Statement on Equal Opportunity
George Mason University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action institution committed to the principle that access to study and employment opportunities afforded by the university, including all benefits and privileges, be accorded to each personstudent, faculty, or staff memberon the basis of individual merit and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, sex, or age (except where sex or age is a bona fide occupational qualification).
George Mason maintains a continuing affirmative program to promote equal opportunity and to identify and eliminate discriminatory practices in every phase of university operations. Furthermore, affirmative action is taken to ensure that opportunities afforded by the university are fully available to persons with disabilities, women, disabled and Vietnam veterans, and minorities. The university makes every reasonable accommodation to enable students or employees with disabilities to undertake work or study for which they qualify.
As required by the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, the university is committed to the broad application of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975.
Students and employees should bring problems or questions regarding equal opportunity (EO), affirmative action (AA), or sexual harassment policies to the attention of their supervisors, academic deans, department chairs, the vice president for University Life, the student ombudsman, the director of Human Resources, a trusted faculty or staff member, the director of the Office of Equity and Diversity Services, Mason Hall, Suite D105, 703-993-8730. Employees with disabilities may contact the ADA specialist in Mason Hall, Room D111, 703-993-8857 or 703-993-8787 (TDD). Students with disabilities may contact the Disability Resource Center in SUB I, Room 234, 703-993-2474.
Conduct within the University Community
The George Mason University community respects and protects the individual dignity, integrity, and reputation of all its members. All students, faculty, and staff must comply with the conventions and regulations of university life that are necessary to maintain order, protect individuals and property, and fulfill the purposes and responsibilities of a university. This includes ensuring our commitment to high standards of civility and decency toward all.
Students enrolling in the university assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the university's function as an educational institution. The Code of Virginia (Section 23-9.2:3) confers upon the university the responsibility for maintaining order within the university and the right to exclude those who are disruptive.
The Office of the Judicial Administrator is administratively responsible for supervising student conduct on campus. A system of courts administers nonacademic discipline. In addition to these courts, the student Honor Committee, described in the "Academic Policies" chapter, is responsible for adjudicating violations of the Honor Code that relate to academic matters. Questions regarding student conduct should be directed to the Judicial Affairs Office, Student Union I, Room 302, 703-993-2884.
Student Health Services
George Mason University's Student Health Services provides high quality health-care services to all currently enrolled students. There is no evaluation fee, but there are minimal charges for most tests and procedures. The staff includes a physician, nurse practitioners and registered nurses, a medical technologist, and various levels of support personnel.
As of January 2002, Student Health Services are offered at all three campuses. Appointments are required for nonemergency services. Please call to make an appointment and for additional information.
On the Fairfax Campus, Student Health Services is located within the Health and Wellness Center in SUB I. The phone number is 703-993-2831.
On the Prince William Campus, Student Health Services is located in PW I, Room 202E. The phone number is 703-993-8374.
On the Arlington Campus, Student Health Services is located in the Truland Building, Room 150 F and I. The phone number is 703-993-2831.
Policy regarding immunization requirements at George Mason University is determined by legislation enacted by the Virginia General Assembly and by recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practice, the Centers for Disease Control, and the American College Health Association. All students born after 12/31/1956 are required to provide documented evidence that they are immunized against certain communicable diseases.
Highly Recommended Immunizations:
Hepatitis B: Series of three injections
At least one month prior to enrollment, records of immunizations are to be sent to the Student Health Center, Student Union Building (SUB) I, 4400 University Drive, MS 2D3, Fairfax, Virginia, 22030. Immunization records can also be faxed to 703-993-4053. If you have questions, or need additional information, you may check our web site at www.gmu.edu/student/hcs/imm.html or call 703-993-2836.
