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The health and safety of our community is a shared priority and responsibility. We recognize that each and every one of us is doing our best, every day, to deal with an unprecedented global event with ever-evolving health and safety guidance.

This policy is not intended to penalize people who make innocent mistakes. Rather, it is to reinforce the seriousness of our responsibility to this community’s health and safety, and to address grievous or repeated violations.

This compliance policy was developed with these guiding principles in mind:

  • We expect all students and employees to care for themselves, for each other, and for the Gallaudet community.
  • Following COVID-19 policies and protocols is key to achieving our goals of:
    • promoting the health, safety, and well-being of our community,
    • enabling a vibrant, visual, ASL-rich, face-to-face learning and living environment, and
    • ensuring the continuity of on-campus operations in fluid and dynamic conditions.
  • As such, we expect all community members to comply with these policies at all times on campus or in University housing, on the commuter shuttle or GU transportation, at University events, or while conducting University business in person.
  • If an individual does not comply, they will enter a resolution process consistent with the magnitude of the violation.
  • These measures are in place to ensure that we remain healthy and safe, and reach our goals.

COVID-19 Health and Safety Policies

Gallaudet has several health and safety policies in place, which will evolve as the local and global situation changes. They are covered in depth in the Return to Campus COVID-19 Safety Training, available on Blackboard to all Gallaudet and Clerc employees and Gallaudet students.

All campus community members are asked to follow these safety protocols:

  • Wear a face mask in accordance with the current mask policy – currently, Gallaudet is in yellow mask status, which means that masks are required indoors for everyone, and optional for vaccinated individuals and encouraged for unvaccinated individuals outdoors.
  • Practice physical distancing (especially when unmasked or in groups).
  • Complete self-assessment daily.
  • Test for COVID-19 weekly.
  • Respect others’ vaccination status and COVID-19 status – refrain from asking for vaccination or COVID-19 status. Intimidation and harassment will not be tolerated.

COVID-19 Policy Violation Categories

COVID-19 policy violations have been categorized as Category 1, 2, or 3. These lists are not all-inclusive. Resolutions may include, but are not limited to, the restorative practices and conduct processes listed below.

  • Face mask policy violations
  • Social distancing violations
  • Failure to complete daily health self-assessment
  • One-on-one conversation with Health and Wellness Programs staff member
  • Required online training module(s)
  • One-on-one conversation with employee’s supervisor and HR staff member
  • Required online training module(s)
  • Repeated Category 1 violations
  • Non-compliance with weekly COVID-19 testing requirement
  • Intimidation or harassment of an individual based on actual or perceived COVID-19 or vaccination status
  • One-on-one meeting with Health and Wellness Programs staff member
  • Required online training module(s)
  • Disciplinary probation
  • Campus and/or building access restrictions
  • One-on-one meeting with employee’s supervisor and HR staff member
  • Required online training module(s)
  • Disciplinary letter
  • Unpaid leave
  • Campus and/or building access restrictions
  • Repeated Category 2 violations
  • Failure to follow specific directives such as quarantine, isolation, or contact tracing
  • Furnishing false information (e.g., falsified vaccination records, daily health self-assessment, off-campus COVID-19 tests, or vaccination waiver requests)
  • Intentionally coughing, sneezing, or spitting in the direction of others
  • Disciplinary probation
  • Campus and/or building access restrictions
  • Loss of residence hall privileges
  • University suspension
  • Disciplinary letter
  • Unpaid leave
  • Campus and/or building access restrictions
  • Termination

*The Office of Student Accountability and Restorative Practices (SARP) office may consider the nature of the violation, its context and circumstances, the student’s prior conduct history, the community impact of the behavior, and other factors.

Note: KDES/MSSD students and their families will receive communications directly from their school leadership.

Reporting and Resolution Process

The reporting and resolution process includes the following steps:

  • Report of allegation (direct staff observation, community member report) via one of the reporting mechanisms.
  • Student/employee notification via email of the specific violation, date, and location.
  • Student/employee response via email, Zoom conference, or in person.
  • Resolution options discussed via method above; restorative practices or disciplinary conference findings (e.g., responsible/not responsible; and sanctions, if applicable) formally confirmed via email.
  • Student appeal to Dean of Student Affairs; employee appeal via GU dispute resolution process.

Reporting Violations

In the spirit of caring, we encourage community members to respond to face mask or social distancing violations by politely asking the person breaking the policy to comply, if it is reasonably comfortable to do so. If it is not, or another type of violation is taking place, you may report it.

Community members may report observed violations of COVID-19 protocols through two methods:

Reports should include the name(s) of individuals observed; the nature of the violation; the violation time, date, and location; and any corroborating details or information.

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