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Living and Dining

Residence life and on-campus dining are important parts of the college experience for many students — and as we take precautions to protect our fellow Spartans in the midst of the pandemic, both areas are subject to ongoing and significant changes.

These efforts include social distancing measures, requirements for face coverings and hygiene practices, and expectations of personal responsibility from all members of our campus community.

Please review the guidelines and protocols below carefully.

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  • Residence Life

    Residence Life


    Approved Guests

    For everyone’s health and safety during the 2020-2021 academic year, the only visitors you may have to your college residence, other than fellow York College students, are your parents or official guardians.

    You may have only two (2) approved guests at a time.

    Guests are expected to wear a face-covering in public spaces and hallways within the residential facilities.  Guests should not visit the residence halls if they have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days, currently have a fever, or are exhibiting symptoms of infection.

    You may not have overnight guests for any reason. This includes parents and guardians.

    Approved Visiting Hours

    Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.

    Thursday, Friday & Saturday: 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.

    Use of Residence Lobbies

    Lobbies are open to residential students when the front desk is open. 

    Only residents and their approved guests are allowed in residence hall lobbies. 

    Additional Rules and Responsibilities

    1. You must stay with approved guests the entire time they are in the building.
    2. Approved guests must sign in and out at the front desk of the lobby, where applicable. Guests must leave photo identification (government-issued ID, driver’s license, etc.) at the front desk. It will be returned when they leave. 
    3. You are responsible for your approved guests’ actions on campus. Make sure they follow all College policies, rules, and regulations. You will be held accountable if they violate the Code of Conduct. This may include student conduct sanctions.
    4. The Area Coordinator/Resident Director of each residence oversees the College’s guest policy and may suspend your guest privileges. 
    5. You must get a guest parking permit from the Department of Campus Safety for any guest who brings a vehicle on campus. You must ensure that they use the parking permit and follow all traffic and parking rules. You and/or your guests are responsible for any citations.

    This policy includes all College residences, including halls, suites, apartments, and houses.

    Face Coverings

    To protect our community, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors must wear face coverings that cover their mouth and nose any time they may be near other people. This includes:

    • In all buildings, including campus and off-campus housing
    • Outdoors, even if people are not around at the moment
    • On campus and in the larger community

    Residential Facility and Cleaning

    Facility adjustments will be made to residential buildings. This will include limiting the use of common rooms, lounges, and common kitchens. The custodial team will work to clean residential common spaces, including common bathrooms, on a scheduled basis consistent with CDC and other public health guidelines. 

    As usual, students are responsible for cleaning their own bedrooms, apartments, and other non-common spaces. Students should follow CDC recommendations when cleaning their individual spaces. Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces (e.g., tables, hard-backed chairs, doorknobs, light switches, phones, tablets, touch screens, remote controls, keyboards, handles, desks, toilets, sinks) daily in their bedrooms and other non-common spaces. The CDC recommendations provide information for cleaning different types of surfaces, including porous surfaces, non-porous surfaces, and electronics. Students are responsible for bringing appropriate cleaning supplies. 

    For the Fall 2020 semester, York College Facility Services will supplement the cleaning of bathrooms within Springettsbury Hall. Students are expected to continue to maintain cleanliness of the house including bathrooms, but for the Fall 2020 semester, Facility Services will monitor and provide additional cleaning and disinfection to common bathrooms.


    We are requesting that students self-quarantine at home for 14 days before returning to campus.

    Before coming to campus and moving into your residence hall, you and your guests should take your temperatures. 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 residence hall move-in process will take place August 17-23, 2020. Students should have already received two emails with additional information about when their area of campus will be open, and how to sign up for a specific time to check into their residence hall. Sign-up through this system is required to move into a residence hall for Fall 2020. 

    When you arrive on campus to move in, you will check in via a drive-thru process in the Rail Trail parking lot on West Campus. Please enter West Campus at the Richland Avenue entrance. You and your guests will remain in your vehicle during check-in. You will be expected to show photo ID. Both your and your guests’ temperatures will be taken on-site. 

    You will receive a check-in packet containing your keys, and bookstore representatives will distribute book orders placed via 

    Move-In Guidelines

    • You must check in during your appointment time, and may not arrive or return during other times.
    • You are permitted a maximum of two guests to help with move-in. If you arrive with more than two guests, you will not be permitted to enter campus.
    • Everyone who enters campus property must wear a face covering. 
    • You must adhere to social distancing guidelines of at least six feet and follow social distancing markers designating six-foot distances, one-way traffic, and maximum occupancy for spaces. 
    • Pay attention to signs highlighting entrances and exits.
    • Bring your own hand truck, boxes, etc. Move-in carts will be available in Northside Commons and West Campus on a first-come, first-served basis 
  • Hygiene & Wellness

    Hygiene & Wellness

    To keep our community safe, each and every member of our York College family must embrace responsibility and do their part to prevent the spread of illness on campus.

    All students are expected to…

    • Maintain social distancing guidelines of at least 6 feet
    • Wear a face covering in class and while traveling on campus
    • Cover your mouth when you cough
    • Wash your hands and/or use hand sanitizer regularly
    • Disinfect personal electronic devices
    • Wait outside a fully occupied restroom until someone exits
    • Follow posted occupancy guidelines for elevators, meeting spaces, lounges, study rooms, etc. 
    • Stay home when you are sick, and notify instructors, employers, etc. 
    • Schedule an appointment with the Health Center or your primary care provider as necessary

    Students who do not comply with these expectations can be referred to the Student Conduct process.

