Update on student belongings

Message sent May 5, 2020

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.

Dear Students,

I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to you with what I hope will be welcome news about your belongings remaining at Gettysburg College. You all have been very patient, yet I know you are eager to reclaim the items you left behind in mid-March.

If you were able to take your belongings with you when you left, you may disregard this message.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf recently announced a phased plan that will begin to lift current stay-at-home orders across the state. Once the “stay at home order” in Adams, our county, is lifted, some restrictions on work and social interaction will ease. While we have not been deemed a “yellow” county yet, we are working in anticipation of a change to our status soon and we wanted to give you some notice of the plan in anticipation of the Governor’s announcement for our region.

We know that not all students can return in the coming weeks to pick up your belongings. Thus, the College has developed a plan to address various circumstances. Please read carefully through the overview below. Once we hear from the Governor, the Residence Life Office will contact each of you with highly-detailed information about obtaining your belongings.

If you have belongings remaining in campus residence halls or fraternity houses, you will have three options:

  1. Return to campus to pack up and remove your belongings or designate someone to do so on your behalf;
  2. Have the College pack and store your belongings, at no cost, until a later date;
  3. Work with a moving company approved by the College to have your belongings packed and stored by the moving company or shipped to you by the moving company at your expense.

For those who will be returning to campus, we will work with you in order to manage the timing of your return so that we can maintain proper social distancing and safety precautions in the residence halls during move out.

The specific dates for move-out will be announced in a subsequent email from the Office of Residential and First Year Programs. That email will also contain details about how to arrange a time to come to campus, which should address many of the questions you may have. If you have any questions in the meantime, please contact RFYP at residencelife@gettysburg.edu.


Dean Ramsey