Sign Language interpreters are professionals who facilitate communication between hearing individuals and people who are deaf or hard of hearing. The role of the interpreter is similar to that of a foreign language translator: to bridge the communication gap between two parties.
REQUEST SIGN LANGUAGE INTERPRETING SERVICES 2-WEEKS PRIOR TO CLASS START
Students requiring sign language interpretation should request services in advance of class. The Office of Access & Disability Resources requests 2 weeks’ notice for interpretation of a class and five business days to arrange interpretation for a meeting. The Office of Access & Disability Resources will attempt to schedule an interpreter when less notice is provided, but reserves the right to reschedule meetings or delay services if this is not possible.
NOTICE OF ABSENCE
Students are responsible for notifying the Office of Access & Disability Resources as soon as possible when the student will be absent from a class or meeting. If a student is absent for three class periods and/or meetings in a semester without notifying the Office of Access & Disability Resources, interpreting services may be discontinued. The student must meet with the Office of Access & Disability Resources to appeal suspension of services.
REFER STUDENTS TO THE OFFICE OF DISABILITY SERVICES TO REQUEST INTERPRETING SERVICES
In the event that a student shows up for the first day of class without an interpreter, the student should be referred to the Office of Access & Disability Resources where they can request interpreting services. Deaf or hard of hearing students often request interpreters from the Office of Access & Disability Resources when they register for classes. The Lead Interpreter will then schedule an interpreter. Faculty and staff may request an interpreter for office hours, meetings, and other College-related events by contacting the Office of Access & Disability Resources.
CAPTIONING OF VIDEOS AND FILM
State Policy: All films and videos acquired after 12/30/1994 must have either open or closed captioning. Any films and videos purchased on or before 12/30/1994 that are not captioned may be used, but will be captioned on request or as a requested reasonable accommodation.