Notetaking support is provided whose documentation indicates that the disability impairs the students’ ability 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 not considered a substitute for participation/attendance, and notes can be withheld in situations involving excessive/unexcused absences.
Guidelines for Students Receiving Notetaker Support
- Locating a notetaker: Once a student has provided an accommodation letter to their professors and indicated the need for a notetaker in a specific class, notetakers can be obtained in multiple ways. Faculty can make an announcement or email the class to seek a notetaker. A sample email/announcement will be provided, with a primary concern that a quality notetaker is selected and the identity of the student(s) receiving the notes not be disclosed to the class or to the notetaker. Students may also ask someone in the class on their own if they wish, but they are not required to do so. The notetaker should be referred to the DSS office as soon as possible to complete the appropriate paperwork to receive payment.
- Notes will be regularly scanned by the notetaker, and emailed to DSSNotes@montevallo.edu. This may done in DSS, in many other campus offices, or at home. DSS staff will then forward notes to qualifying students.
- Students should notify DSS as soon as possible if notes are not being received. If notes are being received, but a student does not feel they are adequate, he or she should first ask the professor to review them for content and then advise DSS if a new notetaker is needed. DSS staff may also reach out to faculty to discuss the situation before making a determination.
- Students who are not happy with their current notetaker arrangements should not “fire” the notetaker or select others without first contacting DSS. Other students may also be receiving notes coming from the first notetaker and the student’s action could impact others’ accommodations.