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Return to Our Stomping Grounds:
The Bison Spirit Remains Strong!

Classes Begin August 30!

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Gallaudet University and Clerc Center will fully re-open this fall with a commitment to a safe and healthy learning and working environment for all of our students, employees and visitors.

Students and Families: Welcome to #GallaudetU!

To make the transition as smooth as possible for your arrival, we have put together a checklist for you as you get ready to join #BisonFamily!

#BetterTogetherAtGallaudet

Prize raffles for those who submit their vaccination or waiver! Read more about our #BetterTogetherAtGallaudet campaign to return home!

What You Need to Know

  • Masks are required indoors regardless of vaccination status. Masks are not required outdoors as long as social distancing can be maintained.
  • Before you come to campus, you must complete some steps. Click here for more information.
  • COVID-19 vaccination is required for all
    • Gallaudet and Clerc Center employees
    • Gallaudet students
    • Clerc Center students age 18+

Click here for more more information, including how to obtain, how to submit records, and how to apply for a medical/religious waiver

  • COVID-19 weekly testing is required for all employees and students on campus, regardless of vaccination status – click here for more information

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Health & Safety Information

Protecting Gallaudet starts with each of us

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Academic Calendar Key Dates

Key dates might be different for undergraduate and graduate students and those taking 8-week courses

Resources

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Current Phase

Gallaudet University has transformed the way we work and learn in order to create a safe environment – one that will benefit all of us now and post-pandemic. The health and safety of our students, faculty, staff, and the Washington, D.C. area community remains our highest priority.

Summer 2021
Fall 2021
Re-Opening the Campus
The first undergraduate Summer Session will be completely online. Departments are re-opening their offices on campus.

The second undergraduate Summer Session will offer about 15 courses on-campus for face-to-face learning, in addition to online classes.
Return to Our Stomping Grounds
Gallaudet University and Clerc Center will be fully open for in-person learning on campus this fall 2021. We will prioritize face-to-face learning for our students, and a healthy and safe campus. Registration is open for fall 2021 semester. Housing applications will be available in late May/early June, and students will receive notification from Residence Life.
Summer 2021
Re-Opening the Campus
The first undergraduate Summer Session will be completely online. Departments are re-opening their offices on campus.

The second undergraduate Summer Session will offer about 15 courses on-campus for face-to-face learning, in addition to online classes.
Summer 2021
Fall 2021
Return to Our Stomping Grounds
Gallaudet University and Clerc Center will be fully open for on-campus learning this fall 2021. We will prioritize face-to-face learning for our students, and a healthy and safe campus Registration is open for fall 2021 semester. Housing applications will be available in late May/early June, and students will receive notification from Residence Life.
Fall 2021

What remains the same is the truly unique experience of learning and working in an unparalleled bilingual environment. That is found nowhere else in the world.

We are Bison ready.

Gallaudet Updates

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The health and safety of our students, employees, visitors and the Washington, D.C. area community remains our highest priority. We are closely monitoring the public health concern related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) through trusted authorities including DC Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

This webpage provides updates relevant to the Gallaudet and Clerc Center community along with links to various reliable resources. The content will be continually updated as new information becomes available.

Campus entry

Before you come to campus for the first time, you must complete the following:

  • Complete the online Health Self-Assessment:
  • If you have not had the COVID test within the last week, go immediately to SLCC or SHS (see schedule here) to receive a COVID test. You may remain on campus while awaiting the results, remaining fully masked and distanced.

For subsequent visits, you will:

  • Adhere to the required weekly COVID-19 testing schedule. You may get tested on campus (see Testing)
  • Complete the online Health Self-Assessment via the Service Now app from the Apple iOS or Google Play store before each time you enter campus – you will show your assessment to DPS along with your Gallaudet ID
Before you come to campus, you must complete the following:

When on campus, please follow these safety guidelines:

If you have experienced one of the following, please do not come on campus:

COVID-19 Testing Information

All employees and students on campus must be tested weekly. The test offered on campus is the saliva-based PCR COVID test by Shield T3.

Dates and locations

SLCC: Mondays and Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Family testing on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

SHS: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

TO SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

To schedule an appointment and to receive the results from your test, download the Safer Community smartphone app from the Apple iOS or Google Play store.

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

To support the health and well-being of students, employees, and our communities, Gallaudet University and Clerc Center requires all Gallaudet and Clerc Center employees, all new and returning Gallaudet students, and all Clerc Center students 18 years of age and older who are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine to be fully vaccinated in order to appear on campus on or after August 16, 2021.

