Bullying and Xenophobia Have No Place at Gallaudet and Clerc Center

Since the coronavirus started spreading, there has been an increase in xenophobia (dislike of or prejudice against people from other countries), particularly anti-Asian sentiment, on social media, as well as personal interactions. We at Gallaudet must do our part to reduce xenophobia, bias, and bullying on campus and online.

Gallaudet has anti-bullying policies for students, staff and faculty, and Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center students.

Students can refer to the Student Handbook (University Policies and Procedures). In Gallaudet’s Student Code of Conduct, Rules And Regulations, there are two main areas that refer to bullying: 

A. Physical Abuse, Verbal Abuse, Threats, Intimidation, Harassment, Bullying, and/or Coercion — This includes physical abuse, verbal abuse, coercion, threats (intentional or unintentional), intimidation, bullying and cyberbullying, suicidal behavior (physical or verbal harm to oneself), forcible detention, intentional obstruction that unreasonably interferes with freedom of movement of any person on University property, harassment, and/or any other conduct that threatens or endangers any person’s health, safety or personal well-being or creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive educational or living environment. Persons engaged in a physical fight are subject to disciplinary action regardless of who started the fight.

C. Bias-Related Harassment — This includes harassment (verbal or written abuse, humiliation, intimidation, bullying, and violence or other conduct which has the purpose or effect of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive educational or living environment) against an individual or group because of race, religion, creed, gender, age, ethnicity, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sexual orientation.

Staff and faculty
Staff and faculty are also prohibited from bullying in any form. Please refer to the Administration and Operations Manual, Section 1.27, for more information.

Laurent Clerc National Deaf Education Center students
At Clerc Center, bullying is defined as “Written, verbal, or physical conduct, including via electronic communication, that is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive to limit a student’s ability to participate in, or benefit from, a program or activity; or to create a hostile or abusive educational environment, adversely affecting a student’s education, including acts of verbal, nonverbal, or physical aggression or intimidation. This includes bullying that is based on a student’s actual or perceived race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, or another distinguishing characteristic. This also includes conduct that targets a student because of a characteristic of a friend, family member, or other person or group with whom a student associates. Bullying is frequently referred to as harassment when it pertains to a characteristic protected by non-discrimination laws.”