Disability Information Student Handbook

Section Two: Using Disability Services and Accommodations
Academic and Classroom Accommodations & Services

Note-Taking Assistance

There are several options for obtaining lecture or classroom notes as an approved accommodation.

  • Recording Lectures
    • Students with disabilities may record instructor lectures, as stated in the De Anza College Academic Senate Policy on Recording Lectures (April 13, 1987).  Digital audio recording to save audio files on a computer or regular tape recording may be alternatives. If students are going to record the lectures, as a courtesy, inform your instructor.

  • Instructor Copies
    • Instructors who have lecture notes, overheads, or power-point presentations may be able to share these for use as a note-taking template. Arrangements can be made to copy these through DSS. Instructors may post notes our lecture outlines on their web-sites which can be downloaded and printed.

    • Instructors may lecture from power point presentations and may be able to provide these on request as an accommodation.
    • NOTE: When students use instructor materials or tapes, they may be asked to sign a Restricted Use Agreement.


  • Classmate Copies
    • A peer volunteer can be solicited from the class to provide a copy of the course notes. Non-carbon reproduction (NCR) paper is available without charge in the DSS office. Classmates who volunteer to take notes may receive a stipend at the end of the quarter if they:

      • Have properly registered with DSS in a timely manner
      • Return a signed Note-Taker Contract form, and
      • Provide the note-taking service through the end of the quarter.
    • To be authorized for this service, students must meet with their DSS Counselor or LD Specialist, who will assist the student with the process to solicit the note-taker and properly document the service.

Many students find that learning a note-taking system such as the one taught in the college’s student success and study skills classes is invaluable. It helps you produce more efficient notes when you take them yourself or helps you organize for study more efficiently using the notes from a volunteer note-taker.



Steps to Receive Note-Taking Assistance: 


  • Review the class requirements with your DSS Counselor or LD Specialist, discussing the alternatives and deciding what would work best.
  • If note-taking assistance is an approved accommodation, take the note-taking packet to your classroom instructor to discuss your preference for locating a note-taker or ask a classmate.
  • Provide the appropriate materials to the instructor and volunteer note-taker, including the Note-taker Contract, if appropriate.
  • Inform the volunteer note-taker that they may receive a stipend at the end of the quarter if they turn in the Note-taker Contract to DSS or ask the instructor to do so.
  • Pick up note-taking paper at the reception area of DSS office (RSS 141).
  • Report any problems finding note-takers or with their performance to your DSS Counselor or LD Specialist immediately.
  • In case your note-taker is absent, have a back-up plan. This might include recruiting a secondary note-taker, or requesting that the teacher assist in locating an emergency note-taker for the day.



Note-Taking Guidelines 


  • You must attend class to receive note-taking assistance.
  • Note-taking is an approved accommodation when supported by current documentation.
  • Photocopying at DSS is available:
    • For PowerPoint outlines,
    • If there are two or more students in a class who require note-taking assistance, or
    • If your instructor requests that we make copies of his or her overheads or lecture notes.
  • Inform DSS immediately if the note-taker drops the class or if you withdraw from the course.
  • Students receiving captioned transcripts will solicit a volunteer note-taker from the class to record board or other written information and will not participate in the stipend note-taking program.



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Last Updated: 6/5/17