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Notetaking Support - Faculty/Staff Information

Notetaking support is provided for students whose documentation indicates an inability to effectively take their own notes in class. Students who qualify for notetaking support may recruit their own note-taker or they may request that this be done through faculty. Notetaking support is generally considered a supplement to a student’s own notes and is not considered a substitute for a student’s full participation/attendance.  Notes may be withheld for dates involving unexcused absences.

If a student brings a faculty member an accommodation request letter listing notetaking support, DSS requests assistance in the following ways:

  • Feel free to approach a specific student if you feel he/she would be good (generally good grades, attendance, etc.)
  • If you do not know the students well or prefer not to approach a specific student, an announcement should be made, similar to:
    “We have a need for a notetaker in this class. If you feel that you take good notes and would be willing to provide copies of your notes for use by another student, please see me after class or contact Disability Support Services 205-665-6250. DSS is located in the lower rear of Main Hall. Students serving as notetakers are paid a small stipend in exchange for copies of their notes.”
  • This same announcement may be emailed or sent to the class via Canvas.
  • Students requesting notetaking support should not be identified by the faculty member to the class or to the selected notetaker. This is an inappropriate disclosure of confidential information.
  • Based upon the student need, notes will either be scanned and emailed or typed and emailed to DSS. DSS will then forward to the appropriate student.
  • Notetakers will be paid a small stipend at the end of the semester (amounts vary depending on credit hours and type of notes requested).