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Dean of Student Affairs: Travis Imel
Contact: Jennifer Little
Ely Center 102(202) 250-2385 (videophone)(202) 651-5064 (voice)(202) 651-5572 (fax)
Because one of the primary purposes of Gallaudet University is to support
the creation of a positive living environment that is conducive to
learning, the following policies are enacted to protect the general welfare
of the residential community. Infractions of any of these policies may
result in disciplinary action including, but not limited to, fines, loss of
privileges, change of residency, or other disciplinary sanctions. All
violations of these policies will be handled either through a residence
hall disciplinary conference with a Student Accountability and Restorative
Practices (SARP) Coordinator, or disciplinary proceedings or administrative
action handled by SARP.
Students are expected and required to become familiar with and abide by the
Student Code of Conduct, residence hall policies and procedures, and to
understand their rights and responsibilities as outlined in the Student
Handbook. Students who are continuous offenders may be administratively
suspended from the residence halls.
For the purpose of this policy, the term ‘residence hall' or ‘residence
halls' include all traditional residence halls - Ballard West, Benson Hall,
Carlin Hall, Clerc Hall, Living and Learning Residence Hall 6 (LLRH6), and
Peet Hall) - and Kendall Apartment Complex.
Air Conditioning and Heating
- The unit located under the window in most rooms is for heat and air
conditioning. There must be at least a 6-inch (6") space between the
A/C-heating unit and any furniture or objects to allow proper airflow and,
if necessary, access for maintenance service. Objects should not be placed
on the top of the unit as they may interfere with airflow and block access
by maintenance personnel. Repair requests should be made at the residence
hall office. Heating and cooling service is dependent upon weather
conditions which make providing specific dates of transition difficult. The
Facilities Department is responsible for determining when transition from
heating to cooling and vice versa will take place.
Alcohol and/or other Drugs
- please refer to the Alcohol and/or other Drug Sanctioning Guide
for further information.
Bathrooms in the Residence Halls
- There are several types of bathroom/restroom facilities in the residence
halls such as a floor/wing community bathrooms (Ballard West, Benson, and
Peet Halls), shared private bathrooms (Carlin and Clerc Halls, and LLRH6),
and private bathing rooms in Carlin Hall.
Floor/wing community bathrooms:
As a member of a floor or wing sharing a community bathroom, it is your
responsibility to help maintain a clean and sanitary environment in your
floor/wing bathroom so that every member of your floor/wing is able to
utilize a clean and sanitary bathroom.
Activities such as hair cutting/shaving, hair dyeing, and dish washing are
not to be performed at any time because such activities create an
unsanitary environment and could lead to damage of University property. To
prevent damage of University property, please see your CRE/GA for
designated room(s) to use for hair dyeing. When the person(s) responsible
for the damage(s) cannot be identified, all occupants of the floor or wing
sharing a community bathroom will share the repair/replacement costs
Additionally, all community bathrooms are gender-specific and should only
be used by assigned genders. Members of the opposite sex caught in a public
or community restroom not designated for them will be considered as
Shared private bathrooms:
Private bathrooms can be found in suites in Carlin and Clerc Halls,, and
LLRH6. The maintenance and regular cleaning of the private bathroom within
a suite is the responsibility of the students. To ensure that all private
bathrooms are in satisfactory clean and sanitary conditions, regular
inspections will be conducted on a monthly basis by members of the Office
of Residence Life and Housing and the Facilities Department. If a private
bathroom is deemed to be in an unsatisfactory condition, students will have
a 48 hour period to clean up their bathroom. If the bathroom in question
fails a follow-up inspection then someone from the Facilities Department
will clean the bathroom at the expense of the students.
Private bathing rooms:
Carlin Hall has some private bathing rooms (with a bathtub and a sink)
available. These private bathing rooms are designated for students who have
a health or medical need for a bathtub (as determined through the
application process for special accommodations through the Office for
Students with Disabilities). These bathrooms are for the use of these
students only and cannot be used for other purposes such as bathing service
and/or emotional support animals.
Bicycle Security Precautions
- The following guidelines are intended to help you keep your bicycle safe
at all times:
● You are permitted to keep your bike in your residence hall room if your
● Bikes may not be ridden inside the residence halls.
● Bikes are not to be parked, stored, or locked in any residence hall
lobby, public area, or stairwell.
● Secure your bike outdoors with a high quality bike lock.
