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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)
Through a system of disciplinary conferences and hearings, restorative
justice, and/or 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 an
alleged violation of the student code of conduct should be handled so as to
maximize the educational experience of the students involved. Such an
approach does not eliminate punitive action, including suspension or
expulsion, as one of the prescribed disciplinary sanctions. 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.
Student Accountability & Restorative Practices (SARP), a unit within
Student Affairs, addresses and resolves Gallaudet Student Code of Conduct
violations. One of their objectives is to educate students about University
policies and procedures, community standards, and their responsibilities as
citizens of Gallaudet and the community, while considering the safety of
the entire Gallaudet community.
SARP facilitates student development and restoration through a fair process
that holds students accountable to community and university standards in
order to support student and community success.
It is the intent of the student conduct program that the University, in
handling its disciplinary problems, will continue the use of discussion,
counseling, conciliation, mediation, and other existing procedures, as long
as such measures prove effective. The other provisions of the program will
be set in motion in such instances when the informal procedures or
restorative practices prove to be, or manifestly appear to be, ineffective,
The university believes that in certain instances alternative approaches to
resolving conflicts can enhance the educational experience for students
involved in the student conduct process. Restorative Practices is a process
to involve, to the extent possible, those who have a stake in a specific
offense and to collectively identify and address harms, needs, and
obligations, in order to heal and put things as right as possible.
Restorative Practices is appropriate when all parties involved-the
complainant(s) and respondent(s)-voluntarily agree to engage in this
restorative practices resolution process and the Coordinator (or Director)
of Student Conduct agrees that it is an acceptable alternative to resolve
Restorative Practices is not an appropriate resolution for cases involving
complaints of sexual assault or other serious violations of the Student
Code of Conduct; the Coordinator (or Director) of Student Conduct will make
a determination of whether or not restorative practices is appropriate on a
Restorative practices will involve resolution of the incident, and the
resolution may include mutually agreeable sanctions if appropriate.
Restorative practices agreements are final, and there will be no subsequent
proceedings. If restorative practices do not resolve the situation or if
the restorative practices agreements are not adhered to, the case will be
adjudicated utilizing established disciplinary proceedings as described
When determining possible sanctions, a student may have as a result of
their behavior Gallaudet will consider not only the particular incident for
which the alleged policy violation(s) was placed, but also the overall
needs of the individual student. A student’s need for the benefit provided
by a particular sanction is not necessarily dependent on their behavior in
a particular instance but on the totality of their experience. Although
Gallaudet places a high value on the importance of consistency in our
process, Gallaudet also recognizes that every situation and every person is
different and sometimes reflects that through our sanctioning. Our
sanctions are designed to be educational in nature and based on current
theory, best practices, and relevant assessment. Ultimately, we strive to
engage in a relationship with students in order to turn negative incidents
into opportunities for positive growth.
EFFECTIVE DATE: AUGUST 21, 2020
UPDATED: AUGUST 8, 2021
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