Employee update on de-densification

Message sent on September 4, 2020

Jennifer Lucas, Co-Director of Human Resources, updated employees on implications of the de-densification plan, reiterated notification requirements, and called for volunteers to help with move-out.

Email announcement

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to provide you with an update on the status of the College’s response to our recent increase in COVID-19 cases. I know that the last few days have generated a great deal of uncertainty, as well as a whole host of challenges for members of our campus community.

This weekend and into early next week, it will take the united efforts of the Gettysburg College employee community as we work to transition many of our students off campus. If you wish to volunteer with the student move-out process this weekend and/or early next week, please reach out to Jon Allen in the Office of Greek Life and Student Activities as soon as possible. In addition, all employees should continue to work their current schedules until further notice.

Housekeeping efforts will be redirected to clean and sanitize student rooms. During this time, we suggest limiting your access to academic buildings if at all possible. As a reminder, all faculty, administrators, and support staff who are on campus will be responsible for disinfecting their own spaces before leaving. Facilities Services has already provided offices with disinfectant spray bottles and towels for employees to use in their cleaning efforts.

It is important to reiterate that employees are required to contact the Human Resources Office as soon as possible if they are undergoing testing for COVID-19, are confirmed to have COVID-19, or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive. Additionally, before coming to campus, employees must continue to conduct symptom monitoring every day before reporting to work. Employees who are sick should remain at home, not report to work, complete the Employee Health Form, and seek advice from their health care provider. Please follow the guidance listed in our employee Return to Work Plan.

As a reminder, for your safety and for the safety of others, please continue to adhere to our proper health and safety protocols, which include wearing masks on campus and maintaining a six-foot distance from others.

In the days and weeks ahead, there will continue to be a heightened awareness of the responsibilities we owe to one another, as we seek to protect each other’s health and well-being. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe. We appreciate all you do!


Jennifer Lucas, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Co-Director of Human Resources

  • De-densification announcement – President Iuliano informs students of the decision to de-densify the College and transition students, except First-Years and a cohort of other students, to remote learning for the remainder of the semester.
  • De-densification message to Upper-Class Students – Danielle Phillips, Director of Residential and First-Year Programs, provides Upperclass Students with details of the process to depart campus.
  • De-densification message to First-Year and Transfer Students – Danielle Phillips, Director of Residential and First-Year Programs, provides First-Year and Transfer Students with details of the process to remain on campus through the de-densification plan.