Spring on the York College campus

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.

Updated policies regarding COVID-19 mitigation efforts for the Fall 2021 semester are currently under consideration. Please continue to check this page for the most up-to-date information.

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Additional Information

  • Residence Life

    Residence Life

    Spring 2021 Move-In

    To protect the health and safety of our campus community members, all students will be required to quarantine for ten days and complete a COVID-19 test before returning to campus. For more information about testing requirements, please refer to the Health and Safety section of the Coronavirus Information site.

    The residence hall move-in process will occur from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on January 29, 30, and 31, 2021. Residential students must sign up for a specific date and time to return to their residence hall. The sign-up process utilizes an online software program to designate and confirm the specific date and time that students choose to arrive on campus. Area Coordinators will send a second notification by noon on January 15, 2021, that contains instructions for signing up for a move-in date and time.

    Any student who returns without signing up as directed will be referred to the Student Conduct process. Any student complicit in allowing a student, including his/her roommate, into the residence halls in this fashion will also be referred to the Student Conduct process.

    When students arrive at their residence hall, they should go straight to their designated check-in station and show their “approved to enter campus” email to Residence Life staff. Staff will officially check them in for Spring 2021. Checked-in students will then be permitted to go to their residence hall room. New students and those who turned in keys in November will receive all materials necessary to access their room. The designated check-in station locations for residence halls are listed below.

    Designated check-in stations:

    • Beard Hall Lobby – Beard, Pershing, and Springettsbury House
    • Penn Hall Lobby – Penn, Codorus, and Susquehanna
    • Manor North Lobby – Manor North and Manor Northeast
    • Manor South Lobby – Manor South and Manor West
    • Northside Commons Entranceway – Northside Commons
    • Tyler Run III Mailroom – Tyler Run I, II, and III; Wenger, Curry, Kieffer, and Arnold Houses
    • West Campus Community Center (WCCC) Lower Lobby – Country Club, Spring Garden, Little Run Lodge, Richland, and Brockie

    Move-In Guidelines

    • You must select one date and time for checking in (e.g., January 30 at 10 a.m.).
    • You will be expected to honor the date and time you select for moving in to your residence hall.
    • You are permitted to have two (2) guests help with move in. If you arrive with more than two guests, you will not be permitted to move in.
    • You and your guests should take your temperatures prior to travelling to campus.
    • You should not come to campus if you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 within the last 14 days, have a fever, or are exhibiting symptoms of infection.
    • Everyone who enters campus property must wear a face mask.
    • You must follow the social distancing guidelines of at least 6 feet.
    • Follow social distancing markers that show 6-foot distances, one-way traffic, max occupancy, etc.
    • Pay attention to signs highlighting entrances and exits.
    • Bring your own hand truck, boxes, etc. to assist with moving items into your room.
    • Move-in carts will be available in Northside Commons and West Campus on a first come first served basis.

    You must sign up for a time to return to the residence halls on either January 29, 30, or 31, 2021. All residential students must return between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m., on one of these dates to ensure campus reopens in an orderly and safe manner. If you do not have your COVID-19 test results by the date you signed up to return to the residence halls, please email residencelife@ycp.edu to notify us that you will not be arriving as scheduled.


    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 mask 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 Masks

    To protect our community, all students, faculty, staff, and visitors must wear masks 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 Facilities 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 2020-21 academic year, 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 Facility Services will monitor and provide additional cleaning and disinfection to common bathrooms.

  • 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

    You must wear a face-covering in and around all dining facilities. This includes Johnson Dining Hall, West Campus Dining Hall, Sparts Den, Appell Cafe, and Starbucks.

    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 should I do if my test results come back after my scheduled move-in time slot?

    If your results are not available until after your scheduled move in date/time, email Residence Life (residencelife@ycp.edu) once they are available so they can help you identify a new arrival date/time.

  • What if I simply cannot quarantine for ten days due to work/financial/family obligations?

    This is completely understandable. If you are unable to meet this request, we ask that you are extra careful with your interactions with others, are extremely vigilant about the behavioral guidelines (face mask, physical distancing, enhanced hygiene practices), and that you complete the symptom tracker each day to monitor your overall health status.

  • 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 (dining@ycp.edu) 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 mask, 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. 

    Gov. Wolf’s administration is requiring that travelers entering Pennsylvania from other countries and states, as well as Pennsylvanians who are returning home from other countries or states, have a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to entering the Commonwealth or quarantine for 10 days upon entry into Pennsylvania. If a traveler chooses to get tested upon entering the Commonwealth, or is waiting for test results, the traveler must quarantine for 10 days, or until receipt of a negative test result, whichever comes first. 

    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.

  • 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: https://www.ycp.edu/jdrdiningcap
    West Campus Dining Hall: https://www.ycp.edu/wcccdiningcap
    Schmidt Library: https://www.ycp.edu/librarycap

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