Drug and Alcohol Policy
(Adopted by the Board of Visitors, May 1990) Revised August 10, 1998)
The abuse of drugs and alcohol by members of the George Mason University community is not compatible with the goals of the university. The university attempts to prepare individuals to act responsibly by defining standards of behavior and by providing educational programs to create an awareness of drug- and alcohol-related problems. Those in need of assistance in dealing with drug and alcohol-related problems are encouraged to seek the confidential help of the university's Substance Abuse Programs and Services located on the Fairfax Campus in the Health and Wellness Center, SUB I, Room 219K.
The federal Drug-Free Workplace Act requires us to inform all employees of the state that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of a controlled substance is prohibited in the workplace. The workplace consists of any state-owned, controlled, or leased property, or the site where state work is performed. Any employee who violates this prohibition will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including discharge and, at the discretion of management, will be required to satisfactorily participate in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program. Employees must abide by the terms of this prohibition as a condition of employment and must notify their supervisor(s) no later than five (5) days after conviction of any criminal drug statute conviction occurring in the workplace.
Commonwealth of Virginia
Commonwealth Policies on Alcohol and Drug Use
I. General Laws and Regulations
A. Those who choose to purchase, possess, and consume alcoholic beverages on campus must do so responsibly and must have reached the legal age of 21. All members of the university community (this includes students, faculty, staff, alumni, and their guests) are expected to comply with university-related regulations and federal and state laws regarding the use of alcohol. Compliance also extends to university-sponsored activities held off campus. Students and employees are expected to take personal responsibility for their own conduct when making decisions regarding the use of alcohol.
B. Virginia state law prohibits the purchase, possession, or consumption of beer, 3.2 beverages, wine, or distilled spirits by persons under the age of 21. The law also prohibits purchasing for or serving such beverages to a person under age 21. Underage persons who use or attempt to use a driver's license that has been altered, forged, borrowed from another, or is in any way deceptive in an attempt to obtain prohibited beverages shall have their driver's licenses revoked for a minimum of 30 days, but for not more than one year. Consuming alcohol in non-licensed, public places or offering a drink to another in a non-licensed, public place is also a violation of Virginia law. The sale of alcoholic beverages to an intoxicated person is prohibited. Additionally, it is unlawful for an intoxicated person to purchase or possess alcoholic beverages. While purchase and/or possession by an intoxicated person are misdemeanors, violators are also subject to having their driver's license revoked for one year. It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle (including mopeds) when a person has a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher. Individuals under age 21 who drive with a BAC of more than .02 percent (but less than .08 percent) risk having their driver's license suspended for six months and a fine of up to $500 may be imposed. If a person is arrested for driving with a license revoked or suspended under a prior DUI (driving under the influence) conviction, the offender's car is immediately impounded for 30 days. Following conviction, the court can impound the vehicle for an additional 90 days. If the car does not belong to the offender, the owner of the car may petition the court for release of the vehicle.
Sobriety spot-checks to detect drunken drivers are legal. Refusing a breath test or having a BAC of .08 percent or higher may result in an individual's driver license being revoked for seven days. There is no longer an option to request a blood test instead of a breath test for an alcohol-related offense. It is illegal to serve alcohol from an unregistered keg. An "unregistered" keg is defined as a common container holding four gallons or more. Only University Dining Services or other authorized entity may serve alcohol from kegs.
C. Possession, use, sale, or distribution of controlled substances (including marijuana), is a violation of federal and state laws and university regulations. The 1988 federal Drug-Free Workplace Act also prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession, or use of a controlled substance in the workplace.
D. Students, faculty, staff, and sponsoring organizations found in violation of state and/or university regulations may be subject to disciplinary action, civil action, and/or loss of the privilege to reserve or use university facilities. Disciplinary action for students or student organizations will be conducted in accordance with the George Mason University Judicial System for Student Conduct and civil proceedings may occur in certain situations. University sanctions are intended not to punish individuals, but to provide education and rehabilitation services.
