Disability Support Services (DSS) allows students with a documented disability, who have been approved for this academic adjustment by the DSS Coordinator, to record class lectures and/or labs on audiocassette or digital recorder, or have a note taker.

Note taking and taping do not replace attendance from class, this accommodation is designed to supplement students who are regularly attending their courses. 


The following identifies the responsibilities of the student and DSS if the student chooses to use a note taker:

Note taker Responsibilities: Student

  1. If a note taker is required, the DSS office will ask the instructor to find a volunteer note taker. Or students can ask to attempt to find a classmate who is willing share his/her lecture notes. If the student has asked to find a classmate themselves, and is unable to do so, it is student’s responsibility to let DSS know so the instructor can be contacted to find a volunteer.
  2. The student can request the note taker drop off notes directly to the DSS Office for if they would like to remain anonymous. The other option is the student can approach the note taker directly after class to receive the notes.
  3. If you choose to remain to have note takers drop off notes at DSS, students are responsible to pick up the notes after each class. If students do not pick up their notes after three classes, DSS can suspend note taking services.  Students would need to meet with DSS to request approval to reactivate the accommodation.
  4. If instructors are unable to identify a volunteer note taker after the instructor has announced for volunteers three times, they must notify the DSS office.

Note taker Responsibilities: DSS

  1. If a note taker accommodation is approved and student does not have a note taker, the DSS Office will notify instructor and send them a note taker packet asking for a volunteer from the class.
  2. The DSS office can arrange to have lecture notes photocopied instead of using NCR paper.
  3. If attempts to find a volunteer note taker fail, the DSS office will contact the instructor about other arrangements or may have a staff note taker attend the student’s class.  DSS may loan the student a tape recorder temporarily if they have to hire a new staff member to cover as the note taker.
  4. DSS, in consulting with the instructor, may suspend the accommodation if students have frequent absences from class and attempt to use the accommodation in place of attendance.

The following identifies the responsibilities of the student and DSS if the student chooses to record course lectures and/or labs:

Tape Responsibilities: Student

  1. Student promises to use recordings solely for his or her individual educational purposes. Lectures and/or labs taped for this purpose may not be shared with other people without the consent of all parties involved.
  2. At the end of each quarter, the student will either erase the tapes or return them to DSS to be erased.
  3. Student will sign an Equipment Loan Agreement with DSS each quarter they want to use a tape recorder accommodation.

Tape Responsibilities: DSS

  1. DSS will send a letter to the student outlining the student’s approved academic adjustments.
  2. DSS may arrange for the loan of a tape recorder if the student does not own one.
  3. DSS will erase the tapes upon their return at the end of the quarter.
  4. DSS, in consulting with the instructor, may suspend the accommodation if students have frequent absences from class and attempt to use the accommodation in place of attendance. Students would need to meet with DSS to request approval to reactivate the accommodation.

The above responsibilities have been explained to me, and I understand my responsibilities.


Contact Disability Support Services

Located in the Admissions Center, Room 143. Make an appointment by calling the Entry Center at 360.442.2311. Walk-ins welcome during regular business hours.

Main Office

   360.442.2340
TTY/Video Relay Service: 7-1-1 or 800.833.6388

  Shannon Vantrease, Coordinator

  360.442.2340
  svantrease@lowercolumbia.edu

  Mary Kate Marthaller, Director

  360.442.2341
  mmarthaller@lowercolumbia.edu

Current Section 504 / ADA Coordinator

  Kendra Sprague, Vice President of Foundation, HR & Legal Affairs

  360.442.2121
  ksprague@lowercolumbia.edu

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