Living arrangements during COVID-19

Guidelines for living on campus

Returning to campus will require that we work together to ensure all members of our residential community are safe and healthy. Our housing plan reduces residential density and establishes individual and shared expectations designed to support the health and safety of everyone.

The residential experience is central to the Gettysburg College student experience, and we are working to continue offering a high-quality residential experience. This will require that we all work together to ensure all members of our residential community are safe and healthy. Our housing plan reduces residential density and establishes individual and community expectations designed to support the health and safety of every community member.

Reduced density

In order to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19, we are committing to reducing density in large/high density buildings through the addition of hotel space. There is also a focus on density reduction within shared bathrooms, common spaces, and classrooms.

Individual pledge

Each student will be asked to review and sign a pledge that sets forth clear behavioral expectations. Students will sign to indicate understanding and agreement.

Community agreements

Students and staff must commit to high standards of personal behavior and hygiene in order to protect themselves and others. Staff will be utilizing already-existing room, apartment, house, and community agreement processes to emphasize guidelines related to COVID-19. These agreements will be different for different types of housing, as guidelines for each living space may be slightly different based on each physical space. Occupants of traditional halls, motels, apartments/suites, houses, and fraternity houses will engage with these agreements as a means of demonstrating their understanding of the guidelines and their commitment to supporting the health and safety of our community. Agreements will emphasize guidelines related to health and safety standards, cleaning practices, guests, food sharing, and honest and effective communication when concerns arise.

Space cleaning

Facilities staff will enhance cleaning and disinfection in halls and across campus, including high touch areas in the residence halls. Shared common spaces (bathrooms, lounges, hallways, etc.) in all halls will be cleaned extensively seven days a week.

Common spaces

You will find that some common spaces in the halls will have been altered to support a reduced capacity. There will also be guidelines related to common space cleaning, mask wearing, and limitations on capacity and events.

Residential guidelines

The following list is an example of guidelines which will be adhered to within residential facilities:

  • Roommates and apartment/suitemates will be treated as family units.
  • In compliance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and PA Department of Education guidelines, six feet of physical distancing and mask use is required when outside of a student’s room/apartment.
  • There will be designated entrances and exits in larger halls to assist with physical distancing.

Additional precautions

The College will provide isolation rooms for students who become ill with COVID-19 and are unable to travel home. Housing options have been identified to support both isolation (for students found to have COVID-19) and quarantine (for students who have been exposed, but may or may not have been infected) as needed. This support also includes health checks, emotional support, meal delivery, and other services for isolated students.

Educational programming

Educational programming related to health and safety standards, expectations of students living on campus, and clear guidelines related to COVID-19 will be required of students both prior to their arrival on campus and throughout their time on campus.