George Mason University


Safe Return to Campus

We know you’re eager to hear Mason’s plans to return to our campuses for the Fall 2020 semester. We’ve created this resource guide to help you plan your activities and understand changes brought to our university in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mason started the fall semester as scheduled on Monday, August 24, with a mix of in-person instruction and expanded online classes. Research also continues under this hybrid model.

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

Our classes are being presented through a hybrid model using online and in-class instruction. Certain health and safety changes, including the use of masks in public spaces, are required as we work together to stop the spread of illness.


Our guiding principle:

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


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A Multi-Step Process:

Mason’s Safe Return to Campus Plan (PDF) has been reviewed by the State Council of Higher Education and has been found to be compliant in containing the required components of the Higher Education Reopening Guidance (PDF), which was developed in consultation with the Virginia Department of Health.

We’re following a six-step approach.

This plan is flexible, and will change as circumstances warrant.

We’ll provide updates on this page, as each new stage begins, and as new information becomes available.


Health and Safety Protocols


Wear face coverings.


Observe physical-distancing rules.


Follow hygiene guidelines.    


Take Return to Campus training.


Complete your daily status check with Mason COVID Health✓™


Tell us if you have COVID-19, test positive for the illness, or are self-isolating while awaiting test results.






You Should Know...

These precautions have been set up for a reason

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.

Repeated non-compliance may result in disciplinary action.




University Preparedness Guide


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