Having access to quality notes is, for most students, integral to the learning process. All students are encouraged to be actively engaged with course materials and taking notes is one of the many ways that this occurs. For some students, taking handwritten notes in class presents some barriers. When this is the case, other options might be explored such as using a laptop for taking notes or recording lectures. When these solutions are not options or do not eliminate the barriers for a particular student, note-taking is provided as an accommodation. In this case, the Disability Services and course instructors should collaborate with the student to facilitate access to quality notes.
Procedures for using the Note Taking Service:
1. Students will submit a Semester Request through Accommodate for the classes in which they are requesting notes.
2. Students can access notes through Accommodate. Login to Accommodate and navigate to the Notetaker Network tab. Your notetaker page will have a library of notes that have been submitted for your classes. You will be able to access notes as soon as your note taker uploads notes into the system.
Recruiting and hiring of a note taker will begin upon receipt of the Semester Request, but please understand that securing a note taker can take up to two weeks. If a note taker has not been located within two weeks of the request, the Office of Disability Services will contact the student through email with login information for an alternative note taking service.
How Do I Become A Note Taker?
1. Listen for a note taker announcement in your class or a posting on your class email list or web page. Announcements are usually made during the first few weeks of classes, but sometimes they will come later in the semester.
2. Once you receive notice that a note taker is needed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to indicate your interest in the position. Please include the course name/number, section, professor's name, and day/time of the class you are signing up for. If you are selected for the position, you will be contacted by our office.
3. Once you have been selected for the note taking position, you will need to complete a brief online training. This training should only take about 5-10 minutes to complete.
Note Taker Responsibilities
1. Note takers are expected to attend classes in which they are already registered and take notes for a student registered with the Office of Disability Services. Note takers are expected to attend class on a regular basis. If for some reason the note taker cannot attend class, it is the note taker's responsibility to find a replacement and have the notes scanned.
2. Confidentiality is an important element to the note taker program. If you learn the identity of the student that you are taking notes for, please do NOT share this information.
3. All notes will be delivered either two or three times a week, depending on your course schedule, via Accommodate.
4. On the last day of class before an exam is given, please ensure that all the notes leading up to the exam have been uploaded.
5. Note takers are paid per course. Additional services, such as attending recitation or typing notes, may merit additional payment. If notes are not submitted as agreed, payment will be prorated accordingly.
6. Payment: All note takers will now only be paid by check via UPS and must complete an Electronic-Vendor Profile Form (E-VPF) to obtain a vendor number, if you do not already have one. All international students must complete the OHR Hiring Process and an Electronic-Vendor Profile Form (E-VPF) to be compensated. Students who do not complete the proper paperwork as instructed forfeit their payment. Payment typically occurs three to four weeks after the end of the semester.