Jan 22, 2022  
2021-2022 Student Handbook 
2021-2022 Student Handbook

Student Affairs and Student Services

The Student Affairs Division designs campus life programming through the Wellness Model. This model focuses attention on meeting students’ basic needs and interests while providing developmental and entertaining activities outside the classroom.

The underlying philosophy and approach at the College is to provide quality services to the student and to offer diversified activities and opportunities for student development that contribute to a positive campus and community environment.

Athletics and Recreation

York College’s athletic and recreation programs are designed to supplement academic experiences by providing opportunities for all students to participate or witness intercollegiate or intramural competition. The program is consciously geared to student interests and needs. Care is exercised to avoid detracting from students’ academic pursuits but rather to enhance overall achievement by supplying outlets for healthy physical and emotional expression.

More information on Athletics and Recreation  

Counseling Services

Counseling Services advances the overall wellness of students through free confidential individual and group counseling sessions, educational programming and consultation, and specialized referrals.

Location: Student Union, Lower Level, Wellness Center, Room 120

Hours of Operation:

  • Academic Year: 8:00am-­5:00pm Monday­-Friday.
  • Summer Hours: 8:00am­-4:00pm Tuesday­-Thursday

Contact: Call (717) 815­-6437 or email us at counselingservices@ycp.edu

Visit: The Counseling Services website for more information on services, groups, events, and resources provided.

Appointments: Students are typically seen through scheduled appointments which are made by telephone. Students in crisis are assessed, treated, and/or referred to the most appropriate service. Students need to provide their York College ID number to schedule appointments. For after-hours crisis situations, please call Campus Safety for assistance at (717) 815-1314.

Forms: We are fully electronic with all forms completed through a link provided by email. First appointments for each new semester require returning students to update their information. Throughout the semester and on occasion, students will be requested to complete forms to track the status of their wellbeing. Students are welcome to contact us any time during our regular office hours to update their records.

Confidentiality: York College Counseling Services are confidential and in accordance with The American Counseling Association’s Code of Ethics, HIPAA, and FERPA. Information will be released ONLY with a student’s written permission or if a student’s condition indicates serious and foreseeable harm to self or others.

Need to cancel an appointment? Please contact our office as soon as you know you will not be able to make an appointment! We would like 48 hours’ notice if you need to cancel your appointment.

Closure or Delay: In the event of a closure or delay, please follow the inclement weather schedule and contact the Counseling Services office to reschedule your appointment if affected.

Dining Services

Location: Student Union, Main Level

Hours of Operation: Hours of operation

Contact: 717.815.1268

York College Dining Services works closely with the Student Affairs Division to offer meals which will be both enjoyable and economical to students. Various special dinners are planned throughout the year and many campus organizations plan their program refreshments through Dining Services.

A variety of meal plans that were designed to meet your specific needs are available for use in the Johnson Dining Hall and West Campus Dining Hall. Most Meal Plans come with Dining Points that can be used in any of the on campus dining locations including Sparts Den, Appell Café and Create.  Dining Points are used like a debit card and are subtracted from your balance everytime you make a purchase using your student ID card.   


Dining locations, hours, and menus can be found online at https://dineoncampus.com/ycp


Members of the community with specific dietary needs should contact Chartwells Food Services directly by visiting the dining hall or calling 717.815.1268.

Health Services

Location: Student Union, lower level, suite 116

Hours of Operation: The Health Center is open during the fall and spring semester. (Hours are subject to change and the Health Center should be contacted to verify hours at 717-849-1615) Monday–Friday: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Contact: (717) 849-1615 or Ext. 1615

Eligibility - All registered students are eligible to use the Health Center. Students are required to have on file in the Health Center a current medical record and immunization history completed by a physician or advanced practitioner. When a student is readmitted, after a leave of absence from the College, he/she must update their health record or submit a new medical record and immunization history.

Staff - The Health Center is staffed by one part-time College physician, one nurse practitioner and four registered nurses. The nurse practitioner will be available by appointment on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The College physician is available by appointment on Tuesdays. Please call the Health Center for specific hours. Allergy injections will only be given when the above practitioners are on site in the Health Center.

