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Mason Alert: University Closed today, Friday, January 19, due to inclement weather

On Friday, January 19, administrative offices are closed, and in-person classes and events will not meet on campus across all campuses of George Mason University due to inclement weather.Students should wait for more information from their instructors about an alternative plan for learning and/or check their syllabus for instructions.  Synchronous and asynchronous online courses may continue online as planned, unless students receive a message with an alternative plan from their instructor.The university will provide updates, if necessary, on the university’s operating status via Mason Alert. Please visit http://www.gmu.edu, call 703-993-1000, and read Mason Alerts for the latest information. University Events: University events may be postponed or cancelled. Please check with the event coordinator, event website, or University Events Management at http://events.gmu.edu for more information. Allow additional travel time to and from campus and plan activities accordingly. For operating hours of university services, please see the links and information below. Mason Shuttles: https://transportation.gmu.eduMason Recreation: http://recreation.gmu.edu Dining Services: http://dining.gmu.edu/ Virtual work will continue as scheduled. Employees requiring additional flexibility should work directly with their supervisor. For information related to faculty and staff accounting for your time during closures, please refer to the inclement weather guide at: https://fiscal.gmu.edu/payroll/holiday-and-inclement-weather-guidance/Eagle Bank Arena, Center for the Arts, and Hylton Performing Arts Center: Events hosted at these facilities may be postponed or cancelled. Please visit the appropriate website for more information.     Science and Technology Campus Freedom Aquatic and Fitness Center:  visit their website to confirm operating hours.Student Centers (Johnson Center, SUB I, and the Hub) will close one hour after the early closure time indicated above. See http://studentcenters.gmu.edu for more information.University Libraries: Visit http://library.gmu.edu for operating hours and online library resources.
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Mason Alert: Due to inclement weather George Mason University will open at 12:00 noon today, Tuesday, January 16

George Mason University administrative offices will open at 12:00 noon Tuesday January 16th, due to Inclement weather. Only classes beginning at or after noon will be held as scheduled. Please use good judgment and travel safely.University events may be postponed or cancelled. Please check with the event coordinator, event website, or University Events Management at http://events.gmu.edu for more information. Allow additional travel time to and from campus and plan activities accordingly.The university will provide updates, if necessary, on Mason‘s operating status via Mason Alert. Please visit http://www.gmu.edu, call 703-993-1000, and read Mason Alerts for the latest information.Virtual work will continue as scheduled. Employees requiring additional flexibility should work directly with their supervisor.For information related to faculty and staff accounting for your time during delayed openings or early closings, please refer to the inclement weather guide at: https://fiscal.gmu.edu/payroll/holiday-and-inclement-weather-guidance/First departure times on Mason Shuttles are as follows:Fairfax – Mason Square (Arlington): 10:15amFairfax – SciTech: 10:10amGunston Go bus (from Fair Lakes): 11:00amSandy Creek Vienna Metro: 11:00amWest Campus: 11:00amTo receive text message notifications or to change your account settings, visit https://ready.gmu.edu/masonalert

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Mason Alert: Police Investigation ALL CLEAR

Mason Police have cleared the area near Eagle Bank Arena, but the assault investigation is still ongoing. If you have information related to this incident (reference case #23-010084), please contact Mason Police using any of the following methods:

Mason Police will update the community once more information is available.  An event such as this may impact people in many ways, and support is available. If you are a student and are experiencing emotional distress related to this event, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 703-993-2380.To receive text message notifications or to change your account settings, visit alert.gmu.edu

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Mason Alert: Police Investigation

Due to an ongoing assault investigation at Patriot Circle near Eagle Bank Arena, you are requested to move away from the scene and obey all directions given by University Police and emergency response personnel.

  • Observe all barricades, police lines, and officers’ orders.
  • Do not congregate at the scene of the investigation.
  • Contact University Police if you have any information related to this investigation.

Information related to your safety will be relayed as necessary.  Police are currently looking for a suspect described as a 6 foot tall, medium build, Black male with short black hair. He was last seen wearing a blue baseball cap, white shoes, and all black clothing. Call University Police at 703-993-2810 if this individual is seen or you have information to provide.To receive text message notifications or to change your account settings, visit alert.gmu.edu

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Preparing for Seasonal Illnesses

As we fade out of summer and into fall, we’re providing important reminders to help keep the Mason Nation strong!