● Use outdoor bike racks; do not lock your bike to railings, lamp posts,
signs, ramps, trees, handrails, etc.
● Make sure your lock secures both wheels and the frame.
● If your bike has quick-release wheels and seat, secure the front wheel
with the back wheel and frame and carry the seat with you.
● Keep a thorough description of your bike, with a photograph, in case a
theft occurs. Insure your bike.
● All bikes are required to be registered with the Department of Public
Safety (DPS) and the Metropolitan Police Department to aid in recovery if
Deadbolts and Locking Mechanisms
- Deadbolts are not to be used to prop open doors nor are the locking
mechanisms to be taped over at any time. Propping open doors is a serious
safety issue and can lead to the damage or theft of possessions, as well as
personal injury. You should keep your door locked at all times for your
safety and security.
Disorderly or Disruptive Behavior
- Students are expected to cooperate and be civil with one another, with
residence hall staff, DPS officers, and other University staff in
performance of their duties. A student shall not interfere with, annoy,
disturb, or obstruct any other student or staff member of the University by
means of noise, abusive language or any other nuisance. Students who
verbally abuse or fail to cooperate with University staff (including all
members of the residential hall staff and DPS officers acting in the
performance of their duties) will face disciplinary action. Failure to
cooperate with University staff include, but are not limited to, failure to
comply with a reasonable request, fleeing the scene of an alleged policy
violation, and refusing to give a valid ID when requested.
- There are elevators in all residence halls except Ballard West. All
elevators in the residence halls require current student IDs to operate.
Elevators are sensitive equipment, therefore holding the elevator,
tampering with the alarm, misuse or defacing of the elevator, or entering
the elevator shaft is not permitted. Because such objects tend to fall into
the shaft, the posting of papers, advertisements, information, etc., in the
elevators is also not permitted. Please follow the posted maximum occupancy
guidelines to avoid the elevator breaking down. Elevators are not to be
used in the event of a fire alarm.
Fire Safety Policy
- The following regulations are intended to prevent injuries to members of
the University community and physical damage to its facilities. Rooms will
be inspected periodically to ensure compliance with University regulations.
These regulations are:
In the case of a fire alarm in LLRH6, closing kitchen fire walls should not
be blocked by any object at any time.
Fire Safety Evacuation Procedures
- Know the location and routes for your first and second routes of
evacuation. If you suspect a fire or the alarm goes off, take your keys and
ID and walk to the nearest exit. When a fire alarm occurs, do not waste
time getting dressed or gathering valuables. Seconds can make the
difference between survival and tragedy. Keep your head low and move
quickly if smoke is in the air. Most smoke and dangerous gases rise to the
ceiling, so to avoid breathing them, crawl if you can.
Touch the door before opening it. If it is not hot to the touch and no
smoke is leaking in around the edges of the door, proceed and move toward
the exit. Brace your foot and shoulder against the door and open it
cautiously a few inches to check for heat and smoke on the other side. Keep
your head out of the way while opening the door. When you exit the
residence hall, immediately go to the designated assembly area. Information
on the designated assembly areas are posted on the first floor of each
residence hall. Fire evacuation maps are available on each residence hall
door. Do not use elevators during fire alarms at any time.
- Food deliveries must be made outside the main entrance of the residence
hall (or at the DPS kiosk, if deliveries are restricted due to COVID). To
facilitate security, delivery persons are not to be permitted to go beyond
the lobby of the residence hall and the student must meet the food delivery
-Residence Hall furniture is meant for long term use and should be treated
with care so that you and others may enjoy it. It is the responsibility of
students to exercise due care in the use of furniture. This means that
every effort should be made to protect furniture from damage caused by the
placement of objects not normally expected to be placed upon them; this
includes refrigerators, cement blocks, weights, certain dressers, and any
other object that could conceivably cause harm to furniture. When such
objects are placed upon furniture, a barrier such as a towel must first be
placed on the surface to reduce the risk of scratches, gouges, and other
damage. Furniture should only be used in the manner for which it was
Because of extreme weight and potential for water damage, waterbeds are not
permitted in the residence halls. Bunk beds and lofts are permitted in all
residence halls using University issued furnished bunk beds and lofts. All
students who want bunk beds or lofts are required to read and sign a
release of liability form before having a bunk bed/loft in their room. The
Office of Residence Life and Housing will provide the appropriate parts to
convert the beds into bunk beds and lofts. Students are expected to provide
their own linens, blankets, bedspreads, towels, pillows, study lamps,
wastebaskets, clothes hangers, irons, ironing boards, and any other items
needed. No furniture or furnishings may be removed from a room or common
area without written permission from the Office of Residence Life and
Housing. This includes moving furniture from one room to another within the
When planning to decorate, students should keep in mind that no permanent
changes may be made to the rooms and should use the appropriate tape or
adhesive that will not damage the walls. In order to minimize the risk of
injury or further damage, students are not to make any repairs to damage in
their rooms, hallways, or other University facilities.
