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We hope the fall semester is coming along well for you. It has been challenging, but you have persevered. Please know that we think of you often and miss you very much. The Bison spirit remains strong within ourselves!
This email is to share our plans for Spring 2021.
Gallaudet University will offer remote learning for most of its students and remote work for many of its employees. Pending approval from the District of Columbia, we hope to increase the number of students on campus from 85 students to up to 200 students, and possibly to offer a few hybrid courses for students residing on campus.
However, we want to bring more students back to campus. We know that you thrive in visually-oriented surroundings. We know that you need and value face-to-face learning and an ASL-vibrant environment. We want you to be able to have personal connections with one another. These connections are a very important part of the Gallaudet experience. They will just be on a smaller scale – up to 200 students.
Living on campus will come with some restrictions. There will be rules to follow: wearing masks, hand-washing, social distancing, app-based health screenings, mandatory flu shots, and frequent COVID-19 testing. There will be limited social opportunities and students will not be able to have parties or do other things that college students normally enjoy. This is part of the new experience that students are having on campuses across the country. Please know that we are committed to making your experience as authentic as possible. We will work with you to create a vibrant, enjoyable student experience that is built around a safe living community.
All summer and fall, we have worked tirelessly to create a safe environment for learning — one that will benefit you now and post-pandemic. We have designed safer classrooms, residential spaces, and common areas. We have made our faculty and staff offices more safe for everyone — you, our employees, and the public.
Our hard work has paid off. To date, there have been NO positive cases of COVID-19 among students living on campus. This is testimony to our rigorous health and safety protocols, and to our on-campus students’ commitment to those protocols. We are proud of this accomplishment.
So, now what?
Here is what you need to know.
Pending District of Columbia approval, up to 200 students may return to campus this spring. Most classes will still be offered remotely. We may offer a few hybrid courses for students who live on campus.
Returning students may include those who would benefit most from being on campus, including those:
In the next week or so, the Office of Residence Life and Housing will communicate how students will be selected to return to campus. Our administrators, faculty, staff, and student leaders are working together to develop this plan.
Residence Life will coordinate all housing requests as they did for the fall semester. If you are accepted for on-campus housing, you will need to follow several protocols, including mandatory quarantine upon arrival from your home state or country. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Residence Life and Housing.
Students, staff, and faculty on campus will be required to undergo frequent COVID-19 testing throughout the semester, and must follow all protocols that are already in place, including wearing masks, hand-washing, and social distancing. We will share information about COVID-19 testing requirements prior to the beginning of the spring semester.
We miss seeing our students very much, and we think of you every day. We look forward to welcoming some of you back to campus in the spring, so we can begin to restore the visually-oriented, ASL-vibrant environment that makes Gallaudet so special to all of us. Please watch your email in the next few days for more information. In the meantime, stay safe and healthy.
Jeffrey W. Lewis
Travis L. Imel
Dean of Student Affairs
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