Sign Language Requirement
All students who enter SWCID of Howard College are expected to have or acquire expressive and receptive sign language skills during their time at the college. Students who do not have signing skills when they enter SWCID of Howard College will be asked to register for an appropriate level sign language course even though sign language courses may or may not be a required course in the student’s declared major.
Interpreting services are provided for any student needing either sign language, oral or voice interpreting. Services may be requested for classes at Howard College and SWCID campuses. Interpreting services are also provided for student phone calls, extracurricular activities (i.e., field trips, plays, etc.), and other school-related needs. All requests for service are honored whenever possible.
SWCID students attending classes at Howard College are assisted in securing notetakers for their classes. Special notetaking paper is provided on request through Student Services.
Message Relay (TDD/Voice)
RELAY TEXAS service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, allowing telephone calls between people who are deaf, hard-of- hearing or speech impaired, and those who can hear or speak. There are no fees or charges for using this service within your local calling area and long distance calls made within Texas are billed at a 50% discount. Long distance calls made to places outside Texas will not be discounted and will have an additional charge for using the RELAY TEXAS agent. These charges will appear on your regular telephone bill each month.
TTY Dial 711 for Deaf in Texas Voice 1800RELAY V (7352988)
Video Relay Services
Video relay services are readily available to SWCID faculty, staff and students. Sorenson video relay units are currently located in the Tutorial Center, Burke Mehan Residential Complex, Library and Faculty/Staff Lounge. Video relay units will also be located in the Maddux Student Center and Diagnostic Center at a future date.
Any and all students wanting access to a telephone in their dorm room to make local and long distance calls must follow the procedures as listed below:
- Deposit $200.00 with the Student Services Secretary before telephones in the dorm room can be turned on.
- Provide own telephone, TTY and any necessary lines/cords.
- Each student’s room with a telephone will receive a copy of the monthly phone charges from Student Services. Since telephone charges are billed per room, students/roommates will have to decide who is responsible for paying which phone calls. Any disputed phone calls will be divided equally between persons in that dorm room.
- Monthly telephone bills will be deducted from the $200.00 deposited. All telephone deposits are to be paid to the Student Services Secretary who in turn will deposit the money and make sure students accounts are
- When telephone balances are down to about $50.00 students will be informed to deposit again enough monies to raise their deposit back to the original $200.00 phone deposit.
- If students in any dorm room do not have enough money in their telephone account and do not pay monthly phone bills within a week after receiving their monthly phone bill, the telephone line in the room will be disconnected and not reconnected until the bill has been paid in full and the phone deposit of $200.00 has been replenished.
- Due to student telephone abuse and current high unpaid student phone bills, no exceptions to this policy will be considered.
- A pay telephone in the dorm lobby is available for those who prefer to use this in lieu of a room telephone.
- All questions and concerns about dormitory telephones may be brought to the attention of Student Services.
- Any phone messages between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and between 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Friday, will be taken by the front office and will be posted in the main building on the Student Life bulletin board.