Guest Policies (year-round)
- These Guest Policies ensure that safety of our residents is the top
priority and all students living in University housing are provided an
environment that is conducive to study and the pursuit of academic and
personal growth. These priorities take precedence over students' social
activities. In addition, the policy is designed to recognize the rights of
students and their roommates and to protect the students from access to the
residence halls and rooms by unauthorized individuals. The University
reserves the right to prohibit a guest from access to any residence hall or
registering as an overnight guest.
The COVID-19 pandemic has required some changes in the guest policies
for the 2021-22 academic year.
Visitors are defined anyone who is not a registered student at Gallaudet,
Gallaudet students who reside off-campus or in Kendall Apartments, or
students who are attending the Clerc Center, regardless of their age.
Visitors are prohibited from entering the residence halls during the
except for Gallaudet students who reside off-campus or in Kendall
. All Gallaudet off-campus students (eligible visitors) who enter the
residence halls must go to the residence hall office, sign in, state who
they are visiting, and provide a valid picture identification card (defined
as a state driver's license, state identification card, passport, military
ID, and international health card that has the name of the person and the
date of birth) to residence hall staff upon entry into the residence halls.
When the eligible visitor leaves the residence hall, the eligible visitor
is responsible to sign-out with the residence hall office. Eligible visitor
hours are from 8:00 AM to 2:00 AM daily, unless notified otherwise by
Residence Life & Housing. Eligible visitors cannot remain in the residence halls after 2 AM
unless they register as an overnight guest (see below). Eligible visitors
who are found in the residence halls past the visiting hours are in
violation of this policy and could lose their privilege to visit the
Overnight Guests (off-campus visitors):
Off-campus visitors are defined as anyone who is not a registered student
at Gallaudet, or students who are attending the Clerc Center, regardless of
their age, except when the student is registered to stay with a parent or
legal guardian in Visitor Housing.
Off-campus visitors are prohibited from registering as an overnight
guest during the 2021-22 academic year, due to the pandemic.
Overnight Guests (on and off-campus students):
On and off-campus students are defined as any currently registered
Gallaudet student who resides on campus in the residence halls or
Off-campus students are required to register as overnight guests in
the residence halls; on-campus students are not required to do so; however,
the host is responsible to have had prior discussion with, and the
expressed approval of all roommates/suitemates in order for the on or
off-campus student to stay overnight in the host's room/suite. There are
limits to the duration and frequency of such visits, as long as the
interests and the rights of roommates, suitemates, and other students are
not being infringed upon.
Because of the pandemic, please check with Residence Life & Housing for
the most updated policy; the information should already be posted in front
of each residence hall.
ID Card System
- An ID card-scan Access Control System that regulates building entry is in
effect for all residence halls. ID cards are the property of the University
and are to be surrendered when leaving the University. Students' IDs are
individually coded to allow them access to their hall, elevator (except
Ballard West), and wings (in Ballard West) at all times. However, with this
system comes shared responsibility for the security of all residents of the
halls. Students must:
● Carry their ID cards at all times when leaving their building. Residence
hall staff will not open the door for students or visitors.
● Not allow another person to use their cards at any time and remember that
the ID is for their personal use only.
● Immediately report lost ID cards to the Department of Public Safety (DPS)
to avoid unauthorized use of the cards. A fee of $20 will be issued for
● Surrender the ID when requested by University staff, including Residence
Life staff and paraprofessional staff.
● Report to the Department of Public Safety if the ID does not work.
● Surrender the ID when leaving the University due to graduation,
withdrawal/taking a leave of absence, transferring, suspended, expelled, or
when the individual is no longer a student.
