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Note Taker Accommodation

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Several disabilities can affect a student’s ability to take notes in class. For example, a student with a hearing impairment may miss sections of the lecture or hear certain words incorrectly. Likewise, a student with an auditory processing difficulty might take few or unclear notes. Students with disabilities that impair their ability to take notes may be assigned the notes assistance accommodation. This accommodation will read “NOTES- Use of notes assistance, as needed” in the upper right-hand corner of the student’s Green Sheet.  This may involve assistive technology devices, a student note taker who we hire, or both.

If a student has the note taker accommodation either the student or the Accommodations Specialist will contact you to discuss arrangements. There are several ways that students who need note takers can be accommodated, including but not limited to:
  • Guided notes
  • Lecture notes made available on Moodle
  • Copies of a TA’s lecture notes
  • Use of a student note taker
  • Use of a SmartPen or other assistive technology

If the student will be using a student note taker, you will be asked to approve the note taker’s notes, and then the Office of AccessABILITY Services will hire the student, pay the student and coordinate the logistics.

Note Taker Agreement

Recorded Lecture Accommodation
  • Students who have a qualifying disability and are registered with the Office of AccessABILITY Services have the right to record class lectures for their personal study use only.
  • Lectures recorded for this reason may not be shared with other people without the consent of the lecturer.
  • Recording equipment and the manner of the recording must not present a distraction to the instructor or the class.
  • Recorded lectures may not be used in any way against the faculty member, other lecturers or students whose classroom comments are recorded as part of the class activity.
  • Information contained in the recorded lecture is protected under federal copyright laws and may not be published without the consent of the lecturer.
  • The student must sign this agreement before lectures can be recorded.
  • The instructor will be notified before class begins that a student may be recording the lectures due to his/her disability.
  • There may be circumstances when an instructor may need to work with the student to protect the student’s identity and do the actual recording for the student. 
Recorded Lecture Pledge