Mason: Policies & Dates

Accommodations:  If you are a student with a disability and you need academic accommodations, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 703-993-2474 or http://ods.gmu.edu. Please particularly consult the updated policies and FAQ in response to COVID-19: https://ds.gmu.edu/response-to-covid-19/

Communication: The best way of reaching me quickly is via email and on the phone. I will respond to you promptly within 24 hours and will also hold twice weekly office hours via zoom. You can also always schedule additional appointments.

COVID 19 Response: For medical emergencies and questions, please consult your medical provider and the Student Health Services site: https://shs.gmu.edu/ .

Please also consult the Frequently Asked Questions for a Safe Return to Campus: https://www2.gmu.edu/safe-return-campus/faqs-for-safe-return

Please let me know if there are any medical issues that I need to know about.

Diversity Statement: “George Mason University promotes a living and learning environment for outstanding growth and productivity among its students, faculty, and staff. Through its curriculum, programs, policies, procedures, services, and resources, Mason strives to maintain a quality environment for work, study and personal growth.

An emphasis upon diversity and inclusion throughout the campus community is essential to achieve these goals. Diversity is broadly defined to include such characteristics as, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, disability, and sexual orientation. Diversity also entails different viewpoints, philosophies, and perspectives. Attention to these aspects of diversity will help promote a culture of inclusion and belonging, and an environment where diverse opinions, backgrounds, and practices have the opportunity to be voiced, heard and respected.

The reflection of Mason’s commitment to diversity and inclusion goes beyond policies and procedures to focus on behavior at the individual, group and organizational level. The implementation of this commitment to diversity and inclusion is found in all settings, including individual work units and groups, student organizations and groups, and classroom settings; it is also found with the delivery of services and activities, including, but not limited to, curriculum, teaching, events, advising, research, service, and community outreach.

Acknowledging that the attainment of diversity and inclusion are dynamic and continuous processes and that the larger societal setting has an evolving socio-cultural understanding of diversity and inclusion, Mason seeks to continuously improve its environment. To this end, the University promotes continuous monitoring and self-assessment regarding diversity. The aim is to incorporate diversity and inclusion within the philosophies and actions of the individual, group and organization, and to make improvements as needed.”

Medical issues: Please consult Student Health Services or another physician if you need medical attention: https://shs.gmu.edu/

Please let me know if there are any medical issues that I need to know about.

Counseling and Psychological Services: https://caps.gmu.edu/

Enrollment Status: You are responsible for verifying your enrollment status in this (and every) course. Any change in that status is your responsibility and must be made by the dates listed in the Schedule of Classes. After the last day to drop a course, withdrawal from the course must be approved by the Dean and will be approved only for nonacademic reasons. Attempting to add a class after the last day to add is not possible. Undergraduate students wishing to drop a class after the drop date may choose to exercise a selective withdrawal. See the Schedule of Classes for selective withdrawal procedures.

Honor Code and Academic Integrity: Please consult the resources from the Office of Academic Integrity, including the GMU Honor Code, here: https://oai.gmu.edu/

If you aren’t familiar with it, please also consult the “Understanding Plagiarism” tutorial created by GMU Libraries: https://library.gmu.edu/tutorials/plagiarism

Important dates

Last day to add classes: Monday, August 30, 2021

Labor Day: September 6, 2021

Last day to drop classes with 100% refund: Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Last day to drop with 50% refund: Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Unrestricted withdrawal period: September 15-27, 2021

Selective withdrawal period (100 % penalty): September 28-October 27

Midterm: September 20 – October 15

Fall break: October 11

Thanksgiving recess: November 24-28

Last day of class: December 4, 2021

Final projects due: Friday, December 10.