For Korea campus

June 1, 2020

Dear Mason Korea community, 

As the spring semester ends, we enter new conditions and new arrangements in relationship to control of covid-19. 

Classes 

Because of the success managing the covid-19 virus in South Korea, Mason Korea has determined that we will be able to resume face-to-face instruction for our summer session, for those courses that were scheduled as face-to-face.  In making this decision, we align Mason Korea with the broader resumption of face-to-face classes nationally.   

To make sure that we keep our community safe as we resume face-to-face instruction, we are putting in place a number of measures and requirements, as recommended by the Korean Centers for Disease Control and the Disaster and Safety Countermeasures Headquarters. 

  • Maximum room capacities have been adjusted to limit each room to the number of students that can be spaced 2 meters (around 6 feet) apart. 
  • Rooms will be well ventilated with open windows or mechanical vents in rooms designed with these. 
  • Faculty and students will be supplied with disinfectant wipes at the beginning of each class and asked to clean their work surfaces and seating.
  • Faculty and students will be required to wear a mask or face shield during class time. 
  • Anyone experiencing possible symptoms of covid-19 will be asked to leave the building and not return until cleared to do so by health authorities. 

These measures impose some burdens on students and faculty alike.  However, we are fortunate that covid-19 rates of transmission are low enough in South Korea to allow this resumption of face-to-face teaching.  With everyone’s cooperation, we look forward to an engaging, productive and safe summer for the Mason Korea community. 

We similarly plan to have face-to-face instruction this Fall, conditions permitting.  We are not at this time confirming safety measures and requirements for fall face-to-face classes, but rather will wait to see the rates of infection and any new guidelines from the Korean government closer to the start of fall.  

International students  

Students attending Mason Korea from abroad should be aware of new requirements to obtain a visa to enter South Korea, and measures that must be taken once they have arrived. 

  • The Korean government now requires a medical examination within 48 hours of departure to Korea that affirms the student is free of the symptoms of covid-19.  
  • Once the student arrives in Korea, he or she will need to quarantine for two weeks. 
  • There will be a special floor in the residence hall, and students will need to remain in their rooms.  During this time, students can relax and begin planning for the new semester.  Mason Korea will provide meals, delivered to the student’s door.  
  • The Korea government will provide the student upon arrival with a smartphone app through which the student will report any symptoms of illness. 
  • For more details go to https://masonkorea.gmu.edu/corona/international-student  

Again, while these measures impose new burdens, they are designed to help keep safe all members of the Mason Korea community, as well as our neighbors in Songdo and South Korea.  Mason Korea stands ready to help international students work through any new difficulties with immigration.  We recommend that students coming to Mason Korea start the visa process as soon as possible, to allow more time for slower processing or new requirements.  If you have questions about the process, please contact mksa@gmu.edu.  

We look forward to seeing our students in person again.  If you see me in the hall, please stop by, say hello, and tell me how you’ve been doing—from a socially distanced 2 meters of course! 

Sincerely,  

Robert Matz 
Campus Dean
Mason Korea