A Message from President Eanes Regarding Spring 2021
To the York College Community,
The Spring 2021 semester begins on Friday, January 29, 2021. Whether you are faculty, staff, a continuing York student, starting your first semester of college, transferring from another school, or attending graduate school, this semester will likely be very different than what you planned and/or have experienced. The health and safety of the York community continues to be our number one priority. It is important that we implement safety measures to ensure everyone’s well-being.
As a result, we must continue to limit and closely monitor access to the campus. In accordance with the Opening Plan developed for the Fall 2020 semester, and following the guidance and directions given to us by The City University of New York, and New York State, roughly 95% of York’s courses will continue to be delivered in a distance learning format during Spring 2021. Each Department has collaborated with instructors to determine if the course involves synchronous instruction (the class “meets” at the same time) or asynchronous instruction (the instructor posts the material but you complete the work at a time that is convenient for you--remember to comply with the instructor’s deadlines). Approximately 5% of courses will be in a hybrid format, in which select lab classes will be held in-person. These are for labs that are mandated for accreditation, or that require hands-on activities for which there are no virtual substitutes. These hybrid courses include primarily skill and competency labs in the professional programs (such as clinical lab sciences, nursing, occupational therapy, physical education, and physician assistant) and a limited number of Science labs.
In order to protect your health and the health of those who must be on campus, we ask that individuals refrain from coming to campus unless absolutely necessary. In addition, following guidelines established by the CDC and New York State, the College will employ the New York State Health Screening Protocol, wherein any individual coming to campus will be required to disclose information regarding their possible exposure to the COVID-19 virus through a series of questions via the Everbridge App, answered every day by individuals before arriving to campus. Faculty and Staff visiting the campus (who are not essential staff or there regularly for teaching already) will need to complete the Blackboard training and complete a request for entry online. Further, every time an individual comes to campus, their temperature will be checked using a non-touch thermometer – anyone with a body temperature equal to or greater than 100.4 degrees will not be permitted to enter the campus. In addition, everyone must wear face masks, practice social distancing, and limit their time on campus. Any student found in violation of these directives may be subject to discipline under article XV of the CUNY bylaws and any faculty or staff member with concerns should contact Human Resources. Please note that only two campus entrances to the Academic Core building will be : Guy R. Brewer and Liberty Avenue. Those with classes in the Science Building will be permitted entry.
All student services, including Library services, will be offered virtually. The food pantry will be available by appointment and the child care center is offering limited child care options. Counseling services continue to be available virtually. If you need assistance in securing technology, please contact the Office of Information Technology as soon as possible. If you have general questions, please contact the Office of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at 718-262-2331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout the Spring 2021 semester we will be updating the Coronavirus Updates page, which will serve as a resource; please be sure to check this page often as it provides more details . For our students, it is also important to check your York email at least daily and monitor the Cardinal App for important updates.
I want to continue to thank the essential staff on campus daily for their hard work and dedication and acknowledge the faculty and staff who continue to support our distance learning environment.
I know that these are challenging times, but I am hopeful that we will continue to work together to protect the health and safety of the York community. After all, we are One York.
Dr. Berenecea Johnson Eanes, President