Sign Language interpreter policy

Sign Language Procedure

  1. Make your request for classroom interpreting as early as possible to allow DSS sufficient time to arrange your accommodation.
  2. Contact DSS to make a separate request for class related activities held outside of the regular class time, final exams or other university sponsored events.
  3. Notify DSS of any changes in your course schedule or if you no longer need the accommodation.
  4. Notify DSS immediately of any problems or concerns.

Disability Services for Students

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Grand Forks, ND 58202-9040
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Policy for Sign Language Interpreting

Disability Services for Students (DSS) provides sign language interpreting to students who are deaf or hard of hearing and use sign language.

Sign language interpreting is only provided when the student is in class. Interpreters will wait 15 minutes after the class starts for the student to arrive. Students are expected to notify DSS of absences. Classroom interpreters will abide by the NAD-RID Code Of Professional Conduct.

To ensure timely delivery of the accommodation students are expected to request Sign Language Interpreting immediately after they have registered for classes.

If the student does not follow the Sign Language Interpreting Policy and Procedures, interpreter service may be suspended until the student has contacted their Disability Specialist and discussed any difficulties or concerns.

Interpreter Services end the day before Reading and Review day. Student will make a separate request for services on Reading and Review Day or final exams.

Disability Services Responsibilities

  • Discuss with student communication preferences for classroom access.
  • Schedule interpreters for the classes requested by the student.
  • Assist the student in identifying a back-up plan, if interpreting does not occur due to unforeseen circumstances.
  • Consult with faculty about sign language interpreters in the classroom.
  • Hire, orient and evaluate the interpreters.

Interpreters Responsibilities

  • Be prepared to interpret the academic content of the course.
  • If possible, arrive at the first class early in order to meet the professor and clarify the interpreter's role.
  • Provide interpreting on class days, including field trips, other required class activities and test days, until the test begins. Exception: Students must make a separate request for interpreting class-related activities after the last day of class, i.e. a review session on Reading and Review Day or interpreting at the final exam.
  • Notify DSS if interpreting services were not necessary or of any change in interpreting assignment if accommodation is not needed.

Student Responsibilities

  • Request sign language interpreting from DSS. Interpreter service is not available after the last day of class unless specifically requested. Students wanting interpreting for class-related activities during finals week or during the final exam must make a separate request.
  • Follow the Sign Language Interpreting policy and procedures as outlined in this document.
  • Notify DSS of any course schedule changes or absences.
  • Service will be suspended after 3 consecutive absences in any class without prior notification.
  • Talk to your Disability Specialist about how to access the lecture when interpreting is not available.
  • Talk with the professor about using an alternate means of communicating if interpreting is not available.
  • Report any problems to DSS immediately, so appropriate steps can be taken to correct the situation. (DSS will not support requests for changing test or assignment due dates if the problem was not reported in a timely manner.)

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Work with DSS to facilitate interpreting in the class.
  • Provide the interpreter with a syllabus, handouts, text (if available) and other materials specific to the course.
  • Maintain a classroom environment which allows the interpreter to function effectively, i.e. interpreter can hear the speaker(s); interpreter is allowed to sit and/or stand in a location visible to the student(s); adequate lighting is provided when showing videos/films.
  • Be sure videos are captioned. Consult with DSS to add captions to video materials.
  • Notify the interpreter, as you do the students, of any changes to the syllabus.

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