Note Takers, Readers and Scribes

Procedural Guidelines for Note-Takers, Readers and Scribes

Note-Takers

  • If a note-taker registers with the SRC, he/she will receive $75 per course/per semester. 
  • Note-takers will be responsible for locating a back-up note-taker in the event they are not able to attend class, and will have their contracts terminated upon the fourth absence from class.
  • Note-takers will be responsible for delivering the notes to the student using a copy machine (available in Miguel 301) by the end of the school day in which class was held.
  • Note-takers' notes for the first three classes may be reviewed by the professor, and if the notes do not meet the professor's standards, the note-taker’s contract will be terminated.
  • Note-takers must possess proficiency in written language skills that may include:
    • grades in collegiate English coursework.
    • a recommendation from a faculty member.
    • writing sample as prescribed by the SRC.
    • completion of all prerequisite coursework necessary for the class.
    • legible handwriting as determined by the SRC.
    • a working telephone number (to be filed with the SRC).
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  • Starting Spring 2012, all note-takers must have a W-4 completed and on file with the Student Financial Services department.

Readers and Scribes

Readers and scribes (R&S) will be paid the standard student-aide hourly rate (may change annually) as determined by Manhattan College.

  • R&S are responsible for contacting the SRC no later than 24 hours prior to an appointment if they are unable to attend a session, and will have their contract terminated upon the third canceled appointment.
  • R&S' first three assignments/tests will be reviewed by the professor, and if the work does not meet the professor's standards, the R&S contract will be terminated.
  •  Scribes must possess proficiency in language skills that may include:
    • grades in collegiate English coursework.
    •  a recommendation from a faculty member.
    • writing sample as prescribed by the SRC.
    • completion of all prerequisite coursework necessary for the class.
    • legible handwriting as determined by the SRC.
    • a working telephone number (to be filed with the SRC).
  •  Readers must possess the same criteria listed above except:
    •  replace written/legible handwriting, with oral reading proficiency.

Student’s Responsibilities

  • Students must inform the SRC two weeks prior to the need of a note taker starting.
  • For the lead time when using a reader or scribe for testing, please see alternative testing and classroom adjustments.
  • Students are responsible for monitoring the quality of the work presented by readers, scribes and note-takers, and should immediately contact the SRC if problems arise.
  • Students requesting a reader or scribe for work other than testing must inform the SRC two weeks in advance of each session (multiple or semester long appointments may be made). Students needing an exception to this waiting period, please contact the SRC.

Faculty Tips for Securing a Note-Taker 

A peer note-taker will be assigned through the SRC office whenever possible.  However, if a qualified peer has not volunteered, the faculty member may be asked to assist in locating one.

Faculty member - please follow these steps if necessary:

  • A brief announcement at the start or conclusion of class, during the first two weeks of class or until a note taker is secured, including:
    • Rationale: these notes are for students possessing a documented special need
    • Compensation: note-taker will receive $75 per class/term (Note: there are no costs associated with copying notes)
    • DO NOT IDENTIFY  TO THE CLASS THE NAME OF THE STUDENT WHO IS IN NEED OF A NOTE TAKER
  • If a note-taker does not come to the SRC office prior to the conclusion of the second week of class, two options are available:
    • Faculty members may distribute their notes to the SRC student, or
    • The SRC student is entitled to have tests and/or assignments based on class notes, postponed until the SRC student receives class notes.