Disability Support Services
Notetaking support is provided
for students whose documentation indicates an inability to effectively take
their own notes in class. Notetaking support is considered a supplement to a
student’s own notes, and students are expected to take responsibility for taking
notes when physically able, and/or for using a back-up method, such as
recording, when appropriate. Notetaking support is generally not considered a
substitute for participation/attendance, and notes may be withheld in situations
involving unexcused absences.
Guidelines for Students Receiving Notetaker Support
- Locating a notetaker: Students may ask someone in the class if
someone who would be appropriate and is willing. The notetaker should
be referred to the DSS office as soon as possible to complete
the appropriate paperwork to receive payment. If the student would rather have the
professor make a request for a notetaker, then the student needs to first take the
accommodation letter from the DSS office to the faculty member and ask for
their assistance in finding a notetaker.
- If students prefer to not to pick up notes from the DSS office, and have
made other arrangements, they should notify the DSS office.
- Student should notify DSS as soon as possible if notes are not being
received. Students should not assume that the notes are in the DSS office
waiting on them and then come in the day before a test to get them, as we
will have no time to check on the problem. If there is a problem with
the notes, please let DSS know. Students who are receiving
notes regularly but do not feel they are adequate, should first ask the
professor to review them for content.
- Students who are not
with their current notetaker arrangements should not “fire” them or select others
without first contacting DSS. Other students may also be receiving
notes from that person and if the notetaker is “fired” then others
may be affected.