- Each student is assigned a room key upon arrival for their use only. All
students must carry their keys at all times. Community restrooms can be
accessed with the room key. A key may not be used by anyone except the
student to whom it was assigned. A fee may be charged for lockouts, and a
spare key will not be issued without valid picture identification. Spare
keys must be returned immediately (within 15 minutes) or a lock change may
be processed. Lost or stolen room keys should be reported to the residence
hall staff immediately.
When a key is reported lost or stolen, a work order will be issued for a
new lock and new keys which will result in a $50 fee being billed to the
account of the student that the key is registered under. Regardless of
whether the lost key is found at a later date, lock change charges cannot
be canceled. Students are financially responsible for all lost or
unreturned keys issued to them.
Keys are to be returned to the residence hall office on the day students
check out of their room. Any unreturned keys will result in the student's
account being billed $50 for a new lock and set of keys.
- Because the careless use of laser pointers can cause eye damage and
unnecessarily cause people to feel threatened, possession of laser pointers
by students are prohibited on campus.
- If a student is locked out of their room/suite, the student should go to
the residence hall office, show their student ID or a valid photo ID to the
staff on duty and the staff on duty will obtain a spare key to the
student's room. The student can hold the key for up to 15 minutes. Failure
to do so may result in a lock change and the $50 fee will be charged to the
student’s student account.
The first two times a student is locked out during an academic semester,
there will be no charge. On the third and each lockout after that, the
student will be charged $5.00. Lockout fees cannot be charged to the
student's student account and payments must be made in exact change.
Loss of Residence Hall Privileges and/or Access Restrictions
- The Coordinators of Residence Education (CRE) can recommend a student's
loss of residence hall privileges and/or access restrictions to specific or
all residence halls to the Director of Residence Life and Housing. The
Director of Residence Life and Housing will review the recommendation and
make a decision to either support or reject the recommendation.
If the recommendation for loss of residence hall privileges is upheld, the
student must vacate the premises within 72 hours upon receipt of a letter
revoking their residence hall privileges. If the student fails to vacate
the premises within the prescribed time, the residence hall staff reserves
the right to vacate the room and will not be responsible for the student's
personal property. The student will also be prohibited from entering any
If the recommendation for access restrictions to specific or all residence
halls is upheld, the student must comply with the access restrictions.
Refusal to follow the access restrictions may lead to loss of residence
- Panic buttons have been installed in each room of LLRH6, Ballard West and
North, in every residence hall front desks, and in the laundry room in the
Kendall Apartments. These buttons are for the use of emergency summons only
and should not be tampered with at any time. When a panic button is pushed,
a signal goes directly to the Department of Public Safety, facilitating an
immediate response. False alarms are viewed as a serious matter and carry
severe consequences. Please use your panic button for situations requiring
immediate assistance only.
Pets, Service Animals, and Emotional Support Animals
- Pets are not allowed on the premises of Gallaudet University, including
the residence halls, with the exception of service and emotional support
animals (who are in compliance with the Service Animals Policy as outlined
in the Administration and Operations Manual) and fish in a properly
maintained aquarium no more than ten (10) gallons in size. The limit to the
number of aquariums per room is set at one aquarium per student. The only
animals permitted to be in aquariums are fish (not frogs, water frogs,
lizards, snakes, and such).
- Gallaudet permits service animals, which are individually trained to
provide assistance to an individual with a disability, on campus and in its
public facilities. Service animals are not permitted in private residences,
residence hall rooms, or apartments without the permission of the Office of
Residence Life and Housing. Owners/users must ensure that the service
animal has the appropriate license, inoculations, and owner/user ID tag and
are expected to ensure the good conduct, health, care, and protection of
their service animal. In addition, the service animal must be kept under
control at all times and on a leash in public areas; and the owner/user is
responsible for any damage done by the service animal and for the upkeep of
any area traversed or occupied by the service animal. A service animal may
be excluded from the campus if the service animal poses a direct threat to
the health and/or safety of others.
Please refer to the
Administration and Operations Manual Policy 1:08
for additional information. Students requesting permission to reside on
campus with a service animal must contact the Assistance Animal
Accommodations Team at
to begin the application process to get approval. Students must initiate
this process at least 30 days before bringing their service animal on
campus, and approval must be obtained prior to bringing a service animal on
Emotional Support Animals
- Gallaudet permits emotional support animals only in private residences,
residence hall rooms, or apartments with permission of the Office of
Residence Life and Housing. Owners/users must ensure that the emotional
support animal has the appropriate license, inoculations, and owner/user ID
tag and are expected to ensure the good conduct, health, care, and
protection of their emotional support animal. In addition, the emotional
support animal must be kept under control at all times and on a leash (if
appropriate) in public areas; and the owner/user is responsible for any
damage done by the emotional support animal and for the upkeep of any area
traversed or occupied by the emotional support animal. An emotional support
animal may be excluded from the campus if the emotional support animal
poses a direct threat to the health and/or safety of others.
