Loyola University Chicago

Student Accessibility Center

Student Academic Services

Implementing Note Taking Accommodations

Note Taking Accommodations

Audio Note Taking Software

Notetaking services are academic accommodations to provide access to course lectures for students whose documented disability affects their ability to take notes. The notes and lecture materials provided are not meant to be a substitute for class attendance. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (45 CFR 84.44) specifically identifies audio recording as an appropriate academic accommodation. 

Students use software called Sonocent. Students may use their phone, tablet, or laptop to record the lecture, and providing power points in advance is recommended to help the student best utilize the software. Students must complete the Audio Note Taker Form, in which the student agrees to not share any course recordings and acknowledges that the recordings are solely for their personal educational use. Students must obtain faculty signatures to demonstrate faculty is aware that class is being recorded.

Peer Note Taker

Notetaking services are academic accommodations to provide access to course lectures for students whose documented disability affects their ability to take notes. The notes and lecture materials provided are not meant to be a replacement for a student’s own notes (unless a student is unable, due to the effects of a disability, to take any notes at all) or as a substitute for class attendance. SSWD may request the faculty to assist in facilitating a peer note taker; a detailed request from SSWD will be provided if this accommodation is necessary.