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Interpreter Services Policy

Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing who require sign language interpreters must complete the interpreter request form. It is recommended that the request be submitted at least two months in advance of the semester enrolled to provide adequate time for planning and scheduling of this service. Interpreter services are available during classroom lectures, tutoring sessions, club meetings, campus events, for appointments with professors, counselors, advisors, or other staff personnel.

 

Students utilizing interpreting services are expected to:

  • It is the student’s responsibility to submit a request for an interpreter in writing. All requests must be a minimum of 48 hours in advance during regular office hours. Requests made after 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday or on the weekend will not be processed until the following business days and will not apply to the 48 hour advance notice.
  • Any student who has 3 no shows will have their interpreting services suspended. The students must go in person to the DS office and speak with a DS staff member to have services reinstated.
  • All practicum/intern students requesting an interpreter for their practicum/intern site must provide course/site requirements. Any changes to schedules throughout the semester must be provided to the DS office one week in advance.
  • The interpreter is the student’s link to his/her professor, classmates, and the material presented in class. Therefore, students are expected to watch the interpreter during class lectures, discussions, movies, and labs.
  • Students are responsible for obtaining an appropriate seat to ensure a good view of the professor, interpreter, board, movies, maps, etc. Participate in class discussions.
  • Students are responsible for directing all questions or comments to the professor, not to the interpreter. The interpreter is not responsible for informing students of what was missed or explain what was not understood. Limit conversations with the interpreter during class time.
  • Students are expected to communicate any expected absence or tardiness to the professor, interpreter, and the interpreter coordinator. If the student arrives late, the interpreter will only wait 15 minutes for classes that are up to 75 minutes in duration and 30 minutes for classes that are longer than 75 minutes in duration.
  • Students should expect equal treatment within the classroom.

Contact Info

disABILITY Services
Room: University Center 108
Phone: (956) 665-7005
Fax: (956) 665-2450
Email:disabilityservices@utpa.edu

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Office Hours

Mon - Fri 8:00am - 5:00pm
Sat - Sun Closed