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Note Taker Guidelines and Procedures

The Rehabilitation Act, as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act, requires that Southern Illinois University accommodate students with disabilities. One of the required accommodations may be note takers. The DSS staff reviews disability documentation and determines if note takers are appropriate. DSS provides note takers for students whose disabilities require such assistance. To request note takers students need to:

  1. Have open cases at DSS, including relevant documentation from appropriate professionals.
  2. Come to DSS to complete an Accommodations Agreement each semester.
  3. Deliver a copy of the Accommodations Agreement to faculty.
  4. Receive notes in class daily from faculty or note takers.
  5. Agree to meet your note takers. DSS provides notes only for the classes you attend.
  6. Students meet with note takers in a timely fashion at the end of each semester to sign Note Taker Receipt Forms.

DSS does not share information about students' disabilities with note takers. They do need to know who you are prior to providing notes. Students must make their own arrangements to acquire course notes and materials during absences. If you need an alternative arrangement, including receipt of note taker services without disclosing your identity to a peer, see DSS staff.