COVID19 Resources and Frequently Asked Questions

For up to date official information regarding how George Mason University is working on the Coronavirus/COVID-19 situation, please go to the official University Website. This is the best place to get information regarding official University policy changes.

Notification Guidelines. If you are an employee who has tested positive for COVID-19, have been tested and don't have results, or have symptoms, please review the university's guidelines located here.

Guidelines for students, faculty, staff, and contractors. If you need guidance on getting tested, where to go to care, or returning to campus, please review the information located here

Frequently asked questions about how COVID-19 may affect your semester

Where can I find mental health resources during this time?

The Center for Psychological Services has put together a resource page to help with coping during this time. You can find a link to that page here

What if I need temporary funding during this time?

George Mason University has set up an emergency funding program to help students with unexpected costs that come with switching in housing, moving online, or other expenses related to the COVID-19 closures. 

Link to application is here.

You will see on the application examples of types of expenses we plan on funding and some that we will not fund.  Since the situation is rapidly evolving, we will adjust our website to reflect any changes as necessary.

Can I still meet with an academic advisor?

Our academic advisors are available to help you as usual through many different methods. You can schedule an appointment, through usual, through Navigate Mason. Once you have scheduled your appointment, you will be contacted by an advisor to set up a meeting via Webex. 

You can also ask a question by emailing There is also a Psychology Online Advising Blackboard Organization you can join to look at discussion groups. 

How have registration dates been affected by the result of the closures and the delays?

Summer registration was pushed back to April 15th in order to accommodate a shift to online classes. Check Patriotweb for your time ticket, but you can see an overview on the registrar's website right here.

Fall registration starts on May 1st. Again, check your degree evaluation for your exact time ticket, but the registrar's website will be your best resource for any changes. 

Can I still get this document signed?

Yes. Absolutely, you can email the document to, and we will e-sign any document that we can. 

How will this affect my Dissertation or Thesis Defense?

The deadline to turn in your dissertation or thesis defense was by 5:00 on Friday, May 8th. If you have not turned in your dissertation or thesis, you will be unable to graduate in the Spring.

The deadline for Summer 2020 will be Friday, August 14th at 5:00 pm.

You can email University Dissertation and Thesis Services at for any questions, or to set up a virtual meeting. 

You can still conduct your thesis or dissertation defense via online meeting, and you can still get electronic signatures in order to turn in your defense during this time.

How can I apply for alternative grading?

The University has approved alternate grading modes as a result of the switch to online classes. 

As of May 12th, 2020, you are no longer able to change this via Patriotweb. Please visit the Registrar's website to fill out the Change of Grade Mode dynamic form. You can find that form here.

Keep in mind that as a default you will be graded on the regular grading scale, and the opt-in to this is your choice. You can do this via Patriotweb by going to the registration menu. A full breakdown is available on the registrar's website

XS (Extraordinary circumstances -Satisfactory) - you earn credit in the course by meeting a minimum grade threshold; at the graduate level it would be a B- or higher

XP (Extraordinary Circumstances – Pass) – The student earns credit in the course but has not met a minimum grade threshold to apply the course to requirements with a minimum grade requirement; at the graduate level this would be a C grade.

XN (Extraordinary Circumstances – No Credit) – The student does not earn credit in the course.

These grades will not be included in your GPA, and your transcripts will include a key should you apply to any graduate schools.


What do I do if I need to return a rented book, need to return a book, or if I have questions about the bookstore?

Contact the bookstore at: They are working to provide the best up to date information regarding closures and cancellations.  

Please note that the rental deadline has been extended to June 15th. 

Am I am going to get a refund for parking, meal plans, etc?

George Mason University is offering some refunds. Most of this information is up at special website created by Student Accounts, and it is best to get your official information via this website