Disability Services Coordinator:
Renee Sartin Kirby, Ph.D.
Program Associate, Jane Rohner
Interpreters are expected to adhere to the RID Code of Professional Conduct. They are to provide interpreting services to the best of their ability and not allow personal feelings to interfere in the interpreting process.
Students should request interpreting services as soon as they register for classes each semester by meeting with the Coordinator of Disability Services. Students may be granted priority registration to provide additional time for Disability Services to coordinate services. To maintain priority registration, students must continue to request services as soon as they register for classes.
Arrive a few minutes early the first day of class to introduce yourself to the interpreter. The interpreter will wait for you to arrive outside of the classroom.
Check your syllabi for videos being shown at the beginning of the semester. You should contact your professor to find out if the videos are captioned. If the professor is unsure if the video has captions, you should refer him/her to Media Services, or have them contact the Disability Services Coordinator Renee Kirby.
The interpreter will wait 15 minutes from the start of a scheduled assignment. If you do not arrive to class by this time, the interpreter will leave and it will be considered a "no show".
A No Show is when a student misses class without any form of prior notification to Disability Services.
An Early Cancellation is when the student has cancelled services with Disability Services at least 48 business hours in advance.
A Late Cancellation is when a student gives less than 48 business hours notice that he/she will not be attending class.
Occasional absences are understandable. However, interpreting services will be temporarily suspended for any course section (lecture, discussion, or lab) when a student has 2 consecutive "no shows". You will need to communicate with Dr. Renee Kirby in order to reinstate services.
If the interpreter assigned to your class is unable to attend, DSS will make every effort to schedule another interpreter.
Communicate with your interpreter! Discuss your preferences and concerns directly with the interpreter, and contact Renee Kirby if your concerns are not resolved.
If you have additional interpreting requests, such as field trips, extra or optional classes review sessions, etc., it is imperative that you contact the office that provides or coordinates that function.
If you have a schedule change such as a class cancellation, time or room change, contact Dr. Renee Kirby and Jane Rohner at Disability Services as soon as possible.
Interpreters do not necessarily know or note cancellations announced during class, listed in the syllabus, or written on the board. It is your responsibility to directly inform Dr. Renee Kirby of all scheduled changes.
Disability Services has a legal obligation to coordinate interpreting services only for academically required activities. Requests for registered student organizations may also be made through the Office of Student Activities.
For all of your other UW-Parkside sponsored activities, your interpreting service requests should be made directly to the department or organization hosting the related activity or event. You can refer UWP departments and units to Disability Services for how to secure an interpreter
Contact Disability Services if the interpreter does not show up for class, or contact Dr. Renee' Sartin Kirby if the interpreter is consistently late for class.
As Disability Services increases opportunities to offer observations and professional development to pre-professional interpreters, we may schedule interpreter students and interns in your classes. Please notify Dr. Renee Kirby or Jane Rohner if you do not want observations or interns in any of your classes.
If you have questions or concerns, please direct them to the Disability Services Coordinator Dr. Renee' Sartin Kirby.