To the York College community from Dr. Gunter-Smith:
The current COVID-19 outbreak is unprecedented. The course of the virus and its related infection are yet to be understood. What we do know is that the virus has had and will continue to have major effects upon public health, and in addition, response to it is likely to strain existing resources. My first priority is always the health and safety of the York College family. Out of growing concern for the welfare of our campus community members and their families, I have made the decision to suspend all face-to-face classes effective as of 4:15 p.m., Friday, March 13, 2020.
York College will close its physical campus from Sunday, March 15 (at noon), until Monday, March 30. Students will be asked to depart from residence halls by noon on March 15. Schmidt Library, the Grumbacher Center, the Bookstore (except C-store), Johnson Dining Hall, and other common areas will be closed. Our goal is to discourage the spread of this illness; therefore, only employees of the College and those with essential business to conduct with the College will be permitted on campus.
All York College-sponsored events, both on and off campus, will be canceled throughout this period of time.
On Monday, March 16, classes will continue remotely through Friday, March 27. Faculty members will contact students directly regarding their plans for classes. Library and Technology Services will continue to provide online assistance throughout this period of remote learning.
Clinicals, co-ops, and internships will be managed by the dean of each respective school. (Additional information for students who may be permitted to remain on campus to complete clinicals will be forthcoming)
Residence Halls and Off-campus Housing
Residence halls will close at noon, Sunday, March 15. All students are to vacate campus at that time unless they have received prior approval. Students who are seeking an exemption should immediately submit their request through an online form. Residence Life representatives will review submissions and contact students to provide details to those whose requests have been approved.
It is important to note that services will be very limited during this temporary closure. Our campus will be closed to students who have not been granted permission to stay.
Staff and administrators should report as usual on Monday, March 16, and work according to their typical schedules, unless other arrangements have been made with their supervisors.
Faculty may choose to teach remotely from their offices or an off-campus location.
Returning to Campus
The situation with respect to COVID-19 is very fluid and unpredictable. Our initial suspension of face-to-face instruction is scheduled to end on Monday, March 30. If face-to-face instruction recommences at that time, residence halls will reopen at noon on Sunday, March 29.
Should events dictate a longer period of time, you will be notified. Additional details will be posted on this page.
We are all working diligently to navigate through what is uncharted territory. Please know that York College is committed to the health and welfare of our community and to the success of our students. It is important to follow recommendations provided by the CDC to stay healthy both physically and emotionally. Thank you for your concern and your patience. We will get through this together.