Disability Services Office Update (Coronavirus):

To protect the safety of our staff, students, and faculty, the Disability Services Office staff are working remotely and will not be in the office until further notice. We will be available virtually each weekday between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Please contact the office at dso@rit.edu or reach out directly to a member of our staff.

For more information regarding critical accessibility considerations for students and faculty in the transition to alternative modes of course delivery, visit our COVID-19 and Accessibility FAQs.

RIT’s Coronavirus information website.

Students who have been offered a note taking consultation should:

  1. Attend the first week of classes. Note the structure (pace of lecture, ratio of lecture to discussion/workshops, etc.) of each class. Ask your professors what materials they will be providing in class and/or posting on MyCourses.
  2. After a week or more of classes call 475-2023 or email slzdso@rit.edu to schedule a consultation. Be prepared to access your course syllabi and talk about the format of each class.
  3. Attend your consultation. We’ll discuss each class and determine how best to support your needs.


If it is determined that a supplemental note taker is required for one or more of your classes:

  1. You will be contacted when the note taker is hired.
  2. You will access your notes at myaccess.rit.edu using your RIT username and password.
  3. If you encounter a problem with your notes: Inform the Disability Services Office ASAP using this form: Note-taking Feedback.
  4. If your schedule changes or if you determine that notes are no longer needed please inform us ASAP.

Please keep in mind that the DSO hires peer note-takers only. Note-takers are not responsible for handouts or other materials distributed by the professor. Notes should be considered supplements and are not a substitute for class attendance. There may be occasions when a note taker must be absent due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances - notes will not be provided in these cases.

Learn to be a better note-taker

Effective note-taking is a skill that can be developed and strengthened over time. Try some of these suggestions:

  • Make use of an audio recording device like the Livescribe Smart Pen: www.livescribe.com
  • Try an app such as AudioNote, SomNote, Evernote, or SoundNote
  • Form a study group and compare/share your notes
  • Schedule a one-on-one note taking appointment with DSO staff.