Confidentiality: All discussions, examinations, and everything that transpires in the Health Center are held in strict confidence. The student’s written permission is necessary before information may be released to anyone not directly involved with the care.

Fees: There is no charge for visits to the Health Center; however, students are financially responsible for prescriptions, x-rays, laboratory studies, and referrals to off-campus facilities or consultations. There will be fees for special health-related services such as injections, lab fees, health tests, physicals, and medications. All students are expected to have accident and health insurance.

Excuse Policy: The Health Center staff will verify your visit; however, they will not provide written excuses for missed classes. Please have the faculty call the Health Center for verification of visits or illness. Resident students are to report all illnesses and accidents occurring after hours to the Residence Life staff or the Department of Campus Safety. A student confined in the residence hall more than 48 hours is expected to make arrangements to be taken home or evaluated at a local hospital.

Communicable Diseases and Life / Threatening Illness: Policies protecting the College community from communicable diseases include requiring proof of immunization against rubella, rubeola, mumps, varicella, Tdap (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis), hepatitis B, meningitis, and the absence of tuberculosis. The College reserves the right to deny access to the campus to anyone when they are judged to be actively contagious with a serious disease. Each case is judged individually.

York College recognizes that students with life-threatening illnesses or serious infectious diseases may wish to continue to engage in as many of their normal pursuits as their condition allows, including academic pursuits.

As long as these students are able to meet acceptable performance standards, and medical evidence indicates that their condition is not a threat to themselves or others, the College will be sensitive to their condition and ensure that they are treated consistently with other students. Practitioners are on site in the Health Center.

In order to help the College ensure the safety and well-being of an individual student and the College community as a whole, students are encouraged to report cases of life-threatening illness or serious infectious diseases to the Director of Health Services. The Director of Health Services will act in accordance with the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, recommendations from the York City Health Bureau, the State Health Center, and the guidelines of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (1974) when developing a plan of support for the student. This ensures that the student’s condition does not present a health or safety threat to others.

Intercultural Student Life and Global Programming

Location: Student Union, lower level, suite 101

Hours of Operation: 8:30am - 5pm Monday–Friday

Contact: (717) 815-1916

The Intercultural Student Life and Global Programming Office (ISLGP) provides educational and social programs that work to support the integration of all students into college life; it partners with faculty, staff and YCP community members in advancing this mission. These programs should enrich students’ overall educational experience and assist in creating an inclusive campus environment. Our goal is to appreciate cultural differences while celebrating cultural similarities, in concert with the York College mission, which interconnects us.

Office of Spiritual Life

Location: Student Union, lower level, offices 124 & 125

Hours of Operation: 8:30am - 5pm Monday–Friday

Contact: (717) 815-1446, spirituallife@ycp.edu

The Office of Spiritual Life works to promote interactions between students of different religious/faith traditions, cultures, and national origins. Spiritual Life focuses on helping students consider the spiritual dimensions of life, supporting their exercise of religious practices, and providing convenient access to spiritual counseling, worship, and spiritual guidance on campus. Spiritual Life hosts interfaith programs to grow understanding and respect among people of all faiths.

The information presented is a listing of religious services, organizations, and personnel available to YCP students, faculty, and staff. 

Brougher Chapel - This campus interfaith chapel serves as the center of worship for all faiths in the campus community. It is located on the northeastern corner of the campus at 931 South Pershing Avenue, off Springettsbury Avenue. In addition to the main worship area it contains space for Spiritual Life activities, meetings, meditation, counseling and appropriate events. One of the Catholic Chaplain’s offices is located in the lower level of the chapel.

Doris and Bernard Gordon Center for Jewish Student Life

  • Location: 253 W. Springettsbury Avenue

  • Hours: 8:30am - 5pm Monday–Friday

  • Contact: (717) 815-2041, gordoncenter@ycp.edu 

Info - The Gordon Center is the physical home for Jewish life at YCP.  Students spend time here between classes, attend programs or share in the preparation of Shabbat dinner in our Kosher kitchen.  

