University of Vermont

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Students with documented disabilities work with an ACCESS (Disability Services) Specialist to determine appropriate accommodations, as determined by current standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  At The University of Vermont, one of the largest accommodations is note taking.  UVM’s Note Taking Program works to match students’ requests for notes with the appropriate level of note taking services.

ACCESS Students may be matched with either a Peer Note Taker (a student in the same course/section as the student requesting services), a professional quality Note Taker (may also be a peer in the same course/section), or a TypeWell transcriber who provides a transcript of each class lecture.  TA’s in your course may also be utilized as Note Takers.

Note Taking Accommodation: Overview for Faculty

Accommodation Letters

ACCESS students are required to provide their instructor(s) with a copy of their accommodation letter at the beginning of each semester.  Accommodation letters will list each of a student’s accommodations, pertaining to that course.  ACCESS students and faculty are encouraged to meet one-on-one to review the student’s accommodation letters.  Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.  If there are any questions related to the Note Taking Program that students are unable to answer and/or that you can’t find information about on our website, we encourage you to email us at

Student Attendance & Purpose of Notes

A student’s accommodation for Note Taking services does NOT replace their attendance in class (unless specifically stated in their accommodation letter).  This accommodation is meant to supplement a student’s own notes, fill in any gaps that they may miss during a class lecture and provide a student with equal access to lecture(s).

If you become concerned about a student’s attendance and the student is not responding to your communication efforts, please contact the student’s ACCESS Specialist and/or the Note Taking Program as soon as possible.  We will work to help facilitate communication between the appropriate parties.


Notes are submitted by Note Takers via the myACCESS web portal and notes are housed on a secure database.  Students are only granted access to the notes for classes in which they are enrolled.

Faculty Expectations

On the first day of class, it is helpful if instructors provide a general reminder to the entire class regarding accommodation letters.  Many professors choose to list their expectations concerning ACCESS accommodations on their syllabus and provide a verbal reminder during the first class session/syllabus review.

ACCESS students submit requests for Note Taking services via their myACCESS web portal.  Students, faculty and the Note Taking Program will receive an automated email indicating that a request for notes has been submitted. Upon receipt of this email, faculty should follow the instructions detailed in the email to help facilitate the process of securing a Peer Note Taker in the course/section.

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