It is often said that approximately 80% of the learning by students during their college years takes place outside of the classroom. Much of this happens during interactions taking place between residents in a residence hall.

Diversity is the heart of Gallaudet's community. People with diverse backgrounds bring with them differing styles of communication and living and new perspectives. In the residence halls at a small university such as Gallaudet, you will find a number of people with interests similar to your own. You will also find people who are more different than you expect. The diversity of appearances, beliefs, communication, and expectations is captivating, brilliant, and sometimes intimidating. Diversity offers a wide ‘curriculum' of situations and occasions that fosters personal growth. This is why we, at the Office of Residence Life and Housing, work hard to create an environment in which friendships with all people, similar and dissimilar, can flourish. The aspiration of the Residence Life and Housing staff is to create an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding, where a student's rights to a safe, clean, and comfortable home are respected.

We realize, of course, that even with these statements in place, conflicts may occur. While the residence hall environment can be a place that offers great opportunities for growth, it can also be challenging. The Office of Residence Life and Housing attempts to create and cultivate an environment which allows room for growth in the wake of conflict. We do this by encouraging respect for the rights of the individual weighed against the rights and interests of the community as a whole. Our preferred approach to developing responsible behavior by and among residents is through balanced participation of all involved. We work to enhance student learning that offers creative opportunities for growth and empower those involved to resolve the immediate situation and make better future choices. Additionally, we work to develop the capacity of the community to collectively solve its problems. The more you as a resident can get involved with the people in your hall, fellow students, and staff, the more you will grow with your peers and have a positive experience in the residence hall and with the University.

This handbook provides guidelines to make your stay in the residence halls comfortable. Included in this handbook you will find two sections of hall information. The first section consists of housing information that all students should be aware of and the second section lists policies and procedures as well as the disciplinary actions that may be taken for not following them. You will also find a list of people who play key roles and a list of offices to contact for more information or assistance in a variety of situations.


Benson Hall - Built in 1972, Benson Hall was the second residence hall designed for co-ed living. Dedicated on March 30, 1973, it boasts nine floors that offer predominantly double rooms and some single rooms arranged along two U-shaped corridors. Benson Hall also has three apartments. Approximately 32 students live in each corridor, making a building-wide occupancy of 235 residents. Community bathrooms are located in each corridor. Public areas include a large lobby, a TV, and a study lounge.

Clerc Hall - Built in 1971, Clerc Hall was the first co-ed building to boast suites. Eight floors high, it has 39 suites and four apartments. Each suite houses four students and contains two double rooms, a combined living and study room, and a bathroom. There are study and TV lounges on some floors. Clerc Hall houses a total of 177 residents.

Carlin Hall - Built in 1979, this is the largest residence hall on campus. Carlin Hall is an eight-floor structure of single rooms, multiple-person suites, and four apartments. A unique feature is that on odd-numbered floors there is a lounge with TVs and study tables with even numbered floors having a balcony, which looks down upon the lounge. Carlin houses a total of 256 residents.

Ballard West - Built in 1965, this residence hall was designated for men, whereas Ballard North (a twin to Ballard West) was designated for women. Currently, Ballard West serves as a co-ed residence hall. It has four floors, with a central atrium and an open stairwell, consisting of double occupancy rooms and four apartments. Ballard West houses a total of 178 residents.

Living and Learning Residence Hall 6 (LLRH6) - Built in 2012, LLRH6 is the first residence hall on campus built using DeafSpace design principles as well as providing new amenities never seen in residential facilities on campus such as community kitchens, a small fitness room, fireplace, and space on the first floor for the use by members of the community (collaboration room, multipurpose room, etc.). LLRH6 has five floors consisting of 46 suites and five apartments. Each suite contains two double rooms and a private bathroom. LLRH6 houses 164 residents.

Peet Hall - Built in 1957, Peet Hall was designed as a women's residence hall, later becoming co-ed in 1980. It has five floors consisting of double occupancy rooms and four apartments, plus a basement from which one may exit to a large, brick terrace at the rear. Peet Hall houses 167 students.

Ballard House - Built in 1867 and renovated in 2013 using DeafSpace principles, Ballard House serves as housing for seven students. Ballard House is named after Melville Ballard, the first student to receive an undergraduate degree in 1867. Ballard House has four bedrooms, an apartment, kitchen, living room, and a dining room. 

Fay House - Built in 1875 and renovated in 2013 utilizing DeafSpace principles. Up to 15 students reside in Fay House. Fay House is named after a renowed family of Gallaudet educators: Helen Fay, a teacher at both Kendall and Gallaudet from 1907 to 1946; Helen's brother, Allan, taught at Gallaudet from 1897 to 1915; their father, Edward Allan Fay, taught at Gallaudet from 1866 to 1923 and served as vice-president from 1885 to 1923. Fay House has eight bedrooms, a studio apartment, kitchen, living room, and a dining room.


All residence halls are staffed by the following:

Coordinator of Residence Education (CRE) - professional staff that have the ultimate administrative responsibility for residence hall management, resident discipline, budget management, hall programming, and paraprofessional program coordination.

Team Leader (TL) - full time staff whose primary responsibilities are to maintain communication between Residence Life and the SRAs, ensure office coverage for SRA shifts, resolving minor issues not requiring the Residence Life Staff On-Call, and cover residence hall offices when needed.

Staff Residential Assistant (SRA) - full-time staff whose primary responsibilities involve monitoring entry into the residence hall and performing other office functions. SRAs work closely with fellow Residence Life staff members and the Department of Public Safety in maintaining the security of residence halls.

Graduate Assistant (GA) - GAs are paraprofessional staff who report to the CRE. GAs assists the CRE in the management of the residence halls, hall programming, and supervision of Resident Assistants.

Peer Advisor (PA) - PAs are paraprofessional staff who works closely with Counseling and Psychological Services to provide counseling and support services to students in the freshmen and upperclass residence halls. 

Resident Assistant (RA) - RAs are paraprofessional staff who report directly to the CRE/GA. RAs are responsible for providing residence hall programming, performing administrative work, executing emergency procedures, and community development in the residence halls.