Note Taking Services FAQs

For Note Takers

How will I know if I was chosen to be a note taker?
You will receive an email with instructions.

How often do I need to turn notes in?
Notes must be turned in to the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS) at least twice a week.

Where do I turn my notes in?
You can bring them by our office in Russell Hall, Third Floor, Suite 325, Monday thru Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Do I have to make copies of my notes?
No. We will scan them into our computer system here and deliver them to our registered student.

Can I email my notes?
Yes! Notes can be typed or scanned and emailed to casnotes@radford.edu.

What if there are no notes for class?
Please email casnotes@radford.edu stating “no notes” for class for that week.

What if I miss class?
It is the note taker’s responsibility to arrange notes for missed classes to be taken for the registered the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS) students.

What if we watch a movie or have a guest speaker in class?
If the class will be tested or expected to write a paper on the speaker or the movie, please take notes.

What if my class has a lab?
Continue to take notes for lab lectures and turn those in as well.

What if power point slides are available through the professor and D2L?
Take notes on what is being said regarding each slide. The student can then use the hand written notes in conjunction with the power point slides.

What perks do I receive as a note taker?
This is a volunteer position. We can offer priority registration for the following semester and 45 hours of non-conduct community service.

For Students Registered with the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS)

Who brings the note taker form back to the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS)?
Your professor will get the note taker form to theCenter for Accessibility Services (CAS) after they have passed it around the classroom. Your name will be anonymous through this process.

What is the process and time frame for assigning my note taker and getting my notes?
Once the request for volunteer note taker form is received by the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS), the volunteer is emailed letting them know they were chosen to take notes for your class. This process could take up to 2 business days. Notes should start to be delivered to you within 1 week of assigning a note taker.

How often should I receive notes?
You should receive notes twice a week. The two days for notes to be delivered to the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS) will be chosen by the note taker based on their schedule of classes.

How will I receive my notes?
Notes will be emailed to you via your Radford email address.

What do I do if I have not received notes in a timely manner?
Contact the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS) immediately if you are not receiving notes in a timely manner. Please do not wait until it’s been over 1 week and you have received no notes.

What do I do if I have an upcoming exam and need my notes?
Notify the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS) of any upcoming exams that you need notes for at least 2 business days prior to the exam. This gives the CAS enough time to contact your note taker and get current notes delivered to you. If the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS) is notified in less than 2 business days, it is not guaranteed that notes will be delivered in time for your exam.

What if the notes are not legible or adequate?
Notify the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS) as soon as possible so your note taker can be asked to provide more thorough notes or another note taker will be chosen.

Should I still attempt to take notes?
Yes, although we understand that can be difficult at times. The notes from your note taker should be an additional tool for you to use in conjunction with your own notes. Having a note taker does not mean its ok to miss class. You still need to attend class regularly.

For Faculty Members

What are my responsibilities?
When a registered Center for Accessibility Services (CAS) student presents you with their accommodations packet, please take the Volunteer Note Taker form and pass it around the class, asking for volunteers. Please DO NOT disclose the student(s) name(s), as that is confidential. Below is a suggested script to use:

“There is a student in the class who is eligible to receive note taking services. This form outlines the expectations and benefits of becoming a volunteer note taker. If you are interested in being a volunteer note taker for the Center for Accessibility Services, please provide your contact information on this form.”

Once the Volunteer Note Taker Form is filled out, please return the form directly to our office either via inner office campus mail, fax, email, or hand delivery. It is the Faculty’s responsibility to deliver the note taker form to the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS).

What if no one volunteers to be a note taker?
Please pass the Volunteer Note Taker Form around twice, asking for volunteers. If no one should volunteer, please notify the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS). We will ask if we have your permission to email the class and attempt to obtain a volunteer that way. If no one should volunteer, please provide the student with class notes, outlines, power points, or any other useful tools in lieu of peer notes.

I have multiple students registered with the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS) in my classes. Can I turn in one form for all the students?
While we understand the convenience of providing only one form for all the students, we would prefer a form to be turned in for each student. There is information at the bottom of each page helps the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS) to identify which student should be receiving the notes. If the volunteer note taker would be taking notes for all the registered students in your class, you can staple them all together with the filled out volunteer form on top.