Staff Senate - George Mason University

Staff Senate - George Mason University We are the voice of classified and non-student wage employees at George Mason University.

Staff Senate represents all classified and non-student wage staff at George Mason University. We encourage participation through feedback, and attendance at general meetings, educational forums, and other sponsored events. Our positive and collaborative working relationships with the administration, Faculty Senate, and Student Government help the Senate to find common areas of concern and make the case for change that will benefit the staff at Mason, as well as the entire campus community. Through our work together, we can all continue to make Mason a great place to work! If you would like to join the Staff Senate listserve or have any questions or concerns for the Senate, please send us an email.

04/22/2020
George Mason University

George Mason University

Happy Earth Day Patriots! 🌎🌍🌏Did you know students can conduct impactful sustainability research with support from 500+ faculty working with Mason's Institute for a Sustainable Earth? Key areas of focus include: ✅ human health and well-being, ✅ sustainable and resilient communities ✅ digital technologies and education for all ✅ climate action ✅ reduced inequity, and ✅ peace, justice, and strong institutions. Start learning today: https://ise.gmu.edu/centers-programs-facilities/

George Mason University Human Resources and Payroll
04/20/2020

George Mason University Human Resources and Payroll

Self-care is important 🙏Use this Self-Care Bingo to help practice self-care.

Tomorrow at 10:30AM, President Anne Holton will provide updates on Mason's #coronavirus response and take questions from...
04/16/2020

Tomorrow at 10:30AM, President Anne Holton will provide updates on Mason's #coronavirus response and take questions from students, faculty, and staff.

Submit questions for the Town Hall >> http://bit.ly/3af49rU
Watch it live on GMU TV 📺 >> https://gmutv.gmu.edu/live-broadcast/

04/14/2020

It’s #TeleworkTuesday again! Today, we would like to see your co-workers who share your telework space. These could include pets, children, roommates, and even partners/spouses! For working parents, share an idea of how you are balancing your time at home while keeping your family entertained.

Thank you to our staff in the College of Visual and Performing Arts for fostering community, even if from afar with the ...
04/01/2020

Thank you to our staff in the College of Visual and Performing Arts for fostering community, even if from afar with the Mason Arts at Home programming.

We believe the arts create community, even if from afar. So on April 2, we're launching Mason Arts at Home, an initiative to bring incredible performances right to you!

We'll feature livestreams and recorded shows from guest artists, opportunities to experience work by our talented alumni, students, and faculty, and interactive activities from across the college.

We have some incredible events planned, including a concert from the Bumper Jacksons and a Q&A with Maria Schneider!

Watch this space for more details, and visit bit.ly/2xv4kSa.

As staff, we have been faced with quickly adapting to a new style of working together while remaining physically distant...
03/31/2020

As staff, we have been faced with quickly adapting to a new style of working together while remaining physically distant from each other. We understand the many challenges facing our staff, and we hear your concerns. During this time where morale could be low, we want you to know that we are here for you and we will get through this together. We understand the gravity of the current situation, but we would also like to take this time to build and engage our community! We hope you will join us tomorrow for our Staff Senate Telework Special Session. In the meantime, on this #TeleworkTuesday, share in the comments an image or describe your telework set-up at home. Do you have a home office, are you taking advantage of some time outdoors on the patio, or do you prefer a mobile set-up depending on your day or mood?

Please join us in thanking and acknowledging essential staff on our campuses who are carrying out key university functio...
03/26/2020

Please join us in thanking and acknowledging essential staff on our campuses who are carrying out key university functions! #ThankyouThursday

For those teleworking, look for some fun engagement opportunities on our page on Tuesdays!

Remote training from my dinning room table? Why not?!Are you looking for ways to keep your staff engaged? Sign-up for a ...
03/26/2020

Remote training from my dinning room table? Why not?!

Are you looking for ways to keep your staff engaged? Sign-up for a refresher training! Brush up on your knowledge and skills, or learn something new -

Offices all over Mason are excited to provide you with online training opportunities! To register for a training, and for more information go to - https://masonleaps.gmu.edu

“I would love to see you in my next fiscal training (Webex) session!”- Jessi

George Mason University
03/23/2020

George Mason University

Dear Patriots:

The university continues to monitor the coronavirus outbreak and take additional measures as appropriate. This is important as we focus our efforts around resuming the spring semester through alternative virtual instruction, supporting the small community of students who must remain on campus, and providing essential operations to support our mission.