Sanctions vary depending upon the severity of the violation and range from written warnings to expulsion from the university. Most sanctions require the student to be evaluated by personnel in the office of Substance Abuse Programs and Services to assess the severity of alcohol and other drug problems and a referral to arrange community service hours. Employees found in violation of the university's Drug and Alcohol Policy may be subject to action by the appropriate administrative office.
II. Health Risks
For many people in our society, the use of chemicals is a daily reality. These chemicals include over-the-counter medications, prescription drugs, and illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, and LSD. This also includes legal chemicals such as alcohol, nicotine, and caffeine. Many chemicals have the potential to improve our health and enrich our lives. Yet, many of these chemicals also have the potential to cause serious health problems.
Alcohol is a depressant that slows down brain activity. Like any drug that affects the mind, alcohol has the potential to be abused. Decision-making abilities can be impaired by alcohol use and can lead to negative consequences, such as risky sexual behavior. Drinking alcohol should be avoided, particularly by pregnant women and anyone taking prescription medications or operating a motor vehicle. Long-term or heavy use of alcohol is linked to cancer, heart and liver damage, and other serious illnesses and can lead to tolerance and physical and psychological dependence. Excessive alcohol intake can cause death due to alcohol poisoning. All students and employees are expected to respect those who choose not to drink.
Illicit drugs have more than legal consequences; they have specific health and ethical risks that can cause dangerous consequences and/or unhealthy, dependent behavior. Use of alcohol (or any other drug) in a manner that leads to impairment or intoxication is unhealthy, risky, and should be avoided and discouraged. The potential for health problems can also develop from the use of nicotine or caffeine products.
Those in need of assistance in dealing with alcohol and other drug problems are encouraged to seek the confidential services of resources listed in Section IV.
III. General Regulations for Individuals and Organizations Serving Alcoholic Beverages
A. University regulations prohibit the possession or consumption of any alcoholic beverage on university grounds unless the university has sanctioned the location and/or conditions for possession or consumption (e.g., Bistro). For further information regarding service of alcohol at public and private events, as well as at the Patriot Center, Arlington Campus, and Prince William Campus, please review the comprehensive guidelines for alcohol service available in the office of Substance Abuse Programs and Services.
IV. Campus and Community Resources
The Drug and Alcohol Policy, composed of these four sections, outlines subject matter pertaining to university regulations on substance use and abuse. This policy is distributed annually to all employees and students as a means of informing the campus community of alcohol and other drug laws, health risks, and campus and community resources. University regulations regarding the Drug and Alcohol Policy have been developed by a committee of faculty, staff, and students. This policy statement is available in the office of Substance Abuse Programs and Services in the Health and Wellness Center located in Student Union I, Room 252D. This policy is also distributed through the student and faculty/staff handbooks and the university newspapers, Broadside and the Mason Gazette.
Responsible Use of Computing Policy
The Responsible Use of Computing Policy applies to all academic and operational departments and offices at all university locations, owned and leased. The policies and procedures provided herein apply to all university faculty, staff, students, visitors, and contractors.
The university provides and maintains computing and telecommunications technologies to support the education, research, and work of its faculty, staff, and students. To preserve the security, availability, and integrity of George Mason computing resources, and to protect all users' rights to an open exchange of ideas and information, this policy sets forth the responsibilities of each member of the George Mason community in the use of these resources. To accomplish these ends, this policy supports investigations of complaints involving George Mason computing abuse, including sexual harassment, and honor code and federal or state law violations.
A user of George Mason's computing resources should be aware that violations of this policy may result in revocation of access, suspension of accounts, disciplinary action, or prosecution, and that evidence of illegal activity will be turned over to the appropriate authorities. It is your responsibility to read and follow this policy and all applicable laws and procedures. If you observe someone violating this policy or another university policy, using George Mason computing resources, you can report it by e-mail to the Security Review Panel (SRP) at. Many local computing systems have similar e-mail reporting addresses.