Please refer to the Administration and Operations Manual Policy 1:08 for
additional information. Students requesting permission to reside on campus
with an emotional support animal must contact the Assistance Animal
Accommodations Team at
to begin the application process to get approval. Students must initiate
this process at least 30 days before bringing their emotional support
animal on campus and approval must be obtained prior to bringing a service
animal on campus.
Public Poster Policy
- All public posters and flyers must have the Campus Activities stamp of
approval in order to be posted in the residence halls unless it is a
poster/flyer by the Office of Residence Life and Housing. Those stamps of
approval will state the maximum duration of time a poster may be displayed.
Posters/flyers in the residence halls are limited to a maximum size of 8 x
11" unless special permission for a larger size is given by the Director of
Residence Life and Housing. All posters/flyers must be posted in designated
bulletin board areas. Any posters/flyers found improperly posted (i.e. on
windows and doors) will be taken down and thrown away. Please ask your
residence hall staff for the best place to put up posters/flyers.
- Designated quiet hours in all residence halls are from 11 PM to 9 AM,
weekdays, and 1 AM to 10 AM, on Fridays and Saturdays. "Quiet Hours" refer
to those periods when the residence halls must remain especially quiet.
Quiet hours are maintained to provide an atmosphere conducive to
relaxation, study and sleep. During designated quiet hours, it is expected
that all students will contain noise and vibrations so it cannot be heard
or felt outside of their room with the door closed. A 24-hour quiet period
will also be enforced from Study Day to after the last scheduled exam.
We expect each student will take responsibility for developing a community,
which fosters scholarship, citizenship, and leadership. It is not possible
to accommodate the needs of every student regarding sleep and study time.
It should be noted that Carlin Hall is designated as a 24-hour quiet
Reasonable quiet is maintained 24 hours a day throughout the residence
halls. These are referred to as "courtesy hours." When asked by another
student to reduce noise/lower the volume of your music, or conversation,
you will be expected to immediately do so out of courtesy to your
- You may bring your own refrigerator or freezer as long as it does not
exceed 4.5 cubic feet. This is to conserve space and energy. Precautions
must be taken when defrosting the unit to avoid water damage to University
Removal of Student's Property
- If a student who resides in the residence hall does not vacate their room
upon check-out or does not return to the University due to a leave of
absence or withdrawal from the University, the student will have up to 30
calendar days to remove their property or the property will be disposed of
and the University will not be held liable for loss of property.
The Office of Residence Life and Housing also reserves the right to have
its staff pack up and store property of students who do not vacate their
room or does not return to the University due to a leave of absence or
withdrawal. The property will be stored in a relatively secure room as
determined by the Office of Residence Life and Housing and all efforts will
be made to ensure the safety and integrity of the property, however, the
Office of Residence Life and Housing will not be held liable for any broken
or missing property. It is the student's responsibility to contact the
Office of Residence Life and Housing to arrange for property pick-up or
shipping. It is also the student's responsibility to pay for any shipping
costs incurred and the Office of Residence Life and Housing will require
up-front payment of shipping costs before shipping the student's property.
As stated above, the student will have up to 30 calendar days to remove
their property or the property will be disposed of and the Office of
Residence Life and Housing and the University will not be held liable for
loss of property.
- Rollerblades, roller-skates, scooters, and skateboards can only be used
outdoors. They are not intended for indoor use and must not be used within
a residence hall. Students found using these items in a residence hall will
be asked to stop using them indoors. Because of the fire risk that are
associated with hoverboard batteries, hoverboards are not permitted on the
Gallaudet campus and in the residence halls. Any hoverboards discovered
will be confiscated and disposed of immediately since they cannot be stored
safely due to the fire risk associated with their batteries.
