Interpreting, Real-time Captioning, and FM System Services

Interpreting Services

Assignment of Interpreters

  • Sign Language Interpreters are assigned to classes by the Deaf Services Supervisor.
  • Neither the instructor nor the student has the authority to dismiss an interpreter.
  • The Deaf Services Supervisor will release an interpreter from an assignment when necessary.

Classroom Interpreter Guidelines

Interpreters will:

  • Sign everything the instructor says during class, including questions and comments from students.
  • Voice everything the Deaf or hard of hearing student signs.  
  • Keep all communication strictly confidential.
  • During a test, lab or captioned video, an interpreter will remain in the classroom.

Interpreters cannot:

  • Assist students with assignments.
  • Take notes during class.

Classroom Interpreting Guidelines

  • Student questions should always be directed to the instructor and not the interpreter.
  • Because an interpreter is required to sign everything that is spoken and voice everything that is signed during class, students should not engage interpreters in personal conversations.
  • If a class requires an instructor-student conference during the quarter, students should select an appointment within the regularly scheduled class time, if possible.
  • If the appointment is outside the regularly scheduled class time, student will need a fill out a request form to recieve services.

 Interpreter/Captioner Request Form


Real-Time Captioning Services

For students not using sign-language, real-time educational captioning service is offered.

Assignment of Captioners

  • Real-time captioners are assigned to classes by the Deaf Services Supervisor.
  • Neither the instructor nor the student has the authority to dismiss a captioner.
  • The Deaf Services Supervisor will release a captioner from an assignment when necessary.
  • Exceptions to the standard captioning guidelines may be made in the case of an approved accommodation based on disability related limitations.  A Disability Support Services Counselor must approve such adjustments,

Classroom Captioner Guidelines

  • The captioner will transcribe instructor lectures and student comments using specialized computer equipment.
  • The captioner will begin writing when the student arrives.
  • If a student leaves the classroom for any reason, the captioner will resume writing when the student returns.
  • The captioner is responsible to transcribe only auditory/verbal information.
  • During a test, lab or captioned video, the captioner will remain in the classroom.

Classroom Captioning Guidelines for Students

  • The student is responsible to either take personal notes or request a note taker to have a record of any written information.
  • If a class requires an instructor-student conference during the quarter, students should select an appointment within the regularly scheduled class time, if possible.
  • If the appointment is outside the regularly scheduled class time, student will need to a fill out a request form to recieve services.

 INTERPRETER/CAPTIONER REQUEST FORM

Transcript Guidelines

  • Students will receive an electronic copy of the transcripts for referencing.
  • Only students registered with DSS are entitled to the transcripts.
  • Students cannot sell, distribute or reproduce transcripts for any purpose.
  • Transcripts will be provided only for class sessions attended by the student.
  • Transcripts will be e-mailed to the student within a 2-day (48-hour) turnaround time.
  • The college's standardized format is to display captioned text in an easy-to-read layout. 

 FM System Services

 Contact DHHS for more information.


 Campus-wide Assistive Listening Systems

Assistive Listening Device Guidelines

  • Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs or F. M. systems) are available for loan at the Disability Support Services (DSS) office.
  • Assistive Listening Devices are for campus use only. They may not be taken off-campus without prior consent by the Deaf Services Supervisor.
  • Students must complete an "Equipment Loan" form in the DSS Office and comply with the stated guidelines there and in DISH.
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