Sign language interpreting services may be requested for classes, class related activities, and events/activities open to students and/or the public.

As required by law, Disability Access Services (DAS) provides qualified interpreters. Interpreters working for DAS must also abide by the NAD-RID Code of Professional Conduct

Student Responsibilities

  • Maintain accurate and current class schedules
  • Maintain current contact information (address, email, phone number, etc.) in DAS Online Services.
  • Meet with your academic advisor prior to the priority registration date in order to obtain a PIN.
  • Register for classes on the priority registration date, and request accommodations in DAS Online Services immediately after registering for classes.
  • Cancel or modify requests for accommodations in DAS Online Services as changes occur.
  • Email when absent from class(es) or if faculty cancels class on a particular day.
    • Students who repeatedly are "no shows" in classes without requesting a cancellation of the service may have the service temporarily suspended, and will have to meet with the Program Manager to resolve the issue.  
  • If absent, ask a classmate for a copy of the notes.
  • The interpreter will wait 20 minutes outside the classroom if a student is tardy.
  • Email with class relocations. If DAS is not informed, the interpreters will go to the original location of the class.

Additional Academic Requests

Please check the class syllabus for information concerning field trips, extra credit opportunities and other activities that will require accommodations.

Requests for accommodations should be made through the student’s DAS Online Services account.

Non Class-Related Interpreting Requests

Advertisements for an event should list a contact person to whom requests for accommodations can be made. If no such information is provided, interpreters can be requested through the student’s DAS Online Services account. Students, staff & faculty can request an interpreter for a non-class event using the Custom Request form.

Timeline for interpreting requests

A minimum of 48 hours advance notice is requested; one week advance notice is preferred. Please do not make requests directly to interpreters. Interpreters must have prior approval from DAS before accepting assignments.

Working with Interpreters

Please see the NAD -RID Code of Professional Conduct for information regarding the role of an interpreter.

  • The student and the interpreter should agree on technical or specialized sign vocabulary. If there are specific sign or style preferences, the student should communicate them to the interpreter.
  • If the student is scheduled to do a class presentation, provide a copy of the presentation notes to the interpreter. If possible, allow time to meet with the interpreter in advance of the presentation.
  • Do not expect the interpreter to be available to interpret additional questions or comments after the class ends.
  • It is recommended that meetings with faculty should be scheduled during office hours. The student may request an interpreter for the meeting.

The student should discuss concerns relating to the interpreter/interpreting process directly with the interpreter. If the issue remains unresolved, the student should make an appointment with the Manager of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Access Services by emailing or 541-737-3670 (voice).


Periodically, Disability Access Services conducts evaluations of our programs and service providers. Student participation and candid comments are appreciated. The information will be used to improve the quality of all our programs and will be shared with captioners in order to aid their professional development.


Page Updated 10/2014