As a result of our continuing focus on the safety of our community, the University will be closing our buildings to the general public for the foreseeable future. We also will be mandating telework for all faculty and staff except for those who need to work on campus to continue critical functions for the university as outlined below.

Building security and core functions

University buildings will be closed effective Wednesday, March 25, except as otherwise provided. All exterior and interior doors will be locked. Faculty and staff will continue to have card-swipe and key access but must comply with the telework mandates outlined below.

Police and Safety Headquarters will remain open, with police patrolling the campus and facilities monitoring buildings. Southside Dining will provide grab and go dining service for those remaining on campus during hours listed here (https://masondining.sodexomyway.com/dining-near-me/hours). Retail dining establishments with separate entrances will be allowed to remain open so long as they are complying with the Governor’s Executive Order limiting numbers of occupants and enforcing social distancing; more details are available here (https://masondining.sodexomyway.com/dining-near-me/hours).

Mason library facilities, including Fenwick, will be closed starting Monday, March 23. Library services will continue to operate, will expand virtual access as feasible, and will be available virtually to support faculty and students in accessing needed materials for online classes and assisting with other resources and services. For more details about library services and accompanying policy changes during this period, please see: https://library.gmu.edu/

SUB I will be closed to the public, but Student Health Services (https://shs.gmu.edu/), the Mason Card Office (https://masonid.gmu.edu/), and the Cashier’s Office (https://cashiersoffice.gmu.edu/) will be open on a limited-access basis. In an effort to limit the risk of infection, we ask students to call 703-993-2831 and speak with a nurse prior to coming into Student Health Services (https://shs.gmu.edu/). For more information, visit the Student Health Services page and click the Patient Notice link.

Faculty, staff, and students who wish to access the Mason Card Office should call 703-993-1004 to make an appointment. The Cashier’s Office will be accepting cash payments by appointment Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.; please call Bill Cunningham, Assistant Director, Cashier's Office, and Account Management, at 703-993-2498 to schedule an appointment. All check payments should be mailed to GMU Cashier’s Office, 4400 University Drive, MS 2E2, Fairfax, Virginia 22040.

The HUB will be closed to the public. Packages from USPS, UPS, FedEx, and Amazon will be delivered to the Mail Center in the HUB. Individuals with a valid Mason ID will be able to access the HUB via the ground floor (basement level) door across from the Shenandoah parking deck, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday for mail and package pickup.

If faculty and staff need more information or have questions about card access please go to https://masonid.gmu.edu/access/ or contact the Card Access Security Office at 703-993-3127, or contact [email protected] or Key Control at [email protected] or 703-993-2823. If you need to request access to a locked building please review this list to determine the appropriate contact (http://police.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Key-Authorizations-Listing.pdf).

Telework mandate

The university is mandating that all employees who can work remotely should do so, except those who must report in person to carry out key university functions, such as critical research, teaching including online instruction, supporting students allowed to remain on campus, health care, and administrative and other obligations that cannot be conducted remotely.

Deans, directors, unit leaders and managers have the authority to identify those who must report in person, those who can work remotely, and those who may need limited intermittent access. They should share that guidance with their faculty and staff. Those who need access, including on a limited basis, to perform key university functions should coordinate with co-workers to allow for social distancing and of course should continue to practice careful hand hygiene.

Employees shifting to telework should return to campus before Wednesday, March 25 to collect whatever items they may need to work remotely for the remainder of the semester. Please practice social distancing during this time; you may need to schedule individual time in your department for employees to retrieve belongings.

If you have questions about the leave, your ability to do your job remotely or your current job duties, please contact your supervisor and/or Employee Relations. If you have questions about Virginia Public Health Emergency Leave, please review the PHEL guidance and/or contact the HR Benefits Team (https://hr.gmu.edu/benefits/leave/PublicHealthEmergencyLeave(PHEL).pdf).

Notification of confirmed cases in our community

We want to let you know about another confirmed coronavirus case associated with our campus. On March 14, we received notice from a student regarding their positive diagnosis of coronavirus. The public health department has since confirmed that case and has informed us that since the student had not been on campus since Feb. 25, to include during the infectious period, there is no risk to the campus community from this case.

