Spring on the York College campus

Campus Announcements

2021-22

May 1

Due to a recent increase in cases of COVID on campus, as a precautionary measure masks will be required in all York College campus buildings, effective immediately. Please consider moving nonacademic in-person meetings and gatherings to Zoom when social distancing is not possible.

Complying with this mitigation step is very important as we approach finals and commencement exercises. In-person classes will continue, and an in-person commencement is still planned for May 14.

Thank you.

COVID-19 Information York College of Pennsylvania

Archive: 2021-22 COVID-19 Communications

  • March 18, 2022 - Update on Campus Mask Mandate

    To the York College Community:

    After careful consideration of the available COVID-19 infection data in and around our community, masks will be optional in classrooms and labs, effective Monday, March 21. It is important to note that individual faculty, however, could continue to require masks in classrooms and labs depending on their circumstances. In addition, classes and clinicals at off-campus sites might also continue to require masks as part of their ongoing COVID-19 mitigation policies.

    We will continue to be vigilant regarding COVID-19 cases. If we detect a concerning rise in cases, we may reinstitute our mitigation efforts, including mandatory masking in classrooms and labs.

    Sincerely,

    Pamela Gunter-Smith, PhD

  • March 2, 2022 - Update on COVID-19 Masking Requirements

    March 2, 2022

    To the York College Community: 

    Based on Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and the low positivity rate on campus, masks will be optional on the York College campus beginning immediately, EXCEPT DURING CLASSES where there is no opportunity for social distancing.

    The CDC has changed its mask recommendation based on COVID-19 Community Levels, a tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the latest data. York County is currently classified as a green county, and the recommendation from the CDC is “wear a mask based on your personal preference, informed by your personal level of risk.” “People may choose to mask at any time. People with symptoms, a positive test, or exposure to someone with COVID-19 should wear a mask.”

    Please consider that some members of our community may be uncomfortable meeting with others who are not wearing masks. I ask that you respect and accommodate their request to wear a mask when meeting with them, or meet via Zoom.

    Please note the following:

    • Random surveillance testing for students and employees who are not up-to-date with the vaccine will continue.
    • Monitor where you are geographically; other counties may not be green, and the CDC may recommend masking.
    • Keep a mask on hand at all times. You may choose or need to wear one depending on the situation and if others ask you to do so.
    • If you are planning a gathering, you may want to ask attendees before the event what they prefer:
      masks required, masks optional, or meeting via Zoom.
    • Check the College’s coronavirus website for update information on quarantining and isolating.

    Thank you for your cooperation throughout the fall and spring semesters. I am proud to say that we have worked together to get to the point where this change is possible. We will monitor the situation for changes in York County’s CDC level and our own positivity rate on campus. Changes – including reverting back to the mask requirement – may be necessary in the future. I strongly encourage you to be up-to-date on your vaccination status.

    Sincerely,

    Pamela Gunter-Smith, PhD

  • February 17, 2022 - COVID Updates

    February 17, 2022

    In response to the continuing decline in York County’s COVID-19 positivity rate and the low rates among our campus community, the College’s COVID-19 restrictions have been updated – effective immediately – as follows:

    Cultural Series events are open to the public. Masks are required; KN95 or N95 masks, or cloth masks over surgical masks are strongly encouraged.

    Residence hall visitation is now open to all YCP students, including commuters and off-campus students. Parents and guardians may now visit their students in the residence halls; however, visitation remains closed to all other non-YCP guests (friends and other family members).  

    Dining facilities are open to employees for indoor dining.

    Prospective students may visit classrooms as arranged by Admissions and with permission of the instructor.

    Meetings may include food ordered from Chartwells provided there is adequate space for distancing. Participants must be masked unless they are eating.

    The campus community is reminded of the importance of mandatory surveillance testing and masking indoors. Keep up the good work!

