Dear faculty:

It is clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted our lives and our teaching and learning experience this semester. Many of you have been asking whether we will adjust our expectations for grading for Spring 2020 in light of these unusual circumstances.

We recognize that the educational experience is no longer equitable for our students. While some students may continue to do well, others may not have an opportunity to excel due to not having access to all the resources they need to succeed. Moreover, the bilingual aspect of our education, as encoded in Gallaudet’s mission, is severely compromised in the sudden shift to a remote setting.

Our guiding principle is “do no harm.” To make the learning experience as equitable as possible, the University will adopt the following guidelines for grading for Spring 2020:

We recognize that the above guidelines will have an impact on many areas. We are reassuring everyone that we will continue to follow the principle of “do no harm.” This means we will follow through with any exceptions to current policy that are necessary for continued success, e.g.:

If they wish, students may request documentation of letter grades for specific courses from the Registrar’s Office via an online form to be made available on their website soon. Such documentation can help with satisfying certain program requirements as well as seeking employment, advanced training and/or scholarships in the future.

We wish you good health and success with your teaching for the rest of this semester.


Carol J. Erting, Ph.D.

William T. Ennis III, Ph.D.
Chair, University Faculty