The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Student
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 encouraging
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
- 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.
- Notetaker 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.
- Notetaker 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
- 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
email@example.com immediately and contact your professor or TA to find
a new notetaker.
- Providing 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
- Questions: All questions
regarding notetakers should be directed to the Notetaker Coordinator at
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.