George Mason University Police Department

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George Mason was established as a four-year university in 1972 when the governor signed legislation separating it from the University of Virginia. In 1981 the George Mason University’s 21 person security department was reorganized and formed an autonomous law enforcement agency Today, the George Mason University Police Department has grown to a force of over fifty sworn officers which patrols three campuses. The department is a full service law enforcement agency which has maintained its nationally accredited status since 1991.

Mission: The mission of the George Mason University Police Department is to provide a safe and secure environment for all university employees, students and guests. Embracing the principles of community policing, the department will work collaboratively with academic and administrative units, individuals and organizations in furtherance of the mission of the university.

02/12/2020

Message from the Univeristy:

“Dear Patriots,

This afternoon, an unattended backpack was identified in the Johnson Center. Shortly after that, one of the Mason Police K9 units identified it as a potential threat.

As a result, the university enacted its safety policies out of an abundance of caution, which included closing the Johnson Center and neighboring buildings. That allowed police to further investigate, at which point they determined that the backpack was not a threat. The building is now fully operational, classes have resumed, and we consider this matter resolved.

We want to thank Mason Police Chief and Assistant Vice President for Public Safety Carl Rowan, Jr., the university’s emergency responders, as well as our law enforcement and fire and rescue partners from Fairfax City and Fairfax County, for their rapid and thorough response and for all they did to keep our community safe.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. Please know the safety of our students, faculty and staff is a top priority, and we will err on the side of caution in matters like this.

Thank you,

Michael Sandler

Interim Vice President, Office of Communications and Marketing”

ALL CLEAR:Mason Alert:  The suspicious package threat has been cleared by Police. Johnson Center, Robinson B, and Harris...
02/12/2020

ALL CLEAR:

Mason Alert: The suspicious package threat has been cleared by Police. Johnson Center, Robinson B, and Harris Theatre are now reopened. Classes at or after 5:55 pm will resume as normal.

An event such as this may impact people in many ways, and support is available. If you are a student and are experiencing emotional distress related to this event, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 703-993-2380.

Mason Alert
[email protected]
To receive text message notifications or to change your account settings, visit alert.gmu.edu

02/12/2020

ALL CLEAR:

Mason Alert: The suspicious package threat has been cleared by Police. Affected buildings are now reopened. Classes resume at 5:55. See email for more info.

02/12/2020
Mason Alert Emergency Notification System | MASON READY | George Mason University

George Mason University is evacuating Johnson Center, Robinson B, and Harris Theatre due to a suspicious package. Classes and events and administrative office in those buildings are cancelled and closed, effective immediately. Please following instructions provided by law enforcement, and emergency response personnel.

The university will provide updates via Mason Alert. Please visit http://www.gmu.edu, call 703-993-1000, and read Mason Alerts for the latest information.

Mason Alert
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To receive text message notifications or to change your account settings, visit alert.gmu.edu

Mason Alert is George Mason University’s emergency notification system that is used to send emergency notifications and timely warnings to the university community via text, email, telephone call, and digital signage.

02/12/2020

Update:

Out of precaution for the suspicious package at Johnson Center, all personnel in Robinson Hall-B and Harris Theater are asked to evacuate as well.

02/12/2020

Mason Alert:

The Johnson Center on the Fairfax Campus is closed until further notice to allow University Police to investigate a suspicious package. Please leave the Johnson Center and remain away from the area. This threat has not been confirmed. An investigation is being conducted out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of public safety. Please follow the direction of law enforcement and/or emergency personnel.

Classes scheduled in the Johnson Center will be relocated if possible; please contact your instructor for additional information.

More information about the situation will be provided once it is available.

An event such as this may impact people in many ways, and support is available. If you are a student and are experiencing emotional distress related to this event, please contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 703-993-2380.

Mason Alert
[email protected]
To receive text message notifications or to change your account settings, visit alert.gmu.edu

02/12/2020

MASON ALERT:

Police warn of suspicious package at the Johnson Center. Evacuate the building. More information to come.

Message from the University regarding coronavirus and campus safety:Dear Mason Patriots,  The university continues to mo...
02/12/2020
MASON READY | Safety and Emergency Preparedness at George Mason University | George Mason University

Message from the University regarding coronavirus and campus safety:

Dear Mason Patriots,

The university continues to monitor the coronavirus outbreak and is following the recommendations of the Virginia Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC continues to stress general precautions to prevent the spread of communicable diseases: wash your hands often, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, decrease stress, and limit or eliminate the use of tobacco products. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of a communicable disease is advised to remain out of class, away from work, and avoid others for the duration of the illness and for 24 hours after symptoms abate. For more information about communicable disease response procedures at Mason, please see the Communicable Disease Guide.

We recognize that this situation may cause concern or anxiety, in particular for those whose families and friends in China and around the world are directly impacted. We will continue to provide support and guidance to the Mason community as this situation develops. Student Health Services shares updated information via their website, shs.gmu.edu, and additional information may be found on the ready.gmu.edu advisories website. We encourage you to go to these sources for updated information. In addition, students experiencing anxiety may seek support through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). For more information, please contact 703-993-2380 or visit caps.gmu.edu. Employees have access to support resources through Human Resources and Payroll available here.

