We are ready to welcome your student for a great year at York University! As there continue to be issues with COVID-19, we wanted to share our campus response for the Fall 2022 Semester. As with any health concern, we will monitor the situation and adapt as needed to assure the well being of everyone on campus.
Below are some key guidelines you will want to know. Thanks for your patience and support. Our students have shown amazing support and kindness for one another over the past two years. Panther’s Care has been more than a motto and we are grateful for this outstanding response.
What About Face Masks?
Masks are optional and can be used in situations when exposure to COVID is of concern, such as in crowded conditions or prolonged exposure.
What About Vaccines?
Students are encouraged to get vaccinations and boosters as they are released. If you have concerns, visit with your doctor. Vaccines are not mandatory for students or employees, and have never been so.
What About Events?
Campus events will continue this fall with no restrictions.
What About COVID-19 Testing?
COVID testing is widely available for personal use and is available through local health care providers or can be purchased at a local pharmacy.
Students who test positive for COVID can isolate in place or off campus. They should talk with their roommates and family and make a plan that's safe for everyone. In dorm settings, positive students should wear a mask in public hallways, bathrooms, etc.
Remember that a face mask should completely cover the nose and mouth and fit snugly.
Positive students can wear a mask and get a to-go box from the Caf. Meal delivery is unavailable.
Positive students should notify their own close contacts of their exposure. Close contacts should wear a mask in public settings for 5 days after exposure.
Positive students should notify their professors, and make arrangements to make up missed classes and work, as with any other illness.
As COVID moved into the endemic phase, designated quarantine/isolation spaces, campus testing, and contact tracing were discontinued.
Students should reach out to their health care provider with questions.
The CDC has a Quarantine & Isolation Calculator. Use this free tool to figure out how long you should quarantine or isolate.
Benefits of COVID-19 Vaccination At York College we all must take responsibility for our personal and community safety. York College Strongly encourages all faculty, staff, and students to get fully vaccinated for COVID 19 with counsel from your personal physician. Nearly 75% of our faculty and staff have already been vaccinated.
Benefits of being fully vaccinated:
Less likely to be placed in quarantine
Likely to have a milder case of COVID-19 if infected
Less likely to miss classes, fine arts, athletics, and community events
Protects others who are at high risk
Reduces campus-wide stress and anxiety related to the pandemic
Campus cost of low vaccination rate:
Increased quarantine and isolation
Miss numerous classes
Miss fine arts performances
Miss athletics events, and practice
Miss time with friends on campus
Higher risk of spreading the virus to others with serious health concerns