Note-Taking Services

Requesting notetaking services: students who are eligible for note taking services can checkmark “Notetaking” when selecting accommodations for classes on OSD Online Services (AIM). Students who have trouble using OSD Online Services may contact the office for assistance by emailing OSD@calstatela.edu or contacting the main office by phone.  

Students receiving notetaking services must be present in class during the times a notetaker is providing the service.

Requesting assistance in recruiting a notetaker: if a student wishes to help in finding a Notetaker he or she should contact the Notetaker Coordinator of the classes for which they need assistance. The OSD will notify the instructor by email. The instructor will then announce the need for a notetaker to the class. Students requesting the Notetaker will remain confidential unless they indicate that they want the Notetaker to know who they are.

Notetaker benefits: notetakers are considered volunteers and are offered a $50 stipend at the end of the quarter in which they provided services and priority registration for the following quarter. As notetakers are considered volunteers, employees and university student assistants are not eligible for the $50 stipend, but will still be eligible for priority registration. 

Notetaker responsibilities: notetakers are expected to write down all relevant information including lecture notes, test and quiz dates, assignments, and important vocabulary. They will attend all classes, be on time, and be prepared to take notes. A notetaker who is unable to attend a class should inform the OSD as far in advance as possible.

Students receiving notetaking services must be present in class during the times a notetaker is providing the service.

Notes delivery: notes can be uploaded to AIM electronically for easy retrieval by students. The OSD also provides NCR paper and free use of a copy machine to notetakers (hard copy notes). Hard copy notes will be held at the OSD front desk for retrieval. Students who wish to remain anonymous will be held in a special file. These notes can be identified by the class name and section number.

Students should alert the OSD no later than after two (2) class meetings if there are any issues with the notetaker.