Dear Gallaudet community: 
The University has been working to bring its students and university community safely back to campus, and we are excited to announce that we are planning toward a return to our stomping grounds this fall. I am pleased to be able to provide you this update. We are incrementally opening the campus by bringing back more of our employees, starting now with our Executive Team, with the intention of returning as many employees as possible by the start of the fall semester. They join our essential employees who have been working through the pandemic to ensure continuity of operations and the safety of our campus. Our Public Health and Safety team is guiding the return to campus with a robust review of all health and safety plans, required of each department. We have a mobile COVID-19 testing lab on campus that allows for full-scale testing of our campus community as often as needed. Our campus services, from Residence Life to Student Health Services to Custodial Services and beyond, have scaled up to meet the additional health and safety requirements. At this time, the COVID-19 vaccine is not yet required for members of the campus community. The University strongly encourages all community members to get the vaccine, with the goal of achieving a high level of immunity among students, faculty and staff. COVID-19 vaccines are being provided on campus to current employees and students.
Return to Our Stomping GroundsThe upcoming summer session marks a key milestone: we will be offering the first face-to-face courses on campus in over one year. That will allow us a gradual expansion of our campus community.Our fall sports athletes will return to campus to train after a year away. We anticipate a larger number of students for our orientation programs as we welcome not only new students for this fall, but also new students from last fall who have not yet experienced the campus first-hand. We know that Deaf students thrive in visually-oriented settings, and that our students need and value an ASL-vibrant environment. Our approach will be to prioritize face-to-face learning for our students, and a healthy and safe campus environment for everyone. We also recognize there will be a need for some online courses, and will explore how to weave those in with the face-to-face campus experience. 

What will happen next? 

-Registration is open for the summer sessions. We strongly encourage students to register as quickly as possible for the face-to-face courses as space is limited. Online courses are also available. Housing applications are being accepted from summer students who register for face-to-face courses.

– Fall 2021 registration will open on April 19. It is anticipated that most, if not all, courses will  be taught in person, adhering to capacity limits set by DC Health. Programs that are typically taught online, or designed to be, will continue to be online. Residence Life will begin to accept housing applications shortly after registration opens.
 We fully recognize the need to make travel arrangements back to campus as soon as possible, and are working quickly to determine the requirements for a safe return. Quarantine and other safety protocols are being reviewed in light of current CDC and DC Health rules and recommendations. Safety will remain our top priority. 
Announcements about return to campus dates and the health and safety requirements, will be made as soon as feasible over the next few weeks.

Upholding Our Financial Commitment to the CommunityWe are completing the fiscal year (FY) 2022 budget, which will be reviewed at the Board of Trustees meeting in May. While we have been very fortunate to have received funds through each of the COVID relief bills passed by Congress, we know that the transition to a post-COVID world on campus will require a number of investments in our infrastructure and resources to continue to meet the needs of our community through FY 2023. 
Our tuition rates will be restored to the original levels established for the 2019-2020 academic year. Room and board rates will also return to the 2019-2020 levels.
With an expectation that overall revenue for the University will not increase significantly, we acknowledge that the FY 2022 budget creation has been challenging and will require increased emphasis on enrollment, retention, and expense management.
Throughout these challenging times, our community should celebrate the fact that there were no COVID-related furloughs or reductions in retirement or health benefits, as was the case at other institutions. Our essential employees who worked during the pandemic were paid time and a half. Gallaudet has also been able to offer students approximately $2.7 million in emergency grants to help support educational, technological, and living expenses.

In Appreciation The dedication and perseverance of our community has sustained us through the events of the past year, and while we have much work to do in the coming months, our path forward holds great reason to be optimistic. Be safe and well. I look forward to seeing you back on campus and stomping the grounds with our Bison!


Roberta J. Cordano

As COVID-19 vaccinations become increasingly available, and people start to look ahead to the gradual reopening of schools, workplaces, and social opportunities, Gallaudet University has been planning in earnest for the return of its students, faculty, and staff to campus.

The purpose of this email is to share with you our Summer 2021 plans.

What you need to know immediatelyUndergraduate summer sessions begin Monday, May 24. They have been redesigned from two (2) three-week sessions to two (2) five-week sessions, with the option of face-to-face, on-campus classes during the second session.
Graduate summer sessions begin Monday, May 17.
Summer registration for both undergraduate and graduate classes opens Wednesday, March 24.
We look forward to welcoming our students, faculty, and staff back for Fall 2021! 

Summer sessions
Undergraduate students
Gallaudet University will offer two undergraduate summer sessions this year. The first of the two (2) five-week sessions, May 24-June 25, will be fully online. The second session, June 28-July 30, will continue to offer online learning, and also offer options for face-to-face, on-campus learning. 
Please note that:
If you want to register for online classes, you may register for one to two classes per session, up to a total of four classes (up to 16 credits) for both sessions.
If you want to register for face-to-face classes, you must register for face-to-face classes for both morning and afternoon for the second session. This option is open to both on-campus and commuter students.
Graduate students 
The summer classes for graduate students that will be offered through various sessions between May 17 and August 13 will be mostly online, with both synchronous and asynchronous course options for most programs.

