George Mason University

Coronavirus/COVID-19

Mason is monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus/COVID-19, following guidelines from the CDC and the Virginia Department of Health, and sending regular updates via email.

Mason Epidemiologist Amira Roess on COVID-19 Testing, Opening the Economy 


Mason Students Give Advice on Social Distancing


 

Message from President Holton: Northern Virginia in Phase 2

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Help Mason Students Complete Their Studies

You can contribute to Mason's Student Emergency Assistance Fund. The affects of the coronavirus outbreak are causing significant disruptions to student life at Mason.

Many students lack the financial cushion needed to travel home, to find alternate housing arrangements, or to even know where their next meal is coming from. Some lack the technical and digital access to continue to take classes online. For these students, a few hundred dollars could be the difference between getting through this crisis with a degree, or being forced to withdraw.

Your gift could have a real impact on our students' lives. Thanks so much for thinking of Mason, and thinking of them.

MAKE A GIFT


 

Plans and Operations FAQs

Are Mason campuses still open?

Mason buildings are closed to the general public for the foreseeable future. We also will be mandating telework for all faculty and staff except for those who need to work on campus to continue critical functions for the university.

Virginia Governor Northam’s March 30 Stay at Home Executive Order (PDF) has extended the stay-at-home period through June 10.

This order reinforces the university’s current guidance for mandatory telework and social distancing precautions with exceptions for health care personnel, critical work, research, and instruction that can only be conducted on campus.

The order also specifically directs higher education institutions to cease all in-person classes and instruction, and cancel all gatherings of more than 10 individuals, consistent with actions Mason has already taken. The order effectively extends these actions on campus until June 10.

To ensure compliance with this order, deans and supervisors will be asked to re-examine all work currently taking place on campus and with the directive that all non-critical functions cease immediately. The university is working on a process to provide credentials for those faculty and staff who must travel to and from campus. University faculty and staff should carry Mason identification when traveling to and from work.

Police and Safety Headquarters will remain open, with police patrolling the campus and facilities monitoring buildings. 

Mason library facilities, including Fenwick, closed as of March 23.  Library services will continue to operate, will expand virtual access as feasible, and will be available virtually to support faculty and students in accessing needed materials for online classes and assisting with other resources and services.  Find more details about library services and accompanying policy changes during this period.

SUB I will be closed to the public, but Student Health Services, the Mason Card Office, and the Cashier’s Office will be open on a limited access basis.

  • To limit risk of infection, we ask students to call 703-993-2831 and speak with a nurse prior to coming in to Student Health Services. For more information, visit the Student Health Services page and click the Patient Notice link.
  • To conduct business at the Mason Card Office, call 703-993-1004 to make an appointment.
  • The Cashier's Office will take appointments Monday to Friday, from 9 to 11 a.m. Call 703-993-2498. 

The HUB will be closed to the public. Packages from USPS, UPS, FedEx and Amazon will be delivered to the Mail Center in the HUB.  Individuals with a valid Mason ID will be able to access the HUB via the ground floor (basement level) door across from the Shenandoah parking deck, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday for mail and package pickup.

Where can I find information about working / studying remotely?

ITS is working with offices across the university to adapt our services to meet the needs of the Mason community and will continue to share information as it is available. The ITS Support Center is available to support faculty, staff, and students at certain times every day:

  • Monday through Thursday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday: 2 to 10 p.m.

If you have questions or need assistance, contact the ITS Support Center at 703-993-8870.

Working Remotely

All information related to telework technologies is available at Working Remotely: A Guide to Maintaining Continuity.

To help employees stay connected to the workplace, ITS offers communication, collaboration, and productivity tools, which are fully supported and meet the university’s standards for security, accessibility, and compliance. 

  • Office 365: Employee email and calendar 
  • OneDrive for Business: Cloud-based storage to store and share Mason-related files
  • Virtual Private Network: Secure access from off-campus to select Mason applications, including MESA and Banner Admin
  • Webex Meetings: Cloud-based web conferencing tool for meetings and collaboration 
  • Webex Teams: Commonly used for group and one-on-one chat, file sharing, screen sharing, and video/audio calling

Additionally, ITS has introduced new tools to help support the increase in remote work. 

  • Microsoft Teams: Unified communication and collaboration platform that provides chat, video meetings, file storage, and integration with the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Windows Virtual Desktop (VDI): Secure access for users on personal computers to a Windows desktop environment for access to Mason applications and the Microsoft Office Suite  
  • Note: MS Teams and VDI require Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) for Office 365. See the ITS website to enroll in 2FA for Office 365 and to request these services.

Our technology leaders are in frequent contact with Cisco, Blackboard and Microsoft to ensure increased digital capacity. However, because many schools and businesses are looking to these same vendors for support, there may be technology glitches.  Faculty are encouraged to make back-up plans for course instruction or consider asynchronous class structures. 

Contact the ITS Support Center in the event of a technology problem so it can be monitored and shared, and monitor the ITS Alert page. If you have not already registered for the ITS Alert listserv, please take a moment to subscribe so you can be made aware of issues as they arise.

Studying Remotely

  • Exam strategies.
  • Survival skills for finals.
  • Memory strategies.
  • Note-Taking.
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As of April 20, only the Fairfax/SciTech route is running on a reduced schedule.

There is no weekend service until further notice.

The CUE Bus is still running.  

Check your individual route when planning a trip. 

What’s going on with Metro access?

Metro closed the Virginia Square and Clarendon Stops on March 26, which are the closest stops to the Arlington Campus. The stops are two of 17 that closed as part of Metro’s response to COVID-19.

Metro recommends using the Ballston stop as an alternative, which is approximately a mile away from the Arlington Campus.

What impact, if any, does the current situation have on parking?

Mason Parking Services suspended parking payroll deductions through August.  Payroll deduction will begin again on September 1. 

In addition, general area and reserved parking restrictions will be lifted for all parking permit owners.  As long as you possess a valid Mason permit, you may park in the general parking areas or in any reserved parking area that is not gate restricted.  While we are offering flexibility in parking at this time, please note that the following spaces will still be enforced:

  • Time zone parking
  • Disabled parking
  • Individual reserved spaces
  • Administrative, state vehicle, and service spaces
  • Spaces designated for specific uses via signage

For those students, faculty, and staff members without parking permits, there is a daily, downloadable, and free option available on all three campuses through August 15, 2020.  Find details on the Parking site.

Mason Parking in Fairfax has closed the parking office to walk-in traffic and moved to an appointment-only s