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Note-Taking Assistance

Policy and Procedures for Obtaining Note-taking Services through Penn State’s Student Disability Resources at University Park

Student Disability Resources at University Park provides note-taking support services as an academic adjustment for students with documented disabilities. Note-taking services are not to be used as a substitute for attending class and do not lessen the student’s academic responsibilities.

A. Student Responsibilities in Obtaining Note-taking Services:

In order to receive note-taking services for a course or courses, the student must:

  1. Officially register with SDR and have a documented disability that requires note-taking as a reasonable academic adjustment supported by the documentation.
  2. Meet with their Disability Specialist from SDR each semester and have approval for note-taking as an academic adjustment for that semester.
  3. Complete and submit the Note-Taking Request Form.
  4. Follow SDR procedures for obtaining note-taking services listed below.


B. Procedures for Requesting Note-Taking Services:

  1. Each semester that note-taking services are needed, the student must complete the Note-Taking Request Form and submit the form online through the SDR web site.
  2. When a completed Note-Taking Request Form is received by SDR, instructors will be contacted to determine if note-taking services are needed for the course such as:
    • Due to the nature of the course, notes are not necessary.
    • A course pack may be available that contains all of the notes for the course.
    • Notes are available online, through Canvas, or by other means.
  3. If course notes are not available, SDR will review other options to determine the most effective means of providing notes.