Follow the sound practices we’ve used in the past: 

  • Stay up to date, as eligible and recommended, on seasonal vaccines;
  • Get a COVID or Flu test when you have symptoms;
  • Isolate when you have a contagious illness; and
  • Mask up when it makes sense.

Except for students seeking care at Student Health Services, Mason no longer has COVID-specific policies or procedures in place and instead we are relying on our community to follow guidance provided by both their own primary care provider (PCP) and local and federal public health.

Vaccines

Information and recommendations on the newest COVID-19 vaccine approved by the FDA will be available to the public shortly after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices meeting being held today (September 12, 2023).  COVID-19, Flu vaccines and Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) vaccines (if recommended for you) are available through many pharmacies, urgent care facilities, and doctor’s offices.

Tests

Faculty/Staff

While COVID testing at Mason is no longer available to faculty and staff, tests are available through urgent care facilities, some doctor’s offices, and over-the-counter. It is prudent to determine if you have COVID when feeling symptoms in order to follow isolation and masking guidance geared towards limiting the spread, especially to high risk individuals.

Physicians and Urgent Care facilities can also test for Flu, RSV and other illnesses as symptoms indicate.

Students

Those being seen at Student Health Services may be tested for COVID or other respiratory illnesses, as medically indicated.  Visit the Student Health Services COVID Services webpage for detailed guidance specific for Mason students.

Masks

Masks are still very effective at limiting the spread of respiratory illnesses.  It is recommended to mask up when emerging from isolation, and prior to and when interacting in person with those that are at higher risk for severe illness and complications.  As we learned during the pandemic, N-95 masks provide a greater level of protection than cloth and surgical masks.

Absences

Faculty/Staff

Those that need special accommodations or arrangements related to telework or leave should engage their supervisor and Human Resources when needed. Faculty should be flexible with students who are ill and not require medical excuse notes.

Students

Those that need special arrangements related to class attendance or assignments should contact their instructor(s).

Additional Resources

Here are some links that may help you navigate seasonal illnesses and their impacts:

Stay safe and strong Patriots!  

Angela Chezem, MD, FAAFP  

Medical Director, Employee Health & Well-being

Safety, Emergency, & Enterprise Risk Management

ehw.gmu.edu 

Nandini Koka, MD, FAAFP, FCUCM 

Executive Director, Student Health Services

University Life

shs.gmu.edu 

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Important Safety and Emergency Preparedness Information

Safety is a top priority at George Mason University. Safety, Emergency, & Enterprise Risk Management (SEERM) and Police and Public Safety are committed to creating an environment in which everyone in our community can thrive. We encourage you to become familiar with the university’s recommended procedures on how to prepare for and respond to emergencies that may occur on campus.

Be Prepared

All students, faculty, and staff are strongly encouraged to register one or more cell phone numbers with Mason Alert, the university’s emergency notification system, to receive timely notification of events that affect your safety. Information on how to prepare for and respond to potential emergencies is available at ready.gmu.edu.  Please also visit the university’s Active Threat Response webpage for information about how to respond to violence on campus and to register for Active Threat training.

Virtual Training

Emergency Preparedness Training is available online. This training provides details on how Mason prevents, mitigates, responds to,and recovers from emergencies on campus. This training is mandatory for all faculty and staff. While not mandatory for students, all students are highly encouraged to take training to better understand emergency preparedness efforts at Mason.  Students can access the training through Blackboard. Faculty and staff must access the training through MasonLeaps.

In-Person Training

SEERM also offers Active Threat, Hands Only CPR, Automated External Defibrillator (AED), Stop the Bleed and Narcan (Opioid overdose) training programs. Training is free for faculty and staff; register online at EHSA. Classes for offices can be arranged upon request by contacting SEERM.

Public Safety App

The Rave Guardian public safety app offers a virtual safety escort feature, allows you to submit tips to University Police anonymously, and functions as a virtual blue light phone that can relay your profile information and location if you activate a panic call from the app. The application also has a map of all AED’s, Bleeding Control Kits and Narcan on campus. This application is free to all students, faculty and staff through the iTunes store and the Google Play store.

See Something, Say Something

It is important to remember that everyone can play a role in sustaining a safe and secure campus. If you suspect a person is capable of causing harm to themselves or others, witness a crime, or observe a suspicious incident or person, report your observation to Police immediately by dialing 911 or 703-993-2810.  Remember, if you see something, say something; take the challenge.

