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On April 2, 2020 the Executive Committee of the Board of Visitors of George Mason University will meet and host a Public Comment Session to receive input on proposed undergraduate tuition and mandatory fee increases for the 2020-2021 Academic Year (as mandated by Virginia codes § 23.1-307.D and § 23.1-307.E). The meeting will take place on the Fairfax campus, Merten Hall, Hazel Conference Room (1201), 8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

At this session, Carol Kissal, Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance, will present the proposed FY 2021 Financial Plan. Following this presentation, the Board will receive public comment on tuition and fees. The full agenda and meeting materials are available on the Board of Visitors website (, in the “Meeting Agendas & Materials” page.


Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and restrictions on public gatherings, additional measures are being implemented to minimize interpersonal contact and maximize social distancing among participants. The following measures include directives from the Governor of Virginia, as well as recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • The session will be live streamed online for remote access (details below under “Remote Access/Live Stream Information”)
  • Additional nearby spaces will be used as overflow and will have a live stream of the session.
  • All seating will have a minimum of 6 feet of separation.
  • Capacity in the primary meeting room and the overflow rooms will each be limited to 10.

Members of the public are highly encouraged to access the session remotely. Details for accessing this stream can be found in the “Remote Access/Live Stream Information” section below.


To submit written comments and/or register to speak during the April 2, 2020 Board of Visitors Public Comment Session, please complete the following registration and comment form in its entirety:

All public comments must be limited to the topic of undergraduate tuition and mandatory fee increases. The Board will hear speakers in the order in which they registered through the registration and comment form. Due to time limitations, each speaker will be provided 3 minutes, and not all registrants may have the opportunity to address the Board. Therefore, it is highly encouraged to provide feedback in writing through the form. Please note that all verbal comments received during the meeting, and written statements directed through the form will be provided to the Board and included in the public record. The registration and comment link will remain open until April 2, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.


Option 1: GMU-TV

A live broadcast of the session will be available at The GMU-TV broadcast will not offer the ability to provide verbal comments, but for those wishing to only observe the session, this can be streamed from any device’s web browser.

Option 2: Webex

If you would like to remotely provide verbal comments for the board, you may join the session via Webex*. If you wish to observe the session without providing comment, you may still join the Webex event, however the GMU-TV broadcast outlined above is best for viewing access.

To provide verbal comment via Webex, you must register in advance using the registration and comment form detailed in the “Public Comment” section above.

 Upon joining the Webex session, your device microphone will be automatically muted. If you have registered to make verbal comments, the moderator will unmute your microphone when recognized by the Rector. For additional information on joining a Webex Events session, please see the guide located at:

1.Webex Login Information:
Click the following link:
Event number (Access code): 614 584 159
Password: aprilbov

2.Webex Audio Conference Information*:
To listen to the audio of the session over a telephone, dial:
+1-415-655-0003 (US Toll)
Enter the access code: 614 584 159

*Please note: Due to the nature of Webex Events, verbal comment cannot be offered over the phone via the Audio Conference option. If you would like to make remote verbal comments, please join the session via the Webex link above from a computer (that is equipped with a microphone) using your web browser, or through an iPad or other mobile device using the Webex Meetings application.

Time-permitting, and at the discretion of the Rector, the floor may be opened for further public participation from those who have not registered. During that time, if you would like to make verbal comment, you are asked to use the “raise hand” feature in the Webex application and wait to be called upon.

Pursuant to § 2.2-3708.2.D.2, to report an interruption in the video broadcast, please call Mason Information Technology Services’ support line at (703) 993-8870.

Pursuant to § 2.2-3708.2.D.6, the Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council public comment form may be accessed at:


Please check the Board of Visitors website ( for the most updated information regarding the Public Comment Session.



About the Board of Visitors

The Board of Visitors (BOV) of George Mason University was created in April 1972 by an act of the General Assembly when the university became an independent institution. The board is a corporate body serving under the leadership of a rector, vice rector, and secretary. The 16 members of the board are appointed by the governor of Virginia on a rotating basis to serve four-year terms. The Faculty Senate Chair sits on the Board as a nonvoting faculty representative. As a result of their respective elections to the positions of president of the Student Government and president of the Graduate and Professional Student Association, two non-voting student representatives are appointed by the Board of Visitors each year at the May meeting to serve a one-year term.

Without limiting the generality of its powers, the Board of Visitors exercises its authority principally in policy-making and oversight. With the exception of meetings convened in executive session, meetings of the Board of Visitors and its committees are open to the public. The board recognizes as official observers eight faculty representatives that are elected by the faculty at-large. Two faculty representatives sit on each of the following committees: Academic Programs, Diversity, and University Community Committee, Finance and Land Use Committee, Development Committee, and Research Committee. A faculty liaison may be appointed to the Audit Committee.

BOV Contact:
If you would like to contact the Board of Visitors, you may send an email to or call the Secretary pro tem, of the Board at 703-993-8627.