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The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (SARP)
promotes a safe community for students to address and navigate conflict in
a peaceful, socially just, and self-reflexive manner. We strive to foster
the personal development of students and emphasize the student’s personal
understanding of their behavior as well as their responsibilities to the
Through the student accountability process, we work with students to gain
greater insight into their choices and behaviors in order to provide a safe
environment for the campus community, one that supports the University’s
mission of Living, Well-Being, and Belonging.
Student conduct is not considered in isolation within the University
community but as an integral part of the educational process. Developing
citizenship, respect for others, and responsible social behavior are part
of the University's commitment to the education of the whole person; it is
expected that student behavior will reflect well on self, bring credit to
the University, and to contribute positively to student and University
life. This includes upholding all published University policies, rules, and
regulations. It is clear that in a community of learning, willful
disruption of the educational process, destruction of property and/or
interference with the orderly processes of the University, or with the
rights of other members of the University community, for example, cannot be
tolerated. In addressing student behavior that harms the community SARP
offers a spectrum of conflict resolution pathways that are educationally
focused, student-driven, and restorative in nature, which are adaptable to
meet the needs of individuals experiencing conflict.
The purpose of publishing the Student Code of Conduct is to give students
general notice of prohibited behavior. This Code is not written with the
specificity of a criminal statute.
When used in this Code:
The term "University" means Gallaudet University.
The term "student" includes all persons taking courses at Gallaudet
University, either full-time or part-time, on-campus or remotely, pursuing
undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies, persons who withdraw or
graduate after allegedly violating the Student Code of Conduct, who are not
officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing
relationship with Gallaudet University and/or are persons who are living in
Gallaudet University residence halls and Kendall Apartments, although not
enrolled in this institution.
The term "University official" includes any person employed by Gallaudet
University, performing assigned administrative or professional
The term "member of the Gallaudet community" includes any person who is a
student, staff, faculty member, University official, or any other person
employed by Gallaudet University.
The term "University premises" includes all land, buildings, facilities,
and other property in the possession of or owned, leased, operated,
controlled, or supervised by Gallaudet University.
The term "university-sponsored event/activity" means any activity on or off
University premises that is initiated or supervised by the University.
The term "student organization" means any number of persons who have
complied with the formal requirements for Gallaudet University recognition
as a registered student organization.
The term "Student Conduct Board" means any person or persons authorized by
the Dean of Student Affairs to determine whether a student has violated the
Student Code of Conduct and to recommend sanctions that may be imposed when
a violation has been committed.
The term "complainant" means any member of the University community who
submits a charge alleging that a student violated the Student Code of
The term "respondent" means any student accused of violating the Student
Code of Conduct.
The term "disciplinary conference" means an informal forum in which the
Coordinator (or Director) of Student Accountability and Restorative
Practices meets with a student to adjudicate any alleged violation(s) of
the Student Code of Conduct.
The term "disciplinary hearing" means a forum in which a hearing is
conducted to adjudicate an alleged violation of the Student Code of
The term “restorative justice” is a philosophy that considers the
importance of harms created during a conflict or violation, the needs of
those impacted by the conflict, the obligations of the person who created
the harm, and the engagement from community members who might be directly
or indirectly affected by the harm.
The term “restorative practices” means an utilization of practices derived
from Restorative Justice principles, which may not align with typical
Restorative Justice procedures, to address instances of conflict that arise
on campus. The purpose of a restorative process is to bring together all
parties involved in an incident for the purpose of addressing the harms
associated with the conflict. This affords the opportunity for discussion
of varying points of view and an opportunity to gain a better understanding
of those involved.
The definition of the term "Coordinator of Student Accountability" and
"Director of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices" refers to
University officials authorized on a case-by-case basis by the Dean of
Student Affairs to impose sanctions upon any student(s) found to have
violated the Student Code of Conduct. The Dean of Student Affairs may
authorize the Coordinator (or Director) of Student Accountability and
Restorative Practices to serve as the University official responsible for
addressing and making decisions pertaining to all alleged violations of the
Student Code of Conduct as well as simultaneously serving as the sole
member or one of the members of the Student Conduct Board.
