Plans and Operations
Fall service began August 20 for Gunston Go-Bus (Gunston Mason), Sandy Creek to Metro, and the On-Demand Shuttle.
There will be a special Sunday service for the West Campus shuttle on Sunday, August 22 only. Regular fall service for West Campus begins on Monday, August 23.
Fall service for Arlington/Fairfax, Burke VRE, and Fairfax/SciTech also begins on Monday, August 23.
Global to Metro and Gunston George are not operating for Fall 2021.
Contact the office you plan to visit and make an appointment. You must also wear a face covering while inside Mason-operated buildings and vehicles.
If you don't comply with Mason's health and safety policies and procedures, you'll be asked to leave university buildings.
Repeated non-compliance may result in disciplinary action for members of the community.
- Students who violate precautions will be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Noncompliance can be referred to the Office of Student Conduct through their online reporting portal.
- Employee noncompliance concerns can be reported anonymously to Human Resources and Payroll at 703-993-2600.
Visitors who fail to follow Mason policies and/or state laws while on campus grounds or buildings could be seen as trespassers. This can result in a visitor being banned from any and all Mason grounds or buildings.
Health and Safety
We are working with public health agencies to monitor health on campus, track potential symptoms of COVID-19 through self-reporting, testing and contact tracing, and isolate and treat those in our community who become ill.
In addition, to help track the virus spreading via carriers who display no symptoms, throughout the academic year, Mason has implemented a mandatory COVID surveillance testing program.
Residential students should have received an email with detailed instructions on what actions are required before returning to campus. Unvaccinated residential students must receive a test before move in.
Seven days prior to returning to campus, you need to start filling out a daily Mason COVID Health Check, a brief online questionnaire about your health status. Non-residential students will receive emails regarding testing on campus and how to schedule an appointment.
- Upload your vaccine documentation.
- Complete your daily Mason COVID Health Check
- Wear a face covering over your mouth and nose at all times in buildings and outdoor public places.
- Practice appropriate social/physical distancing.
- Practice appropriate hygiene, including thoroughly washing hands for at least 20 seconds, and if you can’t do that, use hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes.
- Participate in mandatory COVID surveillance testing.
- Stay home if you feel symptoms consistent with COVID.
Everyone in the Mason community who will be on one of our campuses.
- Training is available to faculty and staff.
- Students can take training in Blackboard.
- Contractors have access to specialized training and are expected to follow Mason community guidelines.
The training covers basics of COVID-19 transmission and symptoms, Mason’s vaccine and documentation requirements, accommodations for those at high risk, safety precautions, rules regarding travel and events, health resources, enforcement procedures and other information. The student version also includes information about residence halls, facilities, student centers and various aspects of campus life.
Students will be tested at the Mason On-Campus Diagnostic Testing Site. Call Student Health at 703-993-2831. You will be evaluated. Those who meet testing criteria will have an appointment scheduled at the diagnostic testing site or be referred to another local testing site.
Student Health Services will serve students at regional campuses through video telehealth and will help them get testing at sites convenient to their locations.
Faculty and staff should contact a primary health care provider or a community testing site for testing options.
Mason has established procedures to follow on:
If there is a high-risk person in the home, students are encouraged to take all their courses online.
Contact Mason’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) (703-993-2380) for reasons ranging from anxiety or relationship distress to suicidal ideation or other serious mental health issues during regular business hours.
After 5 p.m. and on weekends, Mason is partnering with crisis hotline Protocall Services to provide services for Mason students.
Protocall is staffed by licensed clinicians to provide crisis intervention and referral services from 5 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday and 24 hours on weekends. Call the CAPS number, 703-993-2380, then press 1 to be connected to Protocall.
The university is working with local health departments to implement appropriate precautions if an outbreak is identified on campus. Mason will not close; however, specific classes, administrative functions, extracurricular organization activities, and events may be temporarily suspended to manage outbreaks or potential outbreaks.