Scribes serve as writers for students whose disabilities interfere with their ability to write or use standard or adaptive computer technology. They provide assistance with the physical aspects of written expression and do not function as tutors or editors. Typical responsibilities involve assistance to students in writing exam responses. It is our expectation that with the current advancements in adaptive technology, very few students will require human-provided scribing assistance.
Students with disabilities who need such support during their transition to the use of adaptive computer technology should discuss their situation with the Director or Learning Disabilities Specialist in the Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office prior to the start of the semester.
Please note that the scribing or typing of homework or papers is considered to be an activity of personal study and is not a university responsibility. While SSD may be able to assist students with disabilities in recruiting homework scribes, the student consumer is responsible for paying a homework scribe for his or her service. In the interest of academic integrity, student-hired homework scribes are expected to resist any temptation to make suggestions or corrections in dictated grammar or content.
Last Updated: 8/4/10