Note Taking Services

Additional Information

As of September 2018, Peer Note Takers will be paid $250 per 3 credit course and $500 for full year courses.

Note taking is a proven way to provide equal access and to contribute to the success of students who have various disabilities. By relying on a note-taker to provide the student with notes, the student’s full attention can be devoted to the professor, classroom discussions, and other learning activities.  In addition, we encourage all students to continue to take their own notes.

The Accessibility Consultant will determine a student’s need for a note-taker based on the documentation provided.  Once approved, students must contact the Student Accessibility Officers with the list of courses for which they require a note taker.  The Student Accessibility Officers will then match the student with a trained note-taker.

Who is Eligible for Note Taking Support?

A student’s Accessibility Consultant determines their eligibility for note taking accommodations upon consultation with the student.  The note taking accommodations will be determined based on the recommendations provided in the student’s documentation.

Note Taker Matches

Student Accessibility Services recruits, trains, and supervises note takers.  Note takers undergo a training session(s) to ensure quality notes and support is provided to our students.  We continue to monitor each note taker’s performance throughout the match.

Students who receive note taking are encouraged to review their notes on a regular basis for any discrepancies they might find with the content, completeness, or neatness of the notes. They are to report any concerns to the Student Accessibility Officers.

Who is a Note Taker?

A note taker may be a student registered in your course or an external person hired to be a note taker. If the note taker is registered in the course, he/she is to participate in the class as all other students do, but will provide a copy of the notes to the student(s) receiving note taking support. If the student is not registered in your class, they will attend each class and take notes for the student but will not participate in the class.

On the first day of class, note takers who are not registered in a course are expected to introduce themselves to the professor so that he or she is aware of the note taker’s role and the fact that they will not be participating in class discussions.

In smaller classes when there are student introductions, the note taker may introduce himself or herself as a note taker.​ 

How Faculty Can Help

Some students may not require the support of a note-taker if you (the professor) are willing to provide a copy of the PowerPoint and/or course notes in advance or allow the use of a tape/digital recorder. You may be asked by Student Accessibility Services to help support your students in one or both of these ways.

Note Taking Express

When SAS cannot locate a peer note taker for a student, the student will be given access to Note Taking Express (NTE). NTE allows students to record lectures using the NTE app, which students download on their cell phone, tablet, laptop or other device. Using the app, students can then audio record classes and upload the audio files to their secure account and NTE professional note takers create a set of notes for the student. It is not a transcription, but rather an organized set of notes that is delivered to a student’s NTE account within 48 hours. Audio files are uploaded directly to NTE and are not stored on a
student’s device. More information on audio recording and intellectual property is listed in the FAQs section. All students using NTE would be required to abide by our policy for Audio Recording and sign our Audio Recording Agreement.