Spring 2022

Students should be sure to check their e-mail for changes have been made to the move-in process. The residence halls will open on January 21, 2022 and all students not pre-approved for Winter Break Housing will need to complete a COVID test at check-in.

Your safety is our priority 

Over 5,000 students will be returning to campus for the spring semester. In order to help keep our students safe, all residential students will need to complete a PCR test before they arrive on campus for the spring semester, complete another test as part of the check-in process, and participate in baseline testing twice during the first week of testing. Students should check their Mason e-mail for pre-arrival and move-in information that best fits their circumstances.

Before Arriving on Campus

Before arriving on campus, students will be sent a link around January 13 to request their Vault test kit. This kit is being provided by the university and will need to be completed and returned to Vault within exactly 3 days of their arrival, but no later than January 19. 

Changes to the Check-In Process 

Fairfax students who were not pre-approved for winter break housing will need to check-in at the COVID test center located on the 1st floor of the Johnson Center. During the check-in process, students will complete another COVID test before having access to their space placed on their Mason ID. 

Beacon students will check in at Beacon Hall and SMSC students will check in at the SMSC Residence Hall. Instructions regarding the check-in process, included what will be needed before, during, and after check-in were sent to students on January 10, 2022.

After Check-In

After checking in at the Johnson Center students will be able to begin moving into the residence halls. Students will need to upload their COVID vaccination and booster information to Student Health Services' Patient Portal. Information regarding the testing frequency for residential students will be sent out closer to the start of classes.

 

Spring 2022 Check-In Times and Locations

Before January 21 (approved students only) 

Check-in at Eisenhower or Piedmont Desk 

Friday, January 21 

9am-5pm at Johnson Center 1st floor testing center 

Saturday, January 22 

11am-7pm at Johnson Center 1st floor testing center 

Sunday, January 23 

11am-7pm at Johnson Center 1st floor testing center 

Updated Pre-Arrival Testing Guidance for Residential Students

Good afternoon Residential Patriots, 

We are excited to welcome you back at the end of this week. Please find information and updates related to your residence hall move-in below: 

Vault Test Kit Delay Information 

Due to the unanticipated delays presented by Vault shipping and the need to allow students to move in, we have updated the pre-arrival process to include the following:  

  • Students should still order, complete and return their Vault test kit even if this returning it past the January 19th deadline. Housing and Residence Life will be following the tracking information for the test kits and those students who have returned their kit will be allowed to check-in. Please be prepared to show your Vault tracking information or results at check-in. 

  • Students who would like to be tested prior to their arrival are welcome to visit the Fairfax campus during testing hours. Students who come to campus early for pre-arrival testing before Friday, January 21 will not be allowed to check-in early. 

  • Students who can obtain a PCR test independently of the university prior to their arrival on campus are encouraged to do so and should bring those results with them to check-in. 
  • Students who did not order their test kits will not be allowed to move in.  

Check-In Days and Times 

Students can check in during the following days and times: 

  • Friday, January 21: 9am-5pm at Johnson Center 1st floor test site 
  • Saturday, January 22: 11am-7pm at Johnson Center 1st floor test site 
  • Sunday, January 23: 11am-7pm at Johnson Center 1st floor test site 

Check-In Parking 

Short-term parking will be available in the following locations while students check-in at the Johnson Center. 

Short term (2-Hour) parking:  

  • Mason Pond Parking Deck (visitors parking area) 

  • Shenandoah Parking Deck 

After students check in, they should move their cars to long-term parking in the following locations.

Long-term parking: 

  • Rappahannock Deck  

  • Lot R 

  • Lot I  

Temporary parking passes will be made available for students and their guest to use when moving into the residence halls. Students are encouraged to only have one guest with them when moving into the residence halls. 

In the Event of Inclement Weather... 

The university has been monitoring the anticipated inclement weather for this weekend. At this time, we have not made any changes to our check-in process and plans. Should there be any changes to the check-in process students will be notified via their Mason e-mail.  

We thank you for your flexibility and patience with this process and we look forward to welcoming you to campus this weekend.  

