Mason Cancels Classes on Jan. 20

Posted: January 14, 2009 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Mason President Alan Merten and Provost Peter Stearns announced the decision to cancel all classes at the university’s Northern Virginia campuses on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

This decision was made after much consultation and deliberation by administrators, deans and officials across the university.

Although Mason was originally scheduled to hold classes, growing concerns about the ability to get to campus in a safe, timely manner in light of recently announced Inauguration-related traffic and transportation restrictions ultimately led to the decision to cancel classes.

Classes will be held on May 5 in order to complete the academic calendar; and on April 23 for the School of Law.

The Fairfax and Prince William Campuses and the Loudoun site will be open; the Arlington Campus will be closed because it is directly impacted by road and bridge closures.

It is essential that a sufficient number of employees be available to provide minimal coverage to conduct institutional business and student services as necessary at all four Northern Virginia locations. Managers will make these staffing decisions. For those who work at the campuses that will remain open, all managers are strongly encouraged to make arrangements for people to work from home or utilize flexible work options.

Designated employees at the Arlington Campus can discuss timekeeping questions with Human Resources and Payroll by calling 703-993-2600 and can discuss their designated status with their supervisor.

All Inauguration-related events that have been planned for students on campus will be held as scheduled. See for more information.

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