Classroom Resources for Faculty

It is recommended that faculty review basic emergency response procedures for building evacuation, shelter-in-place, and campus violence with students at the beginning of each semester. Talking points and a syllabus insert are available for download here.

Emergency Preparedness

George Mason University is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment for our community. To be prepared for campus emergencies, you should be familiar with the university’s established emergency procedures available at In the event of an emergency on campus, you may receive instructions from Mason Alert, university officials, or University Police on how to respond to the situation. It is your responsibility to know your closest evacuation route and shelter area. If calling for emergency help, know your building name and room number.

Building Name and Room Number:
Primary and Alternate Emergency Exits:
Designated Assembly Area (building evacuation):
Severe Weather Shelter Area:

Additionally, all members of the Mason community should register one or more cell phone numbers or smart phones to receive emergency notifications from Mason Alert. All students and employee email addresses are automatically enrolled in Mason Alert. To access your account, visit

Emergency: 911
University Police: 703-993-2810
Environmental Health and Safety Office: 703-993-8448

The evacuation and shelter area information should correspond to the location for each of your classes. You should have “Building Name and Room Number” readily available, however, you may need help determining the other information:

  • Primary and Alternate Emergency Exits: Emergency exit route signs are posted in conspicuous locations throughout all university buildings. Each sign identifies primary exit routes and alternate exit routes in addition to other evacuation information.  In the event that you cannot find an emergency exit route sign near your classroom, you should simply find the closest two exits to your classroom (not including elevators) and designate those as your primary and alternate emergency exits (with the closest serving as primary).
  • Designated Assembly Area (building evacuation): This information is also located on the emergency exit route signs that should be available near your classroom. In the event that you cannot find one, the Building Addresses Report also contains information on primary and alternate assembly areas.
  • Severe Weather Shelter Area: Severe weather shelter areas are different for each building/floor/room and therefore are best determined on a case-by-case basis. An appropriate severe weather shelter area should have the following characteristics: Be located in an interior space of a hardened structure without any windows or skylights, have ample space for everyone that is expected to occupy the shelter to sit comfortably, have furniture or features that can be used to protect occupants from falling debris, preferably have more than one entrance and exit, and be ADA compliant.

For more information on severe weather shelter areas, please visit our Tornado and Severe Weather Preparation Guide. For questions or comments, please contact EHS.