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Faculty Information

Faculty play an important role in implementing Note Taking Assistance. By working one-on-one with students seeking slides and overheads in advance of class, supporting the use of assistive technology in the classroom, and by assisting the Office of Disability Services (ODS) in locating volunteer note takers, faculty members help to create a more accessible learning community. These collaborative efforts help the ODS to better serve the students of James Madison University and are greatly appreciated.

When faculty are approached by students seeking slides and overheads in advance of class or indicating use of assistive technology, they should:

  • expect the student to provide a personal Access Plan, prepared by the ODS, outlining the accommodation.
  • communicate directly with the student to implement the accommodation.
  • contact the ODS if questions or concerns arise.

When faculty learn, via email from ODS, of a student's eligibility to receive note taking assistance through a volunteer note taker, they should:

  • print the Volunteer Sign-Up Form attached to the email.
  • make a brief announcement on the first day of class, following receipt of the request, about the need for a volunteer note taker. Do not reveal the name of the student eligible to receive the note taking assistance.
  • encourage students to consider serving as a volunteer note taker by highlighting the responsibilities and benefits outlined on the Sign-Up Form.
  • return the Volunteer Sign-Up Form to the ODS Note Taking & Technology Assistant by scanning and emailing it to or by faxing it to 8-7099.