Students turning 18 on or after August 24, 2021 will have 45 days following their birthday to become fully vaccinated.

Exemptions

Exemptions may be requested for medical or religious reasons. Please complete the exemption form.

Reporting your vaccinations

If you have not already done so, please send a photo or copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card or medical record to shs.results@gallaudet.edu. Be sure the following information is included and legible: your full name, date of birth, type of vaccine received (e.g., Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson), the date(s) the vaccine was administered, and, for the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, whether you have had one dose or both doses.

Vaccinations available on Campus

Vaccinations are available to all eligible employees and students. Please pre-register at this link to be added to the queue to receive the COVID-19 vaccine on campus.

If you have already pre-registered, you do not need to pre-register again. You will be contacted by email if vaccines are available and you meet the eligibility requirements.

Other vaccination sites

If you have any questions, please email vaccine.appointments@gallaudet.edu.

Mask use is required by Clerc Center students and employees while on campus and buses.

With the following exceptions:

At School*
In Residence Hall**
  • At mealtimes while dining, and 6’ apart from others.
  • When you are outside and 6’ apart.
  • When alone in a closed office. (Employees only)
  • When addressing a large audience, and you are 12’ apart from others.
  • When the delivery of close services relies upon removal of masks, and student/instructor are 6’ from others.
  • When undergoing vigorous physical exercise, and 6’ apart from others.
  • When wearing a mask imposes an acute medical risk.
  • At mealtimes while dining, and 6’ apart from others.
  • When you are outside and 6’ apart.
  • When alone in your private room.
  • When wearing a mask imposes an acute physical or medical risk.

*All employees and students should bring at least two masks to campus daily. If an individual forgets or soils their masks, a single-use mask will be provided.

**Mask usage in residence halls is under review; mask usage may be relaxed when students are in the residence hall and with their pod.

All Clerc Center Community members will receive the following:

Please label your masks for easy identification.

Supplies will be available at KDES and MSSD buildings on the first day of attendance.

Custodial Service Cleaning Frequency

Twice-Daily Cleaning

Daily Cleaning

Daily Cleaning & Disinfection

Notes:

  • All spaces disinfected weekly.
  • Frequencies assume low to moderate community transmission levels; frequencies increase to twice-daily under high community transmission.
  • Students/employees will clean personal learning/working spaces before and after use.

Daily Health Checks

Before you arrive to campus, or daily if you are a campus resident, complete the online Health Self-Assessment via the Service Now app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store.

Quarantine

The quarantine rules apply to travelers who arrive in Washington, D.C. from abroad or from any of the 50 states other than Maryland and Virginia, as well as to individuals who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Quarantine is not required for fully vaccinated individuals, within the parameters explained below.

*A person is considered fully vaccinated 14 days after completion of a COVID-19 vaccination series (after the second dose of a 2-dose series or after one dose of a single-dose vaccine).

Financial Aid

The university offers a comprehensive financial aid package to ensure our education is affordable for every student. Gallaudet’s Financial Aid staff is committed to working with you and your family, regardless of your financial situation. For students and families financially impacted by COVID-19, additional financial aid may be provided. For additional information please contact our Financial Aid office at financial.aid@gallaudet.edu.

Emergency Financial Relief

Direct economic aid is available to our students during the pandemic. Please contact bisonaidfund@gallaudet.edu for either of the programs listed below.

For Gallaudet Students

Technology Support: Connected Gallaudet – Free iPads Pro and Other Technology

Through a partnership with Apple, to create digital solutions for innovative teaching and learning, Connected Gallaudet will provide every enrolled student with a free iPad Pro, Apple Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil.

Students may also request loaner laptops, wifi routers and webcams through Gallaudet Technology Services.

For Gallaudet Students

Study. Learn. Work. Interact. YOUR WAY.

To fully prepare for online instruction this semester, take the PST90 orientation course. PST90 is a non-credit course that should take you about one to two hours to complete. This training includes a series of short videos and three quizzes with unlimited attempts. You will learn about Blackboard, our learning management system, and Zoom, our video conferencing software. You will also become acquainted with other software to make your online learning fun and interactive.

Let’s get started below!

First, be sure your Gallaudet account is set up. If it is not, go to www.gallaudet.edu/newuser to set it up. Next, go to my.gallaudet.edu and log in. On the right, under Key Links, click on Blackboard.

  1. Click on the Courses tab in Blackboard.
  2. Type PST90 on the search engine in Blackboard.
  3. Click the “star” to make PST90 a favorite, so you do not have to search for this course again.

Admissions Requirements

Hearing Undergraduate