The University has made a commitment to provide high quality interpreting in the classroom for its students. Our goal is to continue improving and expanding curricular sign language and oral interpreting services provided to all matriculating deaf/hearing impaired students who have a documented hearing loss on file and who request services through the Disability Services Office. When students are required to attend a lecture/program that is supplemental to the class and part of the grade, interpreters are provided by the Disability Services Office.
Students may request a particular interpreter associated with the contracting agency used. The interpreting agency will make their best effort to provide the preferred interpreter. However, neither the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA) nor the Rehabilitation Act specifies this. “Although Title II of the ADA, which applies to public colleges, requires such colleges to give ‘primary consideration’ to the communication preferences of the individual, it does not require a college to honor one’s preference for the ‘person’ providing the accommodation.” (Kincaid, Disability Compliance for Higher Education (June 1998) 3).
The information is intended solely as informal guidance, and is not a determination of your legal rights or responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act ( ADA).