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A Plan for Reuniting Our Spartan Family

In June 2020, York County entered the “green phase” of reopening following last spring’s pandemic-related closures. This transition in status allows educational institutions to resume in-person instruction — and York College will be welcoming students back to campus for Fall 2020. 

The upcoming year will look a little different than what we're used to, but together, our community will continue to persevere, achieve goals, and deliver a meaningful college experience for all of our students.

On this resource page, you will find:

  • A schedule of webinar-style info sessions with campus leaders, focused on a range of topics related to reopening campus
  • A revised 2020-21 academic calendar (UPCOMING)
    *Please note that the Fall 2020 schedule has been updated and is available below
  • Updates regarding on-campus health and safety procedures, changes to facilities, and academic initiatives being put into place as a result of COVID-19

Thank you for your cooperation as we navigate these challenging circumstances. We are excited to welcome you back, in person, to York College of Pennsylvania!

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We're Here to Answer Your QuestionsInfo Session Schedule

  • Academic Affairs

    Academic Affairs

    Wednesday, July 15, 2020  |  3 - 4 p.m.

    Academic Calendar, classroom technology/virtual accommodations, support services

    Laura Niesen de Abruna, Provost
    Ilya Yakovlev, Chief Information Officer
    Josh Landau, Associate Provost and Interim Dean of Student Affairs
    Dominic DelliCarpini, Dean, Center for Community Engagement

    Registration info coming soon!

  • Health and Safety | Student Activities

    Health and Safety | Student Activities

    Wednesday, July 22, 2020  |  3 - 4 p.m.

    Changes in safety measures, shuttle services, health services, PPE, supplies, campus activites, clubs, recreation, athletics, and student employment

    Ed Bruder, Director of Campus Safety
    Amy Downs, Director of Health Services
    Sara Goodwin, Asst. Dean of Student Affairs
    Paul Saikia, Asst. Dean of Athletics and Recreation

    Registration info coming soon!

  • Living and Dining on Campus

    Living and Dining on Campus

    Wednesday, July 29, 2020  |  3 - 4 p.m.

    Residence halls (move-in, occupancy, etc.), dining halls, common areas

    Robbie Bacon, Director of Residence Life
    Corey Wagner, Senior Director of Dining Services

    Registration info coming soon!

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Rescheduling for a “New Normal” — Fall 2020 Updates

This year, the fall semester has been shortened to reduce the likelihood of disruption due to a resurgence of COVID-19. To accommodate this compressed schedule, classes will be held on Labor Day and there will be no fall break. Students will complete their coursework and take final exams remotely following the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • August 25, 2020 — Day Classes Begin (Evening Classes Start August 24)
  • All vacations and holidays have been removed for the Fall 2020 semester.
  • November 24, 2020 — Last Day of On-Campus Instruction; Remainder of Fall Semester Is Online
  • November 30, 2020 — Reading Day
  • December 1-5, 2020 — Final Exams

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Will York College be opening campus for in-person classes this fall?

    Yes! The Fall 2020 semester will begin in August, and students will be welcomed back to campus with appropriate safety precautions in place. 

  • What will classes look like in the fall?

    The College will offer a blend of virtual and in-person instruction in each of our courses, and classroom capacity will be limited to allow for social distancing. All classrooms have been equipped with Zoom technology and cameras for streaming lessons.

  • Has the academic calendar changed?

    Yes. The Fall 2020 schedule has been updated to reflect a compressed semester. Evening classes will begin on August 24, and day classes will begin on August 25. Classes will be held on Labor Day, and Fall Break has been removed from the schedule. The last day of on-campus classes will be held on November 24, 2020. Students will then leave their residence halls, return home, and finish Reading Days and Final Exams remotely by December 5.

  • What kind of support services will be available this semester?

    All student support services will be available (Health Center, Counseling Services, Academic Advising, Career Development, Student Accessibility Services, Tutoring and Writing Assistance) to students throughout the semester. 

  • What kind of social activities or events will be available this semester?

    Student Activities and the Campus Activities Board are planning a variety of events and activities for the fall semester. To meet social distancing requirements, events will be a combination of virtual and in-person, smaller-scale programs open to all students. 

    Campus traditions such as bingo, trivia, stress busters, etc., will still occur with a new twist – many will be outdoors or virtually interactive. Campus Recreation will provide fun competitions and themed recreational activities. Most will be virtual. Student organizations will continue to operate with meeting and event attendance restrictions. Commuters will, as always, be included in all events and engagement opportunities.

  • Will athletic teams be competing?

    We anticipate that decisions regarding athletics will be made shortly. Our conference athletic directors and presidents have been meeting to discuss pending issues and potential schedules. Coaches will keep student-athletes informed on the status of fall sports.

  • Will I be able to live on-campus this fall? Will I have a roommate?

    Residence Life will continue offering double and single rooms to students in campus housing. Students who selected spaces with roommates will remain in those assignments for the upcoming academic year. Additionally, new students who requested to be placed with roommates will be placed accordingly whenever possible.

  • What will the move-in process look like for campus housing?

    Move-in for the fall semester will be a staggered, weeklong event beginning August 17. Students will sign up for a specific date and time block to move into residence halls. Updates and information will be shared with students in mid-July once housing assignments are finished and billing statements are issued. Decisions regarding the early return to campus by special groups – student-athletes, Engaged Scholars, etc. – are still under consideration.

  • Will I have to wear a mask on campus?

    Everyone on campus will be required to wear masks when in public spaces, including classrooms.

  • What safety measures are being taken to prevent an outbreak of COVID-19 on campus?

    We are committed to keeping our campus community healthy. Outside visitors will be limited, and everyone on campus will be required to wear masks when in public spaces, including classrooms. 

    All residence halls, other campus facilities, and shuttle buses are currently being sanitized and disinfected in anticipation of reopening. Additional cleaning will occur, especially in common areas. Plexiglass barriers are being erected in areas having the highest potential for social contact. Temperature checks will be conducted upon entering our dining facilities. Dining hall capacity is being reduced, and carryout and grab-and-go options are being expanded.

  • What happens if there is an active COVID-19 case on campus?

    Should a student display symptoms associated with COVID-19, appropriate procedures will be followed including on- or off-campus quarantining, if necessary.

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