Office of Student Life

Disability Services

Peer Notetaker Instructions

To Disability Services (SLDS) peer notetakers:

Thank you! We appreciate you volunteering to provide a copy of your notes to a SLDS-registered student. Your assistance helps the university provide equitable access to education for all students.

Please complete the steps below to begin your role as a peer notetaker for SLDS. Failure to meet your responsibilities as a notetaker may result in forfeiture of compensation.


1. Make initial contact with the SLDS-registered student as soon as possible.

  • The instructor should provide you with the student’s name and email address.

  • During that conversation, establish an agreed-upon format and delivery method for the notes. Common options include sending typed notes or scanning and emailing written notes. Consider how to make the exchange as efficient and timely as possible.

  • As the semester progresses, you may be assigned to work with more than one student if additional students in your class request a notetaker. 

2. Fill out the “Notetaker Request Form” form and return via email to SLDS (slds-notes@osu.edu) ASAP.

  • We will only compensate one notetaker per course section. Therefore, it is imperative that you submit the notetaker form ASAP to establish yourself as the official notetaker for your class.

  • We cannot accept notetakers forms any later than 2 weeks prior to the start of finals week for the current semester/term.

3. Take legible, good quality notes.

  • For tips on effective note-taking strategies, visit the Dennis Learning Center’s Active Note-Taking Strategies page.

  • Consider how you’ll be providing notes, and how to make the exchange as smooth as possible. For example, it can be difficult to scan notes from a 3-ring binder. Loose-leaf paper is easier to scan, while typed notes require no scanning at all.

4. Deliver notes in a timely manner.

  • Typically, notes should be delivered by the following class period, unless you and the registered student mutually agree to another timeline.

  • All notes relevant to an upcoming exam should be delivered with enough time for the registered student to use the notes for studying.

5. Attend class regularly and keep in communication.

  • Even if you are absent from class, you are still responsible for providing notes for that day. Work with the instructor or a classmate to obtain a copy of notes.

  • If there are any changes in the note-taking arrangement (you drop the class, the services are not needed anymore, etc.), or if you have any questions/concerns about your role, please let us know as soon as possible.

6. Maintain confidentiality.

  • It is okay to tell people that you are a notetaker for SLDS, but do NOT reveal any identifying information (name, disability, etc.) about the student(s) receiving notes unless you have their explicit permission.

7. Follow the instructions below to receive compensation.

We will provide either (1) a stipend of $25 per credit hour or (2) a certificate of volunteering upon satisfactory completion of note-taking assistance. This compensation can be awarded only once for each course for which you are providing notes. Your compensation is only based on the credit hours of the course and stays the same regardless of the number students for whom you are providing notes. 

  • If you are currently a student employee, you will be paid via direct deposit approximately 4-6 weeks after the end of the semester. Please note that your stipend will be the amount of compensation after taxes and will be added to the payment for your current student employee position.

  • If you are NOT currently a student employee, you will be paid via direct deposit/eft or check. We highly encourage you to complete the direct deposit form for more efficient payment. If you choose to paid by check, you will receive the check by mail to your permanent address approximately 4-6 weeks after the end of the semester.

  •  Regular faculty or staff are not eligible to receive the stipend.

IMPORTANT: To be eligible to receive a stipend payment, notetakers are required to complete and submit additional documentation described in the sections below. Stipend payments cannot be processed without the required documentation.

To Receive a Certificate of Volunteering:

  1. On your Notetaker Request Form, indicate that you are requesting volunteer hours.

  2. We will email you a certificate confirming your volunteer hours 2-4 weeks after the end of the semester.

To Receive the Stipend:

  1. On your Notetaker Request Form, indicate that you are requesting a stipend.

  2. If applicable, submit a completed New Vendor Setup Form to slds-notes@osu.edu at least 2 weeks prior to the start of finals week for the current semester/term. If you have served as a notetaker in a previous semester, were paid by check/direct deposit, and your mailing address has not changed, you do not need to submit a vendor form. If you are a student employee requesting compensation, you do not need to submit a vendor form. If you served as a notetaker in a previous semester while a student employee, but are now no longer a student employee, you will need to submit a vendor form. To be paid via direct deposit, you must also submit a voided check or bank letter confirming routing and account numbers. This form requires a handwritten signature. Signature from a tablet with a stylus pen is also acceptable.

  3. Non-resident Aliens must also complete and submit a W-8BEN form along with a copy of your passport and visa. Once this information is entered into the system, you will receive an email from support@online-tax.net giving you access to log-on and complete a questionnaire. If the requested information is not completed within 15 days the maximum amount of US tax will be withheld from any US income paid to you.