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University Winter Break Lock-Down

December 10, 2017

The university will be closed for winter break from Friday, December 22, at 6 a.m. through Thursday, January 4, 2018, at 6 a.m.

Pursuant to this, all academic and administrative buildings (with a few exceptions) will be on “lock-down” throughout this period. Buildings equipped with electronic access will be programmed to secure those buildings. All buildings will be patrolled by Mason Police staff throughout the winter break.

We recognize that many staff members and some students may, on occasion, require access to locked buildings during this time. For buildings without electronic access, a Winter Break Access List may be pre-approved and authorized by the dean/department head responsible for the area. The authorization is available on the University Police web site at

The form must be submitted to Mason Police by Friday, December 15, at noon. 

We wish you a safe and enjoyable winter break. If you need any special assistance during this period, feel free to call the Mason Police at 703-993-2810.