III. Rules of Use
Access to George Mason computing resources is a privilege granted on a presumption that every member of the university community will exercise it responsibly. Because it is impossible to anticipate all the ways in which individuals can damage, interrupt, or misuse computing facilities, this policy focuses on a few simple rules. These rules describe actions that you should avoid and the principles behind them. Each rule is followed by a (not exhaustive) list of examples of actions that would violate the rule.
Rule 1: Use George Mason computing resources consistently with the stated priorities.
Rule 2: Don't allow anyone to use your account for illegitimate purposes.
Rule 3: Honor the privacy of other users.
Rule 4: Don't impersonate any other person.
Rule 5: Don't use George Mason computing resources to violate other policies or laws.
Don't use George Mason computing resources to commit violations of federal or state laws, or other university policies. Examples are given below to assist you to avoid inadvertent violations. This list is not comprehensive. In case of doubt, contact the Security Review Panel or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All users of George Mason computing resources are subject to all federal and state obscenity laws.
IV. Schools, Institutes, Centers, and Departments
George Mason organizational units operate computers and networks to support their missions. The principles of this policy apply to all university organizational units, and any computers owned or operated by the university. Units may set additional local policies and expectations that are consistent with this policy. For example, local units may stipulate that material displayed for public access from their sites should be consistent with their public image and mission. They may set guidelines for format and content of material in home pages, ftp directories, listservs, netlibs, info servers, and the like, and may appoint an editor or moderator for such material. They may prioritize and prohibit types of use in order to efficiently manage their computing resources.
V. Electronic Information Environment
Your personal e-mail, electronic files maintained on university equipment, and personal web pages are part of a unique electronic information environment. This environment creates unique privacy issues that involve federal and state laws as well as university policies. This section provides a starting point in your considerations on how to use this electronic information environment.
E-mail is not secure. It is easily forwarded to a multitude of recipients and may be altered. Intruders to the network may be able to bypass your password protection. Your e-mail may also be accessible under freedom of information laws, and backup computer tapes may contain deleted e-mail for over a year. Mail undelivered for any reason may be copied to the mailbox of a postmaster on the sender or recipient computers. For all of these reasons and others, your expectations of privacy concerning your e-mail and electronic files should take these realities into account.
Most systems have public directories for temporary files. Examples are print spoolers, system-wide web caches, and scratch areas used by document editors. The temporary files stored in these directories are usually restricted to being readable only by the owner. To protect privacy and prevent these directories from overflowing, system administrators empty them regularly. You should never count on these files surviving after you log out.
No user may intentionally read personal files, including those storing e-mail, without the owner's consent. In the event of a lawful investigation of misconduct, law enforcement officials and university officials involved in the investigation may inspect user files and communications. In such a case, the chair of the Security Review Panel (SRP) should be notified immediately, preferably before the inspection occurs. Users whose files have been inspected will normally be notified within 14 days by e-mail or other appropriate means.
The university reserves the right, to the fullest extent permitted by law, to inspect user files and communications for the purposes of investigating allegations of illegal activity or violations of university policies, or to protect the integrity and safety of network systems.
VI. Web Pages
The university's official web pages (www.gmu.edu) contain public information about the university's offerings, programs, and promises to students and the public. These pages project the public identity of the university and are its first electronic point of contact with the general public, students, parents, and employers. The university exercises editorial control over the content of its official web pages.
The university is not responsible for information, including photographic images, published on or accessible through personal web pages, including personal home pages. Personal web pages, created and maintained by employees, students, or university-recognized student groups, are the sole responsibility of the person or student group identified by the account. The university does not monitor the contents of these personal web pages. The individual creating or maintaining personal web pages may be held criminally or civilly liable for the materials posted on the web site. For example, an individual who posts obscene material may be subject to criminal prosecution, and an individual who posts copyrighted material might be liable to the owner of the copyrighted material under copyright law.
