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Community Service

Community Service Project Form 

The University of Charleston encourages students to perform community service hours and complete service projects during each academic year they are in attendance.  Community service opportunities and placements are coordinated by the Office of Student Life.  The Office of Student Life is responsible for tracking and reporting community service hours performed by individuals and organizations.  All University of Charleston students are encouraged to complete their service projects and hours in the Charleston area and other communities.

How do students benefit from community service?  Students will:

  • Obtain skills that are transferable to the classroom, future work experiences, and their work with student organizations.
  • Learn more about the community and each by connecting with a network of people.
  • Experience a feeling of “giving to others” and “community belonging.”
  • Build and enhance their teamwork and leadership skills.

The Office of Student Life assists with community service by:

  • Matching service opportunities with individual student organization interests.
  • Being a contact point for non-profit agencies in need of volunteers.
  • Planning, coordinating, and assisting with the administration of campus-wide co-curricular service learning experiences.

Students and student organizations that are interested in completing service hours may use the Coordinator of Student Programs as a resource to find projects and organizations in which to serve.

What Counts as Community Service?

Many students have questions about what counts as community service.  If any hours are questionable, please contact the Coordinator of Student Programs for clarification.  Please follow these guidelines in regards to community service hours.  The following are examples of what can count as community service:

  • Any project or service that a student completes benefitting the community (i.e. working with children, elderly, picking up trash in the community) is considered service.
  • Service learning hours may count as community service (i.e. working at the Brookside Home on Financial Skills, or students setting up free informational clinics).
  • Donations of food or goods may count as community service.  When documenting the hours, students should focus on the time spent to gather the goods and transporting them to the service site, not on the quantity of goods collected.  If students are asked to bring in goods over a lengthy period of time (i.e. 2 weeks), then the community service hours will be given at 1 hour per 10 items for the students collecting the goods.
  • Community service hours can be completed on campus in addition to a student’s hometown, in Charleston area, or even out of the country.

The following are examples of what is NOT counted as community service:

  • Any event that is used to promote student organizations for the purpose of gaining new members (i.e. EUC Days, Involvement Fair).
  • Projects in which the organization receives monetary compensation for services and keeps the money for the organization.
  • Projects that are or promote ideas against federal, state or local laws.
  • Projects done in a student’s own home (i.e. Babysitting, Cleaning out closets etc.)

Documentation of Service Hours 

All University of Charleston community service hours are to be documented in the Office of Student Life.  Students have the right to obtain service hours or copies of service project forms at any time.  Student organizations completing University of Charleston service hours must abide by the following guidelines:

  • Any service project that is to be open to the entire UC campus MUST be approved in the Office of Student Life.  Students are to fill out the Event Request Form at least two weeks before the project begins.  Any project that does not have an Event Request Form may be canceled.  If a community service project is limited to the organization, an Event Request Form is not needed.
  • All students and student organization members MUST fill out the Community Service Form when projects or hours are completed in order for hours to be counted.
    • No SOFA forms will be signed unless the hours have been documented by the Coordinator of Student Programs.  Students and student organizations may not use undocumented hours when applying for end of the year awards.-
  • Students may claim up to three organizations in their submission in which to apply their community service hours.

Policies for Community Service

Student organizations representing the University of Charleston must abide by the following guidelines:

  • Students must dress appropriately for the project they are completing.  No obscene language, drug, alcohol, pornography or violence should be on the clothing students wear.
  • Students should limit the time spent talking on cell phones or listening to electronic devices unless permitted by the organization in which the student is serving.
  • Students should use appropriate language when serving an organization.  Many of the facilities in which students will be visiting house children and the elderly.
  • Students should be respectful to the supervisor of the organization in which they are serving.
  • Students should not complete any task in which they feel uncomfortable.

Contact Information

Office of Student Leadership & Engagement
GSU 309

Director of Student Involvement
Sarah Campfield

Assistant Dean of Students
Virginia Moore

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