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Gettysburg College Announces Fall Plans

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Fall classes for Gettysburg College students will begin on August 17 as the fall 2020 semester begins a bit earlier than usual. And the college will be making a number of changes to its schedule and policies to help ensure safety of students, faculty, and staff.

“Any return to our residential program will come with its share of challenges, and we will likely experience some bumps along the way. But as a community, we are ‘Better Together’, and I know we will rally as Gettysburgians—just as we always do—and continue to do great work in the year ahead,” said President Bob Iuliano.

The college has developed a modified 15-week calendar designed to help ensure educational achievement as well as safety. Classes will end before Thanksgiving on November 24.  The fall “reading days” vacation will be eliminated and finals will be held remotely. The modified schedule avoids back and forth travel to students’ home that might unnecessarily create an opportunity for spreading the virus.

Students who choose to learn remotely will be able to take a full course load and make progress toward the completion of their degree requirements.

The college is in contact with the NCAA and the Centennial Conference, and hopes to make a decision about fall sports in early July.

Students and employees will be required to wear a mask or face covering on campus when they are in campus buildings or within six feet of another person. Large gatherings where social distancing is not feasible will not be permitted.

Students will be asked to sign a pledge indicating they understand and commit to the behaviors required to support community health.

The campus will follow U.S. Centers for Disease Control, U.S. Department of Health, American Health Association, and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines for hygiene and monitoring individuals’ health.

The college will use contact tracing and frequent testing to quarantine students who may test positive for COVID-19. Education about COVID-19 and how to limit community spread will be an ongoing part of the fall semester for all campus members.

Fees for all enrolled full-time students, including those who choose to attend remotely, will increase by 3.75 percent from the 2019-2020 school year. Next year’s full tuition is $58,500 but the college will continue to offer financial aid to many students.

The college has received emergency funding from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act and will distribute at least $828,017 of this money to help students pay for their education.

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Charles Stangor is Gettysburg Connection's Publisher and Editor in Chief.

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