Stay smart, supportive
Follow the guidelines
Make sure you have read and understood the guidance on this page, and that you keep up-to-date on local and national public health guidelines:
The police and other enforcement officers are able to issue penalties to those that don’t comply with government restrictions. This includes fines for those who breach legal limits on social gatherings (see restrictions on social contact and how the rules on gatherings will be enforced).
Read the COVID-19 Community Charter and take the online training module
The COVID-19 Community Charter and student Covid-19 Community Safety Module outline how we can work together to keep each other safe. They set out what our community can expect from the University and what the University expects from its staff and students.
Be respectful and sensitive to others
Consider the feelings and safety of people who may:
not be able to wear a face covering (see exemptions)
feel more vulnerable because they or their family members have underlying health conditions
come from different parts of the world and need to get used to the guidance we have in place here
Please also consider the concerns of the local community when you are out and about off campus.
Help others understand and follow the guidance
It might take some people a while to get used to the guidance, or they may just forget from time-to-time.
If someone is behaving inappropriately, remind them to follow the government and University guidelines.
Remember to look after your own wellbeing too
This is a challenging time for everyone, and we can only support each other if we're also taking care of ourselves.
If you're self-isolating, or you know someone else who is, make sure you keep in touch. Let us know you're self-isolating using the form and reporting tools below.
We're always here to help should you need us.
Wash your hands and surfaces regularly
Use soap and water to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds each time.
Make use of the hand sanitising stations provided on campus.
Always wash or sanitise your hands before and after travelling to campus and/or being in communal spaces.
If you use shared equipment, for example in a laboratory, make use of the cleaning instructions and materials provided.
Wear face coverings in enclosed spaces
Face coverings reduce the spread of coronavirus droplets - when you wear a face covering, you protect the people around you, just as they protect you by wearing theirs.
All staff and students will be provided with two washable face masks to wear in any shared indoor space. These should be worn until you have left the space.
You can collect your face coverings from College or Academic Department receptions.
If you are exempt from wearing a face covering, you may wish to indicate this by wearing a sunflower lanyard or carrying an exemption card.
Keep two metres away from people not in your household
Follow the signage on campus and in the city centre, and take extra care when meeting groups for social events, sports, clubs and societies.
If two metres is not possible, stay at least one metre away and take other steps to reduce risk such as opening windows, wearing a face covering or avoiding face-to-face contact.
If you feel that someone is too close to you, it’s okay to politely remind them of the guidance.
You and the people that you live with are classed as a 'household'. If you're in University accommodation, that's the students you share a flat, house or allocated kitchen and bathrooms with. You don't need to wear a mask or keep your distance when you're in your bedroom, bathroom or your household's shared spaces.
Self-isolate if you need to and let the University know
You must self-isolate if you:
have any Covid-19 symptoms (a new continuous cough, high temperature, loss or change of taste or smell)
share a household with someone with symptoms or who has tested positive
are contacted and asked to do so by either the University or NHS Test and Trace
have travelled to the UK from a non-exempt country.
Self-isolating students must let the University know via our student self-reporting form. We will then guide you through the process and offer you a package of support.
Self-isolating staff must telephone their line manager who will fill out the staff reporting form for you:
Access support during your self-isolation
Once you complete the form we will contact you to discuss any support we can provide during your self-isolation, including:
getting tested - we can help you if you live on campus and you are struggling to book an NHS test
any emotional support you may need
access to expert advice to help you self-manage your mental health and wellbeing during this time.
More information is available on self-isolation guidance for students.
Wellbeing information for staff is available online (login required).
You should let your line manager know if you have any specific support requirements that they may be able to help with.
Follow test, track and trace procedures
Download the NHS Covid-19 app
We encourage you to download the NHS Covid-19 app and scan the QR code when you visit a venue on or off campus. The app will alert you if you have recently visited a venue where you may have come into contact with coronavirus. If you report Covid-19 symptoms in the app, you'll be directed to book a test.
More information on the features available in the app, privacy information and answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the NHS website:
If you can't use the NHS Covid-19 app
If you are not able to use the NHS Covid-19 app (eg if you do not have a compatible smartphone) then you can manually check-in to a venue using the following Google Form:
University of York Covid-19 Track and Trace form (bit.ly/uoytrace)
If you test positive for Covid-19
If you have a positive test result for Covid-19, we will work with you and with health authorities to identify and contact other people who may also need to self-isolate.
Showing respect to each other
The University is a global community, with one in every four people on our campus (both staff and students), coming from outside the UK. We value, celebrate and are proud of our inclusive and diverse community.
We would like to remind all staff and students that the University is a community of respect. All members of our community are expected to act in accordance with our shared values of respect, fairness and compassion, and to ensure that all aspects of our individual and collective behaviour adhere to, and reflect, these principles. We encourage anyone experiencing or witnessing abuse or inappropriate behaviour to report it to the University. If you feel you need support, please contact the Student Hub or staff support services.
Please also take a look at our Covid-19 Community Charter, which outlines how we can work together to keep each other safe, what our community can expect from the University, and what the University expects from its staff and students.