University Institutes Five New Policies

Posted: August 12, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason has recently established five new policies that address copyright compliance, university graffiti, on-campus cable television channel allocation and operation, building coordinator program, and staff and faculty timesheet recording and submissions.

The copyright policy states that George Mason must comply with federal copyright law and all related law codified at 17 U.S.C. ยง101 et seq. All faculty, staff and students must adhere to university copyright policy and are expected to seek consultation and advice from the Copyright Office when using the copyrighted works of others. In recognition of its mission to further teaching, learning and research, and engage in public service, George Mason is committed to fostering an environment that provides for the fair use of copyrighted works to achieve these goals while remaining in compliance with applicable laws.

The graffiti policy was created to promote the overall learning environment, the aesthetic appeal of the campus, and an inclusive campus community. Excessive chalked messages and pictures can be detrimental to these goals. Chalked messages are allowed on sidewalks that are exposed to rainfall, but are prohibited on all stairs, walls, and buildings. The only exception to this is the designated Spirit Wall located on the north side of Robinson B. All chalked messages should also meet community standards and not include profanity, obscene pictures, or disparaging remarks.

The cable channel allocation policy ensures that George Mason’s closed-circuit television system serves the campus community by offering entertainment and informative programming, and by providing an opportunity for learning and experience. The policy will guide the campus community in requesting certain channels, whether for short- or long-term use.

According to the building coordinator policy, each building on any George Mason campus must have a building coordinator appointed. The provost and senior vice president will jointly identify an administrator in each campus building who represents the majority of the building’s occupants. The administrator will then designate an individual and alternate to serve as building coordinator. In certain multifunctional buildings, without a primary occupant, the director of the Physical Plant will designate a member of his staff to serve as the building coordinator, and the Safety Office will maintain a list of coordinators for use by university officials. Appointees must be a full-time member of the faculty or professional or administrative staff. Each building coordinator is responsible for the well being of his/her facility. The building coordinator will have the authority to make decisions, and carry out those duties that affect comfort, convenience, safety, and energy conservation.

The final policy states that the university is responsible for paying employees consistent with the terms and conditions of their employment. Effective management of resources includes accurate accounting of hours worked and leave taken by staff and covered faculty. It is the individual responsibility of each wage, classified, and 12-month faculty member to submit hours worked and/or leave taken according to procedures established for their employment type. Failure to do so according to established schedules may result in non-payment, mis-payment, and/or disciplinary action. Non-payment and mis-payments due to a failure by an individual staff or faculty member to submit his/her own hours worked, in a timely manner, will be corrected and processed no sooner than the next regularly scheduled payroll process for that employee.

For more information, visit the University Policies web site.

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