Tuition will be reduced for the 2021 summer sessions. Please visit the Student Financial Services website for more information. Financial aid may be available as well; information is forthcoming on the Financial Aid MyGU webpage. For more information, please contact the Office of Financial Aid at, 202-618-6844 videophone or 202-651-5290 voice. 

What to expect in face-to-face classes
Safety protocols will be in place in classrooms and common areas, including: 
Physical distancing between seats 
Required mask usage
Daily self-assessment for all individuals on campus
Improved ventilation, including HVAC system filter upgrades, maximizing outside airflow, and choosing spaces with direct fresh air access 
Twice-daily cleaning of classrooms; sanitizer and wipes supplied for additional self-cleaning
Decreased classroom occupancy in accordance with DC Health rules

Summer dates at a glance
March 24: Summer registration opens for both graduate and undergraduate classes
April 30: Housing applications due 
May 17-August 13: Graduate Summer Sessions (online learning only for most programs)
May 24-June 25: Undergraduate Summer Session 1 (online learning only) 
June 28-July 30: Undergraduate Summer Session 2 (online and face-to-face learning; 10 brand new courses as part of the face-to-face learning options, and GSR courses offered both online and face-to-face) 
July 26: JumpStart Programs for new and emerging signers begin 
August 16: Orientation begins for new undergraduate students
This schedule is subject to change

On-campus housing Students who want to enroll for face-to-face classes may apply for on-campus housing. Housing will be limited in accordance with DC Health guidelines. Applications for housing are due on Friday, April 30. Confirmations will be sent the week of May 10-14. Do not make any travel plans until you receive confirmation of on-campus housing. 
If you are accepted for on-campus housing, you will need to follow several protocols, including mandatory quarantine upon arrival. Arrival will be by appointment in order to allow for two weeks of quarantine before the start of your face-to-face classes. 
If you live on campus, what to expect:
The cost of room and board will be reduced. 
Rooms will be $140 per week.
On-campus residents during the second undergraduate summer session must sign up for a flat-rate Dining Dollars meal plan. This plan will cost $1,008, and will include three meals per day from the time students arrive for quarantine to the time they complete their five-week course.  
Activities and events will be planned for students living on campus.
All residence halls will feature:
Single-room occupancy
Improved ventilation, including HVAC system filter upgrades, maximizing outside airflow, and choosing spaces with direct fresh air access
Increased scheduled cleaning in public spaces
All students who live on campus must meet several requirements, both before their arrival and during their time on campus. Residence Life and Housing will communicate these requirements to all students who are accepted for on-campus housing.
Detailed information will be posted at as it becomes available. If you have any questions about on-campus housing, please contact the Office of Residence Life and Housing.Finally, we look forward to welcoming our students, faculty, and staff back to campus this fall! Be on the lookout for a separate communication about Fall 2021 plans. 


Khadijat K. Rashid
Interim Dean of the Faculty  
Gaurav Mathur
Dean of the Graduate School, Research, and Continuing and Online Education
William T. Ennis III
Chair, University Faculty
Travis L. Imel
Dean of Student Affairs
Jeffrey W. Lewis
Interim Provost

However, we want to bring more students back to campus. We know that you thrive in visually-oriented surroundings. We know that you need and value face-to-face learning and an ASL-vibrant environment. We want you to be able to have personal connections with one another. These connections are a very important part of the Gallaudet experience. They will just be on a smaller scale – up to 200 students.

Living on campus will come with some restrictions. There will be rules to follow: wearing masks, hand-washing, social distancing, app-based health screenings, mandatory flu shots, and frequent COVID-19 testing. There will be limited social opportunities and students will not be able to have parties or do other things that college students normally enjoy. This is part of the new experience that students are having on campuses across the country. Please know that we are committed to making your experience as authentic as possible. We will work with you to create a vibrant, enjoyable student experience that is built around a safe living community.

All summer and fall, we have worked tirelessly to create a safe environment for learning — one that will benefit you now and post-pandemic. We have designed safer classrooms, residential spaces, and common areas. We have made our faculty and staff offices more safe for everyone — you, our employees, and the public.

Our hard work has paid off. To date, there have been NO positive cases of COVID-19 among students living on campus. This is testimony to our rigorous health and safety protocols, and to our on-campus students’ commitment to those protocols. We are proud of this accomplishment.
Gallaudet University will offer remote learning for most of its students and remote work for many of its employees. Pending approval from the District of Columbia, we hope to increase the number of students on campus from 85 students to up to 200 students, and possibly to offer a few hybrid courses for students residing on campus.