Notetaking Services for Students with Disabiities
Two weeks prior to the start of each semester, a Notetaker Recruitment bulletin is emailed to each student on the class roster in classes that already have a notetaker request.
- The notetaker coordinator will assign you a notetaker. If your request has not been assigned by the first day of classes or there are any requests after the first day of classes, Access Services staff will visit classrooms to recruit notetakers and assign them on a first volunteer basis.
- If you would like to recruit your own notetaker, please discuss this with an Access adviser when you meet to set up your accommodations every semester.
How to Use the Accommodation
- You should try to take notes while you are in class and use the notes from the notetaker to add information you may have missed. This will allow you to develop your listening, writing, and reading skills as you attend classes and facilitates your success as a student.
- It is best to have notes in your possession following each class so that you can review the material that was covered in that class. Introducing yourself to the notetaker will make it easier for you to get their notes following each class. This is an opportunity for you to ask them questions or discuss any concerns.
- If you prefer to remain anonymous, there is a file located in the Student Success Center where notetakers will drop off notes for you to pick up. You should pick up notes from your file on a regular basis.
Suspension of Accommodation
Your notetaker accommodation may be suspended for the following reasons:
- You miss more than 3 consecutive class periods.
- You have excessive absences.
- You have an excessive amount of notes that you have not picked up.
- Your interaction with your notetaker is deemed inappropriate, as outlined in the Student Code of Conduct.
- If you are approved for the use of a notetaker in your classes, you are expected to attend all classes unless illness or a personal emergency prevents you from attending.
- Access Services is not responsible for providing notes to you if you are absent from class for reasons that are not disability-related.
If you experience problems with a notetaker, you should try resolving the matter by:
- Discussing the problem with the notetaker first (e.g. if the notes could be better organized, improved handwriting, missing information).
- Asking the professor to review the notes if there is a question about the quality.
- Contacting the Access adviser. If the problem can not be resolved directly with the notetaker or professor (e.g., notetaker is not attending class regularly) contact Access Services.