Safety Guidelines

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 2021-2022 academic year, there are several important University updates as the George Mason University community continues to monitor COVID-19.

As a result, 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. 

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

All residential students, as well as all off-campus students who will visit campus at any time for academic, social, or co-curricular purposes, are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Students must submit all required vaccination documentation to Student Health Services no later than August 1st in order to live on campus for the fall 2021 semester. Students who wish to reside on campus without being fully vaccinated must receive an approved medical or religious exemption through Student Health Services.


Residential students are permitted to have both Mason and non-Mason affiliated guests in the residence halls for the 2021-2022 academic year. Guests who are not fully vaccinated are expected to wear face coverings at all times in the residence halls and should not enter the residence halls if experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or have had known exposure to a COVID-positive individual within the last 14 days.

Face Coverings

All residential students are required to by fully vaccinated for COVID-19 no later than August 1st, 2021 or be approved for a medical or religious exemption by Student Health Services. Unvaccinated students approved to live on campus are expected to wear a face covering in the residence halls when outside of their assigned room, suite, or apartment. All members of the residential community are welcome to continue utilizing face coverings as a mean of protection against the COVID-19 virus.

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.

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.