Disability Services

Faculty with a Student that Needs Notes

Complete access to courses includes the ability to leave class with a useable set of notes. Some disabilities hinder the ability to take one’s own notes, often because of hearing, processing speed, writing fluency, or a number of other reasons. As a result, notetaking is considered a reasonable accommodation under Sec. 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Please secure a volunteer student notetaker for your student (as described below). We cannot require faculty notes. If, however, your notes are available and you do not object to sharing them, they may be very helpful to the student.


It is the right of the student giving the notes and the student receiving the notes to remain anonymous. Do not make an announcement in class where you name the student that needs the notes unless given written permission by the student to do so.

How to Find a Notetaker

Our office will outreach to the students enrolled in the course via email explaining process to register as a peer note taker, compensation, and guidelines for providing notes. However, in the event we are unsuccessful in identifying an individual to act as a note taker, we may reach out to the instructor to request an announcement be made in class or via BlackBoard. 
If required, the announcement we recommend to make is as follows:

"You have a fellow student that is unable to take notes due to a disability. We need a student to volunteer to share their notes with this student. We need help from someone who takes legible and detailed notes and is not likely to miss many classes to assist us with this. If you are interested, please outreach to the Office of Disability Services.

Disability Services is offering note takers $50 per credit hour for undergraduate courses, $75 per credit hour for graduate and professional school courses OR a volunteer certificate. Note takers must submit notes for the entire semester. The stipend is payable at the end of the semester.

Your assistance is appreciated.”

If you get a volunteer it is also helpful if you notify Disability Services at odsnotes@csuohio.edu. That way Disability Services follow up with the student regarding the process as soon as possible.

Compensating Notetakers

The office of Disability Services, starting Fall 2018, is now offering either students certificates for volunteering or payment (dependent on the note takers preference). Note takers will receive $50 per credit hour for undergraduate courses, $75 per credit hour for graduate and professional school courses, OR a volunteer certificate upon completion of their assignments. This means if a student is sharing notes for a 3 credit hour undergraduate class, that student will receive $150 for sharing notes for your class.

For note takers that wish to receive this compensation, we need them to complete the note taker training and submit quality notes within 24 hours of each class session. For compensation, notes need to be submitted through our online system. We will also need note takers to have their professor sign off on a couple class sessions of notes to verify quality.

Facilitating the Notetaker

If your department office is closer to your classroom then the Office of Disability Services in RW 210, it would be helpful if you could make the department Xerox machine available to the note taker for copying or digitizing their notes. Any students seeking compensation must upload them to our online system.