Students who are registered with Disability & Accessibility Services (DAS) at Berea College may receive note-taking services if the functional impact of their disability adversely affects the student’s ability to take his/her 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 students who have to overcome a barrier caused by a disability that makes taking notes difficult or impossible.
This accommodation is not to transcribe the lecture word for word but to highlight the major points of a lecture or class session. While audio recording a class may be an appropriate accommodation in some situations and for some students, it is not appropriate in all cases and cannot be viewed as an equal substitute.
Notes that are provided to the student are intended for the student’s personal study use only. They are not intended as a substitute for a student’s full participation or attendance in each class. Therefore, notes are not provided if a student does not attend class, except in cases of emergencies or extenuating circumstances approved on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of DAS or the instructor.
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 Lisa Ladanyi, Director of DAS, by calling 859-985-3237, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or making an appointment at the front desk of the Office of Academic Services to engage in an interactive process to determine their individualized accommodations.