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Student Life

Many of the policies related to student life will be found soon in the 2020-21 Student Handbook. 

Students participating in social gatherings on campus property are expected to follow all guidelines in the York College Hygiene and Wellness Policy, including but not limited to, maintaining social distancing guidelines of at least six feet, wearing a face covering, and staying home when you are sick.  

Students are expected to follow all posted occupancy guidelines for the spaces in which they are gathering. Additionally, no more than 250 people can gather during a social gathering on campus property. (The number of people permitted to gather is subject to change should the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania change the designation of York County, PA, due to an outbreak of communicable disease, including but not limited to COVID-19.)

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

Student Senate staffs table during Fall Fest and Homecoming Weekend.

Additional Information

  • Grumbacher Guidelines

    Grumbacher Guidelines

    Access

    • Guests may not enter the secure areas of the GSFC (beyond the turnstiles)--only authorized users, as specified in the GSFC Access Policy are permitted.
    • Turnstile use is configured for one-way entrance and one-way exit.

    Climbing Wall

    • Capacity is limited to four users.
    • Only bouldering activities are permitted.
    • Chalk is not provided; users may bring their own chalk bags for personal use.
    • Users must sanitize hands before and after each climb attempt. 

    Field House and Indoor Track

    • Badminton, pickleball, and game tables are limited to singles (no doubles/team play).
    • Basketball hoops are limited to two users at a time - for shooting and rebounding.
    • Limited recreation equipment is available for borrowed use and must be returned to the GSFC fieldhouse staff for cleaning.
    • Cardio equipment will be moved to the Field House. 

    Fitness Center

    • Capacity is limited to 40 users. 
    • Reservations limited to one time slot (50 minutes) per day, per user.
    • The Fitness Center will operate on a schedule of 50 minutes open followed by a 10-minute disinfecting and ventilation break throughout the day.
    • Users must clean equipment after use. 
    • Checked-out fitness equipment, e.g., belts, vests, and straps will not be available.

    Locker Rooms/Restrooms

    • All areas will be available with some limitations, such as a reduced number of general lockers available.

    Multi-Purpose Rooms

    • Capacity will be posted outside of each room.
    • Borrowed fitness equipment is not available for drop-in use.

    Natatorium (pool)

    • Face coverings should NOT be worn in the pool but should be worn on deck by those who do not intend to enter the water.
    • Use of the pool is limited to those areas of seven feet of water depth or less. 
    • Only one swimmer permitted per lane.
    • Activities that do not allow for proper social distancing, e.g., water basketball and water polo are not permitted.

    Racquetball Court

    • Capacity is limited to 10 users. 
    • This space is repurposed for core workouts and functional training.

      Office Suite

      • Will mirror campus policies.

      Wolf Gym

      • Available to authorized users only.

      Wrestling Room

      • TBD with determination of varsity athletics operation.

      Outdoor Fields/Outdoor Track

      • Will mirror campus policies

      1. Campus Recreation

        Campus Recreation

        Safe social distancing is prohibitive to participation in body contact sports; therefore, Campus Recreation has altered its competitive sport offerings and procedures. Guidelines for competitive sports, created to assist our campus community in staying safe while being active, follow:

        General

        Participants exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms should not attend Campus Recreation programs. Those who have been exposed to a person who tests positive for COVID-19 should not attend Campus Recreation programs for two weeks from the time of exposure.

        Pre-Workout Precautions and Hygiene:

          • Individuals who are feeling sick should stay home.
          • Students are responsible for taking their temperature prior to practice. Students with a temperature above 100.4 degrees must refrain from attending practice for at least 48 hours
          • Hand sanitizer will be available at each practice.
          • Gym wipes will be provided at each practice for equipment cleaning. 
          • Individuals will be encouraged to wash their hands for at least 20 seconds before beginning a workout/practice.
          • Students will be reminded to take rotations and keep appropriate distancing while getting equipment, setting up, taking down, and storing.
          • Students will be encouraged to shower and wash their workout clothing immediately upon returning to home.

                      Intramural Groups

                      Group Sizes:  

                        • No gatherings of more than 10 people at a time (including staff).
                        • Activities should be conducted in “pods” of students, with the same 5 to 10 students always competing together.
                        • A minimum of six feet between individuals must be maintained at all times. If this is not possible indoors, the maximum number of individuals in the room will be decreased until proper social distancing can occur.
                        • A registration and check-in process will be followed for all activities.

                              Physical Activity and Athletic Equipment

                                • Students must wear their own appropriate workout clothing – no shared towels, clothing, or pennies. Individual clothing/towels should be washed and cleaned after every workout.
                                • All students must bring their own water and water bottle. Water bottles must not be shared; no shared hydration stations. 
                                • Individual drills requiring the use of athletic equipment are permissible, but the equipment should be cleaned prior to use by the next individual.
                                • For racquet and paddle sports, additional balls must be added into circulation to allow for frequent cleaning. Racquets and paddles must be used by one student at a time, and cleaned prior to the next use.  

