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Campus COVID-19 Response

Information about York College's Response to Coronavirus

York College will continue to review prevailing guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This webpage will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Face masks are optional inside York College buildings. Faculty, however, may require face masks in classrooms and laboratory spaces.

COVID-19 Information York College of Pennsylvania

What Do I Need To Know?

  • Is York College requiring COVID-19 vaccinations?

    While York College does not require students to be vaccinated for COVID-19, we recognize the importance of vaccination to achieve as much normalcy as possible during the academic year. Therefore, we will continue to strongly encourage all members of the community to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and to receive boosters on the recommended schedule.

    Please note that some activities and programs may require vaccination in order to participate (e.g., study abroad, clinical assignments, athletics). 

    Study Abroad and Vaccinations

    The United States will end its COVID-19 vaccination requirements for federal workers and international air travelers, effective May 12. For those traveling on York College of Pennsylvania sponsored travel abroad programs, we very strongly recommend that you are vaccinated against Covid-19 and that you submit proof of vaccination to the College by sending a picture of your vaccination card to the YCP Health Center at healthcenter@ycp.edu. Any unvaccinated participants on College-sponsored international travel programs are required to submit to the YCP trip leader a plan for ensuring their personal health and the health of others during travel. All participants on College-sponsored international programs are required to sign an Acknowledgement of Risk of COVID-19 as well as other waivers before travel.

  • Are masks required on campus?

    Based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and the low positivity rate on campus, masks are optional on the York College campus.

  • What if I test positive for COVID-19?

    If you have tested positive for COVID, regardless of vaccination status, notify Health Services or HR (employees) and:

    • Isolate for 5 days. Return to campus (class/work) on day 6 if you have improving symptoms and are fever-free for 24 hours. Continue to wear a mask through day 10.

    Please notify Health Center staff of your positive test by calling 717-849-1615 or email healthcenter@ycp.edu. Please include your name and cell phone number in your message.

    Students who test positive must leave campus immediately, even if you have not yet spoken with the Health Center staff, and return to your permanent residence to complete your isolation period. You are required to isolate off-campus until your “return to campus” date, which will be provided by York College Health Services.

  • What if I have been notified I am a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19?

    If you have been exposed to COVID-19, monitor symptoms for 10 days. If you develop symptoms, take a COVID-19 test or call the Health Center at 717.849.1615.

  • Where can I quarantine / isolate?

    Students must quarantine/isolate off campus. With all students back on campus for in-person instruction, we have an extremely limited number of quarantine/isolation spaces on campus. These spaces are for the most extreme circumstances and must be approved by Health Center administration.

    In the rare event that students remain on campus for isolation/quarantine, please remember that healthcare is not available 24/7.

    Suggestions for off-campus quarantine/isolation:

    • Permanent residence
    • Family friend
    • Local hotel
    • Any other off-campus location

    The most secure place for students to quarantine/isolate is at their permanent residence where they can be under the watchful eye of a parent/guardian, and where healthcare needs can be tended to in a timely manner.

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