Student Conduct Program

It is in the best interests of Gallaudet University and the members of the University community for the University to function as a self-regulated community in an orderly environment. Ensuring that sanctions will be promptly imposed on those found responsible for misconduct will help the University preserve order. Having its own responsible student conduct system that follows established procedures will enable the University to deal with internal matters of student discipline. Further, it can deal with such misconduct in ways that encourage positive learning from the experience.

Through a system of student conduct boards and administrative review, students, staff, faculty, and/or administrators are able to participate in the student conduct program to resolve complaints made against students. Underlying the program is a deep regard for discipline as a constructive element of education. Stated another way, the philosophy of this program is based on the belief that a disciplinary problem should be handled so as to maximize the educational experience of the students involved. Such an approach does not eliminate punitive action from the student conduct program. It recognizes that the University must protect itself by appropriate means from individuals whose behavior is contrary to the best interests of the University and its community.

It is the intent of the student conduct program that the University, in handling its disciplinary problems, shall continue the use of discussion, counseling, mediation, and other existing procedures, as long as such measures prove effective. The other provisions of the program shall be set in motion in such instances when the informal procedures prove to be, or manifestly appear to be, ineffective, or inappropriate.

Title IX - Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct

Gallaudet University is committed to creating and maintaining a living and learning environment free from all forms of harassment, exploitation, intimidation, and/or violence, including sex discrimination, intimate partner abuse, stalking, all forms of sexual misconduct, and the D.C. crimes of intimate partner violence, intra-family violence, sexual abuse, and stalking. All members of the University community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that demonstrates respect for the rights of others. The Interim Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures intend to define community expectations, to reaffirm these principles, and to provide recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated.

Creating a safe and non-discriminatory educational environment is the responsibility of all members of the University community. The University is committed to addressing sexual misconduct, intimate partner abuse, stalking, and other forms of gender-based discrimination, fostering an environment that promotes prompt reporting of all types of sexual misconduct, intimate partner abuse, or stalking, and ensuring the prompt, fair and impartial resolution of all complaints from the initial assessment and investigation to the final outcome. Every member of the University community has a responsibility to become familiar with this policy and procedures.

As a recipient of Federal funds, the University is required to comply with Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in education programs and activities. Sexual misconduct, as defined in this policy, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX and will not be tolerated at Gallaudet. Such discrimination includes, but is not limited to: sexual harassment, sexual misconduct (including sexual assault), sex or gender-based bullying, hazing, stalking, and intimate partner abuse (including domestic violence and dating violence). Resolution of complaints of such discrimination is intended to bring an end to harassing or discriminatory conduct, prevent its recurrence and remedy the effects on the victim and the community.