All violations of University policies and procedures committed by students
on or off University premises, at University-sponsored/related activities,
or through the misuse of Gallaudet technology resources fall within the
scope of the Student Code of Conduct. The Student Code of Conduct does not
protect or shield students from their responsibilities under federal,
state, and/or local laws and ordinances. The University reserves the right
to refer any situations involving student misconduct to appropriate law
enforcement authorities. Students are expected to engage in responsible
social conduct on- and off-campus that reflects credit upon the University
community and to model good citizenship in any community. The Student Code
of Conduct may be applied to behavior conducted online, via email, or other
electronic medium. Students should be aware that online postings such as
blogs, vlogs, web postings, chats and social networking sites are in the
public sphere and are not private. These postings can subject a student to
allegations of conduct violations if information of policy violations is
posted online. Gallaudet does not regularly search for this information but
may take action if and when such information is brought to the attention of
University officials. The Student Code of Conduct applies to guests of
community members whose hosts may be accountable for the misconduct of
their guests. Each student is responsible for their conduct from the time
of enrollment through the actual awarding of a degree, even though the
conduct may occur before classes begin or after classes end, as well as
during the academic year and during periods between terms of actual
enrollment, even if such conduct is not discovered until after a degree is
awarded. The Student Code of Conduct will apply to a student's conduct even
if the student leaves the University for any reason (e.g., voluntary
withdrawal, academic suspension, etc.) while a disciplinary matter is
pending. Charges will remain pending until the case is resolved and an
academic hold may be placed on their record.
Gallaudet University expects students to demonstrate responsible social
behavior on- and off-campus and conduct themselves as good citizens in
accordance with the law and the Student Code of Conduct. While the
University does not concern itself with every violation occurring
off-campus, nor is the University legally responsible or financially liable
for the behavior of students off-campus, the Student Code of Conduct
remains in effect at all times; students and student groups are expected to
conduct themselves as representatives of the University community.
Generally, the Student Code of Conduct primarily prohibits misconduct on
University premises, at University-sponsored events/activities off-campus,
and at any location where a student is engaged in an official University
activity (such as a practicum, internship, field trip, student teaching, or
participation in a Consortium course, etc.). The University reserves the
right to review and adjudicate any occurrence of off-campus student
behavior in violation of the Student Code of Conduct that may directly
impact or have a significant effect upon the University. An off-campus
violation(s) by a student of Gallaudet University of a criminal law or the
Student Code of Conduct that brings the University into disrepute,
adversely affects the University's educational mission, objectives, and/or
interests of the University community, or seriously affects the ability of
the University to continue its normal activities, for example, are
considered to be of legitimate interest to the University. In addition,
inappropriate behaviors in our surrounding neighborhood such as public
urination, public intoxication, disruptive conduct to neighbors, loud and
unruly gatherings, violations of the alcohol and/or other drugs policies,
and misconduct demonstrating flagrant disregard for any person or persons
would be in violation of the Student Code of Conduct and may be subject to
appropriate disciplinary procedures.
Upon receipt of a complaint alleging off-campus student misconduct, the
Dean of Student Affairs or their designee will review the allegations to
determine jurisdiction over such conduct and to determine the appropriate
course of action by the University. As a general rule, the Office of
Student Accountability and Restorative Practices should not process a
charge that a student of the University has violated, off-campus, a local,
state or federal law, unless the matter is clearly contrary to the
legitimate purpose and interests of the University.
Students at Gallaudet University are subject to all District of Columbia
and Federal laws and are accountable to District of Columbia and Federal
courts for any violations of such laws. A charge alleging that a student of
Gallaudet University has violated, on-campus, a District of Columbia or
Federal law may be processed, when appropriate, through the University
student disciplinary process (See
Student Conduct Programs
). University disciplinary proceedings may be carried out against a student
charged with conduct that potentially violates both the criminal law and
the Student Code of Conduct (that is, if both possible violations result
from the same factual situation) without regard to the pendency of civil or
criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution.
