For Korea campus

October 8, 2020

Dear Mason Korea Community,

Because of the decreased incidence in covid-19 cases, Mason Korea has determined that we will be able to shift to a hybrid schedule beginning Monday, October 19.  A hybrid schedule means that classes that were scheduled to meet in person will meet in alternating patterns between in-person instruction and online instruction. You can find the particular pattern for your classes here: https://masonkorea.gmu.edu/corona/hybrid-schedule. The goal of this hybrid pattern is to allow for some in-person instruction while continuing to reduce the overall number of people in the Mason Korea building.

If you are a student and you have moved off campus but reserved a spot in the residence halls, move-in will take place Sunday, Oct. 18, from 9 am to 4:30 pm (except between 12:00 and 1:00 pm). We look forward to seeing you back on campus! More details on move-in procedures will be forthcoming from the Office of Student Affairs.

As we return to hybrid in-person classes, please keep the following rules in mind:

  • Mask wearing in the Mason Korea building is strictly required.
  • All entry is through the B1 entrance, where you will be screened for any elevated temperature and will need to swipe in and swipe out with your Mason ID card. We recommend arriving early to allow for this process, particularly if you have a 9:00 am class.
  • When in the building, practice social distancing and wash your hands regularly and for at least twenty seconds. There is also hand sanitizer throughout the building.
  • Classrooms have been redesigned for socially distanced seating, and you are expected to wipe down your seating area with provided disinfectant cloths before your class. These will be supplied.
  • If you are sick, please do not come to class. Instructors will allow you to make up assignments, but it is important that you contact them as soon as possible if you are absent from class because of illness.
  • Additional rules and information regarding access to the Mason Korea building and the prevention of covid-19 infections on campus are available at https://masonkorea.gmu.edu/corona/accessing-mason-korea-building.

We are pleased that we are able to return to hybrid in-person instruction. Our ability to continue to do so depends on you. In addition to following the rules above, take care to avoid high-risk situations, such as crowded indoor rooms.

Note, finally, that return to hybrid in-person instruction depends on the number of daily cases continuing at their current rates or improving.  At any time, if instead the situation appreciably worsens, we may need to return to all online instruction. For that decision, we will follow local and national government guidelines regarding the appropriate social distancing level. Should we return to all online instruction, that return will be permanent until the end of the semester, regardless of what trends emerge subsequently.

I want to thank everyone for their flexibility and persistence, and for the community-minded spirit and sense of responsibility that has helped to keep covid-19 cases in check.

Sincerely,

Robert Matz
Campus Dean