Disability Support Services

Division of Student Services

Information for Student Note Takers

Students at Reed with documented disabilities can receive a variety of accommodations, which are granted on a case-by-case basis. A common accommodation gives the student access to notes taken in class by a fellow student. In these cases, Disability Support Services hires a student in the class to attend every class session, take good notes, and digitally scan and upload their notes to a dedicated note-sharing Moodle. 

For students interested in becoming note takers

If you are interested in becoming a paid note taker, the first step is to complete the current semester's Note Taker Interest Form, listing your courses for the upcoming semester. (If you are unable to access it, try logging out of your personal Google account and then logging in with a Reed account).

If a student in one of your classes receives note taking as an accommodation, we may contact you to begin the hiring and training process. Please note that submitting this form is not a formal commitment on your part, but only a statement of interest in potentially becoming a paid note taker in the future. Similarly, we are unable to guarantee that everybody who submits a form will be hired.

More information about the note taker position, including job responsibilities and compensation, can be found in the Note Taker Handbook.

For hired note takers

If a student in one of your classes requests note taking as an accommodation, we may contact you and offer you a note taking position. To formally accept the position offer, please follow these steps:

  1. Read the Note Taker Handbook in full.
  2. Complete an online Note Taker Agreement form for each course in which you will be taking notes.
  3. Start taking lecture notes right away! Within 24 hours of each class period, scan your notes and upload them to Moodle.
  4. If you have not been previously employed by Reed College, contact Dawn Derry in the Business Office within one date of hire to complete employment eligibility documents (to make sure you get paid!).

Note Taking DOs and DON'Ts