Note-taker Information

Note-taking services are offered to some students with disabilities as a reasonable accommodation.  For this accommodation to work effectively, it requires communication between the student with a disability and the CEA, and also between the student with a disability and the note-taker. Note-takers are recruited from classes in which the student with a disability is enrolled. 

The student with the disability will use notes for personal study purposes only, and must not sell, redistribute, copy, or divulge class notes provided as an accommodation. 

Please review the following information and let the CEA know if you have any questions. 

The role of the note-taker is to provide an upload with his/her typed notes or scanned copy of his/her handwritten class notes for a student(s) with a disability.  In doing so, the note-taker facilitates equivalent access to class information available to all students, with or without disabilities.  It is not acceptable for a note-taker to refer a student with a disability to NoteHall or any other paid service for a copy of their notes.

Note-taking services are supplemental and are not meant to be instructional. Students with disabilities should not use note-taking services as their sole means of study for the course. Class attendance, participation in class discussions, course readings, handouts, a student’s own class notes, and discussions with the instructor, together constitute essential elements of study for a course.

Students with disabilities should not request the note-taker to engage in roles that are unrelated to note-taking. For example:

Note-takers are not an additional professor or instructor of the class. Students should not ask the note-taker to repeat information from the instructor of the class, nor should they ask the note-taker to meet after class to explain concepts, information, or other class material from the day. Students should not ask the note-taker to clarify the syllabus, classroom policies, assignments, exam material, and related classroom issues. For each of the above-mentioned situations, the student should consult the instructor for the course.

Note-takers and students with disabilities should not engage in extraneous relationships with each other. While the CEA understands that some students with disabilities have friends who provide note-taking services, it is imperative to keep social relationships separate from the responsibility to provide notes. Students should not ask the note-taker to meet outside of class except to exchange notes, if needed. Furthermore, for these purposes students should not ask the note-taker to engage in activities or behavior not related to the provision of notes.

Typed notes uploaded via CEA Online Student Services is the preferred method.

With prior approval, scanned handwritten notes or other delivery methods may be approved.

In certain situations, notes may be copied free of charge in the CEA office in the Arkansas Union during regular business hours (Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.)

Students with disabilities who have note-taking services as an accommodation are required to attend class to receive notes. Class notes are supplemental in nature and do not replace actual class attendance. Note-takers may not be obligated to provide notes from classes that the student with a disability missed, unless approved by the CEA, or if prior arrangements have been made between the student with a disability and the note-taker.

Students with disabilities who miss three or more classes without having made arrangements with the note-taker and/or notified the CEA may have note-taking services suspended until they contact a CEA staff member to discuss his/her situation.

Likewise, students with disabilities are expected to arrive to class on time. Excessive tardiness may result in suspension of note-taking services, except when advance notice has been given.

Students with disabilities who have concerns about a note-taker in one of their classes should contact the CEA at 575.3104 or ceanotes@uark.edu immediately. The CEA staff members will determine the appropriate course of action based on information gathering and discussions with the student with a disability, the instructor of the course, and the note-taker.