Safe Return to Campus

Our guiding principle:

We pledge to support the health, safety, and well-being of the Mason community while fulfilling the university’s mission.

Vaccinations and Boosters

Mason is strongly encouraging students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated and obtain a booster shot as soon as they are able. You can get a vaccine and booster at Mason.

For more information, read our Vaccine Requirements page.


Virginia Vaccination Program

  •  Learn how to get your shot at Vaccinate.Virginia.gov or call 1-877-VAX-IN VA. Language translation and TTY services available
  • Infórmese de cómo obtener su vacuna visitando Vaccinate.Virginia.gov o llamando 1-877-829-4682. Servicios de traducción y teléfonos de texto (TTY) están disponibles.

Mason COVID Safety Plan

The COVID Safety Plan (PDF) has been updated as of March 7, 2022.


If You Have Questions

If you want more information about Mason's immunization policies, go to our Vaccine website or send an email with your vaccine question.

View Current Campus COVID-19 Data

Sample Data

ACCESS THE DASHBOARD

Female student works outdoors on Mason's Fairfax Campus. Masks are required in all public spaces.

Although masks are optional at Mason, except in classrooms and class labs during scheduled classes and/or lab activity, if you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, feel free to continue. We still encourage you to wear a mask indoors.

Mask, Testing Updates

Mason will require all students, faculty, staff, and guests in attendance at EagleBank Arena and all indoor degree celebrations to wear masks to create as safe an environment as possible. We will have additional supplies on hand for those who arrive without a mask. 

We will also require all summer students living on campus to be regularly tested, and we will re-evaluate if necessary. We'll share more details about our summer plans shortly.  

While the number of cases at Mason in recent weeks remains well below the high we experienced this winter, recent increases in COVID-19 cases have prompted concerns. We are following current CDC and local public health guidance on how to respond to COVID conditions.

Read more about our updated COVID guidelines.


Policy Status May 23 to August 15

 

Students 

Faculty and Staff

Vaccinations and Boosters

Strongly Encouraged Strongly Encouraged

Testing

Only required for residential students:

Weeks of May 23, July 4, and August 15

All strongly encouraged; open to all

All strongly encouraged; open to all

Mason COVID Health Check

Required when testing; available for use by event managers, instructors, etc.  Required when testing; available for use by event managers, instructors, etc. 

Masks (Indoor)

Status: Blue

Mask Optional Exceptions*

Health care and medical facilities; those working with minors ages 2 to 5 years; when instructed by a health care professional due to illness or close contact with someone with COVID.

* Masks required at event manager's discretion

Mask Optional Exceptions*

Health care and medical facilities; those working with minors ages 2 to 5 years; when instructed by a health care professional due to illness or close contact with someone with COVID.

* Masks required at event manager's discretion

Dashboard

Pause on May 21 over summer; re-evaluation needed in fall

Note: Subject to change based on public health guidance


 


Follow Public Health and Safety Guidelines

No one wants to endanger community health or disrupt research and instruction. For your health and safety, as well as that of our community, failure to follow these guidelines and precautions means you’ll be asked to leave your work area, classroom, or building.

Faculty have the authority to enforce compliance with public health and safety precautions in the classroom in the same way they enforce other community norms. While faculty should never ask a student about their vaccination status, students can be asked to show their COVID Health check status email while on campus.

If a student refuses to wear a mask or wears it improperly, faculty members should first remind the class of the mask requirement. If there are repeat violations or if the behavior is egregious, faculty can ask students to leave the class and refer them to the Office of Student Conduct

Repeated non-compliance may result in disciplinary action.

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