Speech to Text

Accommodation Procedures and Policies

Student Procedure for Textbook Conversion to E-Text

  1. After registering for classescheck the UND Bookstore website to find the list of required textbooks for your courses and the electronic format options.
  2. If the bookstore does not list an e-text option, explore other book sites or go to the publisher’s website to see if they have an e-text version for you to purchase. 
  3. If no digital options exist or the digital (e-text) available is not accessible to your screen reader, DSS will obtain or produce an accessible version free of charge, however you will need to provide proof of purchase for a hard copy or digital version. To start this process, contact your Access Coordinator to assist you.

Read and Write software is available free to students.

For technology support with Read and Write software please call 701.777.2222 or visit with Technical Support in the lower level of the Chester Fritz Library, or submit a ticket.

Policy for Conversion to E-Text

Disability Services for Students (DSS) provides instructional material in alternate format(s) as an accommodation to students who have disabilities that adversely affect the ability to use standard printed materials.

Alternate formats include electronic text, large print or braille. Only "Required" instructional material will be produced in alternate format. Formatting of "Optional" or "Recommended" instructional material must be discussed with the student's Disability Access Specialist.

Students must give DSS adequate notice of their request for material in an alternate format in order for DSS to provide it in a timely manner. Students are also required to provide proof of purchase of the print materials to access digital material.

It is the student's responsibility to follow the DSS policy and procedures regarding alternate formats.

Disability Services Responsibilities

  • Discuss with the student the need for an alternate format.
  • Identify the specific type of format the student needs.
  • Determine with the student which printed material will be converted.
  • Consult or problem solve with the instructor when appropriate.
  • Provide the materials to the student in a timely fashion.
  • Hire and train individuals to produce the alternate format.

Student Responsibilities

  • Request alternate format from DSS in a timely manner.
  • Follow the DSS Policy for Material in Alternate Formats.
  • Notify DSS of any changes in the request, e.g., class dropped, instructor assigned more or different material.
  • Report any problems to DSS immediately so appropriate steps can be taken to correct the situation.

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Whenever possible, maintain syllabi, handouts, and other instructional materials in electronic text format.
  • Provide DSS with a list of required reading material, course syllabus, and handouts when requested.
  • Provide DSS with any additional instructional material assigned throughout the semester.
  • Consult with DSS when appropriate.


Captioning Procedure

  1. Make your request for captioning (realtime or videos) 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. Advise DSS immediately of any problems or concerns.

Policy for Captioning

Disability Services for Students (DSS) arranges captioning (real time or post production) for eligible students whose disability interferes with hearing or processing audible information. Students are advised to make captioning requests for class, class-related activities, or other university events as early as possible to allow sufficient time for scheduling captioners or to have captions added to video material.

Students are expected to notify DSS of concerns or anticipated absences.

Disability Services Responsibilities

  • Discuss with student the need for captioning in each class.
  • Schedule captioning for classes and/or class related activities requested by the student.
  • Assist the student in problem solving should any issues arise.
  • Hire, orient and evaluate captioners.
  • Provide preparatory materials (syllabus, textbook, list of course specific vocabulary/technical terms) to captioner if requested.

Captioner Responsibilities

  • Provide captioning as scheduled by DSS.
  • Notify DSS of any change in captioning assignment.
  • Obtain preparatory materials from DSS.
  • Make no modifications or changes in the provision of captioning unless instructed by DSS.
  • Advise DSS of any concerns.

Student Responsibilities

  • Request captioning for courses as early as possible from DSS.
  • Make separate requests for class-related activities, finals, and university sponsored events.
  • Follow the captioning policy and procedures.
  • Notify DSS of any course schedule changes or anticipated absences.
    • Note: Realtime captioning service may be suspended after 3 consecutive absences in any class without prior notification.
  • Discuss any concerns with DSS as soon as possible so appropriate steps can be taken to correct the situation.

Faculty Responsibilities

  • Work with DSS to provide captioning in the class.
  • If asked, provide DSS course specific material (syllabus, list of vocabulary and technical terms specific to the course, text).
  • Maintain a classroom environment which allows the captioner to function effectively. For example: Faculty may need to repeat student comments/questions not picked up by instructor's mic.
  • Be sure visual media are captioned.
  • Notify the captioner, as you do the students, of any changes to the syllabus.

Disability Services for Students

McCannel Hall Room 280
2891 2nd Ave N Stop 9040
Grand Forks, ND 58202-9040
P 701.777.2664
F 701.777.4583

Contact Us

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