• All students are required to meet with the Office of Disability Resources (O.D.R.) advisor during the posted advising period to register for courses each semester. Requests for services must be made during the advising session to appropriately manage services. All course schedule adjustments must be made with the O.D.R. advisor.
• In accordance with university policy, unauthorized persons are not allowed in the classroom. Therefore, all in-class and out-of-class support services are coordinated and paid for by the O.D.R. Any unauthorized arrangements will not be recognized or paid for by the office.
• A student who will not be in class must contact the O.D.R. as soon as possible so staff may inform support service personnel.
• Absence from class without notification for two (2) consecutive class periods will result in suspension of services. Services will not be reinstated without approval from the director of the O.D.R.
• All students are responsible for requesting additional services (i.e., alternative testing accommodations, notetakers or interpreters) outside of the regularly scheduled class time, directly through the O.D.R. These services are to be arranged as far in advance as possible, but no later than three days prior to the date needed.
• Problems, concerns, or suggestions regarding services must be discussed directly with the service provider (i.e., interpreter, notetaker, reader, transcriber). If the issue is not resolved, it is then the student's responsibility to discuss it with the appropriate staff person in the O.D.R.
• Notes from the O.D.R. are available only for the student who attends the entire class period. A student who is unable to attend class is responsible for obtaining his/her own notes, which may be done by asking a classmate for a copy of the notes.
• A student who receives notes can expect to receive his/her notes within 24 hours of the class period. Notes which are not picked up within three (3) weeks will be discarded and the service will be suspended. Services will not be reinstated without approval from the director of the O.D.R.
• In order to make a student’s oral presentation more professional, the interpreter must receive a print copy of the presentation one week in advance.
• In the event that the interpreter is unavailable, the student must go to the O.D.R. to see if a staff member is available to substitute. If no one is available or if it is after office hours, the student is to go to Media Services (room 2108), check out a tape recorder and tape cassette and record the class lecture. The student should contact the O.D.R. as soon as possible to schedule a time for the recorded lecture to be interpreted.
Faculty Information Sheets
The Office of Disability Resources (O.D.R.) is always available to assist you with issues relating to students with disabilities. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
An instructor's expectations for academic progress and/or appropriate classroom behavior for a student with disabilities should be the same as for any student. A general premise is to respond to them as you would to any student. The following suggestions will assist you in working with students with disabilities and make your course content as accessible as possible.
• Please become acquainted with the interpreter and/or notetaker.
• Periodically monitoring the format and content of the notetaker's class notes is beneficial. If you wish to discuss any concerns about the notetaking situation, please feel free to talk with the notetaker, student or the O.D.R. Notetaker Coordinator.
• Students who receive alternate testing are responsible for arranging accommodations with the O.D.R. They must fill out a request form before each exam, which is to be completed by both student and instructor.
• For students who rely on braille documents, all syllabi, handouts, exams, etc. must be received by the O.D.R. at least three days prior to the date needed.
• Avoid speaking in the third person to a student with disabilities, in particular to Deaf/ hard of hearing students. It is best to speak directly to the student. Statements such as, "Please tell her..." or "Let him know that..." are not appropriate.
• The essential role of the interpreter is to facilitate communication between Deaf and hearing people, not to provide instruction. Speaking directly to the interpreter or asking questions of him/her during class may interfere with the interpreter's role. S/he may not be free to answer until after class.
• It is generally permissible for the student and/or interpreter to briefly clarify a remark, either signed or spoken, during class. If you notice lengthy interaction between student and interpreter, you may wish to inquire as to the nature of the dialogue.
• If there appears to be excessive or distracting conversation between Deaf/hard of hearing students, whether spoken or signed, you may wish to inquire as to the appropriateness of the conversation.
• If you wish to discuss any concerns about the interpreting situation, please feel free to talk with the interpreter, student, or the O.D.R. Interpreter Coordinator.
• If you speak too rapidly, a student speaks inaudibly, or several students talk at the same time, the interpreter may not be able to provide a clear interpretation. The student or interpreter may bring this to your attention. Similarly, if the interpreter voices the Deaf/hard of hearing student's remarks in an unclear manner or if the student's speech is not easily understood, you should ask for clarification.
• If you would like to speak to the student after class and will need the assistance of the interpreter, ask if s/he can stay for a few minutes. Do not assume that the interpreter is available; s/he may have another assignment immediately following your class.
• As you know, lengthy lectures are fatiguing for everyone; this is extremely so for the interpreter and Deaf student. The effectiveness of the interpreting/learning environment diminishes rapidly after one hour and 15 minutes.
• In the event that an interpreter is unable to show up to your class, the Deaf student will have the lecture tape recorded to be interpreted at a later time.
• It is inappropriate to expect a Deaf/hard of hearing student to voice his/her own presentation if s/he is a user of American Sign Language. It is the Deaf/hard of hearing student's personal decision whether to voice the oral presentation or to have the interpreter voice for him/her.
• An O.D.R. Advisor is available for any disabled student who has academic and/or personal concerns. The advisor is also available if you wish to discuss student issues.