Resolution 04-17: WHAT'S THAT YOU SAY?

Number 04-17
Description ASL count as Foreign Language credit
Authored by Rusty Summer
Sponsored by Richie Stuart
Date Submitted Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Date Considered Tuesday, October 5, 2004
General Body Vote Thursday, January 1, 1970
Committee Academic Affairs
Result Killed By Committee
Remarks FAILED - ASL is not technically a foreign language. Funding for the instructor is an issue, as is qualificaitons - finding someone with 15 hours of graduate work beyond a Bachelor's.
Whereas There are many students currently registered with the Office for Students with Disabilities at UTA; and
Whereas Many of these students' majors require that they complete a certain number of "foreign language" credit hours in order to graduate; and
Whereas For hearing impaired students it is not feasible to take regular foreign language classes, for many obvious (and some not-so-obvious) reasons; and
Whereas UTA does not currently accept ASL (American Sign Language) as a legitimate foreign language credit. Hearing impaired students face quite a predicament in this area; and
Whereas The student body at UTA would be benefited tremendously if the university were to offer foreign language courses which are reasonable for students with disabilities (such as hearing impairment).
Be It Further Resolved That UTA offers American Sign Language classes; and
Be It Further Resolved That American Sign Language count for foreign language credits at UTA.