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Student Life

Many of the policies related to student life can be found 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

    Through the fall semester, access to the user areas of the Grumbacher Sport & Fitness Center will be limited
    to students of York College of Pennsylvania who have been granted access through their student status, or
    who have paid the appropriate authorized user access fee. Until further notice, access is suspended for all
    guests, employees, and retirees.

    • EVERYONE will be temperature checked before passing through the user entry. Those registering a
      temperature of 100.4 or higher will not be permitted access.
    • EVERYONE must wear a mask appropriately AT ALL TIMES, except for those who are IN the swimming
      pool.
    • EVERYONE must follow campus social distancing guidelines (at least six feet of space) AT ALL TIMES.

      User Areas

      Fitness Center

      • All cardio equipment and the ab workout space are relocated to other areas of the GSFC.
      • Fitness center workout sessions are limited to 50 minutes. Sessions begin on the hour with a ten-
        minute cleaning period between.
      • Each workout session is limited to 40 users and by reservation only. See FAQs for instructions.

      Field House

      • Cardio Equipment
        • 33 pieces of cardio equipment (treadmills, bikes, ellipticals, climbers, and rowers) are located on the east court of the field house.
        • The capacity for this area is 33 users.
        • Reservations are not required; however, there is a 30-minute time limit on all machines.
      • Free Play
        • The center and west courts of the field house may be used for free play.
        • Permitted activities must allow for proper social distancing.
        • Capacity for these areas is limited to 25 users per court.
      • Indoor Track
        • Capacity for the indoor track is limited to 10 users.

      Natatorium

      • Proper social distancing is required, in and out of the water.
      • Users should not wear masks in the water, but must wear masks in all other areas of the natatorium (deck, wet classroom, offices, and locker rooms).

      Climbing Wall

      • The climbing wall is operating, but with altered capacity and for bouldering only.
      • Climbing shoes are available.
      • Users must sanitize their hands in between each climb.

      Racquetball Court

      • The racquetball court is repurposed to serve as an ab/core strength area. Racquetball play is not permitted.
      • Reservations are not required, however capacity is limited to 8 users.
      • Medicine balls, mats, and other fitness equipment are available for use within the court.

      Multipurpose Rooms

      • When not reserved for a scheduled class, the multi-purpose rooms are available for use on a firstcome, first-served basis.
      • The capacity for each space is posted.
      • Heavy bags, physio balls, mats, and other fitness equipment will not be available for use in the multipurpose rooms.

      Locker Rooms

      • General locker rooms are fully functional.
      • The capacity for each space is posted.

       

      Other

      Equipment Checkout

      • Equipment checked out at the equipment room or in the fitness center is restricted to items that can be efficiently disinfected upon return and which allow for proper social distancing while in use.

      Furniture and Equipment

      • The furniture and equipment within the GSFC is spaced for proper social distancing and should not be moved.

      Regular Hours of Operation (beginning August 21, 2020)

      Fall 2020SundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday FridaySaturday
      GSFC

      11 a.m. -
      11 p.m.

       

      6 a.m.-
      11 p.m. 

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      11 p.m. 
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      11 p.m.
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      11 p.m.
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      9 p.m.
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      9 p.m. 
      Fitness Center

      11 a.m. -
      11 p.m.

        8 a.m. -
      11 p.m.
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      11 p.m.
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      11 p.m.
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      11 p.m.
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      9 p.m.
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      9 p.m. 
      Climbing Wall 6 p.m. -
      10:30 p.m.
        4 - 10:30 p.m.   4 - 10:30 p.m.    4 - 10:30 p.m.  

      4 - 10:30 p.m.

        --   -- 
      Swimming Pool 6 - 9 p.m.   6 - 8 a.m. 
      12 - 2 p.m.
      6 - 9 p.m.
        6 - 8 a.m. 
      6 - 9 p.m.
        6 - 8 a.m. 
      12 - 2 p.m.
      6 - 9 p.m.
        6 - 8 a.m.
      6 - 9 p.m.
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      12 - 2 p.m.
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    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."

                                              2. Campus Shuttle

                                                Campus Shuttle Operations Policy

                                                Due to the outbreak of COVID-19, there will be several significant changes to the operating procedures of the College shuttles for 2020-2021. Every effort will be made to maintain shuttle operations while reducing the risks of COVID-19 exposure for both drivers and passengers. York College has referenced the COVID-19 Pandemic recommendations of the American Public Transportation Association in creating this policy.

                                                Shuttle Routes and Operating Hours

                                                In an effort to reduce the time that passengers will spend inside the shuttle, and to help address the capacity limitations due to social distancing considerations, Campus Shuttles will operate on an express route only, from 7:00 AM-9:30 PM, for the 2020-2021 academic year. Three stops will be included in the route which includes the shuttle stop by the Spring Garden Apartments on west campus, the Northside Commons shuttle stop and the shuttle stop on main campus by Wolf Hall. After 9:30 PM the shuttle will pick up and drop off at each of the seven designated stops on campus.

                                                Passenger Capacity

                                                Given the limited shuttle passenger capacity for 2020-2021, priority seating will be given to students who are wheelchair bound or have ambulatory challenges. Students who are able, are encouraged to walk, bike, or drive if possible.

                                                During the "Green Phase" of the Process to Reopen Pennsylvania, the shuttle will operate at 50% of the seated capacity of each shuttle. No standing will be permitted. The maximum occupancy for most shuttles in this phase will be 13.

                                                During the "Yellow Phase", or upon determination by the College administration, in the event of suspected or confirmed COVID-19 positive campus community members or community spread, the shuttle will operate at 25% capacity to allow for true social distancing. No standing will be permitted. The maximum occupancy for most of the shuttles in this phase will be 7.

