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

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

Our campuses will be opening in a hybrid model on August 24, 2020. Certain health and safety changes, including the use of masks in public spaces, will be new requirements 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) as outlined in Section 3 of the Higher Education Reopening Guidance (PDF) is under review by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. (Printable PDF version of plan)

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.


Take a Health Assessment survey.


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

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University Preparedness Guide


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