Proceedings under the Student Code of Conduct may be carried out prior to,
simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off-campus
at the discretion of the Dean of Student Affairs. Determinations made or
sanctions imposed under the Student Code of Conduct will not be subject to
change or challenge because criminal charges arising out of the same
fact-giving rise to violation of University rules are pending, were
dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of/or against the criminal law
A Civil Protection Order (CPO) is an instrument of the District of Columbia
courts and is enforced by the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). The
Department of Public Safety (DPS) has only a support role assisting MPD in
documenting any alleged violations and is not responsible for enforcing the
CPO. MPD is responsible for making the final determination whether 1) a CPO
has been violated and 2) what action to take. Students who have a CPO in
effect and believe that their CPO has been violated can contact either DPS
or MPD. If the alleged violation takes place on-campus, DPS prefers the
student make an initial report of the alleged violation to DPS. DPS will
take a report and contact MPD for review and action if needed. If the
alleged violation took place off-campus, the student should contact MPD
directly, however, DPS is available to assist in contacting MPD if the
If DPS officers witness a situation where violence, threat of violence,
and/or intimidation takes place between individuals on-campus, they will
intervene as they would for any student, faculty, or staff with or without
a CPO. It is important to stress that MPD, not DPS, makes the final
determination on how to address the complaint and the final authority
concerning CPO enforcement is with MPD and the DC Court system.
When the University determines that the continued presence of a student on
the University campus or in University housing poses a substantial threat
to self or to others, or to the stability and ability of the University to
carry out its normal functions, the Dean of Student Affairs or their
designee may suspend the student for an interim period pending the
resolution of the matter. In taking such action, the University need not
assign further reasons. During an interim suspension, the student may be
denied access to on-campus housing and/or the campus (including classes)
and/or all other University activities on- or off-campus or privileges for
which the student might otherwise be eligible. An interim suspension will
become effective immediately, without prior notice, and may be terminated
by the person issuing it at any time prior to or after the outcome of
A student suspended on an interim basis will be given an opportunity to
appear personally before the Dean of Student Affairs and Academic Support
or their designee in order to discuss the following issues only:
a) the reliability of the information concerning the student's conduct,
including the matter of their identity; or
b) whether the conduct and surrounding circumstances reasonably indicate
that the continued presence of the student on University premises poses a
substantial and/or immediate risk to self or to others, to University
property, or to the stability and ability of the University to carry out
its normal functions.
The primary responsibility for managing the classroom environment rests on
the faculty. Students who engage in any prohibited conduct that result in
disruption of a class or academic activity may be directed by the faculty
member to leave the class for the remainder of the class period.
Additionally, a student who persists in disrupting a particular class after
a warning by the faculty member may be suspended from the class for an
interim period pending the resolution of the matter through the Office of
Student Accountability and Restorative Practices.
The administration may make all necessary rules and regulations for the
orderly management of the University and the preservation of discipline
therein. The University also reserves the right to suspend or expel any
student from the University, from any classes whenever in the best interest
of the student or the University, or when the administration deems it
advisable. Such action may include pursuing disciplinary action for any
violation of local, state, or Federal law, on- or off-campus, which affects
the University's educational interests and ability to carry out its normal
Any student found to have committed, to have attempted to commit, and/or
knowingly encouraged or assisted others to commit such acts that are
prohibited by this Code is subject to the disciplinary sanctions listed in
the Student Conduct Programs
. An attempt to commit is defined as conduct that, if successful, would
constitute or result in the prohibited conduct. In addition, a student who
has knowledge of another person or persons committing or attempting to
commit a violation of the Code of Conduct is required to remove themself
from the situation (and is obligated to report any suspected crime or
serious violations), and failure to do so when reasonable under the
circumstances may be the basis for a violation of the Code of Conduct as
well. It should be emphasized that the list is not all-inclusive.
Abuse of Conduct Process
- This includes abuse or interference with, or failure to comply in,
University processes including conduct investigations and hearings. This
includes, but is not limited to:
· Failure to provide, destroying, or concealing information during the
course of an investigation and/or University conduct proceeding;
· Attempting to discourage an individual's proper participation in, or use
of, the University conduct system;
· Harassment (verbal and/or physical) and/or intimidation of a member of
the student conduct board prior to, during, and/or following the University
conduct proceeding; and
· Influencing, or attempting to influence, another person to commit an
abuse of the Student Code of Conduct.
- This includes plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of Academic
Dishonesty, or facilitating any such act. Procedures for handling instances
of Academic Dishonesty are described in the University Catalog.
- This includes harassment (verbal or written abuse, humiliation,
intimidation, bullying, and violence or other conduct which has the purpose
or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or
living environment) against an individual or group because of race,
religion, creed, gender, age, ethnicity, national origin, physical or
mental disability, or sexual orientation.
- This includes complicity with or failure of any student or student
organization to appropriately address known or obvious violations of the
Student Code of Conduct, Residence Hall Policies, or other published
University policies, rules or regulations, or law.
Damage, Destruction, or Impairment of Property
- This includes any act of misuse, vandalism, malicious or unwarranted
damage or destruction, defacing, or disfiguring of property belonging to
the University or members of the University community, and in certain
instances, of the surrounding neighborhood.
- This is generally defined as any action by the student that impairs,
interferes with, or obstructs the orderly conduct, processes, and functions
of the University and its members, including, but not limited to, excessive
noises, inappropriate and loud or disruptive behavior, unruly gatherings,
public drunkenness, lewd or indecent conduct or exposure, and other such
behaviors. Disorderly conduct also includes but is not limited to any
unauthorized use of electronic or other devices to make audio or video
recordings without their prior knowledge, or without their effective
consent when such recording is likely to cause humiliation or harm.
Disruption and/or Obstruction of University Academic or Non-Academic
- This includes conduct that unreasonably or substantially obstructs or
disrupts teaching, research, disciplinary proceedings, student organization
activities and/or events, fire, police, or emergency services, or other
University activities, including its public service functions on- or
off-campus, or other authorized non-University activities, when the act
occurs on University premises or at University sponsored activities
off-campus. This also includes causing, inciting, or participating in a
campus demonstration that disrupts the normal operations of the University
and infringes on the rights of other members of the University community,
leading or inciting others to disrupt scheduled and/or normal activities
within any campus building or area, and intentional obstruction that
unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement, either pedestrian or
vehicular, on campus.
Failure to Provide Identification
- Failure to present identification or failure to identify oneself when
requested to do so on request by any member of the University
administration, faculty, staff, paraprofessional staff in the residence
halls, or campus security officer acting in performance of their duties.
Falsification or Forgery of a University Record
- This includes unauthorized alteration, forgery, or misuse of a University
document, record, or instrument of identification, including, but not
limited to, identification cards, parking stickers, transcripts, and
Furnishing False Information
- This includes knowingly furnishing or possessing false, falsified, or
forged materials, documents, accounts, records, identification or financial
instruments, withholding material information from the University,
intentionally initiating or causing to be initiated any false report,
warning, or threat of fire, explosion, or of other emergency, giving false
information in a disciplinary hearing, sexual misconduct investigation,
disciplinary conference, or any University procedure, and knowingly
furnishing false information to any University official, faculty or staff
member, or office, including misrepresenting oneself as a faculty or staff
- This includes all forms of hazing as defined in the University
Health and Safety Violation
- This includes the creation of health and/or safety hazards (dangerous
pranks, handing out of or climbing from/on/in windows, balconies, roofs,
etc.), non-compliance with Administration and Operations Manual Policy (#
), Interim Face Covering Policy, University and Residence Life/Housing
COVID-19 policies, and/or other health and safety policies or directives.
Illegal Gambling or Gaming
- This includes illegal gambling or gaming as defined by the District of
Columbia and/or Federal law.
Illegal Use, Possession, Manufacturing, or Distribution of Prescription
Medications and Household Products or Abuse of Non-Prescription Drugs
- This includes the use of prescription or household products in a manner
that deviates from the label instructions and/or prescription, or abuse of
non-prescription drugs. Sharing, selling, overusing, stealing a
prescription, or having possession of another's prescription medicine is
prohibited. Using any household products or other chemicals to alter one's
senses is also prohibited.
Illegal or Unauthorized Possession of Firearms, Explosives, Other
Weapons, or Dangerous Chemicals on University Property
- This includes the illegal or unauthorized possession, storage, or use of
any kind of ammunition, firearms, explosives, flammable or highly
combustible materials, dangerous chemicals, fireworks, martial arts
weapons, sling shots, bows and arrows, axes, machetes, throwing stars,
nunchucks, sabers, swords, knives with blades in excess of three (3) inches
except for kitchen knives used in preparation/serving of food, air, BB,
paintball, 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.