If you have any questions or concerns about Mason’s readiness for potential emergencies on campus, please contact SEERM or call 703-993-8448.

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Mason Alert: Inclement Weather

George Mason University administrative offices will close today August 7th at 4 pm. Classes beginning at or after 4pm are cancelled due to severe weather.

Visit www.gmu.edu for more information. Please use good judgment and travel safely.

Instructors should contact the Provost Office with any questions. Students should contact their instructors, and employees should contact their supervisors with any concerns

The university will provide updates, if necessary, on Mason’s operating status via Mason Alert. Please visit www.gmu.edu, call 703-993-1000, and read Mason Alerts for the latest information.

University Events: University events may be postponed or cancelled. Please check with the event coordinator, event website, or University Events Management at http://events.gmu.edu for more information. Allow additional travel time to and from campus and plan activities accordingly.

For operating hours of university services, please see the links and information below.

Mason Shuttles: Shuttle service will be suspended at 4:30 p.m. today.

Mason Recreation: http://recreation.gmu.edu

Dining Services: http://dining.gmu.edu/

Employees: for information related to faculty and staff accounting for your time during delayed openings or early closings, please refer to the Inclement Weather Guide at: http://hr.gmu.edu/payroll/index.php?t=7

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Unhealthy Air Quality Alert (6/28/23)

Continual wildfires in Canada have again led to uncommon smoky, and hazy conditions in Northern Virginia. These conditions have led the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to issue a Code Red Air Quality Alert for the Northern Virginia area.

The University plans to continue all indoor classes, activities and operations, however due to the Code Red alert:

  • Outdoor activities should be moved inside or rescheduled if possible and when appropriate, additional flexibility offered to those who may be particularly sensitive to the current conditions
  • Individuals should minimize outdoor time and exposure to the smoke/haze
  • Anyone who is particularly sensitive to the current conditions should seek medical care if they experience any difficulties, and wear a high-quality mask when outdoors
  • Employees who might have challenges in the current conditions should discuss informal telework or leave requests with their supervisor

We will continue to monitor the situation and this will remain in effect until the region is no longer under a Code Red Air Quality alert. The current air quality status can be found on the DEQ website here.

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Unhealthy Air Quality Alert (6/8/23)

An active wildfire season in Canada has led to uncommon smoky and hazy conditions in Northern Virginia. These conditions have led the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to issue a Code Red Air Quality Alert for the Northern Virginia area. Many of you have already adjusted your routines due to this Code Red Air Quality alert, however it will likely extend into multiple days.

The University plans to continue all indoor classes, activities and operations, however due to the Code Red alert:

  • Outdoor activities should be moved inside or rescheduled if possible and when appropriate, additional flexibility offered to those who may be particularly sensitive to the current conditions.
  • Individuals should minimize outdoor time and exposure to the smoke/haze.
  • Anyone who is particularly sensitive to the current conditions should seek medical care if they experience any difficulties, and wear a high-quality mask when outdoors.
  • Employees who might have challenges in the current conditions should discuss informal telework or leave requests with their supervisor.

We will continue to monitor the situation and this will remain in effect until the region is no longer under a Code Red Air Quality alert. The current air quality status can be found on the DEQ website here.

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SEERM offers opioid overdose response and Naloxone training

Mason’s Employee Health and Well-Being team, a division of Safety, Emergency, and Enterprise Risk Management (SEERM), will begin offering Opioid Overdose Response and Naloxone Training to the university community this spring. This one-hour course, available for free to faculty, staff, and students, will cover how opioid overdoses happen, risk factors, and how to respond to an opioid overdose emergency with the administration of Narcan (Naloxone). Participants will receive a certificate and a Naloxone kit upon completion of the course.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 80,590 people in the United States died from an opioid-related drug overdose in 2022. Naloxone has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to rapidly reverse an opioid overdose. In March 2023, Naloxone received FDA approval to be dispensed over the counter and is expected to be available to the public by summer of this year.

To register for an upcoming training, please visit ehstraining.gmu.edu. For help with registration or for other questions, please contact seerm@gmu.edu. Attendance is free and first come, first served. SEERM will continue to add more sessions of this course in addition to the upcoming dates listed below.

Upcoming dates (seating limited):

April 24, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
May 8, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
June 7, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.