- For reasons of fire safety and the pandemic, the maximum room capacity in
any residence hall shall not exceed two (2) times the
occupancy rate of a student's room to ensure safe emergency exit. This
means that if the room itself can hold two students, no more than four
people may be in the room at one time. For example, the occupancy rate of
suites in Clerc Hall, Carlin Hall, and LLRH6 is four people; therefore 8
people can be in the suite at one time. Likewise, the occupancy rate of
Benson, Peet, and the Ballard Residential Complex is two, which allows a
group of four people to be in a room at one time.
- Personalizing a room so that it is a comfortable space to live is a
natural inclination of students. It is important to consider how to
decorate a room so that damage to walls, doors, and windows does not
result. It is the desire of the University that all rooms are kept free of
damage for present and future students.
The following items may be used to hang or affix items to walls. They are
readily available at the campus bookstore. If you are not sure of what to
use, please consult with your CRE or GA:
● 3M Command Hooks or mounts (easily removed)
● Grey poster tape (Scotch's Removable Mounting)
● Scotch tape
The following must not be performed on the walls, woodwork, doors, windows,
or furnishings to avoid repair charges from damages incurred as a result:
● Drilling of any holes
● Use of glue or paste
● Use of double stick foam tape
● Use of contact paper
● Use of nails or screws on the walls, ceiling, or doors
● Removal, relocation, or disassembly of furniture - this includes moving
furniture from one room to another room within the same suite or into
hallways or public spaces.
● Elevation, stacking, or upturning of furniture
● Removal of ceiling tiles or running wires through the tiles
● Hanging objects from ceiling fixtures
● Removing vertical blind vanes from the headrail and/or removing the
headrail from the window frame
Students may not paint walls, doors, furnishing, or any other fixture in
the rooms. Plants brighten up a room, but they should be placed in an area
where water will not cause any damage. Any defacement to the room will be
billed to the students of the room, based on the Facilities Department's
estimate for repair or replacement.
Students are not to make any repairs to damage in their rooms, hallway, or
other University facilities. In addition, students are not permitted to
drill holes in or affix any items to the walls, ceiling, or doors with
either nails or screws. Bunk beds and lofts are permitted in all residence
halls using University Loft furnished bunk bed and lofts. All students who
want bunk beds or lofts are required to read and sign a release of
liability form before having a bunk bed/loft in their room. The Office of
Residence Life and Housing will provide the appropriate parts to convert
the beds into bunk beds and lofts.
Furniture cannot be removed, relocated, or disassembled. This includes
moving furniture from one room to another room within the same suite. To
minimize risk of damage, beds, desks, or any other pieces of furniture
cannot be elevated, stacked, or upturned. Ceiling tiles may not be removed,
and wires or cables may not be run through the tiles. Do not hang clothes
or any other items from light fixtures, ceiling track systems, sprinkler
heads, smoke detectors, strobe lights, or any other wall or ceiling mounted
device because such items are not designed to hold weight. Doors and/or
door frames marked in any way will result in vandalism and repair charges.
- Periodic inspections during the fall, spring, and summer semesters will
be held for maintenance, health, and safety purposes as well as for
observance of residence life policies, procedures, University regulations,
and the requirements of public law. If a student is found to be in
violation of University standards, the student is given 48 hours to make
the necessary corrections to bring the room back into compliance. Residence
Life staff will conduct a follow up inspection to ensure that the room is
in compliance with University standards. If the room fails the follow up
inspection, the students will be fined $25 and have 48 hours to make the
necessary corrections to the room to bring the room back into compliance. A
second follow up inspection will be performed and if the room fails the
second follow up inspection, the students will be fined $50 and be referred
to the Office of Student Conduct for further disciplinary action.
To avoid charges for room damages for which one is not responsible, each
student must fill out a room inventory form when they move into a room. The
inventory form lists all room furnishings and space for student comments on
the specific condition of the furniture and the room. Residence hall staff
members verify the forms during maintenance inspections.
At the end of a semester (or when a student vacates the room), the
Coordinator of Residence Education, Graduate Assistant, or a designee will
check the condition of the room and its furniture, and appropriate charges
for damages or policy violations, if any, are billed to the occupants of
the room. All furnishings must be rearranged to their original place
(according to a posted floor diagram) upon checkout at the end of the
The following items are prohibited from residence halls and will be
confiscated if found. The list is subject to change. Fire hazards, such as
candles and fireworks, are discarded. Items such as cooking appliances will
be stored and returned to the student at the end of the semester.