  • February 11, 2022 — Changes to COVID Policies

    In anticipation of the return of our students for the Spring semester under a very high COVID-19 positivity rate in our area, we implemented additional COVID-19 mitigation steps. We indicated that we would continue to monitor the situation both in the area and on campus and adjust our policies as warranted by the prevailing situation. I am pleased that the COVID-19 positivity rate in our area has significantly declined and that our on-campus rate is currently low. As a result, we are now able to relax some of our earlier restrictions.

    Changes to Current Policies (Changes are effective immediately.)

    Meeting/Gatherings

    In-person meetings (includes faculty, staff, and student meetings) can exceed 25 people depending on the capacity of the space.

    • For example, Residential Assistants can plan in-person programming. The size of these groups will be determined by the number of attendees and the capacity of the space.

    Residence Life Visitation

    Residential students are now permitted to visit students in other residential buildings.

    Athletic Events and Use of the Grumbacher Sport and Fitness Center by YCP Employees

    • York College employees are now welcome to use the Grumbacher facilities.
    • Spectators (regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status) are welcome to attend our home athletics events. Spectators must limit their visit to the facility to the athletic event they are attending. They should avoid entrance to all other buildings on campus. The following policies apply to athletic event attendance:
      • Indoor Events
        • Spectators must mask at all times while indoors. Masks must be worn properly—covering mouth and nose.
        • Food and drink are prohibited in the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center, except by special permission from Athletics and Recreation administration.
      • Outdoor Events
        • Spectators are not required to mask while outdoors.
        • Masking is required for entrance to restroom facilities.

    The following COVID mitigation policies remain in place.

    Masking

    Our current masking protocol requiring facemasks (preferably KN95 or N95 or a combination of a surgical and cloth mask) inside all York College buildings remains in place.

    Surveillance Testing

    Weekly random surveillance testing for employees and students who are unvaccinated or not up-to-date on their vaccinations will continue.

    Cultural Series Events

    These events remain open to only YCP campus community members.

    Please understand that the COVID19 situation remains fluid. As such, we must continue to adjust our mitigation practices in response to this ever-changing environment. Thank you for all that you do to help maintain the health and safety of our community.

    Sincerely,

    Pamela Gunter-Smith, PhD

  • January 26, 2022 - Deadline to Upload COVID Vaccination

    January 26, 2022

    Dear York College Students:

    On January 14 I wrote to all students reminding them that to return to campus for the Spring 2022 semester they must again either provide proof of vaccination, or if unvaccinated, provide a negative COVID-19 test no more than three days prior to their return. Many students have not completed this process and are not cleared by Health Services. Please note that a recent change from the CDC indicated that to be considered up-to-date on vaccines, all students must receive a booster five months after their second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine. For those who received the single dose of Johnson & Johnson, the booster is recommended two months after receiving the shot. Students who are not up-to-date on their vaccine will be subject to surveillance testing.

    For those students who have not provided proof of vaccination (complete with the record of your booster shot if you have received one) or a negative COVID-19 test. The deadline to do so is Thursday, February 3. Students who fail to provide documentation by that deadline WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS to their network account. Students will not regain access to their accounts until they have completed the process. To regain access, students must submit their vaccination card here or their test results here. Once the documentation is approved by the Health Center, the network access will be restored. For assistance with technical issues, contact the LTS Helpdesk at 717-815-1559.

    Due to the high positivity rate in our surrounding community, we have implemented restrictions to meetings and events on campus in order to have a safe start to the semester. In addition, we are aware that the start of the semester often is a time when we see an increase in off-campus social gatherings and parties. I ask students to be vigilant regarding their off-campus conduct. In normal years, these parties reflect risky behaviors. During a global pandemic, they are reckless and show disregard for the health and safety of the York College community. I ask you to avoid them and to follow on-campus protocols at all times.

    Sincerely,

    Richard T. Satterlee, Ph.D.
    Dean of Student Development and Campus Life

  • January 19, 2022 - Athletic Events and Grumbacher Center Information for Spring 2022

    January 19, 2022

    To migitigate the spread of COVID, the user areas of the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center will be limited to eligible York College students only to begin the Spring 2022 semester. On Jan. 25, access will be suspended for all YCP employees; employee spouses and dependents; retirees; YCDS employees and students; and guests. We anticipate these restrictions will be temporary and will notify the campus community of any changes.

