July 2021

Degree Completion Recognition Bonus


Recently earned a bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree? Did you know that Mason departments may award recognition bonuses up to $5000?

Since January 2019, departments have been permitted to award recognition bonuses to administrative/professional faculty, instructional/research faculty, research staff, and non-probationary classified employees who earned a degree or qualifying certification. Non-student wage employees, student workers, and adjunct faculty are not eligible for the degree or certification bonus. This bonus is discretionary pay. 

View more information here: Degree and Certification Recognition Bonus Guidelines and Form


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Sustainability at Work: July 2021

Single-Use Plastics and Polystyrene are Banned at George Mason University

Governor Northam signed Executive Order 77 in March 2021 effectively banning single-use plastics and polystyrene from state agencies, including Mason. Mason purchasers and vendors, please review guidance (below) about acceptable items you can purchase as alternatives after July 21, 2021.   

As an overall waste reduction strategy, let’s reframe our thinking to “Buy Less, Buy Better.” If you purchase giveaways, support sustainability by purchasing durable, climate-neutral reusables, or contact the task force.  


June 2021

Announcements from Human Resources and Payroll

Supervisor Boot Camp

Supervisor Boot Camp is a program designed to provide essential information, resources, and contacts to supervisors. The updated, virtual format includes five three-hour sessions, over 10 weeks, from 9 a.m. to noon, presented via Zoom.

Registration is now open for summer and fall cohorts.

For session schedules and information, visit our Supervisor Boot Camp website.

Participants must supervise at least one employee. Space is limited and registrations are first come, first served. For additional questions, contact Margaret Vu at

Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship

Faculty and staff who are enrolled in a degree or certificate program at Mason can apply for the competitive $250 Faculty/Staff Book  Scholarship.

The application deadline is June 11. For details and to apply, visit the Faculty/Staff Book Scholarship webpage.


May 2021

Pregnancy and Parenting rights under Title IX

Pregnancy and Parenting Resources for Students

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 (“Title IX”), 20 U.S.C. §1681 et seq., is a federal civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex—including pregnancy and parental status—in educational programs and activities. Know your rights, and know where to get support.YOUR RIGHTS

  • You must be provided with reasonable adjustments, such as a larger desk, elevator access, or allowance for frequent bathroom breaks, when necessary because of your pregnancy.
  • You must be allowed to make up any work missed while on medical leave.
  • You must not be required to submit a doctor’s note for absences related to your pregnancy or childbirth, unless ALL students are required to submit a doctor’s note for absences and hospitalizations related to physical or emotional conditions.
  • You must be allowed to continue participating in classes and extracurricular activities while you are pregnant.
  • Absences due to pregnancy or childbirth must be excused, for as long as your doctor deems necessary.
  • Your instructor may not refuse to allow you to submit work after a deadline you missed because of pregnancy or childbirth. You should be allowed to make up any participation or attendance credits you did not have the chance to earn due to your pregnancy-related absence.


Student Health Services

Student Health Services offers both pregnancy testing (for a fee) and counseling regarding options, resources, and services available.

Office of Disability Services

Contact Disability Services to discuss possible accommodations (e.g., classroom furniture, location to retake exam) if you need assistance with a pregnancy-related condition.

New Student and Family Programs & Contemporary Student Services

Contemporary Student Services and New Student and Family Programs coordinate with faculty, staff, and outside organizations to provide information that meets the unique needs of Mason student-parents.

Child Care Services

The Child Development Center at the Fairfax Campus serves faculty, staff, and students at the university, with enrollment on a first-come, first-served basis. Regular child care is provided from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, for children 2-5 years old. Children attend 2, 3, or 5 days per week.

Additional resources are available across local counties, including: Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, and Loudoun County.

Lactation Spaces

The University supports working and learning mothers. As such, we offer private spaces on each campus to accommodate nursing mothers. Specific locations at the Fairfax Campus, Arlington Campus, and SciTech Campus can be found online.

Title IX Website

Student-Parents Website

Resources for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Office of Compliance Diversity & Ethics
373 Aquia Building
Fairfax Campus

Title IX Coordinator
Angela Nastase, JD

May 2021

Updates from Parking and Transportation

Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

Vanpool Formation: Fredericksburg, VA Area  

Are you a full-time faculty/staff member who lives in the Fredericksburg, VA area?  Would you like to have your commute costs reimbursed up to $270/month, tax-free, not have to do all the driving, park free at Mason, and reduce carbon emissions?  If so, consider vanpooling.  Parking and Transportation is starting with the Fredericksburg area and has developed a short vanpool match survey 

More detailed information about vanpooling at Mason is available.  If you have any questions about vanpooling – whether you live in the Fredericksburg area or not – please reach out to    

Summer 2021: Parking Permits on Sale and Mason Shuttles Summer Schedules Available  

Summer parking passes went on sale on Monday, May 10.  Online sales only.  Please visit the Parking and Transportation website for details.  Reach out to with any questions. 