As I stated in my last message on Friday, we do not anticipate sending messages about coronavirus testing or positive cases each time we learn of a new confirmed case associated with our university. Instead, please visit the university’s confirmed coronavirus cases webpage, which will be updated at 2 p.m. daily if there is new information to share.

Please continue to monitor the Virginia Department of Health for the latest information about the virus in Virginia and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for national and worldwide updates and George Mason’s coronavirus website for the latest Mason information.

Remember to practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds, take time to get outdoors, and get sufficient rest. We remain focused on our core education and research missions along with our commitment to keeping our community safe and thank you all for your cooperation toward those ends.

Sincerely,
Anne Holton
Interim President
https://www2.gmu.edu/coronavirus

George Mason University
03/17/2020

George Mason University

Dear Patriots,

This is an extraordinary time for everyone, so I would like to begin this message by expressing my sincere gratitude and admiration to the entire Mason community. I am continually amazed and inspired by the creativity and resilience of our people. When I first heard the phrase Innovation is Our Tradition, I had some understanding of what that means here. I’m beginning to understand deeply just how significant it is. It is a sense of purpose that we bring to every challenge or opportunity, one that I think makes us even better with every new day.

Today the university’s leadership has made some decisions regarding the rest of the semester that will allow us to be successful in our mission during this continued period of uncertainty. These decisions were made based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ongoing increasing cases in our region, along with input from the faculty, our deans and our Board of Visitors. Please remember you can find all our central communications on the university’s coronavirus website.

Online instruction extended

We are extending online instruction for the remainder of the semester. We feel this is the right decision to safeguard the health and safety of our campus community. We recognize that this is not ideal, and we look forward to getting back to our normal routines, including face-to-face-instruction and the robust faculty-student interaction it allows, as soon as we can. We will be in contact with our residential students soon about the implications of this change for them.



Academic calendar and registration

The additional week of spring break will require us to extend the spring semester for a week. The last day of class will be Monday, May 11 and final exams will be held May 13-20. Registration for summer classes will be delayed by one week and time tickets will be adjusted accordingly. This extension does not apply to the law school or classes that are on an eight-week calendar, or online special cohort classes, or other specialty courses whose schedules were not delayed by the extension of spring break.

We expect the summer term to begin on June 1, and summer session adjustments will be made. We expect normal operations to resume in time for fall.

Commencement will be rescheduled

Based on the changes to the academic calendar this semester, we have decided to postpone commencement by at least one week. Therefore, commencement will not be held as scheduled on May 15. Degree celebrations that were scheduled for May 13-16 will also be rescheduled.

We are tentatively looking at rescheduling commencement for May 22, if future developments make large gatherings feasible then. We will provide additional details as soon as possible.

Recruiting goes virtual, acceptance deadline extended

The Office of Admissions has canceled all on-campus recruitment events until further notice. Admissions are encouraging students to visit the virtual tour, and the team is actively working on video content and virtual options to continue to connect with students and families. Additionally, in order to give students more time to make their decisions about next fall, the Admissions Office has extended the National Candidates Reply date for Freshmen from May 1 to June 1. The Mason Nation is an incredible place, and we look forward to sharing it with an amazing group of new Patriots this fall.

Telework implementation and security

Faculty are working to transition their classes to alternative virtual instruction. ITS has helpful instructions on its Working Remotely page. We appreciate your flexibility and creativity that allow us to continue instruction and provide necessary services to our campus community.

We continue to strongly encourage teleworking options for employees where feasible. Human Resources will soon provide additional information on teleworking to help guide supervisors and employees. Please work with your managers and refer to existing policies and procedures.

We are sensitive to maintaining the safety and security of those who are working on campus. The Card Access Security Office has shared details about opportunities to restrict access to your departments to cardholders.

Health and wellness

If you are not well or at high risk of experiencing serious medical complications as a result of COVID-19 exposure, please do not come to campus. We would like to remind travelers returning from countries designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as level 3 (China, Iran, South Korea, most of Europe, the United Kingdom and Ireland) that you are to remain off campus for 14 days, practice social distancing and inform the Benefits team within Human Resources of your travel history. If you have a health concern, please reach out to your health care professional.

