Beyond the Classroom

Academic Integrity

Students are expected to complete all coursework in keeping with Gallaudet University’s policy on academic integrity.  Academic dishonesty is a very serious offense. It will be treated accordingly and will not be tolerated.  If a student is involved in unethical practices in connection with coursework or examinations, the professor has full discretion to give a failing grade for the particular assignment, a failing grade for the course, and/or recommend dismissal.

The policy published in the Undergraduate School Catalog must be adhered to.  Students are expected to have read and become familiar with the policy.  The policy can be found on-line at:, on page 31.  You may also wish to familiarize yourself with the Graduate School Academic Honesty policy which you can find at on-line at: click on Academic Regulations and Policies.

Electronic Devices

All electronic devices must be turned off and put away during class.  This includes pagers, cell phones, ipods/mp3 players, connection to the internet, etc.  If you use a laptop, you may not be connected to the internet during class.  If you need to be contacted in case of an emergency, please establish a procedure for contact when you are not available and speak with your professor about this before class begins.

Department Policies

Language Use

Gallaudet University is a bi-lingual university, and with that, the language policy of the Department of Interpretation is that ASL is to be used at all times when you are in and around the department. (Faculty, staff, and students are strongly encouraged to use ASL at all times on campus.) This includes prior to and after class, and in the classrooms, labs, hallways, elevator, department library, etc. We ask this not only because of the respect it shows, but also because of the messages sent when someone who can sign chooses not to when they are in the department and at the University.  We also ask this of you because of the impact it has on your development as an interpreter, both in terms of language and in terms of cultural understanding. For the same reasons, we also ask that you do not sim com. (There may be times in courses when instructors require the use of spoken English, i.e., an interpretation.) We appreciate your mindfulness of this policy and what it represents.

Anti-Oppression Framework

The department faculty and staff operate from an actively anti-audism, anti-racist, anti-sexist, anti-heterosexist, etc., framework. You may expect that if and when comments are made that are racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, audist, etc., instructors will take the opportunity to discuss such comments, the cultural context, and the implications that attach.  We do not assume that such comments are intentional, nor that faculty and staff are immune from making such comments.  It is incumbent upon each of us, regardless of our identity and status, to note and has done and a written paper.  Instructions on the analysis and writing will be provided separately.

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