Mason Shuttles summer service begins on Monday, May 17.  Service will continue to be Monday-Friday only.  We will be running a limited Fairfax/SciTech route (one bus) and the On-Demand shuttle (two buses). Schedules can be found on the Parking and Transportation website. Please reach out to if you have any questions. Please note: The spring 2021 schedules are in effect through Friday, May 14. No weekend service. There is no shuttle service on Monday, May 31 in observance of Memorial Day. 

Motor Pool Fuel Cards, Required Training, and Reminders  

Fuel cards are available for motor pool rentals to have fuel charges charged back to the university. Drop by the Transportation Office located in Lot C to check out a fuel card before your rental pick-up date.  Entering Fuel Agreements or allowing Enterprise to refuel after returning vehicles empty is not permitted. 

Drivers for Enterprise vehicles through motor pool must complete a University Driver Safety Awareness Training and a refresher training every two years through the Office of Risk Management to be eligible to drive.  

To be eligible to drive a maxi van, you must be at least 20 years of age and pass the “Van Driver Familiarization Class.” Outside of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Enterprise’s age requirement to drive a 12-to 15-passenger van is 25. 

 Learn more about upcoming training sessions and important reminders

It’s Bike Your Way May: Spring Cycling Opportunities  

  1. National Bike Challenge Underway.  May is National Bike Month! Help grow Mason’s biking culture. Parking and Transportation invites you to join the National Bike Challenge. Registration is free and you can sign up as an individual. 
  1. Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 21.  Celebrate the Washington region’s 20th anniversary of Bike to Work Day. Start your day off cycling. Pit stops all over the VA, DC, MD area. COVID policy in effect including staggered hours. Register here
  1. Virtual Bike to Mason Week Recordings Available. Couldn’t join us April 19-23? Many of the sessions were recorded. Check out the recorded sessions

Bike Commuter Choice: New Introductory Tier  

Do you live within a few miles of campus and think biking to work could be good for your well-being? All faculty and staff are eligible to participate in the Bike Commuter Choice Program. The program now has four tiers of support. The more you ride, the greater the financial incentive. The new introductory tier is just 5 rides per quarter. For details, please visit the Parking and Transportation website and scroll to the Faculty/Staff Bike Commuter Choice Program. Questions? Email at 

May 2021

Support Group Meetings for Working Mothers at Mason – Summer Meetings 

Support Group Meetings for Working Mothers at Mason – Summer Meetings 

The Support Group for Working Mothers at Mason is one way Mason faculty, staff, and students can come together, discuss the issues confronting working mothers, and perhaps motivate changes on campus. The group will continue to meet virtually over the summer.   

Meetings will be held at 2 p.m. via Zoom: June 1, July 14 and August 5 

If you are interested in sharing stories and being part of an informal organization of working mothers, please contact Heather Aleknavage ( or visit our website for more information. 


April 2021

Human Resources and Payroll News

Congratulations to Mason’s 2021 Outstanding Achievement Award Awardees! View the complete list of award winners. Take a moment to congratulate the winners by commenting on the “Congrats” post on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or by sending them an e-card.

Start Planning for Open Enrollment

Annual open enrollment will be held online on EmployeeDirect from May 3–17. During annual open enrollment, you may change your health benefits coverage and enroll/re-enroll in the flexible spending accounts for the upcoming plan year.

Open enrollment changes are effective from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022. In April, the Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) will mail open enrollment packets to eligible employees’ home addresses. To ensure that you receive your open enrollment packet, please check your current home address in Patriot Web and update your address if it is incorrect.

To update your address:

  • Log into Patriot Web
  • Select Personal Information tab
  • Select Personal Profile to view your current address
  • Select the pencil icon next to your address and enter your new address
  • After updating your address, you must select the Update button to save your address change

CommonHealth Weekly Wellnotes

Looking for a way to get quick wellness tips without doing any extra work? Each week, we update the CommonHealth page on the HR and Payroll website with Weekly Wellnotes that provide quick wellness tips. These tips range from how to manage stress, delicious recipes, how to nurture your relationships, financial tips, ways to stay physically healthy, and more.

Visit the CommonHealth page on the HR and Payroll website each week for a new tip.

