Sign language interpreting services may be requested for OSU 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 
  • Students who are repeatedly "no shows" in classes without requesting a cancellation of the service may have the service temporarily suspended and will have to meet with the Manager of Deaf and Hard of Hearing Access Services to resolve the issue.  

  • Ask a classmate for a copy of the notes if you do not attend class. 

  • The interpreter(s) will wait up to 20 minutes outside the classroom if a student is late to class. After 20 minutes, the interpreter(s) will leave.   

  • Email both the interpreters and with class relocation information. If DAS and the interpreters are not informed, the interpreters will go to the original location, and the student may not have communication access for that class meeting. 



Please check the class syllabus for information concerning field trips, extra credit opportunities, and other activities that will require accommodations outside the classroom or regular class hours. Requests for accommodations should be made through the online Custom Request Form which can be accessed through the DAS Student Online Services Login. 



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 Custom Request Form which can be accessed through the DAS Student Online Services Login. Non-DAS students, staff, and instructors can request an interpreter for a non-class event using the Custom Request Form on the front page of the DAS website.  Please click on the “Request an Interpreter, Transcriber, or Video/Audio Captioning for an Event” button. 


A minimum of 72 hours (three business days) advance notice is requested; one-week advance notice is preferred. Please do not make requests directly to interpreters. Before accepting assignments, interpreters must have prior approval from DAS. 


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

  • Names and email addresses of interpreters can be found by clicking the “Communication Access” link under “My Accommodations” in DAS Student Online Services

  • The student and the interpreter(s) should agree on technical or specialized sign vocabulary. If there are specific sign or style preferences, the student should communicate them to the interpreter(s). 

  • If the student is scheduled to do a class presentation, provide a copy of the presentation notes to the interpreter(s). The student will also need to schedule time to meet with the interpreter(s) in advance of the presentation. 

  • Request clarification from the instructor, not the interpreter(s), regarding course content. 

  • Do not expect the interpreter(s) to be available to interpret additional questions or comments after the class ends. 

  • It is recommended that meetings with instructors should be scheduled during posted/identified instructor office hours. The student may request an interpreter for the meeting based on the interpreter’s availability following the 72 hours advance notice policy for requesting services. 

  • The student should discuss concerns related 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 calling (541) 737-3670. 


Page Updated 08/2022