    With concern for the health and safety of our campus community, on Jan. 24, York College will begin limiting spectator access for all on-campus, indoor athletic events to YCP students only. We anticipate this restriction will be temporary and will notify the public and campus community as changes occur. Students will be required to present their York College ID in order to enter indoor events. Masks are required.

  • January 19, 2022 - Reminders for Spring 2022 Return to Campus

    January 19, 2022

    Students who plan to return to campus for Spring 2022 must either provide proof of vaccination, or if unvaccinated, provide a negative COVID-19 test no more than 3 days prior to returning to campus

    • Students who are up-to-date with their COVID vaccine (defined by the CDC as two weeks post the second shot of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines and, if eligible, received the booster 6 months post second vaccine; or two weeks post the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and, if eligible, received the booster 2 months post initial vaccine) will be required to provide proof of up-to-date vaccination status on this form.
    • All unvaccinated students must upload their negative COVID-19 test here.

    The deadline for providing proof of up-to-date vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test is January 27, the first day of classes. Students who fail to provide documentation by that deadline WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS to their network account. Students will not regain access to their accounts until they have completed the process. To regain access, students must submit their vaccination card here or their test results here. Once the documentation is approved by the Health Center, network access will be restored. For assistance with technical issues, contact the Helpdesk at 717-815-1559.

    The wearing of face masks inside campus buildings will continue to be required until further notice. We strongly encourage students to wear a N95 or KN95 mask or a surgical mask over cloth mask to protect themselves from the highly contagious Omicron variant.

  • January 14, 2022 - Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

    January 14, 2022

    We look forward to welcoming all of our students back for the Spring 2022 semester. This document will provide you with what you need to know regarding COVID precautions for your return to campus. The following will be addressed below:

    1. COVID quarantine and isolation guidelines
    2. Return to campus documentation for both vaccinated and unvaccinated students
    3. Surveillance testing

    QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION GUIDELINES

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) adjusted quarantine and isolation times in late December. In a significant change, the CDC’s quarantine and isolation guidelines are dependent upon whether or not someone eligible for a booster vaccination has received one. We reviewed them with York City’s Public Health Director, and due to the fact that as a college community we live and work in such close proximity to each other, we are going to continue to require longer isolation periods for individuals who are positive with COVID during the upcoming semester. A summary of the isolation and quarantine requirements is below.

    If you tested positive for COVID (regardless of vaccination status) - Isolate

    • Isolate for 10 days from date of test or onset of symptoms with mandatory use of mask until day 10.

    If you were exposed to COVID

    Fully vaccinated and received a booster dose (must be 2 weeks since your booster date) or Completed the Primary Series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last six months or the J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

    • No quarantine.
    • Mandatory use of mask until day 10. Reminder: Masks are required inside all campus buildings.
    • Test on day 5 or before if you develop symptoms.

    Unvaccinated or individuals who completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over six months ago and have not received a booster, completed the primary series of the J&J vaccine within the last 2 months and have not received a booster, or are unvaccinated

    • Quarantine at home for 10 days. Return to campus on day 11
      – OR –
      Quarantine at home for 7 days. Test on day 5. If negative, return to campus on day 8. Negative test must be submitted to YCP Health Center.
    • Mandatory use of mask until day 10. Reminder: Masks are required inside all campus buildings.

    Regardless of vaccination status, all members of the YCP community are required to wear masks in campus buildings. Booster shots are widely available; if you are eligible, we strongly recommend that you receive one. Unvaccinated students are required to complete the Daily Symptom Checker. Report any exposure or symptoms to Health Services (for students) or Human Resources (for faculty/staff).