Personal web pages contain the personal expression of their creators. The contents, including link identifiers, of these pages include academic subjects, hobbies, religion, art, and politics, as well as materials that some viewers may find offensive. Neither the contents nor the link identifiers are reviewed or endorsed by the university. If you feel you might be offended by material following a link identifier or material on the page itself, you should not continue.
sponse Team, which coordinates responses to abuses, provides technical assistance on security matters to SAs, and issues security advisories.
The SRP is also responsible for periodically reviewing these policies and recommending improvements and clarifications as needed. All modifications to the policies will be made after full public disclosure and a reasonable period for public comment.
IX. The Stopit Process
The process described here, called "stopit" after a similar process at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, uses a graduated approach to handle violations of this policy. The approach is based on two premises: The vast majority of users are responsible; and most offenders, given the opportunity to stop uncivil or disruptive behavior without having to admit guilt, will do so and will not repeat the offense.
This policy distinguishes between incidents that pose no immediate dangers to persons or to system integrity, and incidents that do. The three-step "stopit" process described below is designed for cases in which there are no immediate dangers.
Incidents posing immediate dangers to persons or systems require immediate action. These include active system break-ins or intrusions, denials of service, and fraud or criminal activity conducted using Masonet resources. In these cases, the responsible SA may take reasonable actions to deal with the threat, such as temporarily disconnecting the system from the network, temporarily suspending accounts, and calling law enforcement officers. The SA taking such actions will notify his or her supervisor and the SRP chair as soon as practicable.
The "stopit" process rests on two foundations:
Wide Distribution of Policy Information
Notices describing the essence of this policy will be displayed in computer labs on George Mason premises; the same information will be given to new users and to each user annually. New users will be asked to sign their agreement to this policy as a condition of activating their accounts.
Standard Reporting Mechanism
The "stopit" e-mail address (email@example.com) is monitored regularly by SRP members, who will respond promptly to complaints. Anyone observing harmful or disruptive behavior should report it to the stopit e-mail address or to University Police. The SRP member who responds to a complaint will normally forward it to the SA of the system on which the infraction apparently occurred. That SA will investigate the complaint, determine its validity, and take appropriate actions such as sending the first warning (see below).
The steps of the process are as follows:
STOPIT 1: First Warning
The SRP member handling a case (or SA, if the case is delegated) will send a warning letter to the alleged perpetrators of improper use of George Mason computing resources, harassment, or other uncivil behavior. The letter will have this form:
"Someone using your account did [whatever the offense is]." This is followed by an explanation of which policy this behavior violates and why it is a violation. "Account holders are responsible for the use of their accounts. If you were The university will investigate all complaints involving personal web pages, and will remove or block material or links to material that violate federal or state law or university policy.
VII. System Administrators (SAs)
The SAs of various computers on George Mason campuses have special responsibilities. They have been granted extraordinary powers to override or alter access controls, configurations, and passwords, which they should exercise with great care and integrity. SAs manage computers and administer policies, but they do not create policies. Their actions are constrained by this policy and by the policies of local administrative units.
A set of guidelines and standards for all SAs is created and maintained by the SRP. These guidelines will address job descriptions, integrity issues, and standard system administration actions that do not violate privacy. Managers of university units who employ SAs are responsible for ensuring that the SAs comply with and enforce the requirements of this policy and local policy in the systems for which they are responsible. SAs who violate this policy or any local policy, or who misuse their powers, are subject to disciplinary action.
If a SA observes someone engaging in activities that would seriously compromise the security or integrity of a system or network, e.g., intrusions, break-ins, unauthorized service or access denials, or Trojan horses, the SA may take immediate action to stop the threat or minimize the damage. This may include termination of processes, scanning for rogue programs, disconnection from a network, protection and holding of evidence for an investigation, or temporary suspension of an account. Account suspensions must be reported immediately to the SRP. SAs who observe suspected violations of law should immediately alert the University Police.
Should a valid complaint be filed against an SA, the SRP will determine if the SA's action could have been accomplished only by someone with the extraordinary powers of an SA. If not, the SRP will follow the "stopit" procedure to request that the SA refrain from the action in the future; if so, the SRP will forward the latter to the SA's supervisor for appropriate action.
