Official messages about the 2020–21 academic year

Emails, town halls, and video messages since January 2020

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

June

Update for Commencement 2020 – June 30

Message sent to seniors on behalf of Katie Barako, Special Projects Coordinator in the President’s Office, announcing the second postponement of Commencement for the class of 2020.

Better Together: A return to campus in 2020–21 – June 22

A video message from President Iuliano announcing the College’s plan to return to residence this fall, and addressing the uncertainty surrounding questions of public health due to COVID-19.

Fall semester announcement – June 22

President Iuliano announces that the College will return to residence in the fall, making the opportunity available to every student who wishes to return to campus.

Adams county moves to green tomorrow – June 11

Jennifer Lucas, Co-Director of Human Resources, addresses employees about Adams County moving into the green phase, and how it affects the workplace.

May

Employee update – Adams County moving to yellow – May 21

Jennifer Lucas, Co-Director of Human Resources, emailed staff on May 21 in relation to Governor Wolf’s decision to move Adams County to the yellow phase as part of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s “Process to reopen.”

Town hall with President Bob Iuliano and Darrien Davenport – May 20

On May 20, President Bob Iuliano and Assistant VP of College Life, Darrien Davenport held the College’s third virtual town hall to address questions from the community, incoming students, and their families.

Important information regarding belonging retrieval – May 13

Danielle Phillips, Director of Residential & First-Year Programs, informs students about the options available to them for retrieving their belongings from campus.

CARES Act letter – May 8

President Iuliano sent a letter to Pennsylvania Senators Casey and Toomey about the CARES Act and federal support for students and institutions of higher education.

S/U grading option – May 7

Brian Reese, Registrar, informs students about the satisfactory / unsatisfactory grading selection beginning on Monday, May 11.

Update on student belongings – May 5

Julie Ramsey, VP for College Life and Dean of Students, informs students about the options available to them for collecting their belongings from residence halls.

April

Campus update for employees – April 27

President Iuliano sent a message on April 27 outlining the effects on employees of measures the College is taking in response to the financial challenges of the pandemic.

Fall planning – April 22

President Iuliano updates the campus community on reopening Gettysburg College in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Engagement beyond the classroom – April 9

Message sent to students and parents on behalf of Julie Ramsey and Chris Zappe to introduce opportunities for engagement beyond the classroom and to provide links to students if they have questions or concerns.

Live with President Bob Iuliano on Gettysburg and COVID-19 – April 3

In this town hall, President Bob Iuliano shares a message for the incoming class, and then speaks with Darrien Davenport about Gettysburg College’s response to COVID-19, with live questions from members of the community.

Update for employees – April 2

President Iuliano updates employees on steps the College is taking to manage the financial impact of the pandemic.

March

Commencement announcement – March 30

President Iuliano addresses the Class of 2020 about this year’s Commencement Ceremony.

Remote work instructions and resources – March 27

Jennifer Lucas, Co-Director of Human Resources, explains the college’s remote work policy and provides resources for employees who are working remotely.

Modification to the grading policy – March 25

Christopher Zappe, Provost, informs students, faculty, and staff of the temporary modification to the college’s grading policy for the spring 2020 semester.

Reported COVID-19 case – March 24

Bill Lafferty, Assistant Vice President for College Life and Executive Director of Public Safety, informs the campus community that a student has tested positive for COVID-19.

First day of remote learning – March 23

On the first day of remote learning, VP for College Life and Dean of Students Julie Ramsey, and Provost Chris Zappe, sent this message to students.

Post shutdown message – March 20

President Iuliano addresses the state-wide shutdown and how it affects students and the College.

College closure ordered by Governor – March 19

Julie Ramsey, VP for College Life and Dean of Students, emailed students and parents that the College has been ordered to close by the Governor of Pennsylvania.

Town hall with President Bob Iuliano and Darrien Davenport – March 18

In a live town hall, President Bob Iuliano speaks with Darrien Davenport about how Gettysburg College is adapting to the emerging Coronavirus emergency, and takes questions from the community.

A Message to Student-Athletes – March 17

Mike Mattia, Executive Director of Athletics and Campus Recreation, addresses student athletes about the current status of athletics and spring sports at Gettysburg College.

Guidance on the resumption of classes – March 17

Christopher Zappe, Provost, provides guidance on the resumption of classes starting the week of March 23.

Students returning to campus – March 17

Julie Ramsey, Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students, clarifies the options available to students who need to return to campus as well as students who are unable to return to campus.

A video message from President Bob Iuliano – March 16

President Bob Iuliano addresses the community about the decision to suspend residential activities and move to remote learning for the remainder of the spring semester.

Residential update – March 16

Julie Ramsey, Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students, notified the campus community about moving out of residential spaces.

Moving to remote learning – March 16

President Iuliano notified the community that Gettysburg College will be moving to remote learning on March 23.

Students in Europe and abroad – March 12

The Center for Global Education sent study abroad participants instructions for returning home from Europe and guidance for those outside of Europe.

Spring break next steps – March 11

The Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) emailed community on March 11 with information about extended Spring Break through Sunday, March 22.

Extending spring break – March 10

On March 10, President Iuliano advised the community that Gettysburg College would be extending spring break until March 22.

Plans to maintain academic continuity – Mar. 10

Provost Chris Zappe and VP for Information Technology Rod Tosten sent this message to faculty. It contains information on preparing for remote learning.

Spring immersion projects – Mar. 5

Center for Public Service Director Jeff Rioux sent this message to Immersion Project participants advising of the cancellation of Spring Immersion Projects.

CERT update and travel restrictions – Mar. 3

The Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) emailed the campus community with advice on travel to CDC Level 3 countries, the travel notification form, and infection control advice.

January

CERT update and travel recommendations – Jan. 31

The Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) emailed the campus community with advice for those who have traveled to China and information about study abroad programs.

Initial guidance on COVID-19 – Jan. 24

This message was being sent on behalf of Julie Ramsey, Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students. It contains information about COVID-19 symptoms and advice if you experience fever.