    RETURN TO CAMPUS DOCUMENTATION

    Unvaccinated students

    • You must have a negative test 3 days prior to your return to campus. Students are encouraged to obtain this test on their own at home.  
    • You may use an at-home rapid test. Take one picture of your rapid test with the date and time collected along with your YCP identification.
    • For those students who are unable to find a test on their own, a testing clinic will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

    When: January 25, 2022
    Where: YCP Health Center, Student Union building
    Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    Cost: $100 (billed to your student account)

    This testing is for all students returning to campus for Spring Semester 2022, including residential, commuter, and graduate students. Please plan accordingly as testing will not be offered by YCP outside of these hours. Any student who tests positive during this clinic will be required to isolate off campus per YCP Health Center guidelines. Isolation housing will not be provided.

    We strongly encourage all students to test prior to their arrival to campus.

    Students attending the campus testing clinic should download the app and create an account prior to coming to campus. Instructions can be found here.

    All unvaccinated students must upload their negative COVID-19 test here.

    Vaccinated Students

    • You must upload vaccine information. If you have previously uploaded vaccine information, you will be required to submit this again. A link and instructions on how to do this will be provided next week.

    Surveillance Testing

    Surveillance testing is mandatory. The following students will be entered into a pool to participate in surveillance testing during the spring semester:

    • All students who are not vaccinated.
    • Individuals who are not up-to-date on their vaccines (completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and have not yet received a booster, or completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months and have not received a booster).
  • January 11, 2022 - Preparing for Spring 2022

    January 11, 2022

    To the York College Community:

    I want to congratulate members of our campus community for taking the steps necessary to allow us to remain on campus and in-person throughout the Fall 2021 semester. In fact, we maintained a significantly lower positivity rate compared to our region. With your help, we will do the same this semester.

    As we prepare for the Spring 2022 semester, we are once again addressing a surge in COVID-19 cases caused by the highly contagious Omicron variant. News reports are sharing that many other institutions have chosen to begin the semester remotely. Our plans for students to live and learn on campus and for employees to work in their offices remain in place. We will continue to take steps to ensure we do so in the safest way possible.

    Campus community members are STRONGLY encouraged to be fully vaccinated and boosted when eligible. We will continue random surveillance testing in the Health Center for students and employees.

    We will also continue to require face masks inside all campus buildings. As was the case last semester, we anticipate that we will need to implement further restrictions for some events and programs and for the use of some campus facilities to mitigate against the spread.

    We are working to finalize additional guidelines for our community, based on recommendations by the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Both organizations continue to update their guidance daily.

    Additional mitigation steps will be forthcoming in a correspondence to be sent by the end of the week. It is important to understand that the situation with COVID is uncertain. As a result, our plans are subject to change. Your patience is appreciated. I forward to seeing all of you on campus soon.

    Sincerely,

    Pamela Gunter-Smith, Ph.D

  • December 13, 2021 - Return to Campus Intersession and Spring Semester 2022

    December 13, 2021

    Dear York College Students:

    I write to you with a sense of appreciation and pride at the end of the fall semester.  Thanks in large part to your compliance with our campus policies, we have managed another successful semester during a time in which the health concerns related to the global pandemic persist—in particular due to the spread of variants of COVID 19.  Your compliance with our policies related to indoor mask wearing, surveillance testing and submission of vaccinations cards have allowed us to complete another successful semester. Congratulations!

    I write to you today to outline the steps we will take when we return in January of 2022 to continue to protect our campus against the spread of the virus and to ensure the health and safety of our community.

    Intersession 2022

    All students returning for all in-person intersession classes, approved students completing academic requirements, approved athletes in NCAA sports, students directly involved with New Student Orientation and YCP student worker employees will be required to continue to wear masks in all indoor spaces on campus.

    Students who were approved as fully vaccinated in fall semester are cleared to be on campus and will not need to upload proof of vaccination again.  Please note that we are strongly encouraging students who are eligible for a booster shot to receive one.

    Unvaccinated students will once again be required to upload the results of a negative COVID-19 test here no more than 3 days prior to their first day on campus.  Please note that YCP will offer COVID-19 testing for students from 9 AM-1 PM on Monday, January 3rd, at a cost of $100 at the Health Services Clinic, located in the Iosue Student Union. Students attending the campus testing clinic should download the app and create an account prior to coming to campus.  Instructions can be found here.

