Mason COVID Updates

Mason has three goals: preserving health and safety; minimizing operational disruptions; and stopping the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

If the university community follows Mason's guidelines, we can look forward to a productive, enlightening, and fun semester. 

Return to Classes

With in-person classes, Mason is tracking the rate of transmission, active cases, monitoring for outbreaks, and working with public health officials to craft our COVID response. Changes to Mason’s public health policies and operations (If conditions demand) will be announced via email. 


We're requiring all students and strongly encouraging all faculty and staff to receive a booster shot. Students are required to upload their booster status to the Mason health portal by February 15. The CDC says you can get a booster five months after your second shot (Pfizer, Moderna) or two months after a single shot (Johnson & Johnson/Janssen).

All new students should upload your vaccination status within two weeks of your eligibility date.

Find out more about Mason's vaccination requirements.

Surveillance Testing

All faculty and staff must take a COVID-19 test from Tuesday, January 18 through 23, before classes start on Monday, January 24.

Employees received instructions via email on how to test on campus or upload a PRC test administered by an off campus health care provider.

An aggressive student COVID surveillance testing strategy will be implemented during the first weeks of this semester to gather baseline information on the prevalence of COVID on campus. Safe return guidelines for students can be found on the Housing site.

Surveillance testing is being conducted on:

  • Fairfax Campus at Fenwick-A.
  • Arlington Campus at Hazel Hall, Rooms B1-13.
  • SciTech Campus at Colgan Hall, Room 413.

Frequent testing will be required throughout the spring semester. You'll get an email when it's time for a test.

Find out more about testing.

Diagnostic Testing

  • Employees: Mason will offer drive-through diagnostic testing at a station by Peterson Hall on the Fairfax Campus by appointment only for faculty and staff experiencing COVID symptoms. Schedule your diagnostic appointment.
  • Students: Symptomatic students should isolate, and contact Student Health Services (SHS) (703-993-2831) to seek evaluation and diagnostic testing. If you’re enrolled at Mason, even if you don't have insurance, you’re eligible for treatment at SHS.

If you have symptoms, please avoid the surveillance testing sites to reduce the chance of spreading the virus.


Masking requirements remain in place, and we are encouraging everyone to wear either KN95 or N95 masks. Cloth masks are less effective at stopping the circulation of microdroplets that carry the omicron variant of COVID.

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 Who Test Positive

Student Health Services will provide care to residential students who are positive and symptomatic, and Mason will provide accommodations and/or support to residential students who remain on campus during their quarantine or isolation.

Non-residential students who test positive should reach out to their primary care provider for medical care. If they need medical care and do not have a primary care provider, they can reach out to Student Health Services for medical care.

Employees Who Test Positive

Employees who test positive or are unvaccinated and identified as a close contact must observe isolation and quarantine guidance.

Flexibility for Students Who Miss Class due to COVID-19

Instructors are asked to exercise maximum flexibility for students who miss class due to COVID isolation or quarantine. Find more information about helping students with COVID.