Official messages about the 2020–21 academic year

Emails, town halls, and video messages since January 2020

An archive of official Gettysburg College email messages relating to the 2020–21 Academic Year and COVID-19.

October

Mid-October Update for First-Year Residential Cohort

Keira Kant, Associate Dean of College Life, updated residential students with ways to engage, upcoming events, announcements, and reminders.

COVID-19 status update – October 19

Dean Julie Ramsey informs the community of the current COVID-19 status on campus as of Monday, October 19, 2020.

Self-care and counseling support – October 13

Kathy Bradley, Director of Counseling Services, informs the campus community about the counseling services and resources that are available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 status update – October 12

Dean Julie Ramsey informs the community of the current COVID-19 status on campus as of Monday, October 12, 2020.

Spring planning developments – October 7

President Bob Iuliano informs the campus community about recent developments in the college’s spring planning process.

COVID-19 status update – October 5

Dean Julie Ramsey informs the community of the current COVID-19 status on campus as of Monday, October 5, 2020.

September

Letter to students – September 29

Dean Julie Ramsey, Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students, informs students about the updates to the student health agreement and corresponding behavior rubric.

Letter for off-campus students – September 29

Keira S. Kant, Associate Dean of College Life, informs off campus students about the updates to the student health agreement and corresponding behavior rubric.

COVID-19 status update – September 28

Dean Julie Ramsey informs the community of the current COVID-19 status on campus as of Friday, September 25, 2020.

COVID-19 status update – September 21

Dean Julie Ramsey informs the community of the current COVID-19 status on campus as of Sunday, September 20, 2020.

More updates for residential first-year students – September 16

Keira Kant, Associate Dean, updates the first-year class about gatherings and social distancing, campus hours, living arrangements, and on-campus resources for residents.

Housing assignment and moving – September 16

Danielle Phillips, Director of Residential and First-Year Programs, provided students in the residential cohort with information on moving, new housing assignments, and dining services.

COVID-19 status update – September 14

Dean Julie Ramsey informs the community of the current COVID-19 status on campus and reminds students of the resumption of classes.

Updates for approved residential cohort – September 11

Keira Kant, Associate Dean, responds to questions related to quarantine guidelines and the status of moving students into new spaces for the remainder of the semester.

Campus life details for residential first-year students – September 9

Keira Kant ’95, Associate Dean of College Life, updates first-year students about campus life.

Update and tuition adjustment information – September 9

President Iuliano and Provost Zappe updated seniors, juniors, and sophomores on tuition adjustments resulting from the de-densification plan, and listening sessions happening next week.

On-campus residential cohort – September 7

Dean Julie Ramsey updates the residential student cohort about procedures for this week’s round of testing and upcoming moves into single rooms.

COVID-19 status update – September 7

Dean Julie Ramsey informs the community of the current COVID-19 status on campus, and includes reminders about the de-densification plan and adjustments to the all-student quarantine.

All-Student Quarantine Update – September 6

Keira Kant, Associate Dean, notifies students about adjustments to the all-student quarantine.

Follow-up information for First-Year Students – September 5

Keira Kant ’95, Associate Dean of College Life, summarized the requirements for First-Year Students who will be part of the residential cohort in the fall 2020 semester.

College to de-densify student body on campus – September 4

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.

Instructions for the transition to remote learning – September 4

Danielle Phillips, Director of Residential and First-Year Programs, provides Upper-Class Students with details of the process to depart campus.

Residential information for First-Year and Transfer Students – September 4

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.

Employee update on de-densification – September 4

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.

Immediate all-student quarantine – September 1

Julie Ramsey, Dean of Students, informs the campus community about the all-student quarantine starting on September 1, 2020.

August

Campus COVID-19 status – August 31

Dean Julie L. Ramsey, Ed.D., Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students, informs the campus community about the current status of COVID-19 cases on campus.

Recording of town hall – August 30

Dean Ramsey emailed the community to thank everyone who participated and to share the session recording.

Community town hall: COVID-19 update – August 30

Gettysburg College hosted a virtual Town Hall for the campus community and families to discuss our current status.

Additional COVID-19 information and town hall reminder – August 29

President Iuliano, Dr. Keeling, Dean Ramsey, and Provost Zappe inform the community about the College’s response to new cases and remind everyone to attend the Town Hall meeting on August 30 (tomorrow) at 1 p.m.

Immediate notification of COVID-19 status – August 29

Bill Lafferty, Exec. Dir. of Public Safety, notified the community of 33 positive cases of COVID-19 as of August 29, 2020 at 5:00 p.m., based on testing conducted since August 24.

COVID-19 testing update and town hall – August 28

Dean Ramsey informed students of an emerging increase in positive test cases, and forthcoming changes. Dr. Richard Keeling, MD provides additional information on the College’s COVID-19 response.

COVID-19 testing update – August 28

Dean Ramsey informed students of new positive cases (6), gathering limitations (4 at a time), the testing plan for September, and what happens if you miss your required test.

COVID-19 status update – August 24

Dean Julie Ramsey updated the community on newly detected COVID-19 cases (1), the campus alert level (Moderate), the next round of mass testing, and reinforced wearing masks, avoiding large gatherings, and restricting travel.

Our shared committment – August 21

President Iuliano communicated with students about the benefits of our return to campus and to emphasize the College’s use of the COVID-19 behavior rubric when protocols are not followed.

Employee COVID-19 testing – August 21

Jennifer Lucas, Co-Director of Human Resources, informs employees about the College’s contact tracing policy.

Next round of student COVID-19 testing – August 20

Julie Ramsey, Vice President for College Life, informs students about the upcoming second round of COVID-19 tests.

COVID-19 status update – August 16

Dean Julie Ramsey updated the community about current COVID-19 cases (9), the campus alert level (Moderate), phone bank information, and reminder about the importance of wearing masks.

Important Employee Reminders – August 14

Jennifer Lucas, Co-Director of Human Resources, informs employees about workplace expectations during COVID-19.

Immediate notification of COVID-19 status – August 13

Bill Lafferty, AVP for College Life and Executive Director of Public Safety, notified the community of five (5) positive COVID-19 cases among Gettysburg College students.

COVID-19 behavior rubrics – August 12

Ron Wiafe, Director of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and Jon Allen, Director of Student Activities and Greek Life, inform students about the behavioral expectations of individuals and student organizations on campus during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Welcome to Gettysburg College Students – August 11, 2020

Dean Julie Ramsey welcomed students to campus with information about the new Student Success Advocate program for First-Years, health and safety, policies, and campus services.

Town hall session for employees – August 10, 2020

To learn how the return to residence will function, we held a Town Hall session for employees addressing remote and in-person work, health and safety protocols, building modifications, status reporting, and more.

Final reminders before move-in – August 7, 2020

Julie Ramsey, VP for College Life and Dean of Students, sent reminders for Move-In, including things to note about arriving on campus and details on required COVID-19 testing.

Town hall session for students and families – August 5, 2020

To learn what campus will look and feel like for our students this fall we answered questions for students and families on the topics of housing, dining, health and safety, and more.