Health guidelines for students and staff

Health guidelines for everyone returning to campus

Students and employees must adhere to pre-arrival and daily health guidelines when returning to campus this fall. We are also providing resources to help all members of the community, especially those at higher risk.

For students

There are a variety of health standards and practices that students will be asked to engage in before arriving on campus and throughout the academic year. While some of these items are mandatory, others are shared responsibilities. We are asking each community member to do their part to follow the health guidelines that have been put into place to protect their own health, the health of those around them, and the integrity of our residential model.


Before students arrive back on campus in August, they will be required to:

  • Carefully monitor their activity and maintain physical distancing two weeks before coming to campus.
  • Participate in an educational course on COVID-19. Students will be notified when the course is available and can access it through Moodle.
  • Complete an online COVID-19 medical screening through the student’s Electronic Health Record, Medicat. Students will receive an email directing them to the form.
  • Get a flu shot (influenza vaccine). If students cannot get a flu shot before coming back to campus, flu shots will be provided by the Health Services.
  • Sign a pledge of cooperation and a statement that they have read, understand, and will comply with the expectations of them while on campus. The pledge will be available soon.


Students will:

  • Be asked to fill out a daily symptom checklist via an online patient portal managed by Health Services. Positive responses will be shared with Student Health Services for further evaluation.
  • Students will be required to wear a mask or face covering in campus buildings, including common spaces in dorms, and any time they are within six feet of another person.
  • Students will be expected to maintain the cleanliness of their living spaces.

Additional considerations


  • Any student travel that is not absolutely essential will be highly discouraged.
  • We intend to utilize local hotel space to better accommodate student housing and reduce the number of students living in campus residence halls. Students will not need to participate in a new or additional housing selection process.

Public health education will be a key component of the fall semester. We will work with various groups of students to engage their participation and cooperation in educating the campus and adhering to requirements for protecting everyone’s health and safety. While we anticipate that all campus community members will honor our communal pledge, enforcement protocols will be developed to address situations where members of the community do not follow the proper health protocols. This will apply to students living on campus, in fraternities and sororities, in theme houses, and off campus.

Emotional health

Counseling Services has produced a guide for confronting the emotional challenges presented by COVID-19.

At-risk students

Our Health Services will work individually with students who have compromised immune systems or other conditions that may make them more susceptible to COVID-19. Please contact Health Services for more information or to discuss your individual circumstances.

For employees

In the spirit of care and concern for colleagues and students, all faculty and staff are expected to comply with the policies, protocols, and guidelines as part of Gettysburg College’s Workplace Expectations and Guidelines.

Workplace guidelines

Expectations and guidelines:

  • Faculty and staff who are returning to the workplace must self-screen, take their temperature, and conduct symptom monitoring before reporting to work each day.
  • If you are showing any symptoms, have tested positive, or have been in close contact with anyone testing positive, do not come to work.
  • Employees are required to wear face coverings or a mask where physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain. This includes classrooms, office spaces, and meeting rooms and areas outside where it is difficult to maintain a six foot distance.
  • Employees must practice physical distancing.
  • Employees are expected to clean their workspaces on a regular basis. This includes desks, tables, doorknobs, light switches, phones, and computer equipment. Cleaning supplies will be provided to each office area by the Facilities Department.

If you feel ill

Take the following steps in the event you have one or more COVID-19 symptoms:

  1. Contact your physician. Employees are encouraged to use telemedicine (video and phone visits) in order to limit potential exposure in physician’ offices. Please use the following links for Highmark’s Telemedicine vendors AmWell and Doctor on Demand.
  2. Stay home and do not come to work until at least 72 hours after you are no longer experiencing symptoms of respiratory infection (not allergies or asthma), and have been fever-free without the use of fever-reducing medications. This applies regardless of whether you have been tested for COVID-19 or not. If you have not accrued enough sick time, please be in touch with your supervisor to make arrangements.
  3. If you have been tested for COVID-19, or have a family member that is ill and is being tested, do not come to work and self-isolate as directed by your healthcare provider. Notify your supervisor to inform them of your absence and to discuss options to work remotely. Please stay home until you have verified that testing is negative for the virus.
  4. Self-isolate until your physician clears you.

If you begin to display symptoms consistent with COVID-19, immediately isolate yourself and notify your supervisor that you need to leave work. Repeat the steps above.

At-risk employees

Although significant measures are being taken to enhance the health and safety of our community, we understand that there will be faculty, administrators, and staff with underlying health conditions or family obligations that require special consideration. We will work with those employees individually to determine available alternatives. Staff and administrators should speak with their supervisor and faculty should speak with the Provost if they have concerns.

  • Return to work — information for employees as they prepare to return to work