Some Berea College students who are registered with Disability & Accessibility Services (DAS) may be receiving note-taking services if the functional impact of the student’s disability adversely affects their ability to take their own notes. Note-taking services provide equal access to instruction during and after class for these students.
Reasonable accommodations are designed to level the playing field for individuals with disabilities. Note-taking services are provided for student who have to overcome a barrier caused by a disability that makes taking notes difficult or impossible.
Students who believe that, based on their disability, they need a note-taker in one or more of their classes, should arrange to meet with DAS (firstname.lastname@example.org; x.3237; 111 Lincoln Hall) as soon as possible to engage in an interactive process to determine their individualized accommodations.
- Determine eligibility for note-taking services
- Orient student to note-taking process and note-taking options
- Orient instructor/s to note-taking process and note-taking options
- Hire, if appropriate, and train a note-taker
- Connect student, instructor/s, and note-taker
- Register with DAS and request note-taking services in a timely manner. Please see Accommodation Procedure for more information.
- Provide your instructor with your Accommodation Notification.
- Attend all classes. Note-takers do not function as substitutes for class attendance and notes will not be provided for missed classes.
- Notify DAS as soon as possible if you are going to miss class. Note-takers are instructed not to provide notes for days student is not attending class.
- Attempt to locate a classmate who is willing to serve as a volunteer note-taker and refer this classmate to DAS for note-taker training.
- If unable to find a volunteer classmate, speak to your instructor and request that he/she make an announcement in class
- If there are no student volunteers, discuss options with your instructor and contact DAS.
- Provide feedback about the quality and consistency of the notes to the note-taker. Consult with the instructor for additional feedback if there is a problem with the notes.
- Report any difficulties to DAS immediately.
- Review Letter of Accommodations provided by student; Check if “Assistance with Note-Taking” is listed
- Review guide to “Assistance with Note-Taking”
- Decide if need for note-taking assistance can be provided by yourself or TA; if TA, refer him/her to DAS for note-taker training
- If student requires assistance with finding a volunteer note-taker, make announcement to class; do not disclose the name of student/s receiving the accommodation; refer volunteer to DAS
- Notify DAS of difficulties in locating a volunteer; DAS will make every effort to hire a 0-5 labor student if needed
- If note-taker is hired, provide all handouts and other materials to note-taker
- Review and provide feedback about quality and consistency of the notes to the note-taker
- Report any difficulties to
- Feel free to contact DAS if you have any questions about implementing accommodations for students with disabilities or if any issues arise about note-taking accommodations.
- Sign a Confidentiality Agreement
- Complete the DAS Note-Taker Training
- Attend all classes for which he/she is assigned
- Arrange for a back-up note-taker when unable to attend class
- Produce clear and thorough notes
- Provide the notes to student/s within 24 hours of class
- Provide the notes to instructor, if requested
- Share the notes with DAS when student is absent from class
- Request feedback on quality of notes from student and instruct
- Report any difficulties to DAS.