Dear Mason Families,
I hope you are all doing well during this challenging time. I’m sure by now you’ve read the messages from President Holton which extended spring break through March 20, followed by online instruction from March 23 through Friday, April 3. In addition, all campus events have been cancelled, postponed, or will be offered virtually.
We will continue to communicate with you and your students throughout the next few weeks, and we will advise you when Mason operations and events fully resume. While there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus associated with our community at this moment, health care professionals locally, domestically, and globally expect that the virus will continue to spread in the coming weeks, and out of caution and care for our students and community (and in conjunction with other universities throughout Virginia and the United States), we are doing our part to avoid the spread.
All students will soon receive an email from my office, which will detail information about services and facilities that will remain open next week during the extended spring break. Many students may be feeling some anxiety in this time of uncertainty and change. This is understandable, and it means we need to make extra efforts to take care of our mental health and well-being. Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) will soon be offering virtual workshops addressing anxiety, including worry related to COVID19 as well as workshops focused on healthy coping skills. Updates on CAPS offerings including links to self-help resources can be found on their website: caps.gmu.edu. In addition, all Mason students are eligible to register for free, online psychoeducational support through Therapy Assisted Online (TAO): caps.gmu.edu/therapy-assistance-online-tao.
We also realize that some students have extenuating circumstances or logistical challenges that make their return to on campus housing the only viable option, and we assure you we will work with individual students to assess their needs as well as their personal health safety.
In these unprecedented times, we are working to keep our Mason communities informed, and we ask for your patience as the circumstances and information continues to evolve rapidly. The University’s coronavirus website will continue to be an excellent resource for updates and new information, and I encourage you and your student to check the website often.
Your personal healthcare provider continues to be the best source of information about your own and your family members’ medical condition and concerns.
Please continue to stay calm, informed and healthy.
Vice President for University Life