Protecting the Gallaudet Community Together.

While all Gallaudet instruction for Fall 2020 will be delivered remotely, a small number of students and essential workers will be on campus this fall semester. 

On Campus Health and Safety Requirements

All on campus health and safety procedures and protocols will meet or exceed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for universities and colleges.


All individuals on Gallaudet campus will be required to adhere to all health and safety mandates, including:

  • Maintaining at least 6 feet distance between individuals inside buildings and in public spaces
  • Avoid close contact with other people
  • Use of face coverings or face masks on campus any time a person is in the presence of others in public settings or where physical distancing is difficult to maintain (meeting rooms, labs, common indoor workspaces)
  • Remain at home, or in a residence hall room, if they have a fever or other symptoms associated with COVID-19
  • Operate at a maximum of 25% building capacity in office spaces in accordance with D.C.’s Phase Two guidance

Symptom Monitoring for All On Campus

Anyone residing on campus as well as those wishing to enter the campus will be required to complete daily self-assessments and temperature checks. This includes employees, vendors and visitors. Monitoring will be done through either an online questionnaire or mobile phone/tablet app. Those with a fever and/or other symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to come to campus. They will then be required to go for testing if they are required to be on campus. Otherwise, they should quarantine at home following those procedures. Potential positive COVID-19 cases will be tracked and the District of Columbia Department of Health will be notified of confirmed cases. All information will be tracked and securely maintained. If an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they will be required to consult with a health care provider and isolate themselves. All persons residing on or wishing to enter campus must follow Gallaudet’s protocols for temperature or symptom monitoring​.

When a Community Member Tests Positive

If a member of the Gallaudet University community tests positive for the virus that causes COVID-19 and a health care provider determines that they do not need to be hospitalized, the following steps will be taken to prevent the disease from spreading on-campus:

  •  The COVID-19 Response Team (CRT) will contact the D.C. Department of Health point of contact to ensure results have been reported and to initiate contact tracing.
  •  A student or staff member living in the residence halls testing positive will be required to immediately report positive test results to the COVID-19 Response Team and to their resident assistant. The Student Health Center will also report any positive results they receive to the CRT.
  •  Students and on-campus staff will be provided a room in a separate building for isolation, as well as services that include daily check-ins for health and wellness, and meal delivery.
  •  Visitors will not be permitted into isolation rooms
  •  Students who are confirmed to have COVID-19 will be required to stay in their isolation rooms on campus until:
    • At least three days (72 hours) after their fever resolves (without medication) and respiratory symptoms (cough, shortness of breath) improve; AND
    •  At least 10 days have passed since their symptoms first started, whichever occurs later.

Policy for Visitors on Campus and in Residence Halls

Access to Gallaudet’s campus will continue to be limited during the Fall 2020 semester. Visitors, including students residing off campus, will only be permitted on campus for specific, pre-approved reasons. Anyone entering campus will be required to complete a health self-assessment and temperature check, and individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted on campus. Anyone moving about on campus will be required to use face coverings and, as necessary, other PPE where required, adhere to physical distancing protocols, and follow other campus health and safety guidelines and requirements.

 

Access to Gallaudet’s campus will continue to be limited during the Fall 2020 semester. Visitors, including students residing off campus, will only be permitted on campus for specific, pre-approved reasons. Anyone entering campus will be required to complete a health self-assessment and temperature check, and individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted on campus. Anyone moving about on campus will be required to use face coverings and, as necessary, other PPE where required, adhere to physical distancing protocols, and follow other campus health and safety guidelines and requirements.

