Remote cohort information for fall 2020

Students studying remotely for the remainder of the fall semester

Whether you are studying on-campus or off-campus, the College remains committed to supporting all of our students and delivering the quality learning experience our community expects and deserves.

De-densification procedures

All students in the remote cohort will learn remotely for the remainder of the fall semester.

If you remain in isolation/quarantine, live off campus, or were already at home during the de-densification process due to a positive COVID-19 test, please adhere to the following instructions and expectations:

Students currently in isolation/quarantine

  • Students currently in isolation (positive test) or quarantine (close contact) at one of the on-campus motels or off-campus hotels should remain until their isolation/quarantine period concludes before returning home. It is Gettysburg College Health Services’ intention to support you through your isolation or quarantine period on campus.
  • If you choose to return home prior to your isolation/quarantine period concluding, we must receive an email confirmation from your parent or legal guardian granting permission to leave. This confirmation is needed in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 outside the college community. This communication allows us the opportunity to ensure that you and your family are aware of the risks associated with, and understand the control measures needed for, completing isolation/quarantine safely at home, and to inform you and your family of the date on which your isolation/quarantine period will conclude.
  • Please email permissions to Judith Williams, Director, Health Services at jwilliam@gettysburg.edu. This information will be shared with the Pennsylvania Department of Health for tracking and containment purposes, per State mandates for control.

Students currently at home

  • If students are in isolation/quarantine at home, once their isolation/quarantine period concludes, they may return to campus to retrieve their belongings before returning home to study remotely for the remainder of the semester. Students who need to return to campus to pick up their belongings will have a two-hour window to do so; they will be the only person permitted to return to their room to complete their move-out.
  • Please do not return to campus to move out if you are not feeling well or have tested positive for COVID-19 since leaving campus. Health Service is the tracking the time for each student’s quarantine/isolation period. Please email permissions to Judith Williams, Director, Health Services at jwilliam@gettysburg.edu, with questions.

Students currently living in off-campus housing

  • For your own well-being and that of the entire community, the College strongly encourages you to return to your home.
  • Students studying remotely will not be included in campus testing and therefore will not be permitted on campus grounds, and their ID badge access will be restricted entirely. Access to the library, classes, faculty office hours, programming, etc., will be available virtually. Campus access will be limited to those students who are part of the campus testing protocols.
  • As always, all students are responsible to adhere to the Code of Conduct of the College. This includes students who are living in the Gettysburg community, and so if you are remaining in town while the majority of the campus moves to remote study, you should be aware that you are still responsible for following the Code of Conduct. If students who chose to remain in their off-campus housing are found to be in violation of the Student Health Agreement, they will be subject to a zero tolerance policy, whereby a first infraction may result in suspension or expulsion from the College.

Student employment

Whether in the residential or remote cohort, student workers will only be paid for work completed. When working, either in-person or virtually, student employees will still be required to complete and submit timesheets.

Students in the remote cohort

  • Only a very limited number of students are allowed to work remotely, and these students must be approved for remote work by the student employment committee.
  • Student workers will not be paid if they are either unable to work or not permitted to work. When working virtually, student employees will still be required to complete and submit timesheets.
  • Students transitioning to the remote cohort who have been awarded Federal Work Study, currently hold a position on campus, and have worked in that position this fall, will be reviewed for additional resources due to loss of employment. If you were awarded Federal Work Study, and you do not currently have a job on campus and have not worked during the fall semester, no adjustments will be made.

Refund policy

Students who intend to withdraw or take a leave of absence have until Friday, September 18 to receive a 50% refund and until Friday, October 2 to receive a 25% refund of tuition. Students must notify the Office of Academic Advising in writing that to withdraw or request a leave of absence from Gettysburg College.

Financial aid packages may be impacted with the pivot to remote learning, and the College will be working to make adjustments to your billing statements and financial aid packages over the coming weeks. If you are on a payment plan, email the Student Accounts Office at studentaccounts@gettysburg.edu or call us at 717-337-6220 for help adjusting your payment plan.

Credits and other information for the remote cohort

  • The College will issue all full-time students in the remote cohort a tuition credit of $3,000 for the fall semester to their student account. This represents approximately a 10% decrease in tuition. Part-time students will not receive any further reductions in tuition. Full-time students who transition from the residential cohort to the remote cohort after October 2nd will receive a tuition credit of $1,500. Students transitioning from residential to remote after October 30th will not receive a tuition credit.
  • Students in the remote cohort will be issued a credit to their student account for 80% of the semester cost of their housing plan. The amount of the credit is determined by their housing plan. Credits will be the net of any credits already applied for residence life positions (e.g. Residential Advisors, Residence Coordinators, etc.). Students who do not leave campus by Friday, September 11 may receive a pro-rated refund based on their time on campus instead of 80% of their housing plan.
  • Students who leave campus will also be issued a credit to their student account for 80 percent of the semester cost of their meal plan. The amount of the credit is determined by their meal plan. Any unused Bullet Bucks that have been added during the semester will rollover to the spring semester. Students who did not leave campus by Friday, September 11 may receive a pro-rated refund based on their time on campus instead of 80% of their meal plan.
  • The College will apply a credit of $100 to all students’ accounts in the remote cohort to help with the cost of COVID testing once they reach their destination. Students may request this credit be refunded once it is placed on their account.
  • Students in study abroad programs are not considered remote in the context of the credit adjustments discussed above.

Credits and other information for remote cohort students residing in private, off-campus housing

  • The College will issue all students in the remote cohort a credit of $3,000 for the fall semester to their student account. This represents approximately a 10% decrease in tuition.
  • Students renting directly from area landlords may wish to approach their landlord about making adjustments to their lease agreement.
  • Students who live in private, off-campus housing that have meal plans will be issued a credit to their student account for 80% of the semester cost of their meal plan. The amount of the credit is determined by their meal plan. Any unused Bullet Bucks that have been added during the semester will rollover to the spring semester.
  • The College will apply a credit of $100 to all students’ accounts in the remote cohort to help with the cost of COVID testing once they reach their destination. Students may request this credit be refunded once it is placed on their account.

Remote learning

Gettysburg College Faculty were trained to be ready for a potential shift to remote learning. This summer, they participated in a Pedagogy Institute to ensure flexible and diverse curricular offerings of the highest quality. These courses built upon the training they participated in during the spring semester and gave our faculty the tools to create courses that are adapted to, and take advantage of, online capacities.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your faculty advisor if you have any questions or concerns about remote learning. You may also seek assistance from the Office of Academic Advising by calling 717-337-6579 or by making an appointment online.

Technical support

Information Technology staff is available to offer support to any students who might not have access to a computer or internet. There are many internet companies offering free months of service and IT staff members are available to coach students on how to order internet and navigate the plan options. Please call G-Tech at 717-337-6935 if you need assistance obtaining a computer or internet access.

Library resources

Musselman Library will continue its commitment to support the teaching and research needs of the Gettysburg community during the COVID-19 pandemic. The library staff will work with students and faculty to ensure that as many scholarly resources and services as possible are accessible remotely. Information on library resources and services will be updated regularly on the Musselman Library Services and Resources During Campus Closure page. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you need assistance accessing resources and services.

Emotional support

All students can request individual counseling through Counseling Services, and can set up a virtual appointment by calling 717-337-6960 (If your call is not immediately connected, students are encouraged to leave a voicemail and staff will return the call as soon as possible). We also have peer supporters (PEEPS) available to meet with students remotely. This is especially helpful to students who might not feel they need counseling or therapy but who could use some extra support from a trained peer. Students should call Counseling to request a meeting with one of the PEEPS.