We are all facing challenges as the effects of COVID-19 continue to impact our nation and our world. Thank you for your patience with us as we strive to serve all of our students while also considering the needs of campus employees.
In an effort to be as generous as possible and still continue operations, the College is providing a refund for residential students not able to remain in housing for the remainder of the semester. Students who did not return after Spring Break or who checked out of their building with their resident director by March 22, 2020, will be eligible for up to an $800 refund. Students who have not formally checked out or communicated with their resident director (email@example.com) regarding their plans or their belongings will not be eligible for a refund until they do so.
Refunds will be applied to student accounts to reduce the charges for this year. Graduating seniors with a credit on their account will receive a refund check in the mail. All other students will have this refund applied as a credit to the fall semester. More details can be found on our refund criteria and instructions page. If you have questions, please contact Todd Sheldon by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are praying for all of you, along with your families. We understand this pandemic creates challenges for all of us. We look forward to seeing you in August!
-- Steve Eckman
President York College, Nebraska
Posted on March 17, 2020 at 2:00 PM
Dear YC Family,
As York College continues to deal with the issues surrounding the COVID-19 virus, we intend to make decisions that best serve our students and staff, while remaining vigilant in protecting our community against this pandemic. We previously communicated that we would start offering classes in electronic format starting Wednesday, March 18 and would continue this practice through April 3. In ongoing discussions, we have decided to continue offering course content through the end of the semester in this format. Classes will not meet on campus for the duration of the semester. We encourage students to take whatever steps are in their best interest and to protect their safety. Faculty should be reaching out to students in their classes soon. Students need to continue to check their @york.edu email accounts to receive information since this is how you will be contacted. If you do not receive information by the end of the week, please contact the registrar (email@example.com) to make sure we have the correct contact information for you. There will be many individual circumstances that need to be sorted out as we go forward for the remainder of the semester. However, all community events including Panther Days, Songfest and graduation have been cancelled. We are still evaluating summer events such as SoulQuest and the Presidential Leadership Institute. Student housing and the caf will remain open during this time due to the number of students remaining on campus because of their situation or job requirements. Cafeteria hours will follow weekend protocols. The Levitt Academic Resource Center will remain open with adjusted hours. Nebraska requires self-imposed quarantine for persons coming to the State from some localities. If you plan to return to campus for any reason, make sure and check with the Student Development Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) to determine whether you are required to quarantine. This is true even if your plan is just to come to retrieve your belongings. Student belongings that are still in their rooms at the end of the semester will be boxed and stored for you. We may enter rooms in the interim to insure that there are no foodstuffs or spoilage that need to be remediated. If you are aware of something we need to check, please let us know immediately at the email above for Student Development or contact your resident director. We are entering a new world. YC has always been built on community. We plan on regular communication through social media to keep in touch and let you know what is going on. If you have questions about student life, please contact the Student Development Office (email@example.com). Questions about academic situations should be directed to the Registrar or the Provost (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please continue to pray for the campus, its leadership and your fellow students as we attempt to navigate this new reality. Also, please remember that "God, who created the world and everything in it, is Lord of heaven and earth."(Acts 17:24) He will see us through this and we will all be stronger because we have experienced this together. God bless you,
-- Steve Eckman
President York College, Nebraska
Posted on March 16, 2020 at 11:44am
Kansas City, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced today that it is cancelling the spring 2020 sports season, effective immediately. “All possible scenarios that would have supported a spring sports season were seriously considered by multiple NAIA governance groups,” said NAIA President and CEO Jim Carr. “However, the growing state of emergency due to COVID-19, as well as the Center for Disease Control’s recommendation yesterday to limit gatherings to fewer than 50 people for eight weeks, meant we could not in good conscience move forward with the spring sports season and championships.” In an effort to provide relief, no spring sport student-athlete will be charged a season of competition. Any spring sport student-athlete who was enrolled full-time in 2020 will be awarded two additional semester terms of attendance or the equivalent. The NAIA is continuing to address outstanding questions related to these unprecedented changes and will share new information as it becomes available.
