Sign Language Interpreting
A guide for Educational Interpreters
Sign Language Interpreters and C-Print Operators will find the following
information to be a valuable reference and guide for interpreting/captioning
at Tidewater Community College [TCC].
- All interpreters/captionist shall abide by RID's Interpreter's Code of
Ethics, as well as comply with all TCC procedures and policies.
- Interpreters/transliterators shall keep all assignment-related information
- Interpreters/transliterators shall render the message faithfully, always
conveying the content and spirit of the speaker using language most easily
understood by the person whom they serve.
- Interpreters/transliterators shall not counsel, advise or interject personal
- Interpreters/transliterators shall accept assignments using discretion
with regard to skill, setting and the consumer involved.
- Interpreters/transliterators shall request compensation for services in
a professional and judicious manner.
- Interpreters/transliterators shall function in a manner appropriate to
- Interpreters/transliterators shall strive to further their knowledge and
skills through participation in workshops, professional meetings, interaction
with professional colleagues and reading of current literature in the field.
- Interpreters/transliterators by virtue of membership in or certification
by RID, Inc., shall strive to maintain high professional standards in compliance
with the Code of Ethics.
- All interpreters at TCC shall wear solid contrasting colors to their skin
in order to provide a contrasting background for their hands while interpreting.
- Interpreters at TCC must complete Wage Classified Time and Attendance Forms
in order for their pay to be processed. You will receive a Part-Time Payroll
Schedule, which informs you of the dates the above forms are due.
- When requesting text material interpreters are required to fill out Interpreter
Book Loan Forms and return them to the Interpreter Specialist. Please allow
2-3 weeks for request to be filled.
- When a student requests additional services directly related to class assignments
or academically relevant program activities, he/she is responsible for filling
out Interpreter Request Forms before interpreting services are provided.
- When a student is late, interpreters shall wait 15 minutes for a 50-60
minute class and 30 minutes for a 1 to 3 hour class, unless instructed otherwise.
- If an interpreter cannot work a scheduled class, he/she should notify the
Interpreter Specialist by filling out an Interpreter Substitute Form as soon
- If an interpreter has to be absent because of an emergency, call the Interpreter
Specialist at (757) 822-1260 or contact the Office of Educational Accessibility.
- When a student formally withdraws from a class or the college, TCC is not
obligated for further interpreter services; however, TCC will attempt to use
skills and expertise in alternate situations.
- If a student or instructor gives an interpreter at least a 24-hour notice
that interpreting services are not needed, there will be no charges. In most
instances cancellations will be announced 48 hours in advance.
- Charges for services will not be placed when the college is closed because
of inclement weather.
- Interpreters working at TCC have an obligation not only to the student,
but to the instructor as well. It is normal to talk with the instructor before
or after a class regarding classroom logistics, cultural differences and material
to be covered. However, it is not appropriate to discuss the Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
student with the instructor.
- Interpreters should not take it upon themselves to interpret any or all
questions on a test or quiz. If the student has a question (even about the
meaning of a word or phrase), the question should be directed to the instructor.
The interpreter can then interpret the conversation.
- Interpreters should remember that students at TCC are adults and are responsible
for their behavior, classroom conduct, personal grievances, and personal needs.
- Interpreters shall maintain a professional, respectful attitude toward
students at all times. If a conflict arises between an interpreter and a student,
the interpreter should first address his/her concerns with the student. If
the issue is not resolved, the interpreter should bring his/her concerns to
the Interpreter Specialist.
- At the conclusion of each semester, students are given Interpreter Evaluation
Forms. These forms are confidential and are used to provide professional feedback
for TCC interpreters and the EA office. A summary of evaluations will
be provided to the interpreter.
- The Interpreter Specialist is always available for interpreter feedback
so he/she can continue to enhance services to students, faculty, and staff.
Emergency Information: In the event of an emergency,
please contact TCC Campus Security: