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Spring on the York College campus

FAQs for Students and Families

  • How long will the campus be closed?

    The York College campus will remain closed to students, visitors and those employees who are not performing essential on-campus functions. All College-sponsored events (on and off campus) will be canceled or postponed through summer 2020.

  • What should I do if I'm engaged in clinicals, a co-op or an internship?

    Clinicals, co-ops, and internships will be managed by the dean of each respective school. Contact information is below:

    School of the Arts, Communications, and Global Studies

    Dr. John Hughes, Dean

    717.815.1393 or 717.815.6860 (Main Office Line)

    School of Behavioral Sciences and Education

    Dr. Stacey Dammann, Dean

    717.815.6476 or 717.815.1986 (Main Office Line)

    Graham School of Business

    Dr. Nick Delener, Dean

    717.815.1494 or 717.815.1423 (Main Office Line)

    Kinsley School of Engineering, Sciences and Technology

    Dr. Charles MacVean, Dean


    School of Nursing and Health Professions

    Dr. Janet Powell


  • What if I live off campus?

    Off-campus students will not be permitted on campus during the closure.

  • Will the semester be extended?

    The semester will not be extended and online/virtual instruction will continue throughout the rest of the spring semester.

  • When will students be permitted to move out of residence halls?

    Students will be emailed with a link to schedule their move-out. The first available time slot will be Tuesday, May 19, 2020. To support social distancing measures, there will be a cap on the number of students permitted to return to campus at any given time. Additionally, roommates will not be permitted to schedule the same move-out time. 

    Students are responsible for knowing and adhering to their local and state guidelines regarding stay-at-home requirements, travel restrictions, etc. You should not come to campus if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days, currently have a fever, or are exhibiting symptoms of infection. 

    The following guidelines must be followed while retrieving your belongings from campus: 

    • Your check-out time will either be in the morning (8 a.m.-noon), or in the afternoon (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.).
    • You will be expected to honor your appointment time and not arrive or return during other times.
    • You are only allowed to have 2 guests helping with move out. (If a family has more than one student living on campus, each student may bring 2 guests while adhering to the social distancing guidelines below.)
    • If you arrive with more than 2 guests, you will not be permitted to enter campus to move out.
    • Everyone must wear a mask.
    • Follow social distancing guidelines of at least 6 feet.
    • Follow social distancing tape markers on floors in lobbies that show 6-foot distances.
    • Pay attention to signs highlighting entrances and exits, as well as elevators going in specific directions.
    • Bring your own hand truck, boxes, etc. to assist with moving items to vehicles.
    • Residence hall carts will not be available for use during move-out.
    • Double-check room drawers, medicine cabinets, kitchen cabinets, etc. before leaving campus.
    • Dispose of all items in refrigerators.
    • Leave the refrigerator, including a MicroFridge rental if you have one, plugged in.  
    • Check your mailbox before returning your keys.
    • York College will not store items for students during the summer months.
    • Items left in rooms following the scheduled move-out will be donated or thrown away.
    • RA staff will not be available during the move-out process.
    • All check-outs will follow the Express Check-Out procedures as detailed in email communication to students, sent May 12, 2020.

    If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Residence Life at

  • Will adjustments be made to fees for room and board?

    Adjustments are being calculated individually and in consideration of any institutional funds that were awarded to offset those costs. Adjustments will be made in the following ways:

    • For graduating students - Refund checks will be mailed to the permanent address of students who have applied for Spring 2020 graduation and will have completed their degree requirements.
    • For non-graduating students - Adjustments for Spring 2020 will be applied to student accounts for the 2019-2020 academic year. If adding the adjustment to the student’s account results in a credit, the student may request a refund in the amount of the credit, with the exception of deposits received for future academic terms. If no refund is requested, the credit will be applied toward future charges.
    • For parking, students will receive credit for 50 percent of the spring semester charges.

    Students will receive individualized communications regarding their specific account adjustments by May 1. The Business Office will not be in a position to answer student-specific questions until after the individualized letters are distributed.

  • Will any changes be made to the current grading system?

