The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Center (SAC) provides notetaking services to students with disabilities
qualify for this accommodation. SAC
assists students with identifying volunteer or paid notetakers, who are
typically recruited from the student’s classes during the first week of
school. All notetakers are required to
participate in the online notetaker training at www.sac.uwm.edu.
SAC encourages notetakers to use
notetaking as a volunteer
opportunity and will provide a certificate of volunteer hours at the
of the semester. For those notetakers
who wish to be paid, a stipend will be given based on the number of
hours of the class for which they are taking notes. Notetakers who are
taking notes for more than one student in a class receive payment for
credit hour. In unique circumstances
when notetakers are not enrolled in the class, they are paid an hourly
rather than a stipend. SAC provides
special carbonless paper for notetaking at no cost to the student.
In keeping with SAC’s philosophy of
students are expected to participate in managing their notetaking
- Approval of
Services: Each semester or academic year you must meet with
your Program Advisor to discuss support services you are requesting and
to update your VISA. Share your Verified
Individual Services and Accommodations (VISA) form and discuss your
notetaking needs with your instructor.
- Finding a
Notetaker: Professors or their TA’s will assist you in finding
a competent notetaker. If you are not able to secure a notetaker after
several announcements have been made, please contact your SAC Program
Advisor. Additional information on how to find a notetaker is inside
the Notetaker Packet.
Contract: It is your responsibility to provide your notetaker
with carbonless paper, which is available from SAC. If you wish to have
notes photocopied, you and your notetaker are responsible for making
your own arrangements. SAC will only photocopy notes if the notetaker
takes notes for more than one SAC student in the class or if you need
copies of the notes you have missed before you obtained a notetaker.
- Getting the Notes: Your
notetaker is to give you the notes at the end of each class period (or
by an agreed-upon arrangement). It is your responsibility to follow up
with your notetaker if you do not receive notes in a timely manner.
- Notetaker Payment:
Notetakers are encouraged to provide the service on a volunteer basis,
but can be paid if they prefer. Whether they volunteer or will be paid,
they MUST complete the Notetaker Contract form and online training.
Their Contract will not be valid and they will not be paid if they do
not complete the online training. It is your responsibility to give the
notetaker a copy of the Notetaker Contract and discuss this information
with them. Contracts are available from your Program Advisor on the
first day of the semester.
Responsibility: It is the notetaker’s responsibility to return
the signed contract and Certificate of Completion (which proves they
have completed the online training) to the SAC office in Mitchell 112.
We cannot pay them without both of these being turned in. Please check
with your notetakers to make sure they have taken care of this.
- If You Are
Absent: Please contact your
notetaker is you are unable to attend class. Notetakers will provide
notes during your absence for occasional, unanticipated and disability
related absences. However, notes will not
be provided for planned, chronic or non-disability related absences.
Having a notetaker does not take
the place of attending class. If there
are excessive, non-disability related absences, notetaking services
will be discontinued.
- If Your
Notetaker is Absent: It is your notetaker’s responsibility to
secure a back-up notetaker in case he/she is absent from class. Be sure
to ask your regular notetaker who the back-up is and exchange contact
information. If your notetaker has dropped the class, please inform the
Notetaker Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org immediately and contact
your professor or TA to find a new notetaker.
Feedback: Get to know your notetakers. Be clear about what you
expect, provide feedback on the quality and consistency of their notes,
and share your contact information in case of class cancellations or
illness. Communicate frequently with your
notetakers and try to resolve issues in a timely manner. The longer you
wait to resolve an issue, the more
difficult it will be to keep up in the class. The
professor or TA are valuable resources in assisting you with resolving
potential issues (such as how to improve the quality of the notes,
emphasize main points, etc.)
All questions regarding notetakers should be directed to the Notetaker
Coordinator at email@example.com or your Program Advisor.
I have read the above document and
agree to follow the procedures
as a student receiving support services from the Student Accessibility
Center at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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Last updated: October 13, 2005