Out of an abundance of caution, all campus plans and protocols are designed to adhere to DC Health rules and guidance. DC Health is generally more conservative than CDC. All students are required to sign a Student Pledge of Community and Personal responsibility to follow safety requirements. Consequences of breaking the student pledge will vary depending on the severity of the situation, but can include suspension from classes or living on campus.

DeafBlind students who use manual or protactile communication as well as individuals communicating with them will require close, physical contact. To address this, Gallaudet will establish a protocol that requires the DeafBlind student and anyone interacting with them to use university provided clear masks and PPE as appropriate.