MacMurray College employs certified sign language interpreters who work as independent contractors. Although there is a severe shortage of certified sign language interpreters nationwide, the Office of Disability Services (ODS) will make a diligent effort to ensure that interpreting services are provided in a timely manner to all eligible deaf/hard of hearing MacMurray students.
It is the responsibility of the deaf/hard of hearing student to notify Disability Services staff immediately regarding any schedule change. It is the student's responsibility to contact ODS more than 72 hours in advance (weekends do not apply toward this time period) when
- the student plans to miss class or activities;
- the student knows he/she will be late;
- the student is going to drop a class;
- the student is informed that a class is cancelled;
- the room, day, or time of the class is changed;
- the student is canceling any other activity for which an interpreter was requested and arranged;
- the student no longer needs the interpreting service.
The student will text or email Disability Services staff no less than 72 hours in advance if he/she needs to cancel any interpreting service(s). The only exception is for good cause, such as an emergency or other situation when the student could not know he/she would miss a class or an activity. The student must still email or text Disability Services staff as soon as possible in the case of good cause.
If a student misses a class or an educational activity without canceling interpreting service for that class or educational activity two (2) times without advance notification, except for good cause, the interpreting service(s) will be suspended. If this occurs the student must meet with the Director of the Office of Disability Services in order to have the service(s) and/or accommodation(s) reinstated.
A student who uses interpreting services must attend class regularly as well as arrive on time. If the interpreter is not there the student will wait 15 minutes and then contact Disability Services staff to see if a substitute interpreter is available. If a student is going to be late, the interpreter will wait 15 minutes for classes that meet 90 minutes or less and 30 minutes for classes that meet for more than 90 minutes.
Interpreter's Role: An interpreter's role is to facilitate communication and convey all auditory and signed information so that both hearing and deaf individuals may fully interact.
- The interpreter's job is to faithfully transmit the spirit and content of the speaker, allowing the student and speaker to control the communication interaction.
- Faculty and staff do not ask the interpreter to perform other tasks, as it may interfere with the quality of communication provided and compromise the role of the interpreter.
- If an interpreter is needed to read and interpret test questions, those are the only functions the interpreter will perform.
- Interpreters are not subject tutors, classroom aides, or note takers. Any questions a student may have related to course content, test, and materials should be directed to the instructor.
- The student should inform the Disability Services staff as soon as possible if experiencing any problems with interpreting services.
- If additional college-related interpreting services are needed, they must be requested at least 72 hours in advance by completing the Interpreting Services Request form.