Summer Camp Resources

Start planning for summer now! To help families with children, we compiled a list of summer camps and activities at Mason and in the surrounding community. The list is organized by area and links directly to the activity page. If you have questions about a specific camp, please contact the camp directly. 

Purple Up! For Military Kids

We’re inviting you to wear purple on April 15 for “Purple Up! For Military Kids!” April is Month of the Military Child, and on April 15, military families and communities wear purple as a way to show support for and to thank our military children for their strength, sacrifice, and courage.

Wear purple on April 15 and tag @GMUHRandPayroll on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to show your support.

The color purple was selected to represent all branches of the military. When you mix all the branches’ colors together you get purple: Air Force, Navy, and the Coast Guard service color is blue, the Army service color is green, and the Marine service is red. Purple up, Mason Nation!

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Wellness Resources

Mason’s faculty and staff have access to Kaiser Permanente’s EAP Wellness Resources, whether you’re a member of Kaiser or not. Visit their website to explore a range of self-care tools, tips, and activities to help you thrive in mind, body, and spirit. You’ll find articles, meditations, and other useful well-being resources.

Questions? Contact

TIAA Financial Seminars

Looking to learn more about your finances? TIAA is hosting several financial well-being seminars. Check out the flyer to learn more.

April 2021

Title IX: Reporting

George Mason University Policy 1202: Sexual Gender-Based Misconduct and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence

Reporting Process
Anyone can submit a report to the Title IX Coordinator.

Prohibited Conduct can include:

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Sexual Assault
  • Dating/Domestic Violence
  • Stalking
  • Sexual Exploitation
  • Complicity
  • Retaliation

Complete Reporting Form
The Reporting Form will prompt you with questions in order to provide necessary information to the Title IX Coordinator.

Report Reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator

The report is reviewed by the Title IX Coordinator in order to:

  • Determine if incident involves possible sexual and interpersonal misconduct
  • Assess level of threat to involved parties and/or community, and evaluate immediate safety needs
  • Collaborate with other offices on a need-to-know basis to initiate safety measures

Outreach from Title IX 

The Title IX Coordinator will email the individual named as the Complainant in the report to provide information including:

  • The formal and informal Title IX processes and possible safety measures
  • An invitation to meet with the Title IX Coordinator to discuss rights and options
  • Resources on/off campus

Meeting with the Title IX Coordinator
If the individual decides to meet with the Title IX Coordinator

  • Formal or Informal Title IX process
  • Right to contact law enforcement
  • Supportive measures
  • Resources on/off campus

Supportive Measures 
Individuals can work with the Title IX Coordinator to determine appropriate supportive measures.

Supportive measures may include:

  • No Contact Order
  • Housing changes
  • Academic support
  • Work schedule changes
  • Safety planning
  • Referrals to resources

GMU’s Title IX Coordinator
Angela Nastase, JD

Compliance, Diversity, and Ethics
373 Aquia Building
Fairfax Campus
Title IX Website

For more information: GMU Policy 1202

November 2020

Human Resources and Payroll Announcements – Nov. 2020

Reporting Accidents Reminder

We want to make sure the Mason community stays safe! Please remember to report all accidents, injuries, or conditions that may cause harm to an individual or the university. When dangerous or potentially dangerous conditions are reported, the university can take appropriate action to protect the community.

Please report the following situations to the university: 

  • Submit an Incident Report form when there is an unsafe condition, illness, or injury involving a student or visitor.   

Resources Regarding: 

  • Insurance, university property damage/theft, and automobile incidents: Contact Office of Risk Management at 703-993-2599 
  • Workers’ Compensation: Contact the Benefits Team at 703-993-2600 or   


Supervisor Boot Camp

Supervisor Boot Camp is a program designed to provide essential information, resources, and contacts to supervisors who are new to Mason or new to supervising.

The updated, virtual format includes four half-day sessions over eight weeks, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., from Thursday, October 22, through Thursday, December 3. All sessions will be conducted via Zoom.   

Participants must supervise at least one employee. Space is limited and registrations are first come, first served. Please contact Margaret Vu at to reserve your space. 


November 2020

November Mason Administrative Professionals Meeting

Mason Administrative Professionals (MAP) will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at noon via Webex:

November MAP Meeting
Meeting number: 120 629 6896
Password: LUNCH
Join by phone 1-415-655-0003 US Toll / 1-202-860-2110 United States Toll (Washington D.C.)
Access code: 120 629 6896

MAP Meeting Dates (2020–21)

Tuesday, November 17, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Tuesday, December 8, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, January 19, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Tuesday, February 16, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, March 16, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 20, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Tuesday, May 18, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.