Thursday 17 September 2020

All student email

Autumn Term and Covid-19: stay smart, supportive and safe

Dear student,

The beginning of term is almost here and we hope to see you on campus soon. We know Covid-19 has been challenging and you may feel unsettled starting a new term but we are here to support you.

Lots of work has gone into making campus covid-secure, but every one of us has a role to play in keeping ourselves and those around us as safe as possible. Therefore, we are asking all staff and students to stay smart, supportive and safe.

Stay smart by keeping up-to-date with the latest government and University guidance. You should also read the University’s Covid-19 Community Charter.

Stay supportive by looking after yourself and others, collectively helping to create a safe and supportive community for us all.

Stay safe by following the guidance detailed in the stay smart, supportive and safe campaign and understanding why it is so important.

We’re asking everyone on campus to wear face coverings when in enclosed spaces, including in teaching and learning rooms. Students will be provided with two washable face coverings (available from your College or your academic department) and there will be vending machines selling disposable face coverings on campus. The exceptions for face coverings are:

  • If you’re in the study bedroom, bathroom or kitchen of your on-campus accommodation

  • If you’re eating or drinking

  • If you're communicating with someone who lip-reads

  • 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 (available from any College reception).

It is important you help protect other students, staff and our wider community by following the guidelines. This means:

  • Be respectful and sensitive to others

  • Keep two metres away from people who are not part of your household

  • Do not host or attend house parties (on or off campus)

  • Wash your hands or use sanitiser regularly

  • Wear a face covering in communal enclosed spaces (unless you’re exempt).

If you develop any Covid-19 symptoms: a temperature, a new persistent cough, a loss of smell or taste, then you must:

Once you complete the form we will be able to support you, discuss food delivery options, give you a point of contact and, if needed, help you access a test. We will do all we can to make sure you have the support you need throughout your period of self-isolation.

It might take some people a while to get used to the guidance or they may just forget from time-to-time. If you see someone behaving inappropriately, remind them to follow the guidelines. And do follow the advice and guidance you may receive from your lecturers and tutors, other University staff, and our specially trained student advisers or ambassadors.

Our focus will be on building a clear and shared understanding of how to be smart, supportive and safe. By working together, we can make campus and the city a Covid-secure place to learn and socialise.

Best wishes,

Charlie Jeffery

Vice-Chancellor

University of York