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How York U plans to keep students safe on campus this fall

While most of our community will be working and studying from home this fall, there are some important activities that will require a phased return to campus. Our priority is keeping our community safe and we are guided by public health and government directives.

Here are 9 ways we are keeping those community members who must be on campus safe and healthy this fall:

  1. Physical distancing

    Health experts say physical distancing is one of the most effective strategies in the fight against COVID-19. Where we have classes, students will sit at least two metres apart from one another; there may be dedicated entrances and exits to spaces to encourage a one-way flow of traffic; and there will be restrictions on the maximum number of people allowed in a particular space.

  2. Signage

    Signage across campus will include information about physical distancing; proper hand hygiene; maximum occupancy in meeting rooms and elevators; and direct the flow of foot traffic.

  3. More frequent cleaning and disinfecting

    Libraries and classrooms will be cleaned XX times per week, while surfaces such as elevator buttons and doorknobs will be disinfected twice a day in keeping with Public Health Ontario guidelines.

  4. Sanitizing stations

    There will be touchless and accessible hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipe dispensers across our campuses so that people can easily disinfect their hands and high-touch surfaces.

  5. Plexiglass

    In areas where maintaining a two-metre distance from others isn’t possible, or is challenging, we will install Plexiglass barriers and sneeze guards.

  6. Non-medical mouth & nose coverings

    York University will provide a York U branded non-medical mouth & nose coverings package (to York University students who are currently required to be on campus (e.g. those in residence). Each package will include two (2) coverings – to wear one when the other one is being laundered – and a one-page instruction sheet [LINK]; the instruction sheet provides information on safe use, care and precautions.

  7. Residence

    With the health & safety of our residents in mind, no guests will be permitted in undergraduate residences, and residents may not visit other residences. Learning opportunities, events and student support protocols have been modified to adhere to public health guidelines (e.g., virtual, physical distancing).

    During the pandemic, food safety and sanitation practices will be reinforced, and Toronto Public Health guidelines will continue to be followed.

  8. Virtual support, online learning guidance and best practices

    We offer many services and resources to help you navigate online/remote courses:

    • Laptop computers can be borrowed from York’s IT Helpdesk. To register for a laptop go to and follow the process under “If you don’t have a computer at home.”
    • My online services
    • Learning Skills Services has a number of online learning resources and tips.
    • Faculty Academic Advising Offices are available virtually to assist you.
    • Student Accessibility Services is available virtually to support your academic accommodation needs.
    • Student Counselling & Development
    • The York International team has gone virtual and are hosting virtual coffee breaks and international student-focused events to provide you with the opportunity to ask questions, meet your peers and start your university life well before you arrive.
    • Student Life YU (@studentlifeyu) is running a York 101 series for newly admitted students and in mid-July will launch a new video series discussing academics including the first week of classes, how to navigate Moodle, Zoom and online learning supports.
    • Reach out to Student Community Relations at 416-736-5231,,, if you need referrals and support, both internal and external to York, help with complex issues or assistance with personal issues related to the pandemic.
    • You’ll find a wealth of wellbeing resources to help you adjust to the new norms of social/physical distancing and online learning from home:

    Keep checking the Return to Campus website for more resources and supports.

  9. Awareness and information updates

    To stay up to date on the Return to Campus approach and instructions, there are several ways you can connect:

Visit the Return to Campus website, read the FAQs and check your email for more information.