Sincerely, 

Housing and Residence Life 

E-Mail Sent to All Residential Students Regarding Their Spring Return to Campus

Welcome back, Residential Mason Patriot,

Please read this message carefully for residential student guidelines regarding your safe return to the residence halls. Please note that instructions for arriving have significantly changed since our last communication with you. 

The Spring 2022 semester will start on January 24 and in just a few weeks you will begin to move back into your residence hall. Your diligence in following COVID prevention guidelines including mask wearing, social distancing, complying with COVID testing, and isolation and quarantine procedures during the Fall helped reinforce our decision to start the semester on time. We look forward to welcoming you back to campus!

What Do I Need to do Before I Arrive to Campus?

  • Students who did not stay in Winter Break Housing between December 18-January 21 can anticipate receiving a link to order their saliva-based Vault COVID test around January 13, 2022.
  • In order to ensure the most accurate results, you must test and return your results exactly 3 days before moving in, but no later than January 19. Students should not plan to check in until their Vault test results have been received.
  • If your Vault test is positive, isolate, and do not come to campus until cleared by your healthcare provider.
  • Get your COVID vaccine booster.
  • If you are a new student to Mason and/or have not uploaded your vaccination or booster documentation, please be sure to do so via the Patient Portal. The deadline for booster documentation is February 15, 2022.

Did You Test Positive for COVID over the Winter Break?

  • Students who have tested positive for COVID over the winter break should note this on the Mason COVID HealthCheck and upload their positive test results into the Patient Portal.
  • If you tested positive over break, as long as (1) your health care provider has cleared you from isolation and (2) you have notified the university of your positive result via Mason COVID Health Check, you do not need to submit a Vault Test or participate in mandatory testing for 90 days from your positive test date.

Check-In Dates, Times, and Location for Fairfax Campus Studentsd

Residence Halls Open for Fairfax Campus Students: January 21, 2022

Before January 21 (approved students only)

Check-in at Eisenhower or Piedmont Desk

Friday, January 21

9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Johnson Center 1st floor testing center

Saturday, January 22

11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Johnson Center 1st floor testing center

Sunday, January 23

11 a.m.-7 p.m. at Johnson Center 1st floor testing center

 

  • Students who received approval for Winter Break Housing are welcome to return on the dates provided in their application. We are not able to update, extend, or approve any new winter break housing requests due to COVID-related challenges.
  • Students must check in at the 1st floor Testing Center located in the Johnson Center before unloading their vehicles for move-in on January 21-23.   Students who arrive after check-in has closed (out-of-state or international students only) will need to check in at the Piedmont Desk. Students who arrive after check-in has closed will need to complete their COVID test as soon as possible after arrival, avoid large gatherings, take all food to-go, and always wear a mask until their test results have been received.
  • When planning your check-in time, we recommend you avoid peak hours. We anticipate peak check-in times to be on Friday, January 21 from 9 a.m.-10 a.m., Saturday, January 22 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and Sunday, January 23 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. . To reduce traffic flow within the residence halls, students are encouraged to only have one guest assisting with the move-in and return process. Students and guests must wear a mask while on-campus.

 

Residential Student Testing Instructions for All Campus Locations

Click Here for Information on Mason’s COVID Test Site Hours and Locations

 

Pre-Arrival Test

Arrival Test

Follow-Up Test

Baseline Testing

Fairfax Campus Residential students approved for arrival prior to 1/21/22 (includes approved Winter Break students)

Not required.

Required. 

Must test on-campus within 24 hours of return.

Required. 

Must test within 48 hours of arrival test.

Required.

Week of Jan 24, once for vaccinated and twice for unvaccinated.

Follow-up test may count towards this test requirement.

Fairfax Campus Residential students arriving on or after 1/21/22

Required.  Please follow the instructions emailed to you for how to obtain your Vault test kit for pre-arrival testing.  Your completion of this test will be verified at residence hall check-in.

Required. 

You will complete a COVID-19 test at residence hall check-in.

Required. 

Must test within 48 hours of arrival test.

 

Required.

Week of Jan 24, once for vaccinated and twice for unvaccinated.

Follow-up test may count towards this test requirement.

 

SMSC Residential Students

Required.  Please follow the instructions emailed to you for how to obtain your Vault Test Kit for pre-arrival testing.  Your completion of this test will be verified at residence hall check-in.

Required. 