Services on Campus and in Community

  • Catholic Mass—Sundays, 4:30 pm in Brougher Chapel

  • Holy Days Mass (including Advent and Lent)—look for Holiday specific announcements on the YCP portal

  • InterVarsity Large Group—Thursdays at 8pm in the Admissions Welcome Center 

  • Jewish Shabbat Celebrations–most Fridays, 6:00 pm at Doris & Bernard Gordon Center for Jewish Student Life

  • Jewish Ritual Observances–contact the Gordon Center for information and service details

Chaplaincy - The College retains the services of a Catholic Chaplain from the Diocese of Harrisburg and a Protestant Chaplain from the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA. Both are available for providing the students with spiritual guidance and personal counseling. They have offices in the lower level of the Student Union with posted hours and information on how to contact them.

Religious Organizations - The campus is host to several student organizations with religious affiliations, including Catholic Campus Ministry/The Newman Club, Habitat for Humanity, InterVarsity Campus Fellowship, YCP Hillel at The Gordon Center for Jewish Student Life, and YoungLife. 

A listing of area churches and religious communities is available from the Office of Spiritual Life in the Student Union.

Residence Life

Location: Student Union, 2nd Floor, Suite 307

Hours of Operation: 8:30am - 5pm, Monday-Friday

Contact: (717) 815-1281

The Office of Residence Life seeks to provide a comfortable living environment with an atmosphere that is conducive to academic success, individual growth, and group interaction and development. Living on the York College campus is a privilege and learning experience.

Our primary goal is to assist in creating a living-learning experience for all residents in our community. The atmosphere in a residence hall/suite/apartment complex can enrich student growth and development, and can play a positive role in a student’s total educational experience. The Office of Residence Life helps to promote acceptable standards of living, community responsibility, and group interaction within the various residential facilities on the York College campus.

Additional Residence Life Information  

Policies for living on campus  


Student Activities and Orientation

Location: Student Union, main level, suite 205

Hours of Operation: Monday-Thursday     8:30am - 8pm

                                   Friday                        8:30am - 6pm

Contact: (717) 815-1239

The Office of Student Activities and Orientation strives to be an office that creates a safe and caring environment committed to enhancing students’ overall growth through a variety of opportunities and experiences. The Office creates opportunities for student participation and leadership in over 100 clubs and organizations, Greek Life, Volunteer Opportunities, York College Student Senate, Campus Activities Board (CAB), Leadership programs, and service as Orientation Leaders.

Partnering with students and student organizations, we plan and implement both small-scale and campus-wide programs for sub-populations of the campus and for the entire student body. From comedians to Greek Week to leadership sessions to Relay for Life—these collaborative efforts of students and professionals is intentional towards contributing to the liberal arts mission of the College. We are proud to say that there is always something to do at York College! Please visit the Office to see what YCP has to offer and how you can get involved. And in the rare instance you don’t find something in which to invest your time, we’ll show you how to start your own club!

Student Involvement and Leadership Opportunities  

Program Planning Policies and Procedures  

Student Clubs and Organizations  

Greek Life  

Student Union

The Student Union serves as one of the many places on campus for members of the campus community to gather for a variety of functions and/or social interactions. The Student Union houses lounges, study areas, meeting rooms, a snack bar and dining hall, the Chaplain’s Office, the Student Senate, the Office of Student Activities and Orientation, Counseling Services, the College Bookstore, the Health Center, Intercultural Student Life and Global Programming, Religious Activities, Residence Life and the College radio station WVYC, and the Spartan Newspaper. The building is available for use by all members of the College community, seven days per week, when the College is in session.

Wellness Programming

The Student Affairs Wellness Initiatives Task Force recognizes the importance of a holistic, balanced lifestyle. Wellness programming offered through the College ensures students the opportunity to develop intellectually, physically, socially, spiritually, culturally, emotionally and professionally through a comprehensive program of co-curricular activities. Campus programming offered specifically through our wellness model is delineated on the Student Affairs web pages of the College website.