Sign Language Interpreting & Caption Media

The Disability Services Office (DS) provides sign language interpreting (SLI) services to qualified students by hiring, scheduling and coordinating qualified interpreters to interpret for all scheduled classes and academically related events (i.e. field trips, meeting with professors, in-class exams, etc.). The DS will service as a resource for other campus organizations and groups regarding sign language interpreting services and will maintain a list of qualified sign language interpreters.
 

New Students

Students, who are requesting sign language interpreting services for their in-person courses, must complete the online application through GB ACCESS on the DS website.  Once determined a reasonable accommodation after the meeting with the Director, students will need to login to GB ACCESS to make their accommodation requests.

All students requesting SLI services are strongly encouraged to request services right after registering for their courses.  Minimally, the DSO requests notice 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the term to be able to secure interpreters (local/regional and/or remote). Students are responsible for letting the DS office know if there are any changes to their schedule. 
 

Returning Students

Since students have priority registration to help the DS office secure interpreters, students should login to GB ACCESS to request their accommodations right after they register. Through GB ACCESS, students are responsible for letting the DS office know if there are any changes to their schedule.

All students requesting SLI services are strongly encouraged to request services right after registering for their courses.  Minimally, DS requests notice 4-6 weeks prior to the start of the term to be able to secure interpreters (local/regional and/or remote). Students are responsible for letting the DSO know if there are any changes to their schedule.  
 

Request Interpreting Services Outside Of a Class Schedule

To request an interpreter for an activity outside of the class schedule, a student should give a 72-hour notice so there is time to secure a qualified interpreter. For academic related events, student should login to GB ACCESS to submit a custom request. Requesting Interpreter for Non-Class Events  
For other campus activities (student organizations, programs and activities), please contact the organization identified on the program/flyer.
 
Students who utilize sign language interpreting services must abide by the following:
  • Students must notify the DS if any changes in schedule (dropping or adding a class).
  • Student should notify the DS if class is canceled or if the student will not be attending class.
  • If the student is not in the class, the interpreter will wait 20 minutes and then leave.
  • If the interpreter is not in class, please contact the DS office. If there is a situation where the interpreter is unable to attend class, the student will be notified and can determine if the student will stay in the class or leave.
  • If the student does not notify the DS of absences, interpreting services can be canceled. To reestablish services, the student will need to meet with the director of DS.

Caption Media

This accommodation may be provided to students who have a documented need for this service in order to have full access to information presented in classes and at university-sponsored co-curricular presentations and events. The provision of the service is a shared responsibility between the student, who must make their needs known, the faculty/staff member displaying the content, who must review media and request captioning as needed, and the university media/technical staff, who can facilitate the actual video/media captioning.

UW-Green Bay students who request captioned video/media must be registered with the DS office.. Thus, a determination is made that the accommodation is appropriate and needed. The DS office will work with faculty and technical staff to assure, within reason, that the media shown in the classroom will be captioned. Sufficient advance notice must be given to assure timely provision of this service.

Student Responsibility

  • Register with the DS office through GB ACCESS.
  • Provide a copy of the semester class schedule at least six (6) weeks prior to the start of the semester.
  • Provide timely requests as far in advance as possible for other events where captioning may be required.

Disability Services Responsibility

  • Notify faculty of the need for captioning videos/media in their course.
  • Notify Media Services Office ensure the classrooms are equipped to display the captioning from the videos.

Faculty Responsibility

  • Review the video content displayed in their course to determine if the video material (VHS, DVD, Blu-ray) are captioned. Video content taken from the internet (YouTube, for example) is not always captioned and the insertion of captions may not be possible.
  • If the media is not captioned, faculty must provide the material(s) that need to be captioned two weeks in advance to The Center for Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL). CATL will work with an approved vendor to make the material accessible.