Welcome to George Mason University! Whether you are here to tour the campus, attend an event, or just to take a stroll, we hope that you will review this page in advance of your visit and take advantage of the many resources the Environmental Health & Safety office (EHS) has made available to promote safety and emergency preparedness in the Mason community. If after reviewing this page you still have questions or concerns about your safety while visiting the university, please contact EHS.

Not a visitor to Mason? Don’t worry, we’ve prepared resources for everyone in the George Mason University community! Visit our home page here for more information.

Be Prepared

Mason Alert

Mason Alert is the university’s official emergency notification system. Mason Alert is used to issue emergency notifications and other important announcements that may affect your safety. Please visit to register your cell phone.

Emergency Signage

In addition to lighted EXIT signs in every building at Mason, additional signage is posted that we recommend you become familiar with to be prepared for emergencies.

  • Emergency Procedures Posters: Large green and gold Emergency Procedures posters (PDF) are posted throughout campus in conspicuous locations. These posters provide basic guidance on how to respond to potential emergencies on campus.
  • Evacuation Plans: Indicate primary and alternate exit routes, the location of fire extinguishers, location of AED, and provide the physical address of each building on campus.
  • Severe Weather Shelter Area: Indicate publicly accessible shelter locations where you may seek shelter during severe weather emergencies. Severe Weather Shelter Area signs are posted outside certain stairwells, interior hallways, and rooms.

Emergency Equipment

All buildings at Mason are equipped with fire extinguishers and fire alarm activation “pull” stations. All large public venues and performance areas (such as the EagleBank Arena, Hylton Performing Arts Center, and the Johnson Center) have Automated External Defibrillators (AED).

Click here to look up building addresses. A list of buildings with AED and the location of AED is available here.

Emergency Response Information


You 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.

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

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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