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Message sent on January 27, 2021

Jennifer Lucas, Executive Director of Human Resources, updates employees about the health and safety guidelines and workplace expectations for spring 2021.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I hope that you are safe and well. I am writing today to share some important reminders as our students rejoin us on campus this weekend.

In late summer, the Employee Health and Safety Transition Team worked to develop a detailed plan with protocols to maintain a healthy and safe workplace environment. These guidelines are still relevant and outline our COVID- 19 pandemic and workplace expectations. Please review this website carefully and notify Human Resources if you have any questions.

All faculty, administrators, and support staff must self-screen and conduct symptom monitoring before reporting to work each day. If you have tested positive or have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive, do not come to work and notify the Human Resources Office immediately.

As a reminder, every student and employee will be required to wear a mask or face covering while on campus, whether they are inside or outside. Exceptions to this are:

  • When a student is in their residence hall room, suite, or apartment with their assigned roommate(s).
  • When an employee is isolated in their personal office or workspace, which is not shared with any other individual.
  • When an employee or student is driving a College-owned vehicle by themselves with no passengers.
  • When eating meals.
  • When exercising outside or in water. (*Walking alone or in groups does not qualify as exercise within our policy. Therefore, masks must be worn by students and employees at all times when walking outdoors.)

Face masks should cover your nose and mouth and fit securely under your chin. Bandanas are not considered to be proper face coverings. Reusable face coverings should be washed after each use.

In addition to wearing masks and face coverings, every student and employee will be responsible for practicing physical distancing. Again, regardless of whether an individual is six feet apart or 60 feet apart from another person, all Gettysburgians should be wearing their mask or face covering at all times.

I believe strongly that Gettysburg College students and employees alike will act in good faith this semester and adhere to the health and safety guidelines the College has put into place. If you observe a behavior that falls outside of our health protocols, I would encourage you to address the behavior directly—yet respectfully—with the student or employee, if you are comfortable in doing so. Additionally, if you see a student not complying with the guidelines, you can fill out a community concern form. If you see an employee who is not complying, please email

As always, I appreciate your patience and flexibility as we continue to navigate the many challenges ahead. Please take care and stay well.


Jennifer Lucas, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Executive Director of Human Resources
Gettysburg College
Ph: 717-337-6211
Pronouns: She, Her, Hers