Mason keeps advising during the COVID 19 pandemic. Below is a list of advising related frequently asked questions to serve as a resource for advisors and coaches during these unprecedented times. We will continue to update this information as new practices and policies are developing rapidly. Make sure to check www2.gmu.edu/coronavirus for university updates, as well as ulife.gmu.edu/coronavirus for updates from University Life and resources for students.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please review the Registrar’s website for this information, as well as the Student FAQs. These address questions such as: How do I select the alternative grade mode? How will academic standing be determined for spring 2020? If I select alternative grade mode, will the course be able to count towards my requirements? Will the alternative grade mode option impact my….financial aid? Veteran’s benefits? Scholarships? All of this is addressed in the FAQs.
As an academic advisor, you can walk through these FAQs with students and help them make a decision by providing them the information surrounding the alternative grade mode policies.
Idea sharing and asking questions can be done via the MAAN email list serve. If you are not currently a member of MAAN and on the list serve, you can request to be added here: https://maan.gmu.edu/join/
In addition, a Webex Teams group was created for academic advisors and coaches called GMU Academic Advisors. You can request to join this group within Webex Teams or a current member can add you to the group.
Is there a central place students can go for updates regarding operations, services and policies during this time?
Central communications sent to students, updates regarding operations, student services and resources for students during this time are being housed here: https://ulife.gmu.edu/coronavirus/
Please refer students to this website as a resource: https://learningservices.gmu.edu/keeplearning/
You can also review the site so you are aware of the tools and resources available to students.
Are students still able to receive student health, counseling or psychological services during this time?
Yes – check out the Student Support section under Services and Hours on this website: https://ulife.gmu.edu/coronavirus/
How can students take the math placement exam so they register for the appropriate math course for this summer or fall?
During the spring 2020 semester, students who are seeking to register for MATH 105, 108, 113 (CS 112), 123 and 125 for summer or fall may self-place and register for the course they feel they are most prepared without taking the Math Placement Test. It is imperative for advisors to communicate to students that they need to self-place into the course for which they are most prepared. Students will not be guaranteed the same placement for a future semester should a sufficient grade not be earned during this emergency time period.
Students who do register for one of the above MATH courses for the fall 2020 semester, they will be required to meet the listed prerequisite (or passing score on the math placement test) by the last day to add if campus is opened to students and faculty sufficiently in advance of the fall 2020 semester. This will be determined at a later date.
For more guidance, please refer to this website:
Welfare checks for students off-campus: These checks are managed largely in the same way as they were managed prior to distance learning. Anyone concerned for a person (or self) can call either 911 or Mason PD (703.993.2810) to share the information and the location of the person of concern. Local police in the jurisdiction of the student’s location will do a welfare check and take action as appropriate.
Welfare checks for on-campus student: Mason Police will respond to requests for on-campus welfare checks, and will take action as appropriate. CAPS On-Call is still available, as needed.