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Mason expected to remain open as Hurricane Florence shifts south

September 12, 2018

The path of Hurricane Florence has shifted to the south.  As a result, the National Capital Region is no longer expecting severe weather associated with the hurricane Friday through Sunday. However, there is still the potential for localized flooding from heavy rainfall.  Thank you for giving attention to this issue and taking appropriate preparedness actions. 

As of now, all classes, administrative functions, and indoor events will be held as scheduled Friday and throughout the weekend. Outdoor activities may be moved, cancelled, or postponed. Please contact the event coordinator, event website, or The Office of University Events for more information.  Be advised that the predicted storm path may change. The university will send updates if there are changes to the university’s operating status or anticipated impact on the university. 

This storm is expected to cause unprecedented damage to the Southeastern United States.  Many Mason students and employees have families in path of this hurricane.  Student counseling services are available through Counseling and Psychological Services; employees may utilize Mason’s Employee Assistance Program for counseling services. Students who may need to be away from campus for an extended period of time to assist family in the aftermath of the hurricane should contact their instructors for possible options.  In addition, the Student Support and Advocacy Center is a resource for students who have been impacted by the hurricane. Employees who need to assist with recovery efforts should discuss their circumstances with their supervisor. 

This storm is displacing large populations along the southeast coastline. Many families and individuals may not have the ability or means to return home after this storm. Please consider supporting humanitarian and hurricane recovery efforts by donating to organizations such as the American Red Cross and other non-governmental relief agencies.