  • During Fall 2020, all residence hall suites will be single occupancy and all students will have a private bathroom.
  • The number of students per floor will be limited to maintain physical distancing. Rooms used for isolation or quarantine purposes will be located in a different residence hall from where other students are residing.
  • All residence hall staff also will reside in single-occupancy suites or apartments.
  • There will be no shared bathrooms during the fall semester. Public bathrooms will either be closed or cleaned in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Floor lounges and lobbies will be reconfigured to allow small groups of students, usually five but if space allows up to 10 individuals, to socialize while adhering to physical distance requirements.
  • Any furniture not conducive to physical distancing, such as sofas, will be placed in storage.
  • Students will be provided with clear masks to facilitate communication.
  • DeafBlind students and individuals communicating with DeafBlind students will be provided with additional PPE that they will be required to use when interacting.
  • Signage will be posted and provided to students for the use of any allowable shared spaces. Students will be advised against the sharing of personal materials and equipment and will be educated about cleaning protocols for before and after use.
  • There will be a set schedule and procedures for students to move in and out of the residence halls to maintain physical distancing and to allow for regular cleaning of equipment and high-traffic areas.
  • The use of face coverings will be required and signage with health, safety and hand-washing guidelines will be posted.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be prevalent throughout all residence halls.
  • Students will complete an initial health and safety orientation and will receive ongoing reminders regarding the appropriate and required use of face coverings in all public spaces. The orientation will include information about health and safety requirements within the District of Columbia.
  • Students will be encouraged to remain on campus.
  • Any student traveling outside of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area should notify the Residence Life office before leaving.
  • Students will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon returning to campus.
  • Any student who chooses to leave campus for the Thanksgiving break will not be permitted to return to campus for the remainder of the semester due to the short duration before campus closes for winter break.
  • Limited food service will be provided only to students residing on campus.
  • Food will be available for take-out only; there will be no in-service dining during Fall 2020.
  • Food service locations and staff will adhere to health and safety protocols for food preparation and provision.
  • Meals will be delivered daily to any student or staff member in isolation or quarantine.
  • There will be a schedule for the use and cleaning of laundry facilities.
  • Domestic and international university-sponsored travel will continue to be restricted.
  • All requests for university-sponsored domestic travel must be approved in advance by a university officer.
  • Any student or employee returning from domestic or international travel, especially hot spots, will be required to quarantine 14 days. They also must complete daily self-monitoring checks and temperature checks.
  • Students leaving campus for Thanksgiving will not be permitted to return to campus due to the limited time period before the end of the semester.
  • Gallaudet may provide limited shuttle service in the fall as the need warrants.
  • Passengers and drivers will be required to use face coverings and follow physical distance protocols.
  • Capacity will be limited and physical distancing within the vehicles created.
  • Community members using public transportation or bike-share programs will be reminded to follow health and safety protocols including the use of face coverings and physical distancing. They will be asked, as will all employees, to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when they arrive on campus.
  • Gallaudet will limit university events in the fall and all activities at the beginning of the semester will be hosted virtually.
  • Gatherings of students will be limited to 10 people or fewer.
  • Should the university be ready to begin its Phase Two hybrid operations at some point in the semester, any necessary gatherings will reflect Washington, D.C., reopening restrictions and will be limited to students residing or employees working on campus.
  • Any public spaces used for events will be designated in advance to ensure appropriate design for physical distancing and cleaning in accordance with CDC guidelines.
  • Event attendees must be free of COVID-19 symptoms and adhere to university health and safety requirements for physical distancing, the use of face coverings and additional PPE as needed.
  • Protocols will remain in place for regular and deep cleanings in accordance with CDC and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance.
  • Custodial staff are a part of the university’s essential personnel and have maintained buildings per these guidelines since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Buildings that have been occupied for essential purposes are routinely cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis.
  • All locations will be cleaned a minimum of seven days prior to reopening. After that, the custodial team will provide a clear schedule of maintenance cleaning for common areas and instructions and supplies for private areas.
  • Buildings, specific rooms and areas where a person with COVID-19 has spent time will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
  • The scope of cleaning and disinfecting will be based on the contamination and risk potential as determined by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and the COVID-19 Response Team in coordination with impacted departments, GU facilities, and housing and food services as applicable.
  • Detailed protocols are in place for deep cleaning and disinfection.

The campus post office is managed by an outside vendor and operates on limited hours. The university requires the vendor to comply with all university COVID-19 health and safety protocols. In addition, COVID-19 policies include the following:

  •  All staff members must wear masks and gloves when handling mail and helping customers at the window.
  •  All staff members must have their temperature checked at the beginning of their shifts.
  •  All post office surfaces must be cleaned with a disinfectant every 30 minutes.
  •  All staff must change their gloves every 30 minutes.
  •  All staff must follow procedures for the receipt, handling and distribution of mail and packages.