    Students enrolled in in-person intersession courses or approved for other programs will not be permitted to attend class or reside in residence halls until they have provided proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test. Please note that any student who tests positive during the Intersession period will be required to isolate at home or at another off-campus location.

    Spring Semester 2022

    Students who are returning for Spring Semester 2022 will not be required to resubmit proof of vaccination if they have previously submitted this to YCP.  Unvaccinated students returning for spring semester will be required to upload a negative COVID-19 test here no more that 3 days prior to their first day on campus.  Please note that YCP will offer COVID-19 testing for students on Tuesday, January 25th, at a cost of $100.  The specific times and location will be announced at a later date. Students attending the campus testing clinic should download the app and create an account prior to coming to campus.  Instructions can be found here.

    Thanks again for your hard work and cooperation during this challenging semester.  Please accept my warmest wishes for a joyous holiday season and a happy new year.

     

    Richard T. Satterlee, Ph.D.
    Dean of Student Development and Campus Life

  • October 14, 2021 - COVID Mitigation Efforts Continue

    October 14, 2021

    York College Students:

    As we return after Fall Break, I write to alert students that our current COVID dashboard shows an uptick in the number of cases. While we only have 52 positive cases on campus since August 21, we currently have 11 active positive cases among the student body. 

    This means that we all must be vigilant to mitigate against further spread. Everyone in the community needs to continue to follow the mask mandate while indoors. While compliance has generally been quite good, I remind everyone of the importance of wearing masks even in the dining hall – except when seated at tables. Please remember that washing your hands and staying home if you feel sick are still important. 

    We should be proud of achieving a vaccination rate over 77%, but we should not stop there. Those in the community who are unvaccinated are encouraged to get the vaccine. We also continue to require surveillance testing for those who are unvaccinated. It also is important this winter to get the flu vaccine, which is now widely available.

    Our primary goal remains keeping the campus community safe and caring for one another during the pandemic. During this time between Fall Break and the Thanksgiving, we need to continue to be vigilant in our efforts to prevent the spread of the virsus.

    Sincerely,

    Rick Satterlee, Ph.D.
    Dean of Student Development and Campus Life

  • September 22, 2021 - Mandatory Vaccinations for Study Abroad

    September 22, 2021

    Dear Students and Faculty Members--In order to maintain the safest environment for students and faculty members when traveling abroad, we are requiring that all students and faculty members who are traveling internationally on college-sponsored activities be fully vaccinated.  This does not constitute an automatic approval of any study abroad activity but will be necessary for students and faculty members in order to take part in any college-sponsored travel.

    Faculty members who are leading study abroad will be able to work with the Student Success Office to determine who has uploaded a vaccination card.  Students who have approval to study abroad on their own must let the Student Success Office know of their intention and to make sure their vaccination card is on record at the College.

    Thanks,

    Laura Niesen de Abruna

  • August 27, 2021 — Campus COVID Vaccination Clinic for Students Scheduled for Sept. 2

    Aug. 27, 2021

    York College is partnering with WellSpan to host a COVID-19 vaccination clinic for students from noon to 4 p.m., Sept. 2, in the Grumbacher Center. Registration is available here. Students will receive an email confirming their appointment as well as additional instructions for the clinic.

    Students are also reminded to upload either their proof of vaccination status or negative COVID-19 test results by the Sept. 1 deadline.

  • August 24, 2021 — Sept. 1 Deadline Established for Complying with COVID Requirements

    August 24, 2021

    Dear York College Students:

    As President Gunter-Smith reminded us in her most recent correspondence to the York College community, we are still in the grips of a pandemic and must continue to be vigilant and respond accordingly.

    In an August 9 correspondence, I reminded students that to return to campus for Fall 2021 they must either provide proof of vaccination, or if unvaccinated, provide a negative COVID-19 test no more than 3 days prior to returning to campus. To date, many students have completed this process, and I greatly appreciate their compliance. Still, many students have not taken appropriate steps and are not cleared by Health Services.

