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No Fall Break/Closed on Election Day

No Fall Break, Mason Closed on Election Day and Thanksgiving Pivot
The Mason community should be aware of several changes to the calendar during the Fall 2020 semester.

Fall Break and Election Day
George Mason University will close on Tuesday, November 3, to observe Election Day. To ensure the closure will not result in a loss of instructional time for Tuesday classes, the university will not hold Fall Break which was scheduled for Monday, October 12. Instead, that day will be transformed into an instructional day and regularly scheduled Monday classes will meet and Tuesday classes will meet on Tuesday, October 13. (As previously scheduled, Monday classes would have met on Tuesday.) Faculty are encouraged to be flexible as students re-arrange the schedule for their classes and associated personal plans.

Thanksgiving Pivot
The Mason community should also be aware that following the Thanksgiving break, all classes and associated instructional activities—including final exams—will be conducted virtually beginning Monday, November 30. Therefore, the last week of the semester’s class schedule, and the final examination period, will be fully virtual. Please be assured that Mason’s campus will remain open after the Thanksgiving holiday. Residence halls and dining will continue to be open and operating, as will all other campus facilities. In addition, student services will be available and research will continue. Some students may need access to instructional spaces on campus to complete final projects for research and/or coursework. In those cases, faculty and students should discuss those needs.

To view the Fall 2020 Academic Calendar in its entirety, visit

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