Travel Restrictions: The United States has implemented restrictions on international travel to China; however, new restrictions may be put in place if this outbreak continues. Students, faculty, and staff planning international travel to East Asian and Southeast Asian countries should review the CDC’s guidance for travelers and current restrictions found here. Please take the time to understand these regulations before travel to ensure that you are not prevented from returning to the U.S. or quarantined for 14 days upon your return.

University Travel: Students and employees departing on university related or university sponsored travel to China and other Asian countries must contact the university to ensure that appropriate preparations are made before departure. All employees traveling to Asia are encouraged to contact Risk Management by email or at 703-993-2599 to discuss travel plans and precautions.

Students traveling on independent travel should coordinate travel with Mason’s Global Education Office. The Global Education Office is closely monitoring this situation and will communicate directly with students impacted by this outbreak to adjust study abroad and exchange programs as necessary.

Spring Break Travel: Student planning independent travel to Asia over spring break should stay informed of current travel restrictions and consider alternative plans in the event that new restrictions are implemented.

Travelers Returning from China: Students and employees returning from China must contact Safety, Emergency, and Enterprise Risk Management to discuss their return to campus. The university wants to ensure that returning travelers observe CDC guidance and receive the support needed if quarantine or self-isolation are recommended by the CDC or local health department.

As new information about the coronavirus outbreak and government response actions that might impact the campus community become available, updates will be sent via email. All communications and guidance provided by the university is available online here.

Respect and tolerance: Mason is an incredibly diverse institution and as such, we have students, faculty and staff from all over the world. As always, we encourage everyone to treat others with dignity and respect and to not ostracize specific communities based on unconfirmed reports or suspicion of illness.

Emergency Preparedness: We would also like to take this opportunity to remind the Mason Community to take time to become familiar with the university’s emergency response procedures for dangerous situations that may occur on campus such as severe weather, active threats, utility failures, and other emergencies that interrupt classes or impact research activities. Emergency response procedures, the university’s Active Threat: Awareness & Prevention video, and instruction on how to download the university’s public safety mobile application are available online at https://ready.gmu.edu.

Safety, Emergency, & Enterprise Risk Management
George Mason University
703.993.8448 |ehs.gmu.edu |risk.gmu.edu

Mason Police will be hosting regional public safety training at the SciTech Campus. If you see an increased police and f...
02/03/2020

Mason Police will be hosting regional public safety training at the SciTech Campus. If you see an increased police and fire presence, it is a result of the training and there is no need for concern.

Message from the Chief of Police:Dear Mason Community,Mason police were called to Commonwealth Residence Hall early this...
02/01/2020
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Message from the Chief of Police:

Dear Mason Community,

Mason police were called to Commonwealth Residence Hall early this evening to investigate an incident involving a student. Sadly, the student was found unresponsive and pronounced dead. Mason police have opened an investigation into the cause of the death, but do not believe that there is any threat to the community.

Counseling services have been made available to the immediate family and students closely impacted by this event. Resources are available for any who wish to speak with a counselor. For more information, please contact (703) 993-2380, or visit caps.gmu.edu.

Carl Rowan, Jr.
Chief of Police
Department of Police and Public Safety

We provide a wide range of free services to students, faculty, and staff. Services are provided by a staff of licensed clinical psychologists, social workers, professional counselors, learning specialists, and a psychiatrist. Our individual and group therapy, workshops, online self-help, and communi...

Dear Mason Patriots, The Virginia Department of Health announced Friday that the test result for the suspected coronavir...
01/31/2020

Dear Mason Patriots,
The Virginia Department of Health announced Friday that the test result for the suspected coronavirus case associated with George Mason University is negative.
We continue to encourage all students, faculty, and staff to observe the precautions shared in previous emails to help keep the disease from spreading within our region.
University travel precautions remain in place. Mason does not have any students studying in China.
As always, we encourage everyone to treat others with dignity and respect and to not ostracize specific communities based on unconfirmed reports or suspicion of illness.
Additional cleaning routines in public areas and communicable disease prevention planning are still underway throughout Mason. The university will continue to monitor this situation and provide additional guidance as necessary.
Ideally the university does not acknowledge that a member of our community has become the subject of a health department investigation, out of concern for privacy. In this case, the abundance of information on social media and common knowledge that the suspected case was affiliated with Mason led the university to this decision.
It is extremely important that anyone who suspects illness caused by a novel communicable disease, such as coronavirus, seek medical attention and disclose their travel history. This information is vitally important in helping public health officials coordinate care for suspected cases and orchestrating a public health response to protect our community.
Respectfully,
Student Health Services
George Mason University
703.993.2831 |shs.gmu.edu

Safety, Emergency, & Enterprise Risk Management
George Mason University
703.993.8448 |ehs.gmu.edu |risk.gmu.edu

01/31/2020
Advisories | MASON READY | George Mason University

Coronavirus update from the University:

Dear Mason Patriots,

The university continues to await more information on the student who has displayed symptoms consistent with the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is working as fast as it can, but it is dealing with a number of cases from across the country and that has slowed our results. Once we receive more information, we will update you immediately.

