Why was the policy implemented?

We have known for some time that students who live on campus are retained and achieve success in academe and social development.

Why now ... why not later?

The additional housing beds, enhanced food service, and redesigned student space have made it possible for Gallaudet University to house the additional influx of students.

Do other schools ask first and second-year undergraduates to stay on campus during their first year?

Yes, many schools across the country require first-year and second-year undergraduates to live on-campus because data has shown that on-campus living helps students to succeed academically.

The Catholic University of America and the George Washington University are comparable institutions to Gallaudet and they do have policies requiring first and second-year undergraduates to live on campus for the same reasons the University has for implementing the residency requirement.

A study in 1997 by Gary Pike, Charles Schroeder, and Thomas Berry discovered that students living in residence halls are more likely to persist to graduation and those who live in residence halls structured around academic themes had higher levels of achievement and persistence than other students (Enhancing the Educational Impact of Residence Halls: The Relationship Between Residential Learning Communities and First-Year College Experience and Persistence, Journal of College Student Development, November/December 1997, Vol. 38, No. 6, p. 611).

First and second-year programming

The Office of Student Success and the Office of Residence Life and Housing have developed a year-long comprehensive programming model that will allow both first and second-year undergraduates to adjust to on-campus living and to help them succeed academically.

First and second-year undergraduates will be encouraged to participate in on-campus programs and activities around these focus areas: celebrating differences, academic support, campus resources, drug and alcohol awareness, and community service.

Safety and security issues

The Office of Residence Life and Housing often hear concerns from parents about campus safety. Even though there is no guarantee by our office for the safety of any student on campus, our staff works closely with Gallaudet University's Department of Public Safety and the Office of Student Conduct to see to that a number of policies, programs, and services are in place to increase the safety and security of our on-campus residents. Such initiatives include but are not limited to the following:

  • Restricted visiting hours;
  • Sign-ins of guests and required escort;
  • Exterior doors are locked 24/7 and alarmed
  • Residence hall staff and Department of Public Safety personnel trained on safety and security issues;
  • Residence hall staff trained on mediation issues;
  • Educational programming in University residence halls;
  • The Department of Public Safety provides escort services, monitors a large bank of security cameras, and conducts campus patrols to ensure the safety and security of residents.

What if I am starting school in the spring semester?

Undergraduates enrolled in college for the first time in the spring semester will be counted as the first semester in living on-campus as defined in the policy.

Residency through the summer will NOT count as a semester under this policy. Residency must be through the fall and spring academic semesters.

What if I am a non-traditional undergraduate?

If you have never been enrolled in a higher education institution, you will be required to live on-campus as a first-year undergraduate.

If you have been enrolled in a higher education institution, you may be required to live on-campus depending on your undergraduate status. Contact the Housing Operations Office if you have questions about this.