An interpreter provides access to the spoken word by translating what is said into sign language, mouth movements, silent repetition, hand shapes, hand placements, etc., for a person who is deaf. There are several types of interpreters such as ASL interpreters, Cued Speech Transliterators, Sign Language transliterators, and Oral Transliterators. The DSO will contact the student and instructor as needed with specific information about the interpreter.

The DSO provides and schedules interpreters for

  • Classroom instruction
  • Meetings with campus advisors
  • Lab work or field trips required for class grade
  • Meetings with instructors about coursework.

For students sponsored by Vocational Rehabilitation, the DSO coordinates interpreters for

  • The job expo or career fair during the year of graduation
  • Meetings with financial aid officers

The DSO does not provide or schedule interpreters for university events such as:

  • Extra curricular activities
  • Sporting events or practice
  • Theater unless required for course completion
  • Sorority/Fraternity meetings
  • Church
  • Health services or mental health services
  • Residence Hall meetings
  • New student orientation
  • Commencement
  • Registration
  • Optional Study Groups

Contact the hosting department, office, or group if you need an interpreter for their event. Students, departments, programs, etc., who are interested in hiring interpreters can see the  list  published by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Services for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing.


  • Allow interpreter to attend the course meetings
  • Provide all needed course information and materials.
  • Confirm required events outside the usual classroom schedule i.e. field trips, etc.


  • Provide the DSO with your class schedule and syllabus well in advance of the semester.
  • Contact the DSO immediately if and when:
    • You drop the course. Make sure you have informed your instructor as well.
    • There is any change in course meeting times, places, or other essential information.
    • You will not be attending class. It is not sufficient for you to inform your interpreter when this occurs.  If you are late, the interpreter will wait 15 minutes and then leave. Repeated failure to report your absences to the DSO could result in loss of services.
    • Your interpreter does not report to class. Make sure that you carry a back-up method such as note taking paper, recorder, etc.
    • You experience other problems. Report problems immediately to the instructor and the DSO
    • You need the interpreter to report for an additional course meeting i.e. field trips, etc. Notify the DSO two weeks in advance of required events outside the usual classroom schedule. Requests may be accepted with less notice, but the interpreter cannot be guaranteed.
  • Contact your interpreter immediately if and when the course meeting times, locations, or other essential information has changed. Make sure your interpreter has a copy of the course syllabus.


  • Schedule and fund interpreter services for regular class meeting times and any course required events or activities that the instructor or student has notified the DSO about two weeks in advance.