VIII. Security Review Panel (SRP)
This policy establishes a SRP that is responsible for reviewing SA's decisions, responding to complaints, and periodically reviewing this policy. The SRP consists of three faculty members, one graduate student, one undergraduate student, one Information Technology Unit (ITU) staff member, and one non-ITU system administrator (SA). The SRP members are appointed by the vice president for information technology and services for a term not to exceed two academic years. The SRP chair will be one of the faculty members and will be appointed by the vice president for information technology and services.
SAs will report all violations and their responses to the SRP immediately. Any member of the community can report a violation to the SRP via the stopit mechanism. Upon receipt of a complaint from a user or a SA, the SRP chair will assign one of the members as the case worker for that complaint. The three-step stopit process within which the SRP operates is described below in Part IX.
The SRP is authorized to create subgroups to assist in its mission. An example is a George Mason Emergency Re unaware that your account was being used in this way, it may have been compromised. Your system administrator can help you change your password and re-secure your account. If you are aware, then please make sure that this does not happen again."
This warning ensures that the alleged perpetrators are aware that a policy violation may have occurred and that there was a complaint. It offers them a chance to desist without having to admit guilt and a chance to secure their account against unauthorized use.
STOPIT 2: Second Warning
If there is a second offense from an account that received a first-warning letter, the cognizant SRP member will issue a second warning and may require that the account holder come to a mandatory interview. The SRP chair can authorize the temporary suspension of access to the user's account if the individual fails to arrange for a mandatory interview. The user can request a hearing before the full SRP.
STOPIT 3: Disciplinary Procedures
If the previous "stopit" stages do not convince the perpetrators to desist, the matter will be turned over to the appropriate university authority designated for that type of offense. The SRP will make available all information and evidence it has on the case to that authority.
If it appears from the evidence that any federal or state laws may have been violated, the SRP may suspend the account pending the outcome of the university's or law enforcement authorities' investigation.
X. Amendments and Additions
All amendments and additions to this policy are to be reviewed and approved by the Office of the Provost and the Office of the Senior Vice President.
XI. Effective Date
The policies herein are effective October 20, 1997. This administrative policy shall be reviewed annually and revised, if necessary, and becomes effective at the beginning of the university's fiscal year, unless otherwise noted.
Any updates or additions to this information are on the web site www.gmu.edu/srpand take precedence over any printed matter.
All faculty, staff, and students who park in lots owned or operated by George Mason University must display a valid decal, or must park in the Parking Deck and pay an hourly or daily rate. The Parking Deck is located on Mason Pond Drive off Patriot Circle. Visitors and guests must park in the Parking Deck or at a meter, unless special arrangements have been made through Parking Services.
Decal enforcement runs from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday ad 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Metered parking is designated for short-term use and is monitored from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Broken meters are considered closed parking spaces, and any vehicles parked in such spaces are subject to citation.
Restricted areas such as yellow curbs, crosswalks, sidewalks, landscaped/barricaded areas, loading zones, handicapped spaces, and fire/emergency lanes are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To avoid receiving a substantial fine, students, faculty, and staff should purchase a decal as soon as they drive onto the campus. Three types of parking decals are available: yearly, semester, and summer. Decals may be purchased at the Parking Services window, located in Room 1014 in Student Union II. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Handicapped parking is available at a number of convenient locations at George Mason University facilities. A Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) handicapped permit must be presented to obtain a George Mason handicapped permit. A DMV permit alone is not sufficient for parking in handicapped spaces in university lots. A visitor with a DMV tag/permit may park in the Parking Deck at prevailing rates. Parking in or blocking access to a handicapped space carries a fine at the prevailing rate.
Some parking lots have designated spaces reserved for faculty/staff or resident students, special permit holders, or for service and repair vehicles. Please read all signs posted at entrances to the parking lots. Complete parking regulations are in the Information Guide available at Parking Services. For additional parking information, call the Parking Services Office at 703-993-2710.
