Apply to Be a DSP Notetaker

Thank you for your interest in becoming a DSP Notetaker! The application process is only a few steps. If you have any questions please contact the Support Services Coordinator Kate Lucero at

  1. Complete the Notetaker Application through the DSP Portal. Once approved you are eligible to accept Notetaking jobs.
  2. Attend a mandatory 15 - 20 minute orientation at the DSP office at 2120 Student Resource Building. Please call 805.893.5110 to schedule the orientation.
  3. Prior to orientation, our Payroll Unit will contact you with steps regarding the UC payroll system UC Path. For specific questions regarding this, please contact the Business Officer Elizabeth Ross at
  4. Abide by the Notetaking responsibility and guidelines as stipulated below.


By submitting an application for employment for this position, the applicant authorizes the hiring agency to access their academic record for the purpose of confirming enrollment status and related eligibility for student employment.


Due to all the recent changes with UC Path, the paydate for Fall 2018 is TBD.

*Note: You need to complete all hiring paperwork and check off Complete Assignment in the DSP System in order to be paid.

Notetaking Responsibilities & Guidelines

As a new DSP notetaker, please review the following information carefully to ensure that you are aware of the responsibilities you take on when you agree to volunteer as a note taker for a student with a disability.


Please be aware that all students have the right to confidentiality regarding their disability. When appropriate, inform the professor of your role, but please be discrete. Identify yourself as a DSP notetaker.DO NOT disclose your student’s name to ANYONE who is not connected to DSP!


Establish an open line of communication between you and the student. At the beginning of your assignment, you should notify your student(s) by email that you are their notetaker. Knowing a student’s limitations may be beneficial for notetaking but please do not ask them to disclose their specific disability. If there should be a problem communicating with a student or if you have concerns, please call the DSP office for assistance 805.893.2668.


Be certain all notes are legible, clearly stated, and accurate. If you disagree with the instructor on a point in a lecture, remember to keep any biases out of the notes. Mark salient points of the lecture with stars, underlining or large letters. Please define any and all abbreviations (distribute a key of commonly used abbreviations to your students).

  • Notes must have the date of the lecture specified.
  • Please note any class announcements in your notes. You are not responsible for collecting class handouts for your student. This is their responsibility.
  • You are not required to upload your notes from your discussion section unless we have informed you otherwise.
  • You must upload notes no later than 24 hours after each class excluding weekends and University holidays. Remember DSP hours are 9AM-12PM and 1PM-4PM.

Please make sure to make any changes in the DSP system in a timely manner. You must call Elizabeth Ross 805.893.6088 IMMEDIATELY if you drop a class that you are taking notes for.


All DSP notetakers must attend a notetaker orientation. It is the notetakers responsibility to ensure that all the necessary forms have been signed and completed. You will be required to submit two forms of government issued ID’s (examples: Driver License, Passport, Birth Cert. Social Security Card, etc.)

All notetakers must also “click” (complete assignment) for each class you take notes for. This is done on-line. You will receive a nominal cash payment of $25 per unit. This amount may be prorated based on the actual number of weeks that you provide notes.


In cases of illness or emergencies, please contact the DSP Office immediately. It is your responsibility to get the notes from the day you missed. Please inform the student(s) of your absence. You must get the notes from someone else to give to your students.

We encourage you to ask questions whenever you need an answer and/or a solution to a problem. Please call us or stop by, no question is insignificant!