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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.

Since the start of the pandemic, this Covid-19 Community Charter has supplemented the responsibilities and expectations set out in the Together York declaration, for both staff and students, and across University and college policies.

The charter has evolved as the Covid-19 response has evolved. It continues to outline 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. 

While you may have your own thoughts about Government recommendations and guidance, we ask you to understand that many members of our community remain concerned and may be vulnerable, and so ask you to respect the preferences and comfort levels of those around you when making decisions about Covid-safe behaviours. By continuing to take 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, looking after ourselves and each other.
  • Respect the different comfort levels, concerns and requests to engage in safe practices from those around us.
  • Be polite when asking those around us to follow advice or guidance to make ourselves feel more safe, raising concerns in a calm and informative manner.
  • Continue to implement safe practice where we are able, to protect ourselves and those around us, including:
    • Stay home if you are unwell - the legal requirement to self-isolate after testing positive has ended. But just like when you have the flu or a bad cold, you can protect others by not spreading the virus. Please stay at home if you have any symptoms or don’t feel well, and follow Government guidance on when to return.
    • Get vaccinated - if you haven't yet had your booster jab or you're not up to date, please make this a priority.
    • Wash your hands - sanitise or clean your hands with soap and water regularly to remove viruses and other germs, particularly after coming into contact with frequently touched surfaces.  
    • Consider wearing a face covering in busy indoor spaces and while moving around buildings on campus, especially if you are in contact with people you do not usually meet. 
  • Follow current Government guidance to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

You can expect the University to provide:

  • Clear signage and guidance for moving around campus and using resources.
  • Regularly sanitised research, teaching, learning and study spaces.
  • Accessible support, guidance and wellbeing services, including support for those who are clinically extremely vulnerable via Disability Services for students or Occupational Health for staff.
  • 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 'Protect. Respect. Be Kind.' campaign.

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

  • Follow national and local public health and University guidelines.
  • Stay home if you are feeling unwell or experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, and follow current Government guidance on when to return.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, and use hand sanitising facilities available to you across campus.
  • Consider wearing face coverings in crowded spaces and while travelling through buildings.
  • Be respectful and sensitive to others, including individuals who are exempt from wearing a face covering.
  • Be respectful and mindful of others’ potential worries or concerns about safety.

Initiating conversations

When meeting with others - for study, work or social activities - we ask you to consider others' behaviours and approach mutual situations in a polite and positive way.

  • Don’t make assumptions about the comfort levels of those around you, or lead with an opinion that creates an atmosphere where an individual has to speak out against the majority. For example, you could ask, “Would people prefer us to wear face-coverings? I’m happy to do so”, rather than, “I don’t wear mine, so let’s take these off?”
  • Rather than approaching a conversation as a confrontation, try clarifying or sharing information, and offering resources where appropriate. Examples of starting these conversations could be, “Do you need a face covering?”, “The hand sanitiser is over there” or, “In case you didn’t know, we are encouraging people to wear face coverings in this area”.

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

Don't make assumptions about others' comfort levels. Please be supportive and respect requests to wear a face covering.

Raising concerns

As legal restrictions have been removed, we understand that many behaviours are now a personal choice, but we can encourage those around us in a respectful and considerate manner. If you see someone deliberately behaving in an inappropriate manner, you can report your concerns as follows:

  • For staff, in the first instance, you can raise concerns with your line manager.
  • For students, talk to your supervisor or use our University Report and Support tool which is available for you to voice concerns on any issue.