Motorist Assistance Program (MAP)
Motorist assistance is available at all campuses. Call the Parking Services MAP line at 703-993-HELP. MAP is designed to assist drivers who have minor car problems. Personnel are trained to help with dead batteries. MAP personnel can also contact flat tire, lockout, or towing services at the owner's expense.
Ombudsman for Student Administrative Services
The Office of University Services assists students who are having difficulty obtaining administrative services or need help negotiating the university's administrative support structure. The director is designated as the university ombudsman for student administrative services. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Student Union II, Room 2028. No appointments are necessary. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo ID Office
George Mason University Photo ID cards can be obtained once class registration is in place. A driver's license, passport, military ID, or some other form of picture ID is required. The first GMU ID is free. Lost, stolen, or damaged cards can be replaced for $10. Passport photos are also available at the Fairfax Campus. A set of two cost $7.50.
Photo ID Cards may be ordered and picked up at the following locations.
Fairfax Campus: Student Union Building II, Lower Level, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 703-993-1004
Arlington Campus: Bookstore, Original Building. 703-993-8170
Prince William Campus: PWI, Room 202. 703-993-3875
Sexual Assault Policy
The following policy applies equally to all members of the George Mason University community: students, faculty, administrators, staff, contract employees and visitors.
The university is committed to providing an institutional environment where all persons may pursue their studies, careers, duties, and activities in an atmosphere free of threat of unwelcome and unwanted sexual actions. It strongly condemns sexual offenses, will not tolerate sexual offenders, and supports those who have been victimized.
Sexual assault includes the attempt or act of rape (sexual intercourse without consent, or with a child under the age of thirteen, by a stranger, an acquaintance, or an intimate), forced sodomy (forced oral or anal sex), or the forced penetration by a foreign object either animate, such as a finger, or inanimate. Non-penetration sexual assault includes the act of touching an unwilling person's intimate parts such as genitalia, anus, groin, breast, or buttocks, or the clothing covering these parts, or forcing an unwilling person to touch another's intimate parts.
The above acts constitute sexual assault when they are committed against a person's will as evidenced by refusal of consent or through the use of force, threat, manipulation, or intimidation; or against a person who, by virtue of mental incapacity or physical helplessness, is unable to give or withhold consent. This includes, but is not limited to, incapacity or helplessness caused by alcohol or other drugs. Intoxication of the assailant shall not diminish the assailant's responsibility for the sexual assault.
The university will respond promptly, fairly, and decisively to all reports of sexual assault. Members of the university community accused of sexual assault will be subject to university disciplinary procedures when the alleged incident has occurred on campus, or when the action has occurred off campus and materially affects the learning environment or operations of the university.
Sexual assaults are serious violations of the university's student judicial code, faculty standards, and university employee policies. They are crimes under state law and punishable by fines and /or imprisonment. In addition, these actions are subject to civil suit for damages.
George Mason University is compliant with theJeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (The Clery Act) as amended in 1998, which requires all post-secondary institutions to publish and distribute certain information regarding campus crimes, including reports of campus sexual assault, sexual assault policies, and security programming to all current students, employees, and to any applicant who so requests.
George Mason University shall make 24-hour assistance available to those who have been affected by sexual assault through the Office of Sexual Assault Services.
This sexual assault policy was revised in fall 2003 by the George Mason University Sexual Assault Services Campus-Community Coordinating Council and approved through the university review process. For more information on sexual assault or this policy please contact Sexual Assault Services at 703-993-4364.
Sexual Harassment Policy
Sexual harassment is unacceptable conduct and is not condoned in any form at George Mason University. This policy is part of the university's efforts to maintain learning and work environments free from sexual harassment. While this problem can seriously affect all members of an educational community, sexual harassment can be particularly devastating for our student population. A sexual harassment experience can affect a student's emotional well-being, impair academic progress, and even inhibit the attainment of career goals. This problem can likewise affect employees and applicants for both employment and admission to the university in the same manner. George Mason University, therefore, must move to eliminate this problem from the community.