    While faculty members will submit grades for their courses as usual this semester, students will have the option to select alternate grading for each course, if desired. 

    For one week following the posting of grades, students can choose to either keep their regular grade or select one of the following alternate grading opportunities*:

    1. Students may take a “pass” in a course if the grade assigned is 2 or above. 
    2. Students may take a “low pass” in a course if the grade assigned is 1.
    3. Students may take the designation “NC,” or “no credit.” Courses designated “NC” will not be counted as an F, and will not count toward GPA. To earn credit for an NC course, the student will need to retake the class.

    *Once these grades are entered, they cannot be changed except via a specific appeal.

    The deadline to withdraw from a course has also been extended from April 10, 2020, to April 14, 2020.

  • Will this impact financial aid for 2020-21?

    As you are preparing for the 2020-21 academic year, it is important to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For Pennsylvania residents, PHEAA has extended the deadline to May 15, 2020. To receive PHEAA funds, the FAFSA must be filed by that time.

    Contact: or 717.815.1282

  • How does my merit scholarship or other institutional aid factor into my refund for the spring 2020 semester?

    York College provides academically earned merit aid through scholarship to nearly 100% of our students. While the level of merit aid students receive is based on academic credentials presented during the application process, the amount of aid awarded to each student is based on their cost of attendance. For example, a student living in an on-campus residence hall would have a higher total cost of attendance than a commuter student, and would, therefore, receive a higher amount of merit aid to cover those additional on-campus expenses. 

    In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the requirement to terminate on-campus learning, the College has distributed refunds for pro-rated expenses related to housing, meal plans, and parking that students were unable to use after their departure from campus. In calculating these refunds for each student, the following standards were applied:

    • Since students were refunded the portion of housing, meal, and parking fees that could not be used during their spring 2020 semester, the institutional aid dedicated to offsetting those expenses was also pro-rated.
    • Students will continue to receive 100% of all scholarship aid that is not allocated to residential living costs.
    • All fees not related to residential living will remain unadjusted for the semester, as the cost of providing services funded by those fees has not been significantly reduced.
    • The College has absorbed all additional costs incurred by the transition to online and distance learning.

    For further information about refunds, institutional and merit aid, or your student account, please contact

  • How can I apply for emergency financial aid?
    York College is now accepting applications for CARES Act Student Relief Fund grants. These grants are designated for "expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student's cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care)..." To be eligible for this aid, students must also be eligible to file a FAFSA. 
    Students may apply for a CARES Act grant at
    Please understand that funding is limited, and resources may not be available in the amount requested. This application is for coverage of expenses from the time period of March 27 through April 30, 2020. Applications are due May 8, 2020.
    If you have any questions, please contact
  • How do I change my major, add a minor, declare a constellation?
    Updates to majors, minors, and constellations may be requested using this form. If you have trouble accessing the form, or if you have any questions, please contact the Academic Advising Center at or 717.815.1531.
  • How will Commencement be affected?
    While our traditional spring 2020 commencement ceremony has been canceled due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are still eager to celebrate our graduates! To that end, we will be hosting two events to recognize your tremendous accomplishments.

    1) A virtual commencement ceremony will be held on May 31 at 3 p.m. Graduating seniors will receive an email on May 1 requesting information needed for their participation in this event. 

    2) An in-person commencement ceremony will be held during the 2020-21 school year. Details about this event will be determined as we learn more about ongoing COVID-related regulations and their impact on York College. This year's graduating seniors will be contacted once arrangements have been made. 

    Contact for regalia:

  • What Counseling Services resources are available remotely?

    We are currently offering teletherapy sessions (via telephone) to most students. Students interested in scheduling an appointment can call Counseling Services at 717.815.6437. Please leave a message and we will call you back Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. to discuss options. Note: we will return phone calls on a blocked number. 

    Below is a list of resources that can help you stay mentally healthy during the Coronavirus outbreak.


  • What if I suspect I am experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19?

    If you are feeling unwell and believe it may be related to COVID-19, please consult the CDC’s website for a list of symptoms and contact your medical provider.

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