General Information

Bison Shop
The Gallaudet University Bookstore is located in the Student Union Building (SUB). Regular hours are Monday - Friday, from 9:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Please check for special openings. Personal checks and credit cards are accepted. A valid driver's license and a Gallaudet University ID must be presented when paying with a personal check.

Campus Parking
All vehicles on campus must be registered with the Department of Public Safety (DPS) and display a parking permit at all times. Parking for regularly-employed faculty and staff and full- or part-time students is allocated in zones designated as faculty/staff parking or student parking. Parking for handicapped individuals is designated in assigned areas. Zone parking is in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. Part-time Professional Studies students who will be parking on campus can obtain a parking permit for the semester for $10. Please bring your completed application and payment to DPS located on the ground floor of Carlin Hall. You can familiarize yourself with the campus' parking and traffic regulations here.

The University assumes no liability for loss of or damage to personal vehicles and items left within them or for personal injuries that may result from the use of a vehicle on campus.

Holidays (no classes)
Winter Break: December 20, 2015 - January 18, 2016
Martin Luther King Holiday: Monday, January 18, 2016
Spring Break: March 14 - 18, 2016
Memorial Day:
Monday, May 30, 2016
Independence Day: Monday, July 4, 2016


The Library at the Merrill Learning Center (MLC) maintains one of the most comprehensive collections on the subject of deafness in the world. The schedule of library hours will be posted in the MLC. Your Gallaudet University temporary ID card gives you library privilege.


The Department of Public Safety (DPS) is located on the ground floor of Carlin Hall. DPS staff is on duty 24 hours a day and available for assistance and emergencies

Shuttle Service
The Department of Transportation provides shuttle service to the NoMA-Gallaudet U  Station and Union Station to faculty, staff, students and visitors of the Gallaudet University community. You may check shuttle services schedule.

University Closure
Information regarding University closures due to inclement weather or an emergency can be found by going to You can also subscribe to Gallaudet Alert by sending a blank email to

Decisions about a change in the University's operating schedule take into consideration Gallaudet's responsibilities to the students and others we serve, as well as weather reports and information about road conditions on and off campus. The decision to delay opening or to close the University due to inclement weather is first announced on the Gallaudet website. An announcement is then placed on the University's main and weather recording lines 202.651.5000 (TTY/V) and 202.250-7000 (VP). Gallaudet's Department of Public Safety will also begin calling local television and radio stations, but keep in mind that there is usually a delay before the information is added to area broadcasts.

If the University is closed on Friday, Saturday classes will also be cancelled.

University Liability
The University is not responsible for loss or damage to student property or harm to students. If you suffer a loss, please notify the Department of Public Safety.

Peter J. Fine Student Health Center
All students attending classes on campus must provide a completed Medical History Form, a Tuberculosis Risk Assessment Form or tuberculin skin test within 12 months prior to attending Gallaudet University (the Tuberculosis Risk Assessment Form will let you know if the test is needed), and documentation of immunization from Tetanus/Diphtheria. In addition, the District of Columbia law requires that all students under the age of 26 provide documentation of immunity from Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella. Students under 18 years must also be vaccinated against polio. It is mandatory that you receive your immunizations before beginning your on-campus class.

Please plan to send your medical information as soon as possible, noting that:

  • If you send your information outside of Student Health Services (SHS) normal business hours, your information will not begin to be processed until the next business day. SHS normal business hours are from 8:30 am 4:30 pm and does not include holidays and weekends.
  • Once you send your medical information to SHS, processing will take at least three business days.
  • Your entry into a class depends upon you submitting your medical information at least one week before the start of your class so plan accordingly.

Current Gallaudet graduate and undergraduate degree-seeking students should already have a Medical Health History Form on file. Questions about immunization requirements can be directed to

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