The student remains in self-isolation and is not living on or visiting campus. We are not aware of any other potential cases among the university community and continue to closely watch the situation.

Today the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global health emergency. We continue to monitor the Virginia Department of Health website. As part of that process, we have learned of a second test pending for the Northern Virginia region. We have no information at this time that suggests the case is related to the case involving our student.

Please continue to observe the following precautions to prevent the spread of all communicable diseases: wash your hands often, cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, eat healthy foods, get enough sleep, decrease stress, and limit or eliminate the use of tobacco products. The university will provide more information when it becomes available.

For all information about this situation provided by the university please visit https://ready.gmu.edu/category/advisories/.

Respectfully,

Student Health Services
George Mason University
703.993.2831 |shs.gmu.edu

Safety, Emergency, & Enterprise Risk Management
George Mason University
703.993.8448 |ehs.gmu.edu |risk.gmu.edu

Dear Mason Patriots, The university has received numerous questions about reports of a student who has exhibited symptoms of the coronavirus and is responding to individual questions as quickly as possible. The university can share that the individual in Northern Virginia is a Mason student, does no...

Message from the University regarding unconfirmed Report of Student Sick with Coronavirus at Mason:Dear Mason Patriots,T...
01/26/2020
Office of Risk Management | George Mason University

Message from the University regarding unconfirmed Report of Student Sick with Coronavirus at Mason:

Dear Mason Patriots,

The University is aware of reports regarding a Mason student returning from China who is exhibiting symptoms similar to those of the novel coronavirus you may have heard about in the news. This information is being shared on social media and communicated within social and academic networks at Mason.

Today the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) issued a statement confirming three residents in the Commonwealth who meet the criteria for testing for possible infection with the 2019 Novel Coronavirus. VDH and the local health departments involved are working in close collaboration, along with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to complete testing on these cases as quickly as possible. For more information about the coronavirus please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2019 Novel Coronavirus Website.

There is a possibility that these illnesses are not due to the coronavirus but may instead be a cold, flu, or other illness. While VDH awaits test results on these individuals, public health will work closely with these patients and anyone who was in close contact with them to ensure monitoring and precautionary measures are put in place to prevent the spread of illness. To protect confidentiality, specific details about these patients will not be provided.

Because other Mason community members and residents of Northern Virginia may also have traveled to China recently, public health officials strongly encourage everyone to continue practicing good hygiene and general precautions to prevent the spread of all communicable diseases:
Do not attend classes, work, or university events when sick. Stay home except when seeking medical care and avoid contact with others.
Seek medical care right away if you experience symptoms, such as fever, cough or difficulty breathing.
Before you go to Student Health Services, doctor’s office, or emergency room, call ahead and inform the clinic about your recent travel and symptoms. Follow the instructions of medical care providers to get the care you need while keeping others safe.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

The university will provide updates on this situation as information becomes available. Thank you for doing your part to protect the health of our community.

Respectfully,

Student Health Services
George Mason University
703.993.2831 |shs.gmu.edu

Safety, Emergency, & Enterprise Risk Management
George Mason University
703.993.8448 |ehs.gmu.edu |risk.gmu.edu

The Office of Risk Management (ORM) serves as the liaison to the Commonwealth’s Division of Risk Management and is the lead official when dealing with external organizations regarding accident investigations and insurance claims.

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4393 University Dr
Fairfax, VA
22030

General information

Members of the GMU Police Force are state certified police officers empowered to enforce all state and local laws on all George Mason campuses, with the authority to make arrests and carry firearms. They are trained in emergency first aid, criminal law, criminal investigation, defensive tactics, crime prevention, use of firearms, sexual assault victim counseling, crisis intervention, crowd control, and enforcement of traffic regulations. A comprehensive background investigation is completed on all police personnel. University Police maintains a close working relationship with the Virginia State Police and the police departments of the City of Fairfax, Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William County. As a participant in the National Crime Information Center and the Virginia Crime Information Network, University Police shares information with other police agencies nationwide. Through its membership in a wide network of other regional, state, and international law enforcement organizations, it can exchange information used in investigating crimes and learn new crime prevention techniques. Each month, University Police activities and intelligence data are reported to the Virginia State Police for inclusion in crime statistics published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Available 24 hours a day year-round, University Police officers are responsible for maintaining order and public safety. University Police officers regularly patrol the streets, parking lots, and grounds of the campus. In addition to motor and foot patrols, officers from the Community Outreach Patrol use bicycles to monitor the grounds, particularly those areas not readily accessible by patrol car. The bicycle patrol enhances communication between officers and persons on campus and enhances response time. The Geroge Mason University Police Department also offers a Police Cadet Program. GMU Police Cadets are non-sworn student wage employees without the powers of arrest. They work alongside GMU Police Officers and are committed to providing the highest level of safety, security, and service to all members of the George Mason University community, their visitors and guests. For more information, please visit the Police Cadet page and website. http://www.gmu.edu/depts/police/cadets.htm

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