Must test on SMSC campus within 24 hours of return.

Instructions for testing will be emailed to SMSC students.

 

Required. 

Must test again on SMSC campus during the week of January 24, 2022.

 

Beacon Hall Students

Not required.

Required. 

Must test on Sci-Tech campus as soon as possible after moving in.

 

Required.

 Must test again during the week of January 24, 2022.

 

International Students

Not Required. Negative test required by commercial airlines 24 hours prior to international travel.

 

Three to five days after arrival in U.S.

 

If you are unvaccinated you must quarantine for 7 days even with negative test.

Required.

You will complete a COVID-19 test at residence hall check-in.

 

 

Required. 

Must test within 48 hours of arrival test.

 

Required.

Week of Jan 24, once for vaccinated and twice for unvaccinated/ Follow-up test may count towards this test requirement.

 

 

Spring 2022 Quarantine and Isolation Information

  • COVID-19 quarantine and isolation housing will continue to be provided in the Angel Cabrera Global Center (ACGC) for the Spring 2022 semester.  Due to the omicron variant, use of quarantine and isolation housing will be in high demand. To best manage occupancy in ACGC, students could have a roommate while in isolation.  Student Health Services and Housing and Residence Life will make appropriate roommate determinations.

Questions?

  • Click here for more information on surveillance testing and the saliva test.
  • Please send questions regarding COVID-19 testing to cvdtests@gmu.edu.
  • SMSC students should direct questions to Anastasia Triplett at atriple2@gmu.edu
  • Move-in questions should be directed to housing@gmu.edu.
    • (Please note that the university is closed on Monday, January 17 and may not be able to respond to your questions until Tuesday, January 18.)

You have made it clear you want to be here on campus, engaging with faculty and fellow students in safe and responsible ways. Please continue to do a great job adhering to COVID safety precautions: wearing a mask, washing your hands, avoiding large crowds, opting for grab-and-go meals, eating outside to allow for social distancing, and completing the Mason COVID Health Check daily. If you are sick or symptomatic, isolate at home and seek medical attention.

As we start the semester, it is important for you to check your Mason email daily to stay up to date on all University decisions regarding COVID-19.  Your cooperation and support will help us keep the Mason community as healthy and safe as possible! We look forward to welcoming you back to campus for a successful spring semester.

Sincerely,

Dr. Shannon Jordan

Associate Dean & Chief Housing Officer

Housing and Residence Life

 

Spring 2022 FAQs

I'm an international student. What do I need to do to check-in for the spring?

International students who did not stay on campus throughout the winter break will not need to complete a Vault PCR test. Instead, we will accept the PCR test you take for your flight in lieu of the Vault test. You will need to show a copy of your test results (only negative results allowed) at check-in, and need to complete a COVID test last part of the check-in process. 

Please note that you will not be able to go to your assigned space until you have checked in. Also, we do not have luggage storage at the Johnson Center, so you will need to have a friend or family member watch your luggage or be prepared to carry it with you throughout the check-in process.

I'm an out of state student or international student who will be arriving after check-in has closed. What do I need to do?

If you are arriving after check-in has closed (after 5:00 pm on January 21 or after 7:00 pm on January 22 or January 23), then you will need to go to either the Piedmont or Eisenhower Desk. You will be allowed to check in provided you can show your negative Vault or PCR test, however, you will need to participate in testing the next day when the testing center opens. 

Students who check-in more than three days after completing their pre-flight PCR test will need to complete another PCR test prior to checking in for the spring semester.

When will I receive my Vault test link?

Students will receive the link to order their Vault test around January 13, 2022. Students will need to complete and mail their Vault test back exactly three days prior to moving in on campus, but no later than January 19.

What happens if I don't complete a Vault or PCR test?

Domestic students who do not complete their Vault test will not be able to complete the check-in process. International students who do not have their PCR test results will also not be eligible for check-in.

Can I choose the address for my Vault kit?

Yes. Students will need to enter their address information when ordering their Vault kit. Students should enter the address they will be at when receiving their kit.

How long does it take to get my Vault kit?

Vault usually ships approximately one business day after you have requested your kit. Returning your kit to Vault typically takes approximately one day to reach the lab and two additional days for your sample to be tested.