Frequently Asked Questions

Last Update | August 19, 2020

Access to Gallaudet’s campus will continue to be limited during the Fall 2020 semester. Visitors, including students residing off campus, will only be permitted on campus for specific, pre-approved reasons. Anyone entering campus will be required to complete a health self-assessment and temperature check, and individuals with symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted on campus. Anyone moving about on campus will be required to use face coverings and, as necessary, other PPE where required, adhere to physical distancing protocols, and follow other campus health and safety guidelines and requirements.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

Student Health Services (SHS) will start the semester consistent with its existing capacity.  They are available to students residing on campus to meet their health and medical needs by appointment only. Both in-person and telehealth services will be available. They also will be able to provide limited services to students suspected of coming in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, as well as students demonstrating symptoms of or testing positive for COVID-19. Gallaudet is exploring expanded on-campus medical services in the future.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

Protocols will remain in place for regular and deep cleanings in accordance with CDC and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance. Custodial staff are a part of the university’s essential personnel and have maintained buildings per these guidelines since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Buildings that have been occupied for essential purposes are routinely cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis. All locations will be cleaned a minimum of seven days prior to reopening. After that, the custodial team will provide a clear schedule of maintenance cleaning for common areas and instructions and supplies for private areas.

 

Buildings, specific rooms and areas where a person with COVID-19 has spent time will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The scope of cleaning and disinfecting will be based on the contamination and risk potential as determined by the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (EHS) and the COVID-19 Response Team in coordination with impacted departments, Gallaudet facilities, and housing and food services as applicable. Detailed protocols are in place for deep cleaning and disinfection.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

All academic support services will continue unabated, including Student Success, tutoring, academic advising, career services, disability support services, and counseling and psychological services. Our professional staff has adapted to online service delivery, and we are confident that they will provide the same high-quality services to which you are accustomed.

 

NOTE:  Many of the detailed Academic FAQs on the original COVID-19 site still apply.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

As we did last spring, we will provide technological support to our students who need it. Students may request loaner laptops, wifi routers, and webcams through Gallaudet Technology Services. Also, through our partnership with Apple, Connected Gallaudet is providing all students with free iPads Pros, Apple Smart Keyboards and Apple Pencils.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

We recommend you talk with faculty directly about any challenges you are facing with specific class content.  Also, academic support services including Student Success and tutoring, as well as Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) are available remotely.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

Faculty who wish to conduct on-campus research will be required to submit a formal request to the Office of the Dean of Graduate School, Research, and Continuing and Online Education. The office will review each request on a case-by-case basis.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

The university remains in Phase One for all research activities. In this phase, all in-person research involving human subjects is suspended, and no research activities may be conducted on campus unless approved.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us as never before, but we are making every effort to maintain the highest standards for quality bilingual education.  Nearly all of our faculty has gone through customized training to be more effective and engaging in their remote instruction and we will continue to search for new ways to enhance our educational experience.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

Nearly all faculty have been meeting with the faculty online training team to: (1) be more effective and engaging in their remote instruction (with most becoming certified in online instruction); (2) design sign language-vibrant learning experiences for their students; (3) design learning experiences that are multicultural and trauma-informed; and (4) better use Gallaudet’s learning content platform to optimize connecting with students and monitoring student engagement and success. Students will also engage in a similar online training program to prepare them to learn and engage remotely.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

Gallaudet University is offering all students a 15 percent reduction in tuition for the fall semester.  There may be other resources available to you; please reach out to our Financial Aid office at financial.aid@gallaudet.edu for more information.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

All students who had planned internships for fall should adhere to the policies/protocols established by your internship site.  Communicate with your university supervisor about any changes to your internship, as this may have an impact on your ability to complete your program or attain licensure.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

Classes for the fall semester are scheduled to end December 14, 2020. Final examination period is scheduled December 16-18 and   winter break is scheduled December 25 through January 1, 2020.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

The university will deliver all instruction remotely during the Fall 2020 semester. Any students allowed on campus for Fall 2020 who choose to leave campus for the Thanksgiving break will not be permitted to return to campus for the remainder of the semester due to the short duration before campus closes for winter break.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

Gallaudet’s response to the pandemic has been led by the COVID-19 Leadership Team (C-19LT). This group includes the President’s Executive Team, as well as campus public health and safety experts and other key leaders in the campus community. The C-19LT continues to coordinate all plans with guidance from the District of Columbia.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

This decision was made after careful consideration of all possible models for safely and effectively delivering instruction during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and following the District of Columbia’s public health mandate and guidelines.

Last Update | August 19, 2020

The university will deliver all instruction remotely during the Fall 2020 semester.​