Official messages about the 2020–21 academic year

Emails, town halls, and video messages since January 2020

Fall 2021 - The College continues to highly recommend that all students receive a COVID-19 Vaccine at this time. The College is monitoring the pandemic closely and in discussions with our medical consultant about the plan for the fall semester including whether or not the College will require all students to be vaccinated prior to returning to the campus for classes in the fall. The College will notify all students by email if a decision is made to require the vaccine.

An archive of official Gettysburg College email messages relating to the 2020–21 Academic Year and COVID-19.

May

End-of-Semester Residence Hall Closing Information – May 4, 2021

Danielle Phillips, Director of Residential & First-Year Programs, updates the campus community about end of semester testing, residence hall closing, leaving campus, and late departures.

April

COVID Dashboard Update – April 30, 2021

Jeff Foster and Darrien Davenport update the community about the on campus vaccine clinic, community vaccination sites, end of semester reminders, testing, and mask wearing.

End-of-Semester COVID Health and Safety Reminder – April 30, 2021

Jeff Foster, Interim VP for College Life and Dean of Students, reminds students to continue following health and safety protocols until the end of the spring semester.

On-campus vaccine clinic registration extended – April 30, 2021
Jeff Foster informs students that the deadline to register for WellSpan's on-campus vaccine clinic has been extended to noon on Sunday, May 2.
Registration opens TODAY at 10am for employee vaccine clinic on campus – April 29, 2021

Jennifer Lucas, Executive Director of Human Resources, informs faculty and staff that registration has opened for the on campus vaccine clinic.

Register April 28 for student and employee vaccine clinic on campus – April 27, 2021

Jeff Foster and Darrien Davenport invite the community to register for on-campus COVID vaccinations with student registration beginning April 28 and employee registration beginning April 29.

COVID Dashboard update – April 23, 2021
Jeff Foster and Darrien Davenport update the community about student COVID-19 testing, housing, mask wearing, and employee vaccinations.
Please report your vaccination to HR – April 21, 2021
Jen Lucas, Executive Director of Human Resources, invites the campus community to report their COVID-19 vaccinations.
COVID Dashboard update – April 16, 2021
Jeff Foster and Darrien Davenport update the community about delayed test results, travel exemptions, housing information, wellness days, and a mask-wearing reminder.
Third Wellness Day – April 16, 2021
President Bob Iuliano announces a third wellness day on Friday, April 23, 2021.
Summer Planning – April 16, 2021
President Bob Iuliano announces new initiatives for the summer directed towards helping employees relax and recharge from the past year.
End of semester housing information – April 15, 2021
Danielle Phillips, Director of Residential & First-Year Programs, informs the campus community about important end-of-semester housing information, including residence hall closing dates.
COVID Dashboard update – April 9, 2021
Jeff Foster and Darrien Davenport update the community about wearing masks, testing, and symptom monitoring.
Burnout – April 7, 2021
Kathy Bradley, Executive Director of Health and Counseling, provides advice and resources on how to deal with the mental, physical, and emotional impact of burnout.
A message for our students studying remotely – April 7, 2021
President Bob Iuliano encourages students studying remotely to actively engage with the campus community for the remainder of the spring semester.
Wellness Day tomorrow, April 7 – April 6, 2021
President Iuliano informs students that the College will hold another Wellness Day tomorrow, April 7, for both remote and residential cohorts.
COVID Dashboard update – April 2, 2021
Jeff Foster and Darrien Davenport update the community about vaccine availability, changes to testing center hours, and symptom monitoring.
Pennsylvania vaccine distribution update – April 2, 2021
Jen Lucas and Jeff Foster inform the campus community about Pennsylvania’s vaccine distribution plan for April, finding a provider, planning to receive both doses, and maintaining masking and distancing protocols.
Updates and reminders for students living in town – April 2, 2021
Keira Kant, Associate Dean of College Life, updates students living in town about the COVID rules and rubric in light of recent off-campus gatherings.

March

Testing times – March 29, 2021
Jim Duffy, Associate Dean of College Life, informs the campus community about changes to the testing center’s hours.
COVID Dashboard update – March 26, 2021
Jeff Foster and Darrien Davenport inform the community of about current positive cases, student testing on March 27, and reminders of recent announcements.
Planning for Fall 2021 – March 25, 2021
President Iuliano informs the community about plans for in-person residential instruction and campus operations in Fall 2021.
COVID Dashboard update – March 19, 2021
Jeff Foster, Dean of Students, and Darrien Davenport, Assistant VP of College Life, inform the community of an increase in positive cases and directions for testing on March 20.
Gettysburg College COVID-19 update – March 19, 2021
Jeff Foster, Interim Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students, updates the campus community on the recent increase in COVID-19 cases on campus.
Looking ahead to the spring – March 16, 2021
President Iuliano congratulates students on maintaining health and safety protocols and updates students on upcoming campus events.
Housing selection – March 12, 2021
Danielle Phillips, Director of Residential & First-Year Programs, explains the three phases of the housing selection process.
COVID Dashboard update – March 12, 2021
Jeff Foster, Dean of Students, and Darrien Davenport, Assistant VP of College Life, share this week’s COVID status and reminders about testing, travel, visitors, vaccines, and symptom monitoring.
COVID-19 vaccine guidance and reminders - March 9, 2021
Jeff Foster, Dean of Students, and Jen Lucas, Executive Director of Human Resources, provide an update on vaccine distribution status and what new CDC guidance means for the campus community.
COVID-19 dashboard update - March 5, 2021
Jeff Foster, Dean of Students, and Darrien Davenport, Assistant VP of College Life, share updates for the campus community on this week’s COVID status and testing procedures for next week.
No classes today - March 2, 2021
President Iuliano informs students that classes are cancelled today for rest and recuperation.