    For those students who have not provided proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test, I am announcing today that the deadline to do so is Wednesday, September 1.  Students who fail to provide documentation by that deadline WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS to their network account. Students will not regain access to their accounts until they have completed the process. To regain access, students must submit their vaccination card here or their test results here. Once the documentation is approved by the Health Center, network access will be restored. For assistance with technical issues, contact the Helpdesk at 717-815-1559.

    In addition to compliance with providing documentation and receiving clearance to be on campus by Health Services, I ask students to be vigilant regarding their off-campus conduct. President Gunter-Smith stresses in her correspondence that most concerns with the spread of the virus last year stemmed from off-campus social gatherings. In normal years, these parties reflect risky behaviors. During a global pandemic, they are reckless and show disregard for the health and safety of the York College community. I ask you to avoid them and to follow on campus protocols at all time.

    Sincerely,


    Richard T. Satterlee, Ph.D.
    Dean of Student Development and Campus Life

  • August 24, 2021 — Return to Campus Note for the Fall 2021 Semester

    Aug. 24, 2021

    Dear Spartans:

    Welcome to your York College! We have eagerly anticipated your return to campus and are looking forward to a more normal York College experience – one that provides in-person instruction, athletic events, student organization meetings, service opportunities, and more.

    In June, we shared with you the COVID mitigation efforts that would be in place for the fall. With the availability of vaccines and lower COVID positivity rates, we relaxed some of those we had in place earlier. However, with the emergence of the more transmissible COVID Delta variant, we are experiencing a national surge in positive cases and hospitalizations. One thing is certain – we are still in the grips of a pandemic. We must continue to be vigilant and respond accordingly.

    Our campus grounds remain open for all to enjoy. Our buildings are open only to YCP students and employees. Invited guests are required to make arrangements before they enter buildings or attend events. (Spectators may attend athletic events without registration.) Facemasks are required in all indoor facilities and buildings. Gaiters, bandanas, or shields are not acceptable. You should continue to wash your hands and watch your distance.

    We also launched our #ItsWorthAShot campaign with the intent of relaxing our indoor masking requirement once our campus community reached 70% full vaccination status. The CDC now recommends indoor masking by both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. As a result, we will continue with masking until new guidance is given. This does not mean that our #itsworthashot campaign is suspended. Rather, with the recent full FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine, we are even more strongly encouraging members of our campus community to be vaccinated. On-campus vaccination clinics will be coming in the next few weeks. We will continue to monitor the situation and make adjustments as necessary.

    Last year, our COVID transmission here on campus was quite low. It was social behaviors off-campus that resulted in increased COVID positivity among our community. With this in mind, I urge you to be mindful of your actions, the risk they present to yourself and others in the community, and adhere to our guidelines both on- and off-campus. Do your part to keep our Spartan community healthy so we can continue to enjoy being together again!

    Sincerely,

    Pamela Gunter-Smith, Ph.D.

  • August 21, 2021 — August 23 Campus COVID Clinic Provided for Students
    Dear Students,
     
    As you know, YCP is requiring that all students upload proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test in order to return to campus. Students will not be able to check into residence halls or attend campus events until they have reported test results. For all of those students who have completed the process and uploaded documents, we are grateful. We also are aware that many have experienced frustration getting the COVID-19 test in time. The availability of tests at local health care providers and pharmacies is dramatically less than it was just a few weeks ago.
     
    For this reason, we will be providing an on-campus clinic on Monday, August 23, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Grumbacher fieldhouse. Please note that only students will be admitted to the fieldhouse, and that the cost will be $65 for the rapid test. Students will need to show YCP ID cards. Students will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis at this drop-in clinic.
     
    Students participating in the clinic are advised to review the following instructions and to download the Navica app:
     
     
    Thank you for all you are doing to help keep our community safe.
     