  • Dining Facilities

    Dining Facilities

    Campus dining facilities will be available to students only. This includes Johnson Dining Hall, West Campus Dining Hall, Sparts Den, Appell Cafe, and Starbucks.

    You must wear a face-covering in and around all dining facilities. 

    Additionally, students at the Johnson Dining Hall and West Campus Dining Hall will have their temperature checked upon entrance. These facilities will provide all-you-care-to-eat service in to-go style containers for either dine-in or take-out. Dining hall seating has been limited due to Pennsylvania Department of Education space occupancy guidelines.

    Other Precautions

    • Plexiglass health shields have been installed throughout facilities to reduce contact during service.
    • No cash transactions; contactless payments accepted include credit, debit, Dining Points, and Flex using self-service external card readers
    • Hand sanitizer stations are available throughout all dining facilities.
    • Dining areas have been reconfigured to allow for social distancing.
    • All food items will be served by Chartwells associates.
    • Dining areas will be cleaned and sanitized continuously throughout service using recommended CDC cleaning procedures.
    • Additional seating has been made available at the Student Union Building, WPAC, Alumni Hall, and outdoor picnic tables.

    Spaces to Eat on Campus

    In addition to the select, distanced seating available in the dining hall, the following locations are available to students following social distancing requirements:

    • Outdoor picnic tables
    • Sparts Den
    • MacDougal Lounge
    • William Walker
    • Commonwealth Room
    • Keystone Room
    • Alumni Hall
    • WPAC Second Floor

FAQs — Living and Dining

  • What types of cash-free payments can I use at campus dining facilities?

    All campus dining locations will accept credit, debit, Dining Points, and Flex using self-service external card readers.

  • How can students with food allergies or special dietary restrictions know which foods are safe? Will changes to campus dining affect these accommodations?

    Students should contact Campus Dining ( about any special dietary needs. Our dining staff will be happy to help!

  • Will commuter students be able to eat lunch or other meals on campus?

    Yes, commuter students are welcome to use campus dining facilities and seating areas to eat meals while on campus. 

  • If I leave the dining hall with my take-out food and want to come back for seconds, will I have to use a second meal swipe to re-enter the facility?

    The dining hall remains an “all you care to eat” facility, and students are welcome to take as much food as they desire during their visit. While there is no limit to the amount of food you can take with you, you will not be able to re-enter the dining hall after leaving with your to-go containers. If you need to go back through the entrypoint, a new meal swipe will be required — so be sure to take all the food you may want during your first trip! 

  • Are students allowed to go home on weekends without violating Student Conduct Policy?

    While it is highly encouraged that students remain on campus for the duration of the semester, we understand that this may not be possible for every student. We ask that you limit travel whenever possible, and if you must travel, take precautions to avoid exposure to COVID-19 — including wearing a face covering, keeping a distance of six feet or more from others, frequently washing or sanitizing your hands, and screening yourself regularly for symptoms of the virus. 

    Any student who travels to YCP from an area identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as a COVID-19 advisory location must self-quarantine at home for 14 days before coming/returning to campus, and complete a daily self-monitoring health questionnaire. If they experience any symptoms, they must immediately notify the Health Center and their primary care physician. Before they are permitted to return to campus activities (in-person instruction, dining hall, etc.), they will need to test negative for COVID-19.

    For more information about monitoring travel, please visit the Health and Safety page.

  • In the event that the College is required to transition to fully remote instruction mid-semester, would refunds be issued for tuition and fees?
    While York College is currently operating with the intention of continuing in-person instruction through the semester, we recognize that our situation is fluid and subject to the impact of the pandemic. Should the College need to send students home and conduct classes remotely in the middle of the semester, fees for parking, housing, and meal plan costs would be adjusted for financial aid and pro-rated (similar to the adjustment process used in spring 2020). Tuition pricing would remain the same during remote instruction. 
  • Will food be brought to students in quarantine or isolation housing on campus?

    Of course! Our Dining Services staff are able to feed anyone during quarantining or isolation. If a quarantined/isolated student has a meal plan, their meals will simply be charged to their meal plan account. If the student does NOT have a meal plan, they will need to contact Dining Services to request meals during their quarantine period. These meals can be charged directly to their account through the business office.

  • How many rooms are available for students who need to quarantine on campus?

    The College has a total of 70 rooms available for students who are unable to return home to quarantine or isolate. Students staying in these quarantine/isolation rooms will not be allowed to enter any other building on campus until they have been approved to do so by a healthcare professional. 

  • Is there a way to monitor current capacity in public campus spaces?
    The links below indicate the current visitor capacity status of the Johnson Dining Hall, West Campus Dining Hall, and Schmidt Library.
    When the space has reached its maximum capacity, the page loaded will be RED and display a WAIT message. 
    • For dining visitors, this means you should either wait for available space before entering the Dining Hall, or try an alternative dining location. 
    • For library visitors, this means open seats may not be available — but services including the book stacks remain open for your use. 

    Johnson Dining Hall:
    West Campus Dining Hall:
    Schmidt Library:

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COVID Call Center

York College's COVID Call Center is available from 9 - 11 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Please contact us with any questions related to the College's COVID-19 response that are not answered on this website. 

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