● Candles, incense, and fragrance burners
● Hoverboards (self-balancing scooters, lithium battery-operated scooters,
● Unmanned aircraft system (UAS), commonly known as a drone
● Exterior or in room surveillance cameras
● Halogen lamps (all desk and floor lamps)
● Lanterns/oil lamps and flammable liquids
● Liquid lighter fluid
● Live holiday decorations (trees, garlands, etc.)
● Weapons, including pocket knives, knives in a sheath, spears, swords,
souvenir weapons, firearms, ammunition, and BB, air, pellet or paintball
guns, tasers, stun guns, expandable batons or impact weapons
● 3D printers capable of producing any of the prohibited items
● Chemical mace or pepper spray
● Illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, and/or drug manufacturing materials
● Alcohol (if underage)
● Hazardous materials (not including household cleaners)
● Live animals (unless approved by the Assistance Animal Coordinator prior
to boarding, per University policy for service/emotional support animals)
● Portable/space heaters
● Cooking appliances in non-cooking areas including hot plates, electric
frying pans, broilers, crock pots, waffle irons, toasters, toaster ovens,
George Foreman grills, sandwich makers, and popcorn poppers
● Butane and butane torch lighters
Safety and Security
- The following are examples of some important rules designed to enhance
the safety and security of students. However, students should keep in mind
that the most foolproof measures are not effective unless community members
support them and do not violate them.
● Always enter and leave the building through the main entrance. Side exit
doors are to be used for exiting the building during emergencies. Side exit
doors are not to be used to allow others into the building, which
circumvents the security of the building.
● Never admit an uninvited nonstudent into the building. Do not let
strangers enter the building by tailgating you.
● Visitors and overnight guests of students must be checked in through the
residence hall office at all times. See the residence hall staff to sign in
your visitor or fill out an overnight guest registration form.
● Do not lend your keys or access card to anyone. Do not hide your key
somewhere in the building for your friends or guest to use to enter your
room. Report lost or stolen keys or access cards immediately. A lost or
stolen key or access card makes your property and that of your roommate(s)
vulnerable to theft.
● Under no circumstances should you prop open any exterior door. Although
doing so may seem convenient, you are endangering yourself and everyone
else. The exterior side exits are locked for your safety. Interior doors
should not be propped open either. These are designed to function as fire
doors and propping them open eliminates their effectiveness in preventing
the spread of fire.
● Lock the door to your room when you are asleep or alone in the room and
whenever you are away from the room. Statistics show that most burglaries
in student housing units occur in unlocked, unoccupied rooms. It only takes
a minute for something to be taken.
● Do not open your door to strangers. Use your peephole to identify who is
at the door before allowing entry.
● To prevent theft of personal property and damage to your door, do not use
your deadbolt to prop open your door.
● Report any strange or suspicious people to the residence hall staff or
Department of Public Safety (DPS) immediately.
● Engrave all personal items of value in your room with your driver's
license or other identifying number. Engraving tends to deter theft and
facilitates recovery of your possessions should they be stolen and
recovered. DPS can assist with the engraving of your items.
● Keep a record of the serial numbers of all your belongings.
● Do not advertise your valuables. Keep them out of sight. Arrange your
room so that high-risk items, such as laptop computers, cameras, stereos,
and televisions are not visible from the hallway when the door is open or
from ground-level windows. Items of high monetary value and minimal use in
a University environment (such as jewelry) should be left at home.
● Keep large sums of cash in your bank account, not your room. And keep
small amounts of cash with you.
● Be mindful of visitors in your room. Do not take in overnight guests you
do not know.
● If you live on the first floor of your building, be careful about leaving
windows open, especially when you leave the room.
- Satellite dishes or powered antenna devices are not permitted in any
residence hall on campus. Mounting of any device or object on the exterior
of any building is prohibited, as doing so would constitute damage to
- It is unlawful to prop side exit doors open because to do so circumvents
security measures and endangers students.
