Notetaker Services

How To Get a Note-taker

Note-takers are hired to assist students who, because of a 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 LSS registered student with note-taker accommodations is in need of note-taker services for one or more courses, the LSS student and the LSS 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 LSS office (Clark Hall, Room 226), or ask them to email lss@pacificu.edu the completed Note-taker Confidentiality and Note-taker Contract forms. 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 of Learning Support Services 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 LSS, Clark Hall, Room 226; email lss@pacificu.edu or call 503-352-2194.  Please remember to tell LSS which course you are offering to serve as a note-taker"

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

"The office of Learning Support Services 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 LSS, Clark Hall, Room 226; email lss@pacificu.edu or call 503-352-2194. Please remember to tell LSS which course you are offering to serve as a note-taker"

Note-taker Services Policy

Note-taker services are set up to assist LSS students with receiving notes only when the LSS student requesting note-taker services attends class. Note-takers are not expected to provide notes to the LSS student on days the LSS 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: LSS 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 LSS student is having problems with a specific note-taker, the LSS student needs to contact the LSS office as soon as possible so that we can work to solve any issues or find an alternative note-taker.

How To Be an LSS Note-taker

If you are interested in becoming a note-taker, please contact LSS, Clark Hall, Room 226; email lss@pacificu.edu or call 503-352-2194  We need to know for which course you would like to serve as a note-taker.  If there is an LSS student in that course needing a note-taker, we'll ask you to complete the Note-taker Confidentiality and Note-taker Contract paperwork, and then put you and the LSS student in touch with one another.