What to do in an emergency

Contact the Department of Public Safety first during an emergency. We have a direct line to the D.C. Office of Unified Command, which enables us to get a quicker, more efficient response from DPS, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), or the D.C. Fire and EMS Department (DCFEMS). Our trained dispatchers have the ability to reach the correct emergency response teams quickly and provide them the necessary information.

While DPS coordinates with city officials to arrange immediate assistance; our officers will provide first aid services and guide emergency response teams to the incident, as needed.

If you bypass DPS, responding city officials will not have exact information they need. Time is precious and details are needed to provide the appropriate response to an emergency situation. DPS has resources at their disposal to provide what is needed.

Communication Center - Emergencies

Hours of Operation: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Email us at dps@gallaudet.edu or call or text us at (202) 651-5555.

The dispatcher center does not have videophones. Video relay services operators are trained in handling 911 emergency calls, thus allowing us to complete the calls quickly.

Communication Center - Non-Emergencies

(202) 651-5444 (tty)
(202) 651-5445 (voice)
dps@gallaudet.edu (email)

Campus Police

(202) 618-6757 (videophone)
(202) 651-5088 (voice)
Email: dps@gallaudet.edu

Campus Police Officers and dispatchers are on duty 24 hours each day, 365 days a year. Officers patrol the campus on foot, on bicycles, Segways, and in marked and unmarked vehicles. There is a supervisor and/or assistant supervisor on duty during each shift. DPS is located in Carlin Hall on the ground floor.

Gate Hours

The 8th street gate is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is staffed by DPS personnel.
Brentwood Gate: Closed until further notice due to COVID-19.
West Virginia Avenue Gate: Closed until further notice due to COVID-19.
6th Street Gate: Closed until further notice due to COVID-19.


Gallaudet's Public Safety Officers, assistant supervisors, and supervisors are considered “special police officers" and are commissioned by the District of Columbia. They have the same powers as law enforcement officers to arrest without a warrant for offenses committed on the Gallaudet campus. They may also arrest outside of Gallaudet if they are in fresh pursuit for an offense committed on campus.

Dispatchers are certified in Emergency Medical Dispatch with specialized training in response to police, fire, and medical emergencies.

Parking and ID Desk

Hours of Operations:

Monday-Friday - 8am to 5pm
Saturday - 8am to 4:30pm
Sunday - Closed

(202) 250-2700 (videophone)
(202) 651-5544


Access Control

Office Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.



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