Graduate Catalog

Behavior Codes

Student Responsibility

As members of the University community, students have certain responsibilities and obligations, including satisfactory academic performance and responsible social behavior. Students assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner compatible with the University's function as an educational institution. Students also have an obligation to report any suspected crime or serious violations of the University Code of Conduct to the Department of Public Safety or other appropriate University official, especially if such crimes or serious violations may result in significant harm to individuals or property loss or damage. To fulfill its functions of imparting and gaining knowledge, the University retains the right to maintain order within the University and to address, through appropriate disciplinary procedures, conduct that adversely affects the University community or the University's pursuit of its educational objectives.

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, the 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. Ignorance of a rule or regulation will not be an acceptable defense, so we urge you to become familiar with the Student Code and the conduct expectations of Gallaudet University students in general.

Gallaudet Student Handbook

The Gallaudet Student Handbook is maintained by the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs online at The online Student Handbook is considered the most updated version and should be referred to at all times. Although it provides a resource and reference guide to some University operations, policies, and regulations, additional material is found in University catalogues, publications, departmental brochures, and official University memorandums. Students should be familiar with the latest policies and procedures so promulgated. They supersede all others.