Take time to take care of yourself. University Life Vice President Rose Pascarell shared available resources for our community; please take advantage of these and other university resources, and continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands, and get sufficient rest.

I am so proud to be a part of this community. I appreciate the spirit of teamwork and support that runs through this university, and I look forward to seeing us continue that spirit in the weeks ahead.

Sincerely,

Anne Holton
Interim President
https://www2.gmu.edu/coronavirus

George Mason University
03/12/2020
George Mason University

George Mason University

Dear Patriots,

Your health and safety are our highest priories, and we continue to monitor the coronavirus outbreak around the globe and in the region. While there are no known cases on our campus, we are aware of a number of confirmed cases in Virginia and the Washington, D.C. region. With this in mind, we are taking a number of precautionary measures to limit exposure and minimize risk.

Mason to extend spring break, then move to virtual instruction

To limit exposure on our campus, Mason is extending spring break by an additional week through March 20. This will allow students and faculty to prepare for virtual alternative instruction and reduce close contact on campus.

The Antonin Scalia Law School will move immediately to virtual alternative instruction and will not go on an extended spring break. Additionally, classes in other colleges and schools that are already online will not be delayed by the extended spring break and will continue as scheduled.

When spring break ends, most classes will be conducted through virtual alternative instruction, from Monday, March 23 through Friday, April 3. Students will be contacted by their faculty with additional details about virtual learning. The university will continue to monitor and reevaluate the situation prior to April 3. If an extension of virtual learning is needed, we will adjust as determined and communicate that with you.

We are also committed to ensuring that our students will successfully complete their coursework this semester, and will work to create tailored plans for those instances where virtual instruction is not a sufficient solution.

Students encouraged to stay off-campus, but residence halls remain open

We know that one of the most powerful ways to minimize the spread of coronavirus is limiting interaction in close spaces. For that reason, we encourage students who are home to stay home during this time. We will continue to keep residence and dining halls open for students who cannot return home. Specific details will be sent to all residential students on Thursday. More information about student services, student centers, and the library will be forthcoming.

Mason to remain operational during this time

The university will remain open, and faculty and staff are expected to continue working during this period. In fact, for some, constraints on their time will increase, particularly as we work to shift classes to virtual instruction. I appreciate everyone’s patience as we move through this uncharted territory.

Of course, if you feel unwell, please stay home. And some faculty and staff may need to telework, particularly those who have medical vulnerabilities that put them at high risk. I encourage supervisors to work with faculty and staff who request flexible work options due to medical susceptibility to coronavirus.

If you are returning from a level 3 travel restriction country, or have been instructed by the health department, please follow guidance from the CDC about self-quarantine, whether on or off-campus.

The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning and ITS have resources for faculty to migrate to virtual alternative instruction and for staff to be telework-ready as necessary. Instructional continuity plans can be found on the Stearns Center website, and VPN information is available from ITS. Guidance on telework is available from Employee Relations. Deans, directors, and department heads have been in contact with their teams to ensure continuity of operations during this time.

As a reminder, the university also has suspended university-related domestic and international travel through April 10 for students, faculty, and staff, and has canceled study abroad-related travel for the semester. In addition, we strongly encourage our campus community to postpone or forgo nonessential personal travel during this time.

Moving forward

We are currently evaluating additional options, including canceling events. We anticipate sending more information about events and other university business this week, and we encourage you to reach out to organizers to check the status of those events.

As you know, this situation is changing rapidly and we will continue to send information often. I want to urge everyone to monitor their email. Students, if your family members want to receive these emails, please make sure they sign up for the Mason Family Flash newsletter. In addition, please utilize other university information channels, including the university’s coronavirus website and the university’s switchboard, which can assist in directing calls about Mason’s response to the coronavirus. The number is 703-993-1000.

All of these decisions are being made with the health and safety of our campus community in mind. Remember to take time to practice good self-care and focus on what you can do to remain healthy: frequent hand washing for at least 20 seconds, getting enough rest, eating healthy and drinking plenty of water.

We appreciate your patience and flexibility during this time as we navigate this evolving situation, and we will continue to provide regular updates through email and through the website.

Sincerely,
Anne Holton
Interim President

More information: https://www2.gmu.edu/coronavirus

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