COVID-19 Advice for Students

COVID-19 Advice for Students

Last updated: Wednesday 4 November, 12:40

York St John Students’ Union is working closely with York St John University to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic and its impact, and taking measures to ensure the safety of our students and staff. This page will be regularly updated as the latest advice becomes available.

For wellbeing advice, please see our separate FAQs here. The University’s latest advice for students and staff can be found here.


What are the symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

  • A high temperature
  • A continuous cough
  • A loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell (anosmia)

For more information about symptoms, please see the advice from the NHS.


What should I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19 (Coronavirus)?

If you have any of the symptoms, you should stay at your University accommodation for a minimum of 10 days and should arrange to get tested as soon as possible. All other household members who remain well, must also stay at home for 14 days. Get your free test from the NHS here or call 119. If you are unable to attend your University classes, please complete a student absence form. If you are self isolating and need support please email [email protected]


I’ve tested positive, what should I do?

If your test comes back positive you and all other household members should not leave the house for 14 days. Please complete a student absence form. that has been adapted to capture COVID-19 (Coronavirus) data. You must also contact [email protected] if you recieve a positive or negative test result. 


What is NHS Test & Trace and should I be using it? 

All students are encouraged to download the NHS COVID-19 (Coronavirus) app. You will need to scan the QR codes throughout the Students' Union building and across campus to support the app. Find out more about what the app does here.


Is the Students’ Union building still open?

Yes, the Students’ Union is open. Info Point is open from 10.00-14.00 and the Coffee Lounge is open for takeaway only from 10.00-16.00 Monday to Friday. The Bar will be closed from Thursday 5 November until December.


Will I still be able to get in touch with staff at the Students Union?

Yes. Students’ Union staff will be able to respond to enquiries in person, via email and over the phone. You can find the staff directory here.


Can I still access the advice service for academic appeals at the Students’ Union?

Yes. Students can access advice regarding academic appeals by contacting the Student Voice Coordinator. You can email [email protected] or find the staff directory here.


I am an International Student, will my visa be affected?

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, the Home Office will not take any compliance action against students who are unable to attend their studies. If you miss teaching because you are unwell, or because you are following advice about self-isolating or social distancing measures, this should not affect your visa.

If you need further assistance, you can contact the Coronavirus Immigration Helpline.


Are events at the Students’ Union still going ahead?

We unfortunately won’t be able to host our usual events schedule this year, however we will have a range of virtual activities for you to get involved in. Check out what events we have coming up here


I want to book the Students’ Union for an event, can I still do this?

No. Until further notice, we are not taking bookings for events.


I am a member of a Sports Club, will fixtures still be played?

BUCS is planning on a return to league and cup competitions in term 2 for the 20/21 academic year. The 2020-21 season will be considered a ‘bridging season’ with no promotion or relegation at the conclusion of competition. League standings from 2019-20 will be used to create the 2021-22 league structures for those institutions who maintain affiliation to BUCS in 2020-21. The provisional individual events calendar has also been released however, with some events still under review. Some events previously delivered have been cancelled. All BUCS Return to Play guidance and FAQs can be found on their website hereIf BUCS update this position the Students' Union will advise clubs at this point. If you have any questions on how your sport is impacted, please contact [email protected]


I am a member of a Sports Club or Society, should our activities be suspended?

All sports club in person activity is currently suspended from Thursday 05 November until Term 2If you have any questions on how your sport is impacted, please contact [email protected]

All society activity for Semester one has been moved online and will be reviewed for Semester two. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].  


I am a member of a Sports Club, do I still need to return my O'Neills playing kit from 2019/2020?

Yes. However, the return and collection of playing kits has been postponed. This does not mean that members are eligible to keep their kit. You should contact [email protected] if you require further guidance. For example, if you are unable to return playing kit from 19/20.


I have a WellU membership, are classes still running?

The WellU programme is currently being reviewed for 2020/21 to ensure safe delivery of recreational sport and physical activity within current sport specific guidance. The Students’ Union is working with colleagues in the university to deliver alternative activity available online for the duration of the lockdown and beyond.


Can I still use the sports facilities at the University, such as the gym?

It has been confirmed by the University that Haxby Road and sports facilities are to close for the duration of the lockdown commencing 05/11. This means it will be unavailable to sports club activity. Please see their website for guidance here. If you have a query regarding your gym membership, please contact YSJ Active.

Facilities are available to those on relevant degrees as part of scheduled teaching hours. Please liaise with your department if you have any questions about this.


Important Contacts

  • University Main Reception: 01904 612512
  • University Finance: 01904 876870
  • University Wellbeing: 01904 876477
  • University Student Advice: 01904 876477
  • University Security: 01904 876444
  • University Accommodation: 01904 876660
  • University International Office: 01904 624624
  • University Chaplaincy: 01904 876606

For more important contacts, please see our directory.

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