Note taking assistance

Students with a disability or condition that limits their ability to take adequate classroom notes may qualify for note taking accommodations. Eligible SDS students may use their notetaking accommodation by using a digital voice recorder in the classroom to record lectures. Digital voice recorders are purchased by the student. Similarly, a notetaker may be identified as the most appropriate note taking accommodation for a registered SDS student. Notetakers are solicited in class on a volunteer basis. The professor may ask for a volunteer notetaker or circulate a sign-up sheet in class for volunteers. This request is done without identifying the SDS student. Copies of notes can be distributed by the professor. When a volunteer notetaker is identified, that student may choose to use carbonless paper supplied by SDS. If a volunteer notetaker prefers to take notes on his/her own paper, SDS will photocopy notes in our office.


Important information if you receive notes from a volunteer note taker:

  • Students receiving note taking accommodations may choose to disclose their identity to the volunteer note taker

  • Students must attend class to obtain notes from a note taker

  • If you have disclosed your identity to your note taker, notify the note taker if you decide to withdraw from the class

  • If you have difficulty reading the notes given to you, it is your responsibility to communicate this to the professor or note taker

  • Having a note taker does not mean you are exempt from taking class notes. Taking class notes helps you concentrate on the lecture so stay connected by taking whatever notes you can.