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The Together York Community Declaration sets out our principles and expectations. Together, we are a community built on respect, fairness and compassion for all.

This COVID-19 Community Charter supplements the responsibilities and expectations set out in the Together York declaration, for both staff and students, and across University and college policies.

The charter 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. By taking responsibility to follow the guidelines as individuals, we are collectively helping to create a safe community for us all.

Together we will:

  • act in ways that keep our campus and the wider York community as safe as possible
  • look after ourselves and each other
  • keep up to date regarding the latest government guidance and follow current  Government and University guidance to reduce the spread of COVID-19
  • inform each other about safe practices where these are not followed.

You can expect the University to provide:

  • clear signage and guidance for moving around campus
  • COVID-secure research, teaching, learning and study spaces
  • COVID-secure working spaces
  • accessible support, guidance and wellbeing services
  • two washable face coverings for all staff and students
  • hand sanitising stations on campus
  • regular clear communication and guidance.

For our students, you can also expect the University to provide:

  • adaptable student spaces for socialising
  • welcoming accommodation, with measures in place to help keep you safe
  • opportunities to participate in sports, clubs, societies and community networks, in collaboration with the Students' Unions.

Regular clear communication and guidance: an example of a digital screen from our 'Stay smart, supportive and safe' campaign.

As a member of the University community, you are expected to:

  • follow national and local public health and University guidelines
  • self-isolate if you have COVID-19 symptoms and inform the University immediately by completing the staff reporting form or the student self-isolating and shielding reporting form (for undergraduate and postgraduate students)
  • follow test, track and trace procedures, and request a test immediately if you have COVID-19 symptoms
  • follow social distancing guidelines on campus, and for our students, to follow these guidelines when taking part in social events, sports, clubs and societies
  • wash your hands regularly with soap and water, and use hand sanitising facilities available to you across campus
  • wear face coverings in all enclosed spaces on campus (unless you are exempt)
  • be respectful and sensitive to others, including individuals who are exempt from wearing a face covering.

We all have a responsibility to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. If you see someone behaving inappropriately, remind them to follow the Government and University guidelines.

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