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A 12-month staff works 2080 hours in one year. How about 9-, 10-, or 11- month staff?

If the staff has an 11-month appointment, the employee will work 11 consecutive months. This amounts to 24 pay periods, 1920 hours, if full time. You will also have one month of consecutive days off. That's two pay periods. If the staff member has a 10-month appointment, the employee will work ten successive months, which is 22 pay periods and 1760 hours, if full time. They will also have two 2 consecutive months off, which is four pay periods. If the staff has a 9-month appointment, the employee will work nine consecutive months, which is 19 pay periods, 1520 hours, if full time. And they will have three 3 consecutive months off, which is seven pay periods.

A reporter contacted me requesting information or an interview. What should I do?

Students, faculty, and staff have a great deal of expertise and insight to share with members of the media. However, before responding to a media representative, members of the campus community should contact University Communications. University Communications is the source for the media regarding any official information about the University.

A student has asked to take an exam at OSWD. Will the student be tested without unfair advantage?

Students taking tests at OSWD do so to be tested without an unfair DISadvantage. OSWD has systematic and secure procedures for getting exams from faculty and returning them once the student has taken the exam so that no one is allowed to take an accommodated exam without authorization. Students are proctored in-person and by video cameras while taking exams.

A student has given me an accommodation letter. How do I make sure the student’s needs are being met?

OSWD encourages students and faculty to meet at the beginning of the semester so that the student may make the faculty aware of disabilities and accommodations that have been approved. It also allows you to have questions answered by the student.

If the student either emails you their Student Accommodation Letter, or leaves it for you, we suggest that you reach out to the student and suggest a time for the two of you to meet. Creating an opportunity for both of you to discuss the situation, ask questions, and solve problems will benefit everyone.

A student in my class has missed most of the classes. Should the student still be getting notes?

Students with disabilities must attend classes in order to receive assistance from Note Taking Services. Their accommodation does not excuse their absences.

A student using Note-Taking Services approached me with concerns about the quality of the notes received. What should we do?

If there is any dissatisfaction with the quality of service, professionalism, or competence of the Note Taker, the student should contact the Note-Taking Services Coordinator.

Admitted – What’s next?

Congratulations on your admission and welcome to Gallaudet! You can now follow the instructions in your Admissions letter to access the New Graduate Student Portal page to view important information and links for registration, housing, dining, and health services. Refer to this Graduate Admissions page for more information.

Advice for interviewees

An internship or job interview is a two-way street. The job of the interviewer is to determine whether or not you have the skills and attitude that make you the best fit for the position. You also have to determine whether the company and the position is a good fit for you. The best way to do this is by asking the interviewer questions during the interview. Usually, the interviewer will ask, "Do you have any questions for me?" Your response should always be, "yes." Saying no or having no questions prepared tells the employer that you might not be motivated to work or that you do not put in effort to be prepared, which can reflect on the effort you put put into the job. Employers make judgments about you based on the questions you ask. Make sure that you ask good questions.
  • Do your research on the company and ask questions related to the company and your position
  • Don't ask about salary and benefits during your initial interview
  • Don't ask general, bland questions. Know the industry and lexicon
  • Ask open ended questions and not questions that can be answered with a "yes" or "no"

After my quarantine is over, can I go off campus for any reason?

Yes, you may go off campus as long as you stay within the DC/MD/VA area. Please continue to follow safety protocols: wear your mask, practice physical distancing and hand hygiene. Be mindful that you are responsible for your safety and the safety of others around you.

After my quarantine is over, can I socialize with other people in my residence hall?

Yes, you may socialize with other people in your residence hall, following all safety protocols.

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