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Class Notes

Class Notes are offered only when the functional limitations of the student’s disability prevents them from capturing and recording information presented in class, and is intended to serve as the primary means of notes.

An interactive discussion should occur between the student and instructor to determine the best option for receiving the most comprehensive and effective notes from lecture. Options may include:

  • Instructors provide access to class lecture materials
  • Notetaker
    • TA takes class notes identified by instructor.
    • Peer Notetaker peer notes could be from a volunteer from the class or someone designated by the DRO.


  • The following prompt may be used if seeking a peer notetaker: “Dear Students, the Disability Resource Office is seeking a notetaker for a classmate. (for another student.) If interested, please let me know as soon as possible.”
  • If the student receives access to course materials, you may request that the student sign the Agreement for Receiving Course Lecture Materials .


  • If a notetaker is required from DRO, submit a request for a notetaker.
  • If a notetaker is used, choose and implement a back-up method, in case the student note taker misses a class.  Possible suggestions may include the use of notetaking paper, an audio recorder or identifying a student who can share notes(DRO can provide paper or a recording device.)
  • Both the DRO and instructor should be notified immediately if the notetaker is not providing notes in a timely manner or if the notes are not effective.

Notetakers (If applicable):

  • Provide notes to instructor or student within 24 hours of class.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of the student.
  • Contact the Instructor and DRO if you are no longer able to provide notes.
  • Contact the DRO for an acknowledgement letter at the completion of the semester.