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ASL-English Interpreter / Captionist / Transcriber Handbook

Professionalism

As employees of GCCCD, interpreters are expected to behave in a professional manner appropriate to the post-secondary, educational setting, and in accordance with the guidelines established by the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID) Code of Professional Conduct / Standard Practices. Captioners and transcribers are expected to abide by the similar code of ethics or guidelines for their profession (See Appendix).

  • Interpreters are required to wear appropriate clothing for the assignment in which they are interpreting. Choose the most professional looking attire depending on the assignment (e.g. faculty event, Student of Note Ceremony, etc.). Professional attire would include: solid color shirts/blouses that contrast well with skin tone, avoid prints, plaids or any visually "loud" patterns/colors. Please do not wear distracting jewelry, bright nails, or distracting body piercings. For more formal events, please wear formal attire (i.e., shirt, tie, slacks, jacket; skirt/jacket).
  • Interpreters who interpret and participate in Exercise Science & Wellness (ESW) classes need to change from workout clothes into professional attire for any subsequent interpreted classes. Interpreting and participating in ESW classes is contingent upon permission from the Interpreter Coordinator, DHH student, and the ESW Instructor.
  • Please follow the same safety requirements for enrolled students when working in any classroom lab or field trip environment (e.g. closed toed shoes, safety glasses etc.).
  • Interpreters / Captionists must be punctual. Please arrive early in order to get a chair set up and to communicate any necessary information (e.g. communication with student/instructor, and/or team interpreter) for class. Please use professional discretion when accepting early morning or late night assignments if you know this may cause tardiness.
  • Be courteous and respectful towards instructors, to all students in the class, and to your interpreting team. Introduce yourself to the instructor and explain your role as the ASL Interpreter / Captionist briefly. Understand most instructors are not aware they will have a DHH student in their class until they meet the Interpreter/Captionist. Ask permission to borrow any armless-chairs in the front of the classroom. Should a conflict with the instructor, student, or team arise that cannot be resolved, please contact the Interpreter Coordinator as soon as possible.
  • All Interpreters / Captionists are responsible to know and understand GCCCD's policy on Sexual Harassment (GCCCD Policy 3430) at the following link: GCCCD Policy 3430
  • Interpreters/Captionists enrolled in any GCCCD class cannot work in the same class.
  • Interpreter participation in a class assignment may be allowed in some E.S.W. classes (e.g. Swimming Aerobics etc.) because of the visual enhancement for the student. Be mindful that interpreter participation is up to the discretion of the Interpreter Coordinator, the DHH student, and the instructor. Even with all parties in agreement for an interpreter to participate in an exercise activity, please use discretion and keep professional boundaries.
  • Do not solicit students for work by encouraging or pressuring students to request you for future assignments. Some students have complained about being asked personal questions by interpreters about future enrollment. Any conversation with DHH students about the impact of lost work on personal finances is considered highly unprofessional behavior and unacceptable. This behavior could result in the loss of future interpreting work at GCCCD.
  • Know your limitations and use discretion when balancing your schedule. Do not overtax yourself. Use caution when accepting overlapping assignments at multiple campuses. Allow for adequate travel time to re-energize. A tired, late Interpreter/Captionist is a disservice to the DHH student. Use discretion when accepting back-to-back classes all day at GC as well.
Last Updated: 11/26/2014
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