Areas of Study


Gallaudet University operates with the principles of shared governance, and the Board of Trustees has the fundamental responsibility and ultimate authority for institutional legal, fiscal, academic, and operational well-being. The faculty, administration, and the Board of Trustees each have primary responsibilities which overlap in some instances.

The University Faculty Handbook: A statement of policies and procedures, including conditions of employment. In the spirit of shared governance, the University Faculty shall work with the administration to develop proposals for amendments to the University Faculty Handbook that can be recommended to the Board of Trustees for approval.

The University Faculty Bylaws: A statement of how the University Faculty shall operate. The faculty has responsibility for initiating changes to the document and for acting on such proposals. The University Faculty will keep the administration and the Board of Trustees informed of all changes it makes to the bylaws.


The principal decision-making body of the faculty:

The UF shares with the institution the highest level of responsibility for developing and maintaining an intellectual climate and relevant professional and disciplinary standards the UF through its governance structures

  1. shall establish courses of study requirements for admission or transfer, requirements for graduation for the associate, baccalaureate and graduate degrees;
  2. shall determine academic discipline;
  3. shall recommend to the president and Board of Trustees candidates for degrees;
  4. shall regulate faculty status and conduct.


Council on Graduate Education
The Council on Graduate Education promotes excellence in graduate education by considering curriculum changes and other adjustments to policies and procedures.
Council on Undergraduate Education
The CUE is an elected body of representatives charged with reviewing policies, procedures, and curriculum changes that affect undergraduate students and faculty.


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Faculty Governance

William Ennis

College Hall 201

(202) 250-2071

(202) 651-5085

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