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 our 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.
As we continue through this academic year, together with the City of York, we are asking you to Protect, Respect and Be Kind to one another. By continuing to take responsibility to follow the guidelines as individuals, we are collectively helping to create a safe community for us all.
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.
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.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, and use hand sanitising facilities available to you across campus.
- Wear face coverings where asked to do so, such as 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.
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?”
- Remember that all of us are still adjusting to changing behaviours and actions, and that some individuals may either be unable to take part, or may have forgotten or misunderstood in the moment. 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.
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 or your Covid-secure lead, who may be able to assist on some Covid-19 related matters, or ways to initiate difficult conversations with those around you.
- For students, our University Report and Support tool is available for you to voice concerns on any issue.