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Student-Athlete Handbook: Student Conduct

Revised: May 2018

Hazing Policy

The Gallaudet Athletics Department has a ZERO TOLERANCE policy towards any hazing activity among student-athletes, teams, coaches and staff members.

Hazing is defined as any action taken or situation with or without consent, whether on or off University premises, which recklessly, intentionally or unintentionally, endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student, or creates risk of injury, or serious emotional distress, or causes discomfort, embarrassment, harassment or ridicule, or which willfully destroys or removes public or private property, or violates any Federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations, or University policy, or causing or encouraging any person to commit an act that would be in violation of law or University policy. In most instances, it concerns actions taken or situations with or without consent for the purpose of initiation, promoting, fostering, or confirming any form of admission into or affiliation with, or as a condition for continued membership in a student group or organization. The expressed or implied consent of the victim will not be a defense to any action brought pursuant to this policy.

If you have any questions regarding the hazing policy you can consult with the Dean of Student Affairs, the Associate Dean of Student Center Programs and Services, the Director of Campus Activities, Title IX Coordinator and/or the Coordinator of Student Conduct.

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All student-athletes are required to sign a hazing form before competing for your respective team.

Alcohol Policy

Drug Policy

Travel Dress Code

Each student-athlete is a highly visible representative of the University at any time on or off campus. Teams that are traveling together for games, practices, or special events should dress accordingly. Teams should appear in uniform at the discretion of the coaching staff and Athletic Department.

Travel Behavior Policy

When traveling as a representative of Gallaudet University Athletics and Gallaudet University, you must at all time act in a manner, which is reflective of the high moral standards, ideals, and beliefs of the University. Failure to do so will result in severe disciplinary actions. For example; i.e. forfeiture of participation, suspension, or removal from the team. (Travel on extended trips. i.e. spring or winter breaks). Should an incident occur on an extended trip, i.e. three or more days of travel, an individual may be asked to return to campus immediately. Should such a request be made, travel expenses will become the responsibilities of the student athlete. Improper behavior when traveling on University business will be forwarded to the Athletic Director for review. Additional sanctions or penalties may be applicable.

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)

The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) consists of one student-athlete and one alternate student-athlete from each varsity or club sport to serve on the committee. The representatives must be NCASA eligible, have at least 24 credits, and in good academic standing to be considered. It is also strongly recommended that the elected representatives are dependable, insightful, and respected leaders on the team. Each student-athlete representative will serve two-year terms and must have a 2.0 GPA or higher to be in good standing.

The SAAC will meet every two weeks during the academic year as notified. If the team’s representative misses a meeting without proper notification, your team will be fined $50 and $25 if late. 


Each representative is expected to:

  • Attend all committee meetings and activities
  • If unable to attend, select a responsible alternate team representative
  • Represent the team’s views at meetings
  • Report to the team and the coach on all SAAC activities regularly
  • Organize team members to help with special projects

The purpose of this committee is:

  • Promote communication between athletics administration and student-athletes
  • Disseminate information
  • Provide feedback and insight into athletics department issues
  • Generate a student-athlete voice within the campus athletics department during its formulation of policies
  • Build a sense of community within the athletics program involving all athletics teams
  • Solicit student-athlete responses to proposed conference and NCAA legislation
  • Organize community service efforts
  • Create a vehicle for student-athlete representation on campus-wide committees (e.g., student government)
  • Promote a positive student-athlete image on campus

If you have questions, contact Dr. Liza Offreda, SAAC advisor, via e-mail at

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Varsity Student​-athletes may not complete in any intramural sports or activities during their respective varsity season. Student-athletes who leave or are dismissed from their varsity team can not participate after the date the Dead Bison form is filled out and all issued equipment is returned to Equipment/Locker office (Kris Gould).

For the non-physical activity such as video games, chess, cornhole toss, card games the student-athlete must receive their head coaches' approval and e-mail that approval to the Intramural Coordinator.

**If you get injured during intramurals you may not receive medical supplies or treatment from the Gallaudet athletics training office.

Facilities/Fitness Complex Rules

  • Student-athletes are expected to adhere to the facilities rules
  • A valid Gallaudet University Identification cards are required for student-athletes to access the facility
  • Appropriate clothing and footwear should be worn at all times
  • Student-athletes using the facility will be expected to respect the staff and their instruction at all times
  • Student-athletes are expected to use the equipment appropriately and according to the instructions provided by the staff
  • Failure to adhere to any of the above rules will results in a student-athlete being asked to leave the facility. The student-athlete will not be readmitted without a review by the staff and coaches.

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