    Rick Saterlee, Ph.D.
    Dean of Student Development and Campus Life
  • August 9, 2021 — Proof of Vaccination and COVID Test Requirements for Fall 2021

    August 9, 2021

    To York College Students:

    With the new academic year right around the corner, I am writing to remind you that we strongly encourage all students to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The pandemic has not been eradicated, and more transmissible variants pose a greater risk to those in our community who are unvaccinated. Our goal as a community remains to get to a 70% vaccination rate.

    With the health and safety of our campus community in mind, it is important that you take the following steps regarding your vaccination status prior to returning to campus:

    1. Students who are fully vaccinated will be required to provide proof of vaccination status before they return. Beginning on July 16, 2021, we created a portal for this purpose. If you are fully vaccinated and have not yet provided your proof of vaccination, you may complete the process and upload your vaccination card here. Please note that Health Services will confirm that your proof of vaccination has been accepted.
    2. Unvaccinated students must provide a negative COVID-19 test dated no more than 3 days prior to their return. We began collecting COVID-19 test results beginning August 8. To report your COVID 19 test results click here. Please note that Health Services will confirm your negative COVID-19 test results.

    As a member of the campus community, it is imperative that you follow these steps. You may not access residence halls or campus facilities until you have done so. In addition, while we have eased certain restrictions (social distancing and wearing facemasks outdoors), the wearing of facemasks inside campus buildings will continue to be required until further notice.

    You will find COVID-related information about the plan for your return for the Fall 2021 semester at www.ycp.edu/coronavirus. This site will be updated regularly, including when and if we need to adjust our plan based on recommendations from national and state agencies and our campus COVID positivity status. For COVID-related questions or information, reach out to the COVID Call Center at 717-815-1900 or covidquestions@ycp.edu.

    Thank you in advance for your cooperation with these requirements. I look forward to welcoming you back to campus, and know you understand that a safe, healthy and productive school year is dependent on all of us doing our part.

     

    Richard T. Satterlee, Ph.D.
    Dean of Student Development and Campus Life

  • August 4, 2021 — Travel Policy for 2021-22 Academic Year

    August 4, 2021

    Travel Policy-COVID 19 Restrictions

    Academic Year 2021/22

    Faculty/Staff Personal Travel

    The College does not exercise authority or control over, or accept liability for, personal travel for employees. Personal travel during the pandemic is up to the individual; the College recommends that individuals consider the risk factors, including the infection rate and COVID-19 restrictions, for either the domestic or international location to which they are traveling.

    Faculty/Staff Professional and Business-Related Travel

    The prohibition of business-related travel is lifted for the Academic Year 2021/22.

    Essential travel--Staff (i.e., Admissions, Advancement, Athletics) may begin essential College travel that is required as a part of their employment responsibilities and may travel to domestic and international locations with approval of their respective Vice President or Dean. Travel to destinations with very high COVID-19 levels is discouraged (Level 4 Travel Health Notice) and will be considered by Vice Presidents or Deans when assigning travel. Employees who have travel as a part of their job responsibilities are required to be fully vaccinated prior to travel.

    Non-essential travel—Faculty and staff may begin non-essential College travel (i.e., conferences, seminars, institutes, etc.) upon approval of their Provost, Vice President or Dean.

    Travel by officially recognized student organizations (i.e., club sports, musical ensembles, special interest clubs, academic clubs, honor societies)

    Regional travel (states bordering Pennsylvania) for these organizations is permitted for AY 2021/22. Travel must be approved in advance by the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. When using campus vehicles, clubs and organizations must ensure all participants wear masks as per College policy. When traveling, students are required to follow all COVID restrictions in place at the College, and in place at the site they are visiting. Clubs and organizations traveling out of the region (states beyond those that border Pennsylvania) or that include multi-night stays (especially involving air travel) must be approved at a minimum of two weeks in advance by the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs will consult with the respective Academic Dean regarding travel requests from academic clubs and honor societies. Factors that will be considered when making the decision regarding travel out of the region include: 1.) the rate of infection of COVID 19-in the travel location; and 2.) the policies in place at the event or conference students are attending.