It is generally agreed that what constitutes and defines sexual harassment can vary under particular circumstances and events. Nevertheless, using the definitions of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights, the university defines sexual harassment as follows:
Unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature constitute harassment when:
Submission to or rejection of such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's academic performance or employment
Submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for decisions about academic evaluation, employment, promotion, transfer, selection for training, performance evaluation, or selection for academic awards or benefits, etc.
Such conduct has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or work environment or substantially interferes with a student's academic or an employee's work performance
While the definition quoted above reflects the historical fact that the majority of sexual harassment complaints involve a male harasser and a female complainant (or victim), the definition applies equally to female harassers and male victims as well as same-sex harassment.
George Mason University is committed to eliminating sexual harassment from the campus while ensuring basic protection for all parties. The director of the Office of Equity and Diversity Services is specifically charged to assist in the investigation and resolution of allegations of discrimination and harassment including sexual harassment. Further, the office exists, in part, to ensure that members of the campus community understand their responsibility to create and maintain an environment free from discriminatory actions and behaviors.
For more information, contact the Office of Equity and Diversity Services, 703-993-8730 or 703-993-8787 (TDD).
(Effective February 1, 1999)
This policy applies equally to all members of the George Mason University community: students, faculty, administrators, staff, contract employees, and visitors.
The university is committed to protecting the right of all individuals to pursue their intellectual, vocational, and personal interests without harassment or interference. The uni versity is also committed to providing an environment in which visitors to and members of the campus community are treated with dignity, respect, and regard for their welfare and learning needs.
George Mason University defines stalking as any behaviors or activities occurring on more than one occasion that collectively instill fear in the victim, and/or threaten his or her safety, mental health, or physical health. Such behaviors and activities may include, but are not limited to, the following:
*These offenses may result in additional criminal charges.
Stalking behavior will not be tolerated. Incidents occurring on or off campus are subject to university discipline when such actions materially affect the learning environment or operations of the university.
Stalking is a crime under Virginia state law. Incidences of stalking outside the Commonwealth of Virginia may be admissible in court if they are relevant to the case and may be punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor or a felony. Legal options available to victims of stalking include reporting to the local police, seeking a remedy through civil proceedings, and/or utilizing the campus judicial process.
For more information on stalking issues or this policy, please contact Sexual Assault Services at 703-993-4364.
Individuals with Disabilities Policy
The university is committed to complying with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 by providing reasonable accommodations for applicants for admission, students, applicants for employment, employees, and visitors who are disabled. Applicants for admission and students requiring specific accommodations for a disability should contact the Disability Resource Center at 703-993-2474 or the Office of Equity and Diversity Services at 703-993-8730. Applicants for employment and employees should contact Human Resources at 703-993-2600 or the Office of Equity and Diversity Services. Students and employees are responsible for providing appropriate documentation and for requesting reasonable accommodation in a timely manner.
The unauthorized possession, storage, display, or use of any kind of ammunition, firearms, fireworks, explosives, air rifles, air pistols, or other lethal instruments are prohibited on university property. Any questions regarding this regulation should be directed to the chief of police at 703-993-3840.
Smoking is not permitted in any building on campus.
Bike racks are provided at various on-campus locations for the convenience of students who bike to and from campus. For resident students, there are bike racks in the residential complexes.
Bikes and skateboards are not permitted on sidewalks, stairs, ramps, footpaths, or grassy areas of the campus or inside university buildings.
No pets, except those assisting people with disabilities, are permitted in university buildings at any time. In addition, pets that are on campus grounds must be on a leash and under supervision at all times.
Solicitors and Salespeople
Solicitors and salespeople, except on official business with the university, are not permitted on the campus without prior approval of the University Services Office.