Note-Taking Accommodations

Accommodating Students Who Request a Note-Taker

Some students have disabilities that necessitate the accommodation of receiving notes from a class note-taker. If, during your "Blue Form" meeting with the student, you agree that a note-taker will be needed for your class, please review this Guidance for Getting a Note-taker & List of Past, Reliable Note-takers. There you will find a list of reliable note-takers that have volunteered for us in recent semesters, as well as a script and email templates for you to use when announcing to the class that you are seeking a note-taker. 

Please ask all volunteers to complete a Note-taker Application Form, and to show you their notes so that you can select a note-taker whose notes best reflect the lecture that you've given. (If you only have one volunteer, you can use this opportunity to give any feedback you feel would be constructive and to express your appreciation for his or her volunteer service.)

Thank you for remembering to keep the identity of the recipient of the notes confidential (unless the recipient indicates otherwise) and indicating that a note-taker is needed on the student's Blue Form.

Once you’ve chosen a note-taker for the class, please send the following information to notes@dickinson.edu:

  • Full and abbreviated class name and section
  • The name of the note-taker
  • Whether the note-taker will be taking notes by hand or computer
  • The intended recipient

Use of a Smart Pen

Please note that the note-taking accommodation allows for “Use of a note-taker or assistive technology (such as smart pen) to capture the sound recording of class.”

Students with this accommodation are given the option of requesting a note-taker, or using a smart pen to record class lectures. Disability Services provides LiveScribe smart pens to eligible students. For your reference, here is a video demonstration of how the LiveScribe pen works. 

If a student chooses to use a smart pen to implement a note-taking accommodation, professors must allow the recording of their classes. To ensure our compliance with PA Wiretap Law, professors must then notify the students that the class may be recorded for accommodation purposes. (When the recording is occurring for purposes of an accommodation, the students in your class must be informed of that fact, but you do not need to obtain their consent.)

Please note: There are restrictions placed on students’ use of a recording device in the classroom. All students are required to sign a Confirmation of Guidelines for Accommodations before being given their accommodation letters, and this document requires them to agree to the following:

  • If using a recording device for note-taking, I agree that recording classes is permissible solely to facilitate my note-taking accommodation and for no other purpose.
  • I agree to destroy my recording of any classes upon graduation or separation from the college.
  • I agree that I will not share, send, post, publish, make public, or duplicate any recordings without the written authorization of the recorded person(s).
  • I understand that failure to abide by these rules may render me liable to the professor and members of the class for breach of privacy and violation of copyright laws.
  • I further understand that failure to abide by these rules is considered a serious violation of Dickinson College Community Standards and subject to disciplinary action.