General Information

University Holidays
The University is officially closed on Monday, May 26 and Friday, July 4, 2014.  Classes will not be held on those days. The library and most campus offices will be closed. The Food Court will be open. Instructors may schedule extra classes to make up for the holiday.

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

Campus Parking
Parking on campus requires a permit which you'll need to obtain from the Department of Public Safety. Cost is $3 per week or $20 for the summer.   Please fill out the parking permit form.

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. Shuttle schedules and Metro information will be provided at check-in. You may also check out the online shuttle services schedule.

ATM machines are available at Benson Hall and the Student Union Building, but there are no other banking services available on campus.

Bison Shop
The Bison Shop is located in the Student Union Building and is open Monday - Friday, from 9 am until 4:30 pm.  In addition to selling textbooks and deafness-related books, the Bison Shop sells a variety of merchandise such as school supplies, clothing, snacks, gift items, gift certificates, and memorabilia.

Office for Students with Disabilities
If you have a special need and require accommodations, it is your responsibility to provide documentation from an authorized individual (medical professional, psychologist, etc.) indicating the accommodations (low vision interpreting, tactile interpreting, visual aids, mobility orientation etc.) that you need while here at Gallaudet University.  Neither the Office of Students with Disabilities (OSWD) nor the Department of Public Safety (DPS) can provide services without this documentation.  In order to facilitate a seamless delivery of accommodations and services, we ask that documentation of special needs be submitted to SWD prior to your arrival on campus.  The application can be found online at

Summer programs students have access to the Gallaudet University Library, which maintains one of the most comprehensive collections of deaf-related materials in the world along with a large collection of general materials that support the University curriculum.  The Library will be closed on May 28 and July 4, 2012.

Student Health Service
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 class. 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

Recreational Facilities

Pool, running track, Cybex weight room, and tennis, basketball, handball, and racquetball courts are available.  A schedule of organized events and classes will be provided among your check-in materials.

Visitors Center
The Visitors Center is located in the Edward Minor Gallaudet building.  Campus tours are arranged by appointment only.  Contact the Visitors Center at 202- 651-5050 (v) or 202-250-2995 (vp).

The Kellogg Conference Hotel is a convenient choice for guests searching downtown and Capitol Hill hotels.  Located on the historic campus of Gallaudet University in northeastern Washington DC, approximately 1.5 miles from Capitol Hill and 2 miles from the National Mall.

Off-Campus Students
Students who live off campus may elect to purchase a meal plan by completing the Guest Housing/Meal Plan Application.

Only service dogs are allowed in the residence halls, dining facilities, and classrooms.  If you intend to bring a service animal on campus with you, you must contact the service animal evaluator at to start the application and approval process before you can bring the service animal on campus.

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.  The University reserves the right to enter any dorm room for purposes of inspection, cleaning, repair, improvement, painting, maintenance, or assessment of damages.

University Closure
Information regarding the University closing due to inclement weather or an emergency can be found on the University website.  The Emergency Preparedness Guide website is the primary source of information related to emergency preparedness on campus.  Please check it often for updates and new resources

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