- Contact the CAL to apply for the note-taking position
- Maintain the confidentiality of the student for whom you are taking notes
- Make sure that notes are legible and comprehensive
- Attend each class
- Upload a copy of your notes promptly following classes
- Contact the CAL immediately if for some reason you are unable to continue as a note-taker, so that other arrangements can be made (e.g., if you change your schedule or drop that class)
- If the student note-taker has provided satisfactory service throughout the duration of the semester, the student will receive a $100 SFU bookstore gift certificate. For students providing note-taking services for less than a month, services will be pro-rated
Students Receiving Note-Taking Assistance
- Consult with a CAL Disability Access Advisor prior to the start of the semester to determine eligibility for assistance with note-taking. This is considered an academic accommodation and is provided only if recommended in the Accommodation Form prepared for you by a Learning Assistant.
- Students eligible for assistance from the volunteer note-taking program must confirm with the CAL whether notes for courses are available online or through other means, before volunteer services can be accessed.
- Discuss note-taking assistance and other options for acquiring copies of lecture materials with your instructor
- Identify how you would prefer notes to be delivered (in-person, through the CAL online system).
- Access notes in a timely manner or at least once a week.
- Inform note-takers and the CAL immediately regarding any problems with notes - if they are incomplete, always late, not very readable, etc. Since the program is volunteer, we rely on you to let us know if there are problems.
- Be aware that last minute requests for notes cannot be accommodated
- Attend all classes. The volunteer note-taking program is intended to supplement lecture notes and in class learning, not replace them.
- Let the CAL and note-taker know if you drop a course or add a course for which you need notes.
Centre for Accessible Learning
In the process of providing note-taking assistance to eligible students with disabilities, the CAL recognizes its responsibilities to:
- Request and review documentation relating to a student’s disability to determine whether they are eligible to receive note-taking assistance.
- Provide information to volunteer note-takers regarding their responsibilities.
- Assist students and volunteers in resolving any issues that arise with note-taking services.
- Encourage students to take a pro-active role in developing a relationship with their instructor and note-taker.
- Support faculty members around providing note-taking assistance as needed.