Office of Disability Services
Services for Students
Students using Notetaker Services
Notetakers assist students who have disabilities that prevent them from taking effective lecture notes. The need for a notetaker must be appropriately documented. Winthrop provides notetaker services to students with appropriate documentation.
- Attend class as scheduled. Notes received from notetakers are intended to supplement or "fill in the blanks" in your own notes. Regular class attendance is required in order to receive this service.
- Give direct feedback. If there are concerns about the quality of notes, or if you are not receiving your notes in a timely manner, notify ODS as soon as possible so that the problem can be corrected or a new notetaker can be found.
- Pick up notes regularly. Stop by ODS at least 2-3 times per week to pick up your notes. Notetakers are instructed to drop off or e-mail notes within 24 hours of the class period, so notes will usually be available to receiving students on a daily basis.
Note: While ODS provides notetaking services gladly, they are given with the expectation that students receiving the notes will use this accommodation responsibly. If students who receive the assistance of a notetaker regularly skip class, fail to pick up their notes on a regular basis, or otherwise misuse the services, they may risk losing this accommodation for the remainder of the semester.
Students using Interpreter Services
The University provides ASL (American Sign Language) interpreters for courses and other academic-related activities (e.g., cultural events) for students who are deaf and hard-of-hearing. Winthrop contracts with and provides qualified interpreters through area agencies or with independent interpreters from the Rock Hill or Charlotte area.
- Notify ODS as soon as possible if you will not be attending class (due to illness or other reason) or if your class has been cancelled.
- Notify ODS staff of any actual or anticipated scheduling changes as soon as possible. If you add, drop, or change the meeting time of a class this will impact the scheduling of interpreter services. Interpreters may not be available if schedule changes are made too close to the beginning of the semester.
- Plan ahead. Meet with ODS professional staff as soon as you know that you will be attending Winthrop so that appropriate planning can take place. Early notification is crucial to allow ODS staff time to coordinate this service.
- Provide a copy of your course schedule to ODS professional staff. Interpreters for your classes are arranged prior to the start of the semester.
- Submit requests for interpreters for campus events, professor meeting, etc. using the "Request for Interpreter Form". Requests made with sufficient advance notice will allow enough time to locate an available interpreter.
Students using Scribe Services
Scribes assist students when their disabilities prevent them from writing responses on tests. Winthrop University provides scribe services only to students with appropriate documentation. For examinations, the student will test in the Test Center center the scribe will be a Test Center or ODS staff member.
- Inform the Test Center staff in advance if a scribe is needed for a test. Give as much notice as possible. You must give at least three (3) days notice when requesting scribe services for a test.
- Plan for a scribed test to take longer than the allotted class time.
- Understand that a scribe's responsibility is to transcribe your responses verbatim, not to give opinions or to act as an editor.