For Notetakers

Notetakers are officially set up through Disability Support Services for each semester or term. The notes provided by these notetakers are to help accommodate the needs of students with disabilities who have been approved for this specific service.

How do I sign-up to be a notetaker?

If you would like to become a note taker, please fill out the Note Taker Interest Form.

We will keep on record that you would like to volunteer. If we need a notetaker for the course, we will contact you to fill this role.

If chosen, we will contact you with the Note Taker Agreement to officially be assigned in this role.

Who can be a notetaker?

Notetakers are students who are enrolled in the specific course(s) for which notes are needed. We assign one notetaker per class.

What does it mean to be a notetaker?

Notetakers are responsible to either hand-write or type their notes as a record of what was discussed in class that day. They convey all classroom material — presented orally or printed — in legible written or typed format as objectively and organized as possible. This means that they will take detailed notes on:

  • What the professor says during lecture
  • What classmates or guest lecturers present
  • Class discussions
  • In-class films
  • PowerPoint presentations
  • What the professor writes on the board
  • Course assignments when the professor gives oral updates or instructions

Notes should be submitted after every class meeting as a rule of thumb.

Notetakers must submit notes at least once a week at minimum. This should be prior to 5:00 p.m. each Friday. This can be done by emailing them to dssnotes@callutheran.edu or by coming by our office. We will then supply the notes to the student needing this accommodation.

In some cases, other arrangements may be needed to provide the notes to the student with the disability. These should be discussed with us.

What type of compensation could I receive for providing my notes?

We greatly appreciate the efforts of our note takers. Upon the completion of the semester or term for which you have provided notes, you may be eligible to receive either:

  • A small stipend
  • Advanced registration for the next registration period
  • Certificate of thanks for volunteering for this form of community service

You need to speak to us about these options.

If your role in providing notes is terminated prior to the end of the semester or term, your eligibility for — or the specifics of — compensation may be altered. We will communicate any changes to you.

How does the stipend work for note takers?

You will indicate on your Note Taker Agreement that you would like to receive the stipend.

Once you have submitted your Note Taker Agreement, you will:

  1. Be confirmed for this position through an email from us.
  2. Be expected to start submitting notes right away.

You must then go to Student Employment to determine what paperwork is needed to be hired as a note taker.

Student Employment can explain what documents are required. This paperwork needs to be completed within two weeks of signing up to be a note taker.

Once Student Employment has processed your paperwork, both you and our staff will receive an email notification approving you to receive the stipend for providing your notes.

Since you must take notes throughout the duration of the semester/ term in order to be eligible for the compensation, the stipends will not be generated until the end of that semester or term.

You will be notified when your stipend check can be picked up at the Student Payroll office. If you submitted direct deposit forms to Student Employment, you should receive the stipend through those means.

Any Cal Lutheran staff or faculty who serve as a notetaker will not be eligible to receive a stipend. Only Advanced Registration or a certificate of thanks for community service could be available.

Student workers on campus are eligible for the stipend.

How does Advanced Registration work for note takers?

You will indicate on your Note Taker Agreement that you would like to receive the Note Taker Advanced Registration.

Once you have been confirmed as the note taker, you will:

  1. Be confirmed for this position through an email from us.
  2. Be expected to start submitting notes right away.

Advanced Registration means that you will be placed at the front of your class during the next semester/term registration period.

Since you must take notes throughout the duration of the semester/ term in order to be eligible for the compensation, Note Taker Advanced Registration is not applied until the following registration period.

For example, if you submit notes for the fall semester, you will not receive Note Taker Advanced Registration until you are registering in the spring registration period for the following fall semester.

We will give the Registrar the list of approved note takers for Note Taker Advanced Registration shortly before registration begins. The Registrar will send a message via your Cal Lutheran email to inform you of your registration day/time. We will also email you to let you know the Registrar has the list of approved note takers.

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