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Scribe Services

Students with either permanent or temporary disabilities may require scribe services for participation in course work and in events and activities on campus.

The Office of Disability Services determines the need for scribe services. Some of the indicators of the need for scribe services include but are not limited to:

  • visual impairments
  • physical/dexterity impairments
  • significant learning disabilities where written expression is greatly impacted

Training on assistive technology is available for students requiring scribe services, and if not possible, human scribes are assigned as requested.

Procedures:

  1. Any student seeking scribe services should meet with the coordinator, Disability Services, who will discuss the nature of the impact of writing and access to course work. With this interview will be included a review of disclosed written documentation verifying the extent of the significance of writing for the student.
  2. Individual course schedules will be reviewed semesterly with the student requesting scribe services, taking into consideration the pedagogy of the course, and working in collaboration with the instructor of note.
  3. Scribe services are available for written essays, brief and blue book; on-line course work involving written modules and chat room interface; fill-in-the-blank exams and quizzes and in corresponding with instructors pertinent to course follow-through.
  4. Students requesting human scribes must note that there are strict measures of testing security in check at all times. The scribe only serves to take down the information being relayed by the student and in no way provides corrections, editorial commentary or changes of grammar, spelling, or content for the student. {A training manual is provided to all who serve as readers and scribes for students.}
  5. During exam administration, if a student is using a computer for scribe services, if requested by the instructor, all internet access will be cut from the computer in use.
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