Notetaker Orientation and Training Quiz

Thank you for agreeing to be a notetaker for a student registered with the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC). Your service is greatly appreciated by both the student receiving the notes as well as the Accessibility Resource Center.

To be an ARC notetaker, you will need to volunteer, complete the online orientation and quiz, and submit all required documents.  If you have previously taken the online orientation and quiz, you will need to take the training again because there are several updates to the process. 

The process for the orientation:

  • Carefully read the Notetaker Orientation information. After reading this introductory information, you may proceed to the training quiz.
  • Proceed to the Notetaker Training Quiz by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.
  • Answer the questions on the quiz.
  • Deliver the COMPLETED requested forms to the ARC main office, Mitchell Hall room 112, within 7 days of volunteering. Failure to do so may result in no compensation.

ARC Notetaker Orientation — Please Read Carefully


Be sure you have a good line of communication with the student; some students use text messaging or email, others prefer to communicate over the phone; make sure you agree on the best method to communicate being responsible and proactive.


Respect the student’s privacy – share information about the student on a need-to-know basis, such as the course instructor or the ARC. Do not disclose or identify the student or his/her disability to other students. The student’s contact information should remain confidential as well. Breaking confidentiality could disqualify you from compensation.

Taking Notes

Take clear and concise notes during the class session. Please try to incorporate the suggestions from the Tips for Good Notetaking in your notes.  Your job is to take notes for the student and provide the notes to the student. Typically, notes should be delivered by the following class period, unless, you and the ARC student mutually agree on another timeline.

Printing off materials from D2L and providing this to the student is not sufficient; you should supplement these materials with information presented during lecture and discussion/lab sections.

A notetaker is not a tutor for the student. You may, of course, study with the student if you’d like, but it is not required.

If you are Absent

You are still responsible for providing notes for the day(s) you are absent. Work with the instructor or a classmate to obtain a copy of notes while you are absent. Remember to communicate with the ARC student.

If you notice the ARC student absent for a couple of classes, please contact the Accessibility Resource Center. The ARC student is also responsible for communicating with the notetaker.

If you Drop the Class

If there are any changes in the note-taking arrangement (you drop the class, the services are not needed anymore, etc.) or if you have any concerns/questions about your role, please contact ARC as soon as possible; or Mitchell Hall 112.


Please be conscientious about the quality of your notes. Communicate with the student and provide opportunities for shared feedback. Asking the course instructor to review your notes will not only assist the student, but also provide a valuable study aid for you.

Typed, Paper, or Photocopies?

Many notetakers use a laptop to take notes in class, then email a copy to the student. Some notetakers type up their handwritten notes after class, then email a copy to the student. Either of these options provides more legible notes and are preferred.

If typed notes are not an option, the Accessibility Resource Center provides free “carbonless” notetaking paper for those who are taking notes by hand. Use of “carbonless” notetaking paper means that you would place 2 sheets of paper together; one sheet would be for you and the other for the student. This method may also be used if you are taking notes for more than one student in the class and the sheets should be used per student. If you and the student prefer to copy your handwritten notes rather than use our paper, the student is responsible for copying costs.

If you are running low on carbonless paper, please inform the student or stop by ARC’s main office, Mitchell Hall room 112, and ask for more paper.


The Accessibility Resource Center will provide either (1) a stipend of $40 per credit hour, or (2) a certificate of volunteering upon satisfactory completion of note-taking assistance. This compensation can be awarded for each course for which you are providing notes. If you are taking notes for more than one student in the same class, we will pay an additional credit hour.

Please note: Compensation via payment is considered taxable income.

Payments are processed and available approximately 6 weeks after the semester ends. Options for receipt are: Direct Deposit or a physical check. If you opt for a physical check that may be picked up at the Bursar’s Office, Mitchell Hall room 285.

Important: To be eligible to receive a stipend payment, note-takers are required to complete and submit additional documentation described in the sections below. Stipend payments cannot be processed without the required documentation.

Regular faculty and staff are not eligible to receive the stipend.


We encourage notetakers to consider taking notes on a volunteer basis – it could even meet volunteer requirements for certain academic programs. We will provide a certificate listing the number of class credit hours at the end of the semester.

Complete and submit:  

  1. Note-taking Application/Contract (provided by ARC student)


Regular faculty and staff are not eligible to receive the stipend.  Student workers may receive the stipend. Current student workers should submit the name of the department along with the supervisor’s name and number.

Complete and submit:

  1. Note-taking Application/Contract (provided by ARC student)
  2. Authorization for Direct Deposit of Payroll
  3. Employee Self-Identification Form
  4. Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate (W-4)
  5. Employment Eligibility Verification (I-9)

Proceed to the Quiz

When you have successfully completed the quiz, both you and the ARC staff will receive an email confirmation with your quiz results.

Revised:  January 2018