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Safety Guidelines

Safety Policy and Procedures

 

All students are expected to follow the safety requirements once they return to the residence halls. These safety guidelines were created to keep residents safe and reduce the risk of spread of COVID-19 on campus. 

As you come to campus for the 2020-2021 academic year, there are several important University updates as the George Mason University community continues to monitor COVID-19.

It is the expectation that all residential students will act with the best interests of the community during this time. Consequently, there are several new requirements for every student living on-campus. These responsibilities are outlined below and are subject to change as Center for Disease Control and Virginia public health recommendations change.

Please read the Residential Student Handbook for more policies and procedures. 

 

Policies and Procedures

Health Questionnaire

Student Health Services requires all on-campus students to complete a health questionnaire, through Kallaco (information will be sent to your Mason email on how to access the questionnaire through the Kallaco App), and follow any guidance resulting from that questionnaire. Failure to complete the questionnaire in the required timeline and format may impact a student's ability to remain on-campus.

Guests

Residential students are not permitted to have guests who have not also been approved to reside on-campus within their same building with the exception of the residence hall move-in/move-out processes. Events, functions, or other gatherings in or outside the residence halls are prohibited unless coordinated or approved by Housing and Residence Life or a designated campus partner.

Social Distancing

Social distancing means maintaining at least 6 feet distance between yourself and others. The decision to decrease residence hall occupancy and provide most residents with a private bedroom is an intentional effort to support social distancing as much as possible.

Social distancing should be practiced at all times. This includes, but is not limited to, in student room, common spaces, bathrooms, and lobby areas. 

Cleanliness

All students are required to comply with public health guidelines in regard to hygiene-related best practices – including hand washing. If there are low supplies or concerns about soap and paper towels, students should contact Housing and Residence Life immediately.

Housekeeping staff will perform routine cleaning of common areas, bathrooms, and hallways. Students living on campus who create unhygienic situations, who are non-compliant with related Housing & Residence Life policies, or choose not to clean for themselves will go through the Student Conduct process and may be removed from on-campus housing as indicated above.

 

Face Coverings

All students and guests will be required to wear a mask when moving throughout the residence halls. Students and guests will be asked to bring their own masks to be used while in the residence halls.

Illness

If you believe you are ill, you are required to contact Student Health Services by telephone immediately. If you are experiencing a medical emergency contact 911. 

After evaluation, Student Health Services will provide you with further instructions. You are required to follow these instructions for your own health and safety as well as that of the larger community.

Isolation or Quarantine

In some cases, Student Health Services or another medical professional may deem it necessary for a student to self-isolate or self-quarantine. During the isolation period, the student(s) self-isolating should avoid all unnecessary contact with others - both direct and indirect. 

As a result, Housing and Residence Life reserves the right to move a student from their assigned residence hall space into a space deemed appropriate for isolation. For the health & safety of all community members, any directive to relocate to a more appropriate residential area for quarantine or isolation must be complied with immediately.

The period of isolation will be determined on a case-by-case basis by medical professionals. Housing & Residence Life Staff and Mason Dining Staff will provide appropriate assistance with meals and essential resources during this time period but will not provide moving assistance.

Failure to Comply

Residents are expected to immediately comply with directives, written or verbal, provided by a Housing & Residence Life employee (professional or student staff). 

Complicity

Students are expected to remove themselves from a violation of policy as well as alert HRL immediately.

Relocation or Removal

Depending on circumstances relocation may be necessary to ensure a safe living environment. A student may be requested to relocate within a short amount of time based on the needs of HRL. Furthermore, a student may be removed from Housing due to an incident involving a policy violation as well as circumstance that endangers the wellbeing of the community or hinders normal operations.

Communication

All formal communication from Housing and Residence Life will be communicated by email to residents’ Mason email accounts and accessible through their housing portal. Residents are expected to check their email regularly and ensure that their settings allow for communication from housing@gmu.edu to go directly to their inbox.