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Peer notetakers

Students who step forward to share notes with classmates through the Disability Services recruitment process are eligible to receive a thank you gift at the end of the term. We offer $25 per credit gift certificates (prorated for partial terms) that can be used at the bookstore or to help offset tuition charges.

How to get started as a peer notetaker
  1. Complete the online notetaker application.
  2. Disability Services will confirm the match and send a confirmation email to both students.
  3. Take notes in class like you always do, and share them with your matched student throughout the term.
Carbonless paper and photocopiers

If notes are taken by hand, we recommend using one of the library scanning stations. These are free and easy to use machines that can create a PDF version of notes so they can be uploaded into our system then downloaded by students in need.

If notes are being handed off in person rather than using the upload/download options, NCR (no carbon required) notepaper is available in packs of twenty sheets. Get packets from the Disability Services office assistant at the following locations:

  • Cascade: SSB 110
  • Rock Creek: Building 9, room 118
  • Southeast: SCOM 112
  • Sylvania: CC 210

If you need a photocopy machine, contact us for details. Students may only copy lecture notes (no books, class assignments, or personal work should be copied) they must be present when copies are made, and they must document each time copies are made.

Peer notetaker roles and responsibilities
Roles Responsibilities
Disability Services
  • Verifying student eligibility for notetaking as an academic accommodation
  • Supplying upload and download option for notes to be shared, as well alternative options such as carbonless paper, access to a photocopier, and access to tools like LiveScribe or AlphaSmarts, etc
  • Providing a thank you gift or other incentive for participation
  • Working to troubleshoot any logistical challenges along the way
Students receiving notes
  • Initiating the process by notifying faculty and/or recruiting their own notetaker
  • Communicating with Disability Services if there are complications or challenges
Peer notetakers
  • Responding to the recruitment process
  • Providing contact information and signing up online
  • Taking and sharing notes throughout the term
  • Communicating the announcement at least once per class session (or at start and close) until a notetaker is found
  • Providing the student with any instructor generated lecture notes that are available during the window in which a volunteer is being recruited
  • Communicating with Disability Services as needed to ensure good outcomes