Posted on March 13, 2020 at 12:30pm
Effective immediately, the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) has suspended indefinitely all athletic-related practice, travel, and competitions for the athletics programs for its member institutions. The KCAC Board of Presidents took action on this decision Friday morning. Protecting the health, safety, and well-being of student-athletes is the conference's highest priority. The KCAC Board of Presidents views this decision as the necessary step in addressing the public's concern with the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. The KCAC Board of Presidents will communicate frequently in the days ahead to determine when and if the suspension can be lifted. The KCAC will continue to work closely with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) in determining when and if NAIA Spring 2020 Championships will be played. In considering when and if the suspension can be lifted, conference officials will look to establish a date when practices can resume, followed by a subsequent date when competitions can resume.
Posted on March 12, 2020 at 4:45pm
Dear York College family,
The World Health Organization has declared a global pandemic as the coronavirus rapidly spreads throughout the world. To date, Nebraska has 10 confirmed cases, none of which are in York County.
Earlier we alerted faculty to the possible shift to online learning delivery of our classes. We are now acting on those plans with a two-day pause to realign classes. York College will extend Spring Break an extra few days through next Tuesday (March 17) to allow faculty the necessary preparation time. At this point we plan to move all our seated courses to online, beginning Wednesday, March 18 and will continue, at a minimum, through April 3 and possibly through the end of the semester.
We recognize there will be many questions around what online learning entails. We will keep you updated throughout this transition. When possible, faculty will work with you to complete an internship, observation hours, student teaching, work study and other credit-bearing activities. Bear in mind that an online format will look different for different classes. Faculty members will spend the coming days planning for the transition as appropriate for each class. Please be patient with your professors. They will be in touch with you.
If you are at home, we ask that you stay at home. If you must be on campus, please communicate with your resident director immediately, including if you remained on campus during break.
All York College offices will remain open throughout the semester so that you have access to resources. This also includes the Caf (as needed) and the Levitt Academic Resource Center.
Whether you choose to return to campus or stay home, it is highly recommended that you avoid large gatherings and practice social distancing. If you are on campus and start to exhibit symptoms, you are asked to contact your resident director immediately.
We are taking these preventative measures to protect our campus community. We want to reiterate that we currently have no known cases on campus. We hope that these social distancing measures as guided by public health recommendations help everyone in our community to stay healthy.
Please understand this is a very fluid situation with new information coming out hourly. Be sure to monitor our COVID-19 Updates web page at https://www.york.edu/coronavirus.html. We continue to work closely with the Four Corners Health Department and follow the recommendations made by the CDC.
We will continue to send you regular email updates.
As difficult as this situation may appear, please recognize that it is unprecedented and we will face it together. Please know that despite these changes to the semester, our characteristic personal attention and deep commitment to your success remain foremost in our minds. As we always do in difficult situations, we will work through this together as a campus community.
I am confident that our campus community has both the expertise and heart to handle this situation. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work through any unexpected bumps on this journey.
Please know this decision, following a great deal of prayerful consideration, was made in the interest of the safety and well-being of our campus community.
Dr. Shane Mountjoy
Posted on March 12, 2020 at 1:00pm
With Spring Break well underway and many of you no doubt having questions about York College and COVID 19, I've been asked to assure you that we continue to actively monitor the situation. As you know, there are changes being made to and by many institutions, conventions, sporting events, etc.
Today and tomorrow, we are in the process of reassessing our situation. Once that process is complete, we expect to email a statement to the campus community tomorrow afternoon (Friday March 13).
Dr. Shane Mountjoy Provost
Posted on March 3, 2020
The health, safety, and well-being of our students is York College’s top priority. In light of concerns with Coronavirus, I want to assure our YC community that we are monitoring this through the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and our local Health Department. We continue to consult with health care professionals and the community of York to ensure a safe environment for our students, faculty, and staff. We encourage all of our campus family to implement precautions such as regular hand washing and getting immediate medical care if developing a cold or flu-like symptoms. As we get closer to spring break and students return to their homes, there is additional concern that you may be exposed in their home environments. Please help us continue to protect our YC environment by taking extra precaution and care until this threat diminishes.