                                      Modifications by Sport 

                                        • Bocce Ball – Balls will be sanitized between users.
                                        • Tennis – Racquets will be sanitized between users. Additional balls will be put into circulation. Single match tennis only in this phase. 
                                        • Ping Pong and Pickleball – Single match games only in this phase. Paddles will be sanitized between users, additional balls will be put into circulation. 
                                        • Individual Skill Challenges – Participants will remain at least six feet apart on the course. Sports equipment will be used by only one individual at a time and will be cleaned prior to the next use.  
                                        • Backyard games (cornhole, ladder golf, etc) - Single games only in this phase with sanitized equipment per turn.

                                              Club Sports

                                              Travel

                                                • No traveling
                                                • No visiting teams permitted on campus

                                                  Physical Activity and Athletic Equipment

                                                  • Athletic equipment (towels, clothing, pinnies, shoes, or sports-specific equipment, including balls) will not be shared by students. 
                                                  • All students must bring their own water and water bottle. Water bottles must not be shared; no shared hydration stations.  
                                                  • Students must wear their own appropriate workout clothing – no shared towels, clothing, or pennies. Individual clothing/towels should be washed and cleaned after every workout.
                                                  • All athletic equipment, including balls, should be cleaned after each use and prior to the next workout.
                                                  • Individual drills requiring the use of athletic equipment are permissible, but the equipment should be cleaned prior to use by the next individual.
                                                  • Clubs will be required to submit practice plans prior to Sept. 6 explaining how they will meet these guidelines. Inability to meet the guidelines will result in cancelation of practice. Plans can/should include the following information:
                                                      • Roster of participants per practice, with completed waivers
                                                      • How will the club control for small group sizes and physical distancing? (ex:  basketball will run shooting drills, but with only one person shooting at the basket at a time, players rotating in will remain six feet apart)
                                                      • How will the club ensure no equipment sharing? (ex: basketball will run shooting drills with a ball for each player)
                                                      • Who will be responsible for cleaning athletic equipment before and after each practice?
                                                      • What equipment will or will not be used based on the ability to clean between each individual use? (no ripped, damaged, or foam equipment)
                                                      • What types of activities/drills does the team plan to run that meet the outlined guidelines?
                                                      • How does the club plan to be inclusive to new members?

                                                  Competitions

                                                  • Due to no travel and no visitors to campus, competitions are not permitted.

                                                  Practice

                                                  • Clubs must submit weekly practice plans to explain how the team will deploy social distancing.
                                                  • Clubs must bring sanitizing wipes and sanitizer liquids to practices.

                                                  Group Sizes:  

                                                  • No gatherings of more than 10 people at a time 
                                                  • Workouts should be conducted in “pods” of students with the same 5-10 students always working out together.
                                                  • There must be a minimum of six feet between each individual at all times. If this is not possible indoors, then the maximum number of individuals in the room must be decreased until proper social distancing can occur.
                                                  • Clubs must submit practice rosters and utilize the YCP Rec App for reporting practices.
                                                1. Varsity Athletics

                                                  Varsity Athletics

                                                  After careful consideration of internal and external circumstances and with the health and well-being of each campus and community in mind, the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) presidents have made the difficult decision to suspend all intercollegiate athletics competition through the Fall 2020 semester in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

                                                  York College's administration has likewise determined that it cannot meet institutional health and safety standards while attempting to conduct intercollegiate athletics competition during the Fall 2020 semester. "Regrettably, the cancellation of fall semester competition comes after exhausting all feasible options," said Paul Saikia, York College's assistant dean for athletics and recreation. "York College and the MAC will continue to work, with the guidance of the NCAA, to program the most fulfilling student-athletic experience possible during this challenging time. Updates on competitive and practice opportunities for all intercollegiate sports are forthcoming."

                                                FAQs — Student Life

                                                • Will the fitness center, the rock wall, and other Grumbacher facilities be available for students this semester?

                                                  Grumbacher facilities, including the fitness center and rock wall, will be open and available.  However, due to social distancing requirements capacity will be limited. 

                                                  Please visit the Student Life page for information about changes to these facilities, as well as new requirements for using shared campus spaces. 

                                                • Other than going to class, will there be opportunities to socialize with other students?

                                                  Yes! For Fall 2020, we’ll be practicing physical distancing — but socially, we’ll still be very much together as a campus community. Keep an eye on your YCP email, York College social media, and the campus events calendar throughout the semester. We’ll be hosting plenty of events that will allow you to safely have fun with your fellow Spartans. Some events will be virtual; others will take place outdoors or in larger campus spaces that allow for proper distancing between people. And all of them will be a great time!

                                                Contact Us
                                                Student Activities

                                                studentactivities@ycp.edu

                                                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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