                                                Campus shuttles will not run in the “Red Phase”

                                                Passenger Safety Requirements

                                                Passengers should not ride if they have any indication that they might be ill, have a fever, or have been exposed to COVID-19.

                                                All passengers will be required to wear a face covering at all times while on the shuttle.

                                                Passengers must use only the available open seats on the shuttle. No passenger will be permitted to sit in any seat that has been blocked off and closed. No standing will be permitted.

                                                Hand sanitizer dispensers will be installed on all shuttles for the use of passengers.

                                                Ventilation and Disinfection

                                                The shuttles will be operating with the windows open when possible to increase ventilation and air flow.

                                                The HVAC systems on the shuttle will using settings to allow for maximum fresh air circulation. Filters will be changed at regular intervals.

                                                The shuttles will be cleaned and disinfected at regular intervals using the appropriate disinfectants approved by the EPA for effectiveness against SARS-CoV-2.

                                                Dry sweeping will be avoided

                                                Driver Safety and Responsibilities

                                                Drivers are required to stay home if they have any indication that they might be ill or have a fever. They must follow CDC guidelines for self-quarantine if they suspect they have, or have been exposed to COVID-19.

                                                The driver compartment will be protected Plexiglas partitions.

                                                Passenger seats located immediately behind the driver will be blocked off.

                                                Drivers shall wear a face covering when operating the shuttle

                                                Hand sanitizer, gloves and disinfecting wipes or spray and paper towels will be available to the driver.

                                                Drivers shall wipe down the steering wheel, seatbelt, console and other frequent touchpoints as part of the pre-trip routine.

                                                Lost and found items should be handled with gloves, limiting exposure to items.

                                                Drivers shall use supplied disinfectant to spray and disinfect inside the shuttle at regular, established intervals.

                                                Drivers shall monitor passenger loads and advise of load capacity to allow for established passenger spacing.

                                              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! 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!

                                              • Are campus shuttles running?

                                                Yes, campus shuttles will be running with a few operational changes in place.

                                                Shuttles will operate on an express route only, from 7:00 AM - 9:30 p.m., for the 2020-2021 academic year. Three stops will be included in the route:

                                                1. Spring Garden Apartments on West Campus
                                                2. Northside Commons
                                                3. Main Campus by Wolf Hall

                                                After 9:30 p.m., the shuttle will pick up and drop off at each of the seven stops on campus.

                                                Shuttle capacity will be limited to 50% (13 people) during the "Green Phase" of the Process to Reopen Pennsylvania. If York County is in the "Yellow Phase," maximum occupancy will be lowered to 25% (7 people).

                                                Priority seating will be given to students who are wheelchair bound or have ambulatory challenges.  

                                                Please visit the Student Life section of the Return to Campus website to view the full Campus Shuttle Policy. 

                                              • Do I really have to wear a mask while I'm working out?

                                                Yes, for everyone’s safety. Though you may be a bit uncomfortable, according to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), it is not dangerous to exercise while wearing a mask, but it can be more demanding. It is recommended that you adjust the level of intensity of your workout until you are accustomed to wearing a mask.

                                                Grumbacher staff will enforce the wearing of face coverings with a one-and-done policy. This means if you are not wearing a face covering properly (e.g., chin-strapping, not covering your nose properly), a staff member will ask you to leave the facility for the day. If you are out of compliance a second time, you will lose GSFC privileges for the remainder of the semester.

                                              • Why do I have to have my temperature checked before entering Grumbacher?

                                                To help protect the College community, an automated temperature reader is positioned at the entrance to the secure user area of the GSFC. Everyone wishing to enter must have his or her temperature read. Anyone reading a temperature of 100.4° or higher will be asked to wait ten minutes for a second reading. If the second reading is not below 100.4°, the user will be denied access and provided instructions for assistance and compliance with York College health and safety policy.

                                              • How do I make a reservation for the fitness center?

                                                You can make your reservations up to 48 hours in advance on IMLeagues.com or on the YCP Rec App (Available for free for Apple or Android devices). Reservations are located in the “Fitness Programs and Reservations” tab/button.

                                                We are allowing one time slot (workout session) per person, per day in order to maximize the number of people who can use the facility. To best utilize your time in the fitness center, we recommend warming up and cooling down elsewhere in the facility (multipurpose rooms or field house).

                                                If you cannot make your workout, you must cancel your reservation on IMLeagues.com or the YCP Rec App. Users who fail to show for reserved workout sessions are subject to penalty.

                                              • When I'm in the fitness center, can my buddy spot me for my lifts?

                                                Unfortunately, social distancing does not allow for spotting. However, we have great equipment that includes safety bars that lifters can use for bench pressing as well as squatting.

                                              • What sort of “activities” can we do in the field house?

                                                Especially during these challenging times, safety rises above all other considerations--we simply cannot do some the things we enjoy the most. Users are expected to properly socially distance themselves at all times, which makes “guarding” an opponent or “battling for the ball” virtually impossible. In the case of basketball, for example, a game of H-O-R-S-E is cool, but One-onOne is a major no-no. You get it. Try one of our racquet sports like pickle ball or badminton. And, be on the lookout--we’re offering a bunch of safe, fun, competitive intramural opportunities!

                                              • What do I do if I'm in the GSFC and see someone violating our policy?

                                                Please, inform one of our GSFC attendants. This is no time to turn a blind eye--everyone’s safety and the opportunity for each of us to be here on campus is at stake.

                                              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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