CLASS NOTES POLICY
Disability Services for Students (DSS) authorizes access to class notes as an
accommodation to eligible students who have disabilities that adversely
affect their ability to take notes.
Notes are for the student’s personal study only. They are not a substitute
for attendance, and instructors may withhold notes when a student is absent.
Notes must adequately reflect the information on which the student will be
tested. Notes do not have to include class discussion based on personal
opinion and/or observation. It is the students’ responsibility to monitor the
quality of the notes and take the appropriate steps to correct any concerns.
If a student does not follow the Class Notes policy and procedures, this
accommodation may be suspended until the student has contacted his/her
Disability Specialist and cleared up any difficulties or misunderstandings.
DISABILITY SERVICES RESPONSIBILITIES
- Determine if class notes is an appropriate accommodation for an individual student.
- Work with the instructor to insure that the student receives class notes only when in class, if
requested by the instructor.
- Consult with the instructor when appropriate.
- Hire and train notetakers.
- Assist the student in resolving problems.
- Request class notes from DSS.
- Notify DSS if a class is dropped or notes are no longer needed.
- Follow the class notes policy and procedures.
- Attend class regularly. Notes are not a substitute for attendance.
- Notes are for the student’s personal study; they cannot be copied for others.
- Report any problems to DSS immediately, so appropriate steps can be taken to correct the situation.
DSS will not support requests for changing test or assignment deadlines, if the problem was not reported in a timely manner.
- Decide how notes will be provided, when notified by DSS that class notes have been requested as an accommodation.
Options include: copies of the professor’s personal lecture notes,
detailed overheads or PowerPoints, and recruiting a notetaker from the class.
- Review prospective notetaker’s notes for accuracy and check that the notes reflect the information for
which students’ will be responsible.
- Notify DSS if notes should be withheld.
- Participate in the training provided by DSS.
- Take notes on the entire lecture, including any directions for class assignments, test dates, etc.
- Provide a readable copy of the notes within the agreed upon time frame.
- Make no modifications or changes in the provision of this service, unless instructed by DSS.
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