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Students that receive Note Taking Accommodation FAQs

  1. "If I am approved for the accommodation of an in class note taker...do I have to use it?"
    It is entirely up to you if you want to use your note taking accommodation. If you do not want one, you will want to hold on to the note taking announcement sheets (take them off of your INF), otherwise your instructor will probably make the announcement that a note taker is needed in your class.

  2. "I am approved for an in class note taker and only need this accommodation in one of my classes. I do not need a note taker in any of my other classes. What do I do?"
    Have your instructor make the note taking announcement twice in the class where you want to use a note taker. Do not give the note taking announcement to the instructors in the classes where you do not want them. **You must also inform OSD so we can enter this important info into our database.**

  3. "I handed in my INF paperwork to my instructor and they didn't make the announcement-what should I do? "
    It is your responsibility to remind the instructor that an announcement should be made at least twice to the entire class. It may be helpful to e-mail the instructor or remind them before a class starts. Remember, that your instructor probably has a lot on their mind and may be receiving many requests... If after you remind your instructor a couple of times and nothing is done, please come to OSD and we will reach out to the instructor

  4. "I had my INF meeting a while back and I was approved for a note taker this semester. But I don't have note takers. Why don't I have them yet?"
    There are a few reasons you may not have them yet...
    Your instructor didn't make the announcement at least twice
    We are still calling down the class roster
    We are waiting on students (prospective note takers) to get back to us.
    Note: finding a note taker can be a process that takes time. Your patience is appreciated.

  5. "I had a note taker in a class for a while and was receiving notes- now I am not. What happened and what do I do?"
    Sometimes note takers drop the class without letting anyone know. Sometimes something personal happens to the note taker...if you haven't seen your note taker in class or have noticed you are not receiving notes like you used to, please come to OSD and we will look into this. If necessary, we may have to search for a new note taker.

  6. "If I have a note taker, do I have to take my own notes and be at every class?"
    If you have the accommodation of a note taker, it is your responsibility to be at class on time and to be taking notes to the best of your ability (unless you have discussed something otherwise with OSD). If you are not, and we hear from your instructor or note taker-you will lose your note taker.

  7. "I supposedly have a note taker but I haven't heard from them and I'm not getting notes. What should I do?"
    First, make sure you check all of your incoming e-mails (in your CLC account) including the spam, junk, and clutter. If you do not see anything, then come to OSD and we can make sure we have a note taker secure in the database. If we do, we can reach out to your note taker. If we do not, we can start looking for one.

  8. "Why don't I have a NT?"
    Answer the following:
    Have you had your INF meeting this semester?
    Did you turn in your INF paperwork to your instructor?
    Did your instructor make the note taking announcement at least twice?
    Finally, did you inform OSD?

  9. "Where do I get the note taking announcement forms?"
    They are typically attached to the INF. If you are needing more, please come to OSD.

  10. "I want my notes typed- what do I do?"
    A note taker is not required to type their notes (unless a request has been approved in OSD).

  11. "Why do I have to use my CLC e-mail to receive my notes from my note taker?"
    All CLC students must use their CLC e-mail to interact with school personnel-including note takers (unless there is a special circumstance which would be discussed at INF meeting). If you do not know your user name or password to get into your e-mail-you will need to speak to IT or admissions personnel to get the assistance you need. It is very important that you know how to log in and use your CLC e-mail.

  12. "Do I have to have notes from class scanned and e-mailed to me?"
    There are many different ways notes can be sent. Scanning and e-mailing is free and easy to track. If you are wanting a copy of the notes on the copy machine, you will need to pay for those copies. It is not the responsibility of your note taker to pay for them.

  13. "What is my note taker responsible for?"
    Getting information from the class lecture (written or verbally presented in class) down and sent to you within 24 hours.. The note taker is not responsible for book notes, homework assignments, or tutoring of any kind.

  14. "Do I need to do anything if I drop a class, add a class or change a class section-do these situations impact the use of a note taker?"
    Yes- All of these situations require OSD to make a change on your INF- this will also impact note taking. Please let us know as soon as anything changes to your schedule. Know that any changes you make may delay finding a note taker.

  15. "What do I do if I want to pick out my own note taker?"
    You may or may not have that option. Please come and speak to someone in OSD right away. If a note taker is already secure in the database, we will need to use that note taker.
    Note: An in-class note taker can take notes for up to 4 students in any given class.

  16. "I don't like my note taker- can I have a different one?"
    Just because you do not care for your note taker, does not warrant finding someone new. If you are receiving legible notes that are pulled from the class lecture, that are sent in a timely manner- then you probably have a decent note taker (unless they are being rude or behaving badly-then come to our office to report it). Remember, the note taker may be taking notes for more than just you- so if there are no complaints, it is unlikely that we are able to make a change.

  17. "I don't understand the notes from my note taker. What should I do?"
    If the notes are from lecture, are legible, and are sent to you in a timely manner (these are our expectations of the note taker) this is a good thing. However, if you feel that you do not understand the content discussed in class, please talk to your instructor. Instructors have office hours in which they set aside time to talk to students about their questions or concerns about the class material.

  18. "Our instructor posts important info that we need to know on blackboard or power point slides. However, my note taker isn't giving me very many additional notes...what should I do?"
    Some instructors literally give you all of the information that you will need for the class on power point and/or black board. So in cases such as this, you may not receive many additional notes. It is entirely up to you if you want to keep your note taker- but let OSD know what you decide upon.

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