Monday, December 19, 2005

I forbid you from working over the holiday!

Every Monday morning, by the time I have my coffee in hand and have broken something expensive, the Mason E-Files have found their way into my email box. These announcements are sent to staff and faculty and cover a wide range of topics: campus news, payroll information, Aquatic Center locker availability, etc.

We happen to be closed the week between Christmas and New Years, so much so that E-Files had the following this morning:

Winter Holiday Lock Down

The university will be closed for the winter holiday from 6:00 pm on Thursday, December 22, 2005 through 6:00 am on Monday, January 2, 2006. Pursuant to this, all academic and administrative buildings (with a few exceptions) will be on lockdown throughout this period. The access control system will be programmed to secure these buildings, and they will be patrolled by our staff throughout the holiday break. Buildings not affected are: David King Hall, Science & Tech I and II, Robinson Hall A and B.

We recognize that many staff members and some students will need access to locked buildings during this time. We are happy to accommodate requests for access to facilitate essential functions. In order to streamline the process we recommend adherence to this protocol:

All faculty and staff needing access to a locked building must call the university police department. An officer will be dispatched to meet you at the building entrance. The staff member must be prepared to display George Mason University faculty or staff identification card, and the room key for interior offices. Police officers will not be authorized to grant access to interior offices or work spaces.

If only my previous employers had made working over a holiday so difficult. I might actually get some work on my house done.

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