George Mason University understands that as a family member you want to ensure that your student is safe and protected at all times. The Environmental Health and Safety Office (EHS) and the Department of Police and Public Safety are committed to creating an environment in which everyone in our community can thrive. With this in mind, we encourage you to become familiar with the university’s recommended procedures on how to prepare for and respond to emergencies that may occur on campus.
Mason Alert: 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, and telephone call. All students are strongly encouraged to register one or more cell phone numbers with Mason Alert, the university’s emergency notification system. Mason Alert text messages provide timely notification of events affecting your safety.
As a family member, your student can register your cell phone or email address on their account to allow the university to maintain your account for the duration of your student’s time at Mason. You can also register yourself for a guest account, but you will be required to re-register on an annual basis.
Be Prepared: Information on how to prepare for and respond to emergencies that might occur on campus is available at ready.gmu.edu. This site also has resources to help faculty and staff prepare for emergencies that interrupt classes or impact research activities.
Active Threat Prevention and Response: EHS and University Police recently released an Active Threat Awareness and Prevention video to help students, faculty, and staff identify and report concerning behaviors. This video also reviews actions that should be taken if a person with a weapon is reported on campus. Please review this short 15-minute video at Active Threat Response.
Public Safety App: The university offers a free public safety app to all students, faculty, and staff. Rave Guardian is integrated with Mason Alert and offers a number of important features, including a virtual safety escort function, ability to submit tips anonymously to University Police, and a panic call button that relays your location to University Police. The Rave Guardian app is free through the iTunes store and the Google Play store.
If you have any questions or concerns about Mason’s readiness for potential emergencies on campus, please contact EHS at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-993-8448.
Timely Warnings: police.gmu.edu/timely-warningscrime-alerts
George Mason University issues timely warnings to the entire campus community when there is information that a Clery Act Crime has occurred on or near the University that is considered by the institution to represent a serious or continuing threat to campus safety.
Daily Crime and Fire Log: police.gmu.edu/crime-log-test
The Department of Police and Public Safety is required by law to keep a crime log of all reported crimes that occur on and near property owned or controlled by George Mason University for the most recent 60-day period.
An electronic version of the Daily Crime and Fire Log is posted on police.gmu.edu/crime-log-test within two business days of receiving a report.
Environmental Health and Safety News and Highlights: ehs.gmu.edu
The Environmental Health and Safety Office is committed to providing resources to the university community in order to sustain a healthful and safe working environment.
Email Messages to the Campus Community
Periodically email messages are sent from the Office of the President, Provost, or Vice Presidents to students, faculty, and staff regarding important topics related to student safety. As appropriate, emails sent to the campus community will be posted here and can be accessed through the drop down buttons below.