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Note Taking Accommodation
Student Guidelines

Present the note taking accommodation letter along with SAAR form to each instructor and ask for assistance, if needed, in identifying a note taker. Instructors have two options regarding note taking:

  • Instructors may provide a student with a copy of his or her own lecture notes.
  • Instructors may solicit a volunteer student note taker from the class. An anonymous announcement can be made by the instructor to the class to recruit a volunteer.


It is your responsibility to contact your note taker. Present the note taker with the Note Taker's Note Taking Accommodation letter. You must communicate in order to determine the preferred method for receiving notes that works best for both of you. You have the following options:

  • If your note taker is typing notes on a laptop, s/he can email the notes to you.
  • You or your note taker can pick up carbon paper from our office and your note taker can use it when taking notes in class.
  • You or your note taker can bring the notes to SDS to have them photocopied or scanned. SDS is open Monday through Friday 8:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm.
  • You or your note taker can photocopy or scan the notes at a departmental office, library, or computer lab.

Please keep the following items in mind:

  • Maintain an open and ongoing communication with your note taker about the quality of your notes and note retrieval arrangements.
  • Note taking is not a substitute for classroom attendance. Your note taker is NOT required to give you a copy of his/her notes for classes that you do not attend.
  • Notify your SDS advisor as soon as possible if your instructor has been unable to recruit a note taker or you have concerns regarding your notes.
  • You should work out an appropriate arrangement for getting your notes on days when your note taker may be absent. Suggestions include identifying another student as a backup note taker or getting notes from your instructor.