Notetaker Services

Note-taker services are available to OAA registered students with documentation supporting the need for a note-taker accommodation. 

How To Get a Note-taker

Note-takers are hired to assist students who, because of a documented disability, cannot effectively take notes in class. A note-taker is a student who is enrolled in the class where the notes are needed. The responsibility of the note-taker is to copy his or her own class notes for the student. As a result, the note-taker will receive an honorarium for their assistance.

If an OAA registered student with note-taker accommodations is in need of note-taker services for one or more courses, the OAA student and the OAA office will work together through the following procedures:

  1. You can ask someone in your class who you know to be responsible and a good note-taker to serve as your note-taker.  Either send that person to the OAA office (Clark Hall, Room 226) for further instruction, or ask them to email oaa@contact.pacificu.edu expressing their willingness to serve.   Many juniors and seniors use this method because they know a lot of the people in their classes and know who will be reliable.
  2. Another option is to ask your professor(s) directly to either make an announcement in class, or email the class the following excerpt: 

"The Office for Accessibility and Accommodation (OAA) Services, formerly LSS, is looking for a student in this class who is willing to copy his/her notes for a classmate with a disability. This note-taker must have consistently good attendance and take legible, thorough notes. A person who types his/her notes is preferred when available. Note-takers are offered an honorarium of $10 per credit/per semester for their assistance. If you are interested, please contact OAA, Clark Hall, Room 226; email oaa@contact.pacificu.edu or call 503-352-2194.  Please remember to tell OAA for which course you are offering to serve as a note-taker"

3. A third option is to ask OAA to send the following excerpt to your professor(s) to either make an announcement in class, or email the class:

"The Office for Accessibility and Accommodation (OAA) Services, formerly LSS, is looking for a student in this class who is willing to copy his/her notes for a classmate with a disability. This note-taker must have consistently good attendance and take legible, thorough notes. A person who types his/her notes is preferred when available. Note-takers are offered an honorarium of $10 per credit/per semester for their assistance. If you are interested, please contact OAA, Clark Hall, Room 226; email oaa@contact.pacificu.edu or call 503-352-2194.  Please remember to tell OAA for which course you are offering to serve as a note-taker"

Note-taker Services Policy

Note-taker services are set up to assist OAA students with receiving notes only when the OAA student requesting note-taker services attends class. Note-takers are not expected to provide notes to the OAA student on days the OAA student is absent.

How to get your notes

You need to confirm with your note-taker how often you want the notes — after every class? once a week? only before exams? — and make sure you're both clear on what you need and want.

Please Note: OAA cannot guarantee that a note-taker will be found for every course requested, although we will do everything we can to help find the student the assistance needed. Also, if an OAA student is having problems with a specific note-taker, the OAA student needs to contact the OAA office as soon as possible so that we can work to solve any issues or find an alternative note-taker.

How To Be an OAA Note-taker

If you have been approached and are interested in serving as a note-taker, please contact OAA, Clark Hall, Room 226; email oaa@contact.pacificu.edu or call 503-352-2194.  We need to know for which course you would be serving as a note-taker.  You'll then be provided a link to DocuSign the OAA required documentation, and an HR online job application.  Once those two pieces are completed, you and the OAA student will be put in touch with one another.