial Tents

Room ID Amenities
Room 1
(“MEMFTENT1” in 25Live)
Available for dining only
• Seats 35 at tables
• Platform floor
• Lights
Room 2
(“MEMFTENT2” in 25Live)
Available for dining only
• Seats 35 at tables
• Platform floor
• Lights
Room 3
(“MEMFTENT3” in 25Live)
Available for dining only
• Seats 35 at tables
• Platform floor
• Lights
Room 4
(“MEMFTENT4” in 25Live)
Available for dining only
• Seats 35 at tables
• Platform floor
• Lights
Room 5
(“MEMFTENT5” in 25Live)
Available for dining until 2 p.m. / general use after 2 p.m.
• Seats 35 at tables
• Platform floor
• Lights
Room 6
(“MEMFTENT6” in 25Live)
Available for dining until 2 p.m. / general use after 2 p.m.
• Seats 35 at tables
• Platform floor
• Lights
Room 7
(“MEMFTENT7” in 25Live)
Classroom / general use all day
• Seats 35 at tables
• Platform floor
• Lights
• Dry erase
Room 8
(“MEMFTENT8” in 25Live)
Classroom / general use all day
• Seats 35 at tables
• Platform floor
• Lights
• Dry erase
Room 9
(“MEMFTENT9” in 25Live)
Available for classroom use until 4 p.m. / general use after 4 p.m.
• Seats 30 at tables
• Grass floor
• Dry erase
Room 10
(“MEMFTENT10” in 25Live)
Available for classroom use until 4 p.m. / general use after 4 p.m.
• Seats 30 at tables
• Grass floor
• Dry erase

Other tents

Room ID Amenities
Schmucker Tent
(“SCHMTENT” in 25Live)
Conservatory priority
• Seats 20 at tables
• Grass floor
• Lights
• Dry erase
Brua Tent
(“BRUATENT” in 25Live)
Theatre Department priority
• Seats 7 at tables
• Grass floor
• Lights
CUB Patio Tent
(“CUBPATENT” in 25Live)
For dining use only
• Table seating
• Concrete floor
• Lights
Jaeger Tent
(“JCTRTENT” in 25Live)
Athletics/Campus rec priority
• Capacity of 15 (no tables or desks)
• Paver floor
• Lights
Sentinel Tent
(“SENTTENT” in 25Live)
Available for classroom use until 4 p.m. / general use after 4 p.m.
• Seats 30 at tables
• Grass floor
• Dry erase
Science Center Tent
(“SCIETENT” in 25Live)
Available for classroom use until 4 p.m. / general use after 4 p.m.
• Seats 30 at tables
• Grass floor
• Dry erase
Quarry Pavilion
(“QUAP” in 25Live)
• Seats 22 at tables
• Platform floor
• Lights

Reserving outdoor space

Faculty interested in reserving outdoor classroom space should contact Cathy Zarrella at czarrell@gettysburg.edu. Once the semester begins, the tents will be able to be used by making reservations through 25Live for individual class sessions during normal class meeting times. Academic departments will be able to reserve the space for meetings or other events from 4-6pm during the week or on weekends.

HVAC/building systems

There is currently no evidence of human infection with SARS-CoV-2 caused by infectious aerosols distributed through HVAC ducting. Well-maintained HVAC systems, including air-conditioning units, effectively filter large droplets containing SARS-CoV-2. Additionally, HVAC systems may help decrease the risk of transmission in indoor spaces by increasing the rate of air change, decreasing recirculation of air, and increasing the use of outdoor air. It is possible, however, for COVID-19 aerosols (small droplets and droplet nuclei) to spread through HVAC systems within a building or space with stand-alone air-conditioning units, if air is recirculated.

Facilities Services is taking steps to promote safe air supply, exchange, and circulation in all the College’s buildings.

Gettysburg College has nearly 40 academic and administrative buildings to support our campus operations. Each building has a mechanical system designed for the specific size and use of each unique space.

Facilities Services, in consultation with Barton Associates, the College’s engineers, confirmed that the majority of the academic and administrative buildings have HVAC systems that provide fresh air in accordance with code requirements. These are mostly commercial mechanical systems that are designed to exchange the air within the space based on use (classroom, office, and restroom) and capacity of the space, whereby fresh air is mixed with return air, and then filtered, before being returned to the space.

Additionally, decreasing building occupancy effectively increases building ventilation rates. We have ensured the proper amount of outside air exchange in the systems for each building type and capacity, made routine maintenance to change the filters and keep spaces well-ventilated and safe.

There are some smaller buildings, used mainly for administrative support, that are equipped with residential style systems that do not introduce fresh air to condition the buildings. In these situations, the space can be supported by the opening windows and the installation of an air purifier. Facilities Services has contacted the occupants of these buildings to advise them of their options.

The mitigation of risk associated with the virus is not a single-solution approach. It is a combination of building operations, behavioral changes by those that use the space, efforts to clean and disinfect the space and the mechanical systems, to name a few. The key is to have a holistic approach as each area is interrelated with others.