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English Language Institute
ELI Student Orientation (ESO)
ESO Campus Life Workshops
Students are encouraged to meet with the ELI Program Coordinator if they have any questions.
Below are descriptions of campus-life workshops and activities.
The Academic Technology / Computer Accounts Workshop helps students to set up their computer accounts and covers the following topics:
The Dorm Policy Workshop explains the following topics for new students living in the dorms.
The Department of Public Safety (DPS) Workshop helps new students learn how to protect themselves and their property. The following topics are covered:
The English Language Institute Student Organization (ELISO) Workshop explains the unique and common characteristics of this student organization for ELI students.
The ELISO has equal status with other student organizations on campus, but there are ELI requirements to follow due to ELI’s accreditation status with the Commission of English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).
New students are asked to complete the ESO survey to provide their feedback on specific items.
New students take a tour of the Gallaudet University campus and various departments within certain buildings that are particularly relevant to ELI students.
The Meal Plan Workshop helps on-campus students learn about the meal plans available for the semester or learn how to get a medical waiver. It also covers the difference between regular meal plan options and the dining dollars option.
The Office of Student Conduct Workshop helps new students learn how to act respectfully and treat others with respect. The following topics are covered:
The Sexual Misconduct Workshop goes into explicit detail about what types of sexual behavior are unacceptable. Topics covered are listed below:
The Ombuds Workshop helps new students get acquainted with the Office of the Ombuds, its services, and the four principles it follows. These four principles are confidentiality, informality, independence, and impartiality.
Accompanied by ELI staff, new students will go to the on-campus post office in the Student Academic Center (SAC) near the Marketplace food court and get their mailbox number. Students will learn how to open the combination lock on their mailbox.
The ELI encourages new students to interact with each other and with the ELI staff in organized ice-breakers and other informal events.
New ELI students learn how to get around in the greater DC area with the help of an ELI guide and tour a museum together. They learn how to ride the Gallaudet University shuttle, use a map of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) subway, and purchase a Smart-trip card or a paper ticket for a trip on the subway or bus.
Gallaudet University, chartered in 1864, is a private university for deaf and hard of hearing students.
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