Student Accessibility Services

Note Taking Procedures

Criteria and Eligibility

Disclaimer: Student Accessibility Services (SAS) recruits volunteer note-takers for students who request note-taking services. While we try our best to ensure that all eligible requests for note-takers are fulfilled, please understand that SAS cannot guarantee that a note-taker will be provided for all courses.

**Remember that the purpose of a note-taker is to provide additional notes to supplement the requester’s own notes.

Students may request note-taking services if they meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Be registered with SAS
  2. Be approved for note-taking accommodations
  3. Have filled out the Semester Accommodations Request Form

Note-Taker Request Form

To request note-taking services for your course(s), please fill out the following Note-Taker Request Form.

Volunteer Note-Taker Sign-Up Form

To volunteer to be a note-taker, please fill out the following Volunteer Note-Taker Sign-Up Form.

How it Works

When SAS receives the request form, a volunteer-recruitment email will be sent to the specified professor(s) to distribute to all students in the course(s) for which you are requesting note-taking services. The email is a general request for volunteers and will NOT contain any identifying information about the requester. Additional recruitment attempts will be made, if necessary, but please understand that SAS cannot guarantee that a note-taker will be found. If/when a volunteer note-taker is found, SAS will provide you with the volunteer’s contact information. It is then up to you to connect with the note-taker and determine when and how notes will be received. All volunteer note-takers are required to maintain and protect student/requester confidentiality.

Student (Requester) Expectations and Responsibilities

Remember that the purpose of a note-taker is to provide additional notes to supplement the requester’s notes. The requester is still responsible for taking their own notes in class, and note-taker notes should not be relied on as the primary source of notes for the class.

  • Complete the Note-Taker Request Form (must complete every semester for which you would like to receive note-taking services).
  • Employ self-advocacy and initiate contact with the volunteer note-taker to determine when and how you will receive your notes.
  • Maintain respectful, appropriate, ongoing communication with the volunteer note-taker throughout the semester.
  • Attend class regularly and take primary notes
  • Understand that note-takers are NOT required to provide notes for a class period if the requester is absent.
  • Understand that note-takers are NOT responsible for providing notes or arranging an alternate note-taker if/when they are absent from class. However, note-takers are expected to notify the requester if/when they are absent from class.
  • Keep the note-taker’s contact information private and do not share it with other people.
  • Notify SAS if there are problems/conflicts that have not been resolved after attempting to communicate your concerns with the note-taker first.
  • Notify SAS if you withdraw from a course that you have requested note-taking services for.
  • Understand that numerous absences (5 or more missed class periods) and/or withdrawal from a course will result in discontinuation of note-taking services for that course.