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The Penn State York Safety and Security Department is committed to providing the highest quality of life on campus by promoting a stable environment, where security is coexistent with freedom of movement and access.

In order to succeed in this commitment, we must rely on a partnership between the public safety personnel and the various groups that make up our college community. We guarantee to respect the rights and needs of the populace while maintaining the utmost degree of safety, and enforcing the essential policies of the University.

Adherence to these policies will ensure your visit at Penn State York to be satisfying, rewarding, and safe.


The possession and/or use of any alcoholic beverages is prohibited on Penn State York campus. This prohibition includes all areas open or closed to the public. Violation of this policy could result in disciplinary action or expulsion.

Drugs or Other Harmful Substances

The possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of any controlled substances or paraphernalia on University property is strictly prohibited. The term “controlled substance” includes any substance governed by the Pa. Controlled Substance Drug Device and Cosmetic Act (Act 64), or any chemical used expressly for the purpose of producing euphoric effects on the body (inhalants). Any person found in possession of a controlled substance or drug paraphernalia will be turned over to the appropriate law enforcement agency for criminal prosecution. In addition to arrest, the University may elect to impose some form of disciplinary action or other sanctions.
*The exception to this policy is authorized law enforcement officers or other approved personnel, for the purposes of lecture, training, or demonstration.*

Firearms and Other Weapons

It is a violation of policy for any person to possess, carry, or use any weapon, ammunition, or explosive on University owned or controlled property. Any person found in violation of this policy is subject to criminal prosecution and/or University discipline.
*The only exception to this policy is authorized law enforcement officers or other persons specifically approved by the University.*

Firearms should NEVER be left in an unlocked vehicle, or in plain view in a locked vehicle. The theft of a firearm could pose a serious threat to the community and a liability to its owner.

The use, possession, or carrying of any dangerous knife, club, or other offensive weapons while on University owned or controlled property, or at any University sponsored activity, is prohibited (the term dangerous knife does not include a standard pocket knife).
*The exception to this policy is authorized law enforcement officers or other persons specifically approved by the University.*


In accordance with State and Federal regulations, the Penn State York campus enjoys a smoke-free environment. Smoking is not permitted in any of the buildings on campus. Smoking is permitted only in the following three designated areas of the campus:

  • Outside the entrance doors that lead to the Conference Center in the courtyard of the Main Classroom Building.
  • Outside the rear door to the Game Room in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center.
  • Outside the front entrance of the Information Sciences and Technology Center.

Pets on Campus

The Penn State York campus contains many acres of attractively manicured grounds and sports fields, coupled with an appealing wooded area. These beautiful surroundings invite people to exercise their animals both day and evening. We encourage our neighbors to utilize our facilities; however, we ask the following rules be followed for health and safety purposes:

  • Pets may not run freely, and must be on a leash (being held by the handler) at all times.
  • Pets are not allowed on sports fields or tennis courts.
  • If your pet defecates on campus property, please clean it up promptly.
  • Pets are not permitted inside campus buildings.
    *This rule shall not apply to seeing eye dogs, authorized animal research or training conducted on Penn State property, and dogs being used by law enforcement agencies.*
  • No pet shall be tethered to any fence, tree, shrub, post, or other object located on Penn State property, not designated for the purpose of securing animals.


See "Parking and Traffic Regulations" page for detailed information
Students must obtain a parking permit by the first day of the semester. Parking permits are free of charge and can be obtained in the Business Office, Main Classroom Building. There will not be a grace period for parking tickets! Students may only park in designated areas.

Handicapped parking spaces are located in most campus parking lots. Temporary parking permits are available from reception desks, and most departments. Designated areas are available for visitor parking and for motorcycles.