Academic Information

Adding or Dropping Courses
A course may be dropped through the first day of class by submitting an ADD/DROP form. Courses which are dropped will not show up on your transcript. Failure to formally drop a course will result in a final grade of 'F'. After the first week, you must use a COURSE WITHDRAWAL form (see WITHDRAWALS below).

Students must obtain permission, prior to registration, to audit a course. ASL courses are not available for audit. Tuition waivers cannot be used if you are requesting to audit a course. There is no reduction in tuition when auditing a course.

Grade Reports
Grade Reports are mailed to students at the close of each semester using the student's mailing address as provided.

Incomplete ("INC") Grades
Incomplete grades must be arranged and approved by your instructor and are given only under extenuating circumstances. Receiving an INC on your grade report allows you to complete the course by the following semester as outlined by your instructor. Failure to complete your course will result in a final grade of "F".


Transcripts of academic records may be obtained from the Registrar's Office upon written request by completing a Transcript Request Form.

Semester Credit Hours
The unit of semester credit is defined as university-level credit that is awarded for completion of coursework, the transfer of coursework from another accredited institution, or the evaluation of college-level prior learning. One credit hour (at least 50 minutes) reflects an amount of work represented in the intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement for these learning outcomes. A credit hour is awarded on the basis of one of three sets of criteria.  To meet the credit hour requirements, additional out of class hours will be required to complete these courses.

Transferring Credits
If you wish to transfer Gallaudet credits to your home institution, you must obtain approval from your home institution, prior to applying, to ensure that the credits will be accepted.

Types of Credits
Undergraduate credit courses do not have a PST prefix. and are numbered less than 700 level (ex: EDU 495). In general, these courses may be applied to Gallaudet University degrees or certificates. Graduate credit courses do not have a PST prefix and are 600 level and above (ex: EDU 795). In general, these courses may be applied to Gallaudet University graduate degrees or certificates. Professional Studies (PST) credit courses have a PST prefix (ex: PST 723) and may be considered as transferable credits to other institutions. Some PST classes are combined with graduate or undergraduate level sections. They are not counted toward your degree at Gallaudet. PST courses will appear on separate grade reports and transcripts. Some PST courses are offered as clusters that lead to professional certificates

Students must submit a request to withdraw from a class in writing. Please note that there will be no refund of tuition and fees. You may send your request to: or (202) 651-5987 (fax). A “WD” will appear on your transcript. Responsibility for following these procedures rests with the student. Failure to formally withdraw from a course will result in a final grade of “F.” Requests must be received prior to the last day of class.


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