As George Mason University prepares to bring students back to campus this fall, we want to make sure everyone in our community has access to the most current information. Today, we are announcing the Safe Return to Campus Plan website, which will be updated frequently as new information becomes available.
We encourage you to bookmark this site and use it as a reference when you have questions. The site includes the university’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols, the university preparedness guide, announcements, and other information designed to support the health, safety, and well-being of the Mason community as the university fulfills its academic mission. The second phase of information will be posted to the website in early July.
As previously stated, our plan calls for starting the fall semester on time and bringing students back for a mix of in-person instruction and expanded online classes, as well as the continuation of research. This hybrid approach will allow for appropriate social distancing on campus, while making alternatives available for those students who are not ready to return.
Some essential faculty and staff are returning to work this month, although most faculty and staff will continue to work from home. All faculty and staff who return to Mason campuses must first complete the Safe Return to Campus Training, accessible on the Safe Return to Campus website. The stages outlined on the website reflect our preparation for an Aug. 24 start to the semester.
We know that students and their families, faculty and staff, and community members have many questions about the university’s plans for the fall semester, which include a combination of in-person and online instruction and other adaptations.
To address questions, Interim President Anne Holton and senior leadership will conduct a virtual town hall from 1:30 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 24, livestreamed on GMU-TV. Questions and comments can be pre-submitted here.
Paul G. Allvin
Vice President of Strategic Communications and Marketing