    Field trips/class excursions/student participation in academic conferences

    Field trips/class excursions and student participation in academic conferences will also be permitted in AY 2021/22. These trips and conferences must be approved at a minimum of two weeks in advance by their respective Academic Dean and Provost. Factors that will be considered when deciding regarding travel out of the region include: 1.) the rate of infection of COVID-19 in the travel location; and 2.) the policies in place at the conference or event.

    Study abroad

    All study abroad opportunities were suspended for Fall 2021. We anticipate study abroad opportunities will resume for intersession and Spring 2022. Planning study abroad opportunities to countries with a Level 4 Travel Health notice is not advisable. All study abroad opportunities for intersession and Spring 2022 must be approved by the Provost.

    Athletics

    Travel to competition for intercollegiate athletics is expected. Travel requirements and COVID-19 restrictions will be made in consideration of policies and guidance from the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) and the NCAA.

    *Please note: York College of Pennsylvania reserves the right to alter/suspend/lift these restrictions as new information from the Center for Disease Control, the World Health Organization, the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Department of Education becomes available.

    **All members of the campus community are expected to adhere to all U.S. and international requirements regarding travel.

  • July 8, 2021 — Return to Campus Fall 2021 COVID-related Information

    July 8, 2021

    To York College Students:  

    It is hard to believe that we will be welcoming you to campus in a few weeks. Like you, I am looking forward to a more “typical” York College experience commencing this August when students return.  

    With the recent decrease in COVID-19 cases and the lifting of mandates in our state, we are able to step back some of last year’s mitigation practices here on campus. We are relaxing our  social distancing requirements and the wearing of facemasks outdoors. However, the pandemic has not been eradicated, and more transmissible variants pose a greater risk to those  in our community who are unvaccinated. As a result, the wearing of facemasks inside campus buildings will continue to be required until further notice. This mandate will be lifted if and  when we reach a 70% vaccination rate among our campus community (including faculty,  staff, and students). 

    We strongly encourage students to be vaccinated and are developing an incentive program for  those vaccinated or unvaccinated students who participate. Unvaccinated students will be  required to participate in our mandatory random surveillance testing and to quarantine if they  are a close contact to someone who has COVID-19. Fully vaccinated students will be exempt  from both of these requirements.  

    You will find COVID-related information about the plan for your return for the Fall 2021  semester at www.ycp.edu/coronavirus. This site will be updated regularly, including when and  if we need to make adjustments in our plan based on recommendations from national and  state agencies and our campus COVID positivity status. For COVID-related questions or  information, reach out to the COVID Call Center at 717-815-1900 or covidquestions@ycp.edu.  

    Student will receive Information on campus housing and the move-in process shortly. Questions on these topics may be directed to residencelife@ycp.edu.  

    Several important items require your attention as you make plans for your return to campus: 

    1. Students who are fully vaccinated will be required to provide proof of vaccination status before they return. We will require students to upload proof of full vaccination starting on July 16; the URL to a form will be provided soon. (This form will be open  throughout the semester for updates). 
    2. Unvaccinated students must provide a negative COVID-19 test dated no more than 3 days prior to their return. We will collect COVID-19 test results beginning on August 8; the URL to a form will be provided soon. (Students interested in getting a vaccination on  campus through WellSpan should indicate so here.) 
    3. Remote learning opportunities for COVID-19 will only be considered in two cases: 1) Student is allergic to the COVID-19 vaccine; or 2) Student is allergic to a component of the COVID-19 vaccine. Remote learning applications may be submitted beginning on  July 31; the URL to an application form will be provided soon. 

    Like you, I am looking forward to those experiences that we all missed last year, especially in person events including student organization meetings, athletic competitions, and Campus  Activity Board activities. However, in order to hold these events in-person, we must continue to  be diligent and take the necessary steps to keep our campus community informed and healthy.  I look forward to seeing you in August. Thank you for doing your part to keep York College  headed in the right direction.  

    Now, let’s reach that 70% fully vaccinated campus milestone! #ItsWorthAShotYCP!

    Sincerely,  

    Pamela Gunter-Smith, Ph.D.