Mason is at Face-Covering Level Blue. Masks are optional, with some exceptions.
Face coverings are masks that reduce the quantity and velocity of respiratory droplets emitted by the wearer when breathing, talking, or coughing.
A face covering must:
- Cover both the nose and mouth of the wearer
- Fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- Be secured with ties or ear loops
- Include multiple layers of fabric
- Allow for breathing without restriction
- If not disposable, then be able to be laundered and machine-dried without damage or change to shape.
Additional guidance for selecting, wearing, and washing face coverings is provided by the CDC’s Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Slow the Spread of COVID19.
Mason campuses are mask-optional, except in certain event venues, health care settings, on public transit, or child care settings. You can find additional guidance on the Face Coverings page on our Safe Return site.
- Faculty and staff who wish to request a medical exemption from wearing a mask where required should contact Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, for more information.
- Students who seek a medical exemption from wearing a mask should visit the Office of Disability Services for more information.
- Event organizers might require masks. Contact University Events for more
Compliance will be handled like any other university policy, standard, or guideline. A person refusing or failing to comply with the face covering policy in classrooms and class labs during scheduled classes and or/lab activity might be asked to leave and be subject to disciplinary action.
The university can provide face coverings to employees and students.
Mason will offer a free N-95 mask to any student, faculty, or staff at Mason's COVID test sites and information kiosks on the Fairfax, Arlington, and SciTech Campuses.
- Students can go to the Student Involvement Office in the HUB, Suite 2300, or to the Information Desk in SUB 1 to get a mask.
Masks are also available for purchase in Mason Bookstores and in vending machines on our campuses.
If you're engaged in experiential learning activities away from Mason, you must follow the masking protocols of the off-site location.
Speak to the appropriate office to request an accommodation.
- Students should contact Disability Services at 703-993-2474.
- Faculty and staff who wish to request a medical exemption from wearing a mask where required should contact Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, for more information. You can also contact Human Resources and Payroll to work with Employee Relations at 703-993-3878.
Those offices will work with you to get an accommodation.
Patrons attending an event at EagleBank Arena are no longer required to wear a face-covering unless required by the artist or event organizer. Read more on the EagleBank Arena website.
No, masks are not universally required at Mason events, but event organizers may choose to require masks. All attendees are encouraged to complete the Mason COVID Health Check and receive a “green light” status on the day of the event. Event guidelines are available on the University Events website.