Non-Compliance with University or Board Decision
- This includes non-compliance with or defiance of any University or
Student Conduct decision, failure to complete conduct sanctions, and
failure to comply with the reasonable directives of University officials,
campus security officers, or law enforcement officers acting in performance
of their duties.
Physical Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Threats, Intimidation, Harassment, and
- This includes repeated and/or severe aggressive behaviors that intimidate
or intentionally harm or control another person physically or emotionally
that takes place online or is perpetrated using electronic means of
communication even when aimed directly at an individual or a group.
Retaliatory Discrimination or Harassment
- This includes any intentional, adverse action taken by a responding
individual or third party, against a participant in a student conduct or
civil rights grievance proceeding or other protected activity.
Sexual Misconduct and/or Sexual Harassment
- This includes all forms of sexual harassment and/or sexual misconduct as
defined in the
Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy
Sexual Misconduct Policy
- This includes attempted or actual theft of property or of services,
misappropriation, or unauthorized possession or sale of University
property, property of a member of the University community, or other
personal or public property, on- or off-campus.
Unauthorized Entry into a University Building or
Facility - This includes entering or attempting to enter any dwelling,
building, or facility on University premises without permission or in
instances where the person knew or should have known that such access is
Unauthorized Possession of a Pet on Campus
- This includes having an animal on campus in violation of residence hall
policy and/or University policy.
Unauthorized Use of Property
- This includes unauthorized use of property belonging to the University,
including but not limited to furniture, equipment, elevators, telephones,
University keys, University ID cards, library materials, any document or
instrument of identification, and/or safety devices.
Use, Possession, Manufacturing or Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages
- This includes public intoxication and use, possession, or consumption of
intoxicants or the manufacture and/or distribution of alcoholic beverages
contrary to circumstances and conditions specified by University Alcohol
and Other Drugs Policies, residence hall policy, or as expressly permitted
by law. Possession or use of kegs, beer balls, large punch bowls, or other
common containers of alcoholic beverages of a similar nature is prohibited.
A more complete definition can be found in the
Alcohol and Other Drugs Policies.
Use, Possession, Manufacturing, Sale, or Distribution of Illegal Drugs
and/or Drug Paraphernalia
- This includes the use, possession, distribution, manufacture, or
processing of illegal or non-prescribed narcotics and/or hallucinogens
except as expressly permitted by law. The intention to sell or distribute a
controlled substance is a violation of this policy. Possession of drug
paraphernalia (e.g., hookahs, bongs, pipes, or homemade equipment)
regardless of intended use and drug remnants (e.g., marijuana seeds, stems,
or resin) will be considered a violation of the drug policy. Cannabis (also
known as marijuana) - medicinal or otherwise - is illegal on campuses that
receive Federal funding (which requires it to be in compliance with the
Federal Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act). The University prohibits the
personal and/or medical use as well as the possession of cannabis and
growing of cannabis plants on campus premises, even though it is legal in
the District of Columbia. The possession and/or use of synthetic marijuana
is prohibited. Use or possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited. The
presence of scales, "ziplock bags", excessive amounts of cash, large
quantities or cannabis and/or other drugs, or other objects used in drug
transactions may be considered evidence of distribution or intent to
distribute or sell illegal drugs. A more complete definition can be found
Alcohol and Other Drugs Policies
Violation of Campus Traffic and Parking Rules
- This includes cases referred by the Department of Public Safety (DPS) for
resolution through the Student Conduct disciplinary process.
Violation of Federal, State or Local Law
- This applies to violation(s) of Federal, state or local laws on or off
University premises when substantiated through the University conduct
Violation of Fire Safety Regulations
- This includes failing to comply with evacuation procedures, activating a
false fire alarm, arson or intentionally setting a fire, tampering with
fire apparatus, covering smoke detectors and/or fire alarm strobe lights,
use/possession of flammable items such as sky lanterns or charcoal/charcoal
fluid, and other fire/safety violations as described in the
Residence Hall Policies
Violation of Published University Policies, Rules, or Regulations
- This includes all University rules, policies, or regulations published in
hard copy or available electronically on the University website.
Violation of Residence Hall Policies
- This includes all residence hall regulations and policies established by
the Office of Residence Life and Housing.
Violation of the University Technology Policy
- This includes all computer rules and regulations established by the
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