Dear Gallaudet Community:

As our community comes together, it is important for us to be responsive and take precautions with regard to our safety and well-being during this time of great uncertainty. We are working diligently to adjust to the rapidly changing context and increasing information about COVID-19.  As we do, our focus is on you – our students, faculty, and staff – and your health and safety.

From March 23 through May 4, Gallaudet University will deliver all classes remotely.

Students: We expect students to leave campus (or stay home if already there) for spring break and remain off campus for the rest of this semester. We recognize that a limited number of students will need to remain on campus for a variety of reasons; therefore, dining and other campus services will continue, though there may be modifications to schedules. Students should plan accordingly and make sure they have whatever books and belongings they need to continue their studies.

Faculty: Faculty are instructed to follow Gallaudet Technology Services updates [GTS Resources] for online resources, and to check the Gallaudet University website for updated information. Faculty also should check in on their students’ academics and well-being. Being informed, being prepared, and being flexible are the three linchpins of an effective transition to online teaching and learning to ensure academic quality and continuity, as well as a successful conclusion to the semester.

While the risk to our community remains low at this time, this could change quickly. Our precautionary actions will help limit potential exposure to COVID-19 and enhance our ability to manage and/or isolate any suspected or confirmed cases that may occur at the university, and therefore limit the spread of the virus both on campus and in the region.

More details about academic planning (e.g. student internships, final exams) are forthcoming and will be communicated as soon as possible. Please continue to monitor your email frequently for updates.

To summarize:

We know that our community members will have many questions following this message. University leadership will communicate more information in the days ahead, including guidance for students who will need to continue to access on-campus housing, further instructions for online teaching for faculty, and telework options for staff.

We are a resilient, innovative, and close-knit community, dedicated to the success of our students, and we will face this challenging time together.

Thank you.


Dr. Carol J. Erting

Travis Imel’00 & G-’02
Dean of Student Affairs