Parents & Families

The health and safety of your child is always at the top of your mind, especially when they are away from home. The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS) at George Mason University manages a number of ongoing programs and services in support of Mason’s commitment to both individual and community preparedness. This page contains information on some of those programs and services, and has links to resources that you can use to stay in-the-know about emergency situations on campus or in the region.

We have also prepared a page dedicated to emergency preparedness resources for current Students, and encourage you to share this information with your Mason scholar. As part of the university community we have an obligation to protect the privacy of your student in addition to all members of the university community and we encourage you to be in conversation with your student about their safety and preparedness.

Not a parent or guardian of a current or prospective Mason student? Don’t worry, we’ve prepared resources for everyone in the George Mason University community! Use the links to the left or visit our home page here for more information.

Be Prepared

Mason Alert

Mason Alert is George Mason University’s emergency notification system that is used to send emergency notifications and timely warnings to the university community.

Ask your Mason student to visit alert.gmu.edu today to add your cell phone to their Mason Alert account so you can receive text message notifications from George Mason.

Personal Emergency Kits

During emergencies, resource availability may be limited and environmental conditions may change from established patterns. Members of the Mason community should have an emergency kit at home, at work, and in their personal vehicle. For instructions on how to build an emergency kit and suggestions for what items to include, visit ReadyVirginia.gov.

Click here to download a PDF with tips for what to store in an emergency kit, courtesy of ReadyVirginia.gov.

Visiting Campus

If you are planning a visit to campus please take a moment to become familiar with emergency preparedness information and resources available to visitors by clicking here.

Emergency Response Information



Communications

Your student will be notified of an emergency on campus via Mason Alert. When notified of an emergency, it is important to remain calm and follow any instructions you receive from emergency responders or university officials. During emergencies, cell phone towers are frequently overwhelmed by large call volume which may prevent others from calling for help. If possible, use text messaging to communicate with friends and family during emergencies to leave phone lines open for those who need them most.

Parents & Families are encouraged to register their information in Mason Alert via their student’s account. Your student must add your contact information to their Mason Alert account. University Advisories noting impacts to university operations can be found here.



Emergency Services

George Mason maintains its own full-time, sworn Police force. The Department of Police and Public Safety works closely with regional law enforcement, fire and rescue departments to protect our community and respond to emergencies on campus. To learn more about The Department of Police and Public Safety, visit police.gmu.edu.

In addition, the university works closely with the Fairfax County, Fairfax City, Prince William County, Loudoun County, Arlington County, and Warren County Fire Departments to provide fire and rescue services to all George Mason University campuses.



University Emergency Response

George Mason maintains a comprehensive Emergency Management program. In an emergency, university officials convene and utilize emergency plans to coordinate response activities and provide support to first responders and those impacted by the emergency. University plans are designed to protect students, employees, and visitors. Click here for more information on Mason’s emergency management program.




Public Safety


The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is a combined report that includes, but is not limited to; campus safety and security policies, statistics for Clery Act crimes on university property, adjacent property, and non-university property owned or controlled by the university for the previous three years; and fire statistics for on-campus student housing facilities for the previous three years.

To view the most recent Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, click here. The daily crime and fire log can also be accessed via the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report page.




Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics


Title IX of the Education Amendments of the 1972, prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender under any education program or activity receiving federal funding. Sexual assault and sexual harassment are forms of sex discrimination prohibited under Title IX.

More information related specifically to Title IX compliance, bystander intervention, etc. can be found on the Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics website here.


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