- Gallaudet University is committed to providing a healthy, smoke-free
environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors on the campus by
reducing health risks associated with tobacco smoke and minimizing
discomfort and inconvenience to non-smokers. Smoking on campus will only be
permitted in designated smoking areas. Smoking is not permitted in any
other campus locations including University and Clerc Center buildings, in
elevators or bathrooms, in any University vehicle, walking on campus, or at
the entrance of any building. The designated smoking areas are:
● located on the side of the Kellogg Conference Hotel behind Ole Jim,
● the south side of Hanson Plaza near the closed off overhead bridge, and
The use of e-cigarettes, vape pens, hookah, or similar delivery systems is
prohibited in the residence halls; the designated smoking areas are the
appropriate space for use of e-cigarettes, vape pens, hookah, or similar
- Casual solicitations for charitable or University-sponsored activities or
for similar purposes by off- and on-campus students, student organizations,
and employees are strictly prohibited; however, in no instance should such
solicitations interrupt work or learning or place unwanted pressure on
students, faculty, teachers, and staff, nor disrupt the residence hall
living environment. Door-to-door solicitations or promotions are
In order to avoid disruption to the educational mission, protect students,
faculty, teachers, and staff from commercial and non-commercial
exploitation and harassment, preserve the aesthetic atmosphere of the
University, and promote safety and security, solicitations by outside
parties are not permitted unless requested as part of a
University-sponsored program or service.
- Storage space is not available on campus. If a student checks out of
their room at the end of the semester and leaves personal property or
belongings in their room, the personal property/belongings will be
considered abandoned. All abandoned property/belongings will be disposed of
and the Office of Residence Life and Housing and the University will not be
held liable for loss of property/belongings.
- Students are to empty their wastebaskets and other disposable materials
in the appropriate recycling receptacle. Trash chutes are available in
Benson, Clerc, and Carlin Halls, Ballard West, and LLRH6. In Peet Hall,
trash rooms are located near the elevators on each floor.
To maintain a clean, healthy and attractive environment with a minimum of
pest infestation, it is required that all trash be tied in plastic bags. To
avoid excessive trash build-up over the weekends, throw out your trash
Large boxes, such as pizza boxes, clog the trash chute, so students are
expected to take boxes to the basement trash room for easy removal.
Students must take responsibility for cleaning their rooms and disposing of
trash properly in designated receptacles. At all times, all trash is to be
properly disposed of and are not permitted to be left in the public
bathrooms or hallways. Large items are to be taken to trash bins provided
outside the residence halls or placed in the basement trash room.
Students are expected to keep other common areas of their residence halls,
including hallways, bathrooms, lounges, or other public places, free of
trash. Improperly disposing of trash will attract vermin such as mice and
cockroaches. Please do not litter.
- All residence halls have one designated main entrance and this is where
everyone should enter the residence hall, except for University staff.
Other exterior doors which are not the designated main entrance (e.g., Peet
Hall back door facing Kellogg Hotel) are not to be used to enter the
building nor to allow friends, visitors, or guests to enter the residence
hall. This is considered unauthorized entry and may result in disciplinary
action. Entry into any areas that are considered off-limits to students
such as rooftops, boiler rooms, storage rooms, etc. are not allowed as
- Leaving your room or suite door unlocked or intentionally tampering with
your door to enable it to remain unlocked at all times (e.g. taping the
door mechanism open) is a serious safety issue and can lead to the damage
or theft of possessions, as well as personal injury. You should keep your
door locked at all times for your safety and security.
All members of the community will not tolerate vandalism because it lessens
the enjoyment of the University environment. Participation in any act of
destruction could become grounds for dismissal from the University. The
cost of repairing damages shall be billed to all students involved. The
following acts, among others, are prohibited:
● Vandalism, defacement, abnormal alteration, or destruction of another
person's property or University property, facilities, and/or furnishings.
● Removal, loss, or damage to windows in student rooms or tampering with
security hardware such as locks, panic buttons, and door alarms.
When the person(s) responsible for theft or damage cannot be
identified, all occupants of the residence hall or living group
will share the repair/replacement costs equally.
In the event of a theft, a residence hall staff member should be contacted
immediately. Students should also fill out a report with the Department of
Weapons and Explosives
- In the interest of public safety, the setting of fires, use of flammable
or highly combustible materials, or the possession of weapons or
ammunition, martial arts weapons, sling shots, bows and arrows, sabers,
swords, knives with blades in excess of three (3) inches except for kitchen
knives used in preparation/serving of food, paint, pellet, or taser guns,
"toy" or realistic replica of a real weapon, and other weapons, or use of
any such item, even if legally possessed, in a manner that harms,
threatens, or causes fear to others is prohibited on University premises
including the residence halls.
- In regards to Clerc Hall, wooden platforms are not to be constructed in
the bay window areas. Such platforms raise serious safety concerns and may
result in damage to University property. Failure to comply will result in
the removal of the platform by University staff. No warnings will be given.
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