Community Service

Community Service Requirements for Gallaudet University Student Organizations


Definition of Community Service: "Service" means performing an action, without compensation, that benefits the needs of a community or helps address a societal problem.  Examples include:  clearing invasive plants from streams or parks, delivering groceries to elderly individuals with limited mobility, updating a public school's computer software, or assisting a recreational center with it's after-school programs.


Student organizations are required to complete at least four (4) community service projects off campus per academic year. Doing this will ensure their recognition as an organization for the following academic year. The project must be 3 or more hours of participation to qualify as one event. At least fifty percent (50%) of the organization's active members must be present to have the event recognized as the organization's community service hours for their student organization registration. Events must be done off campus.


Each student organization is required to appoint one or two members to serve as their community service liaison between their organization and Community Service Program (CSP). The liaison and CSP will work together to locate and/or set-up projects that match the interest of members of their organization. The organization is responsible for coordinating the event, and recruiting the volunteers.


Pre-Approval Form
For each event, the organization must complete a Community Service Pre-Approval form (including the names, email addresses and ID numbers of the students that have agreed to participate). The form must be turned in to the CSP Office #JSAC 1000 within five (5) business days prior the community service date. You must get approval from Community Service Programs before you proceed with your community service.


Verification of the event
After the event, the liaison must submit the approval form with the verification from the host confirming the attendees and the number of hours performed. Then the liaison must meet with CSP student for debriefing. CSP will send an assessment report to all the participants; verification of hours/service will be confirmed upon the completion of debriefing and assessment report.


Community Service Not Completed
Failure to complete and document the required community service hours may result in a loss of funding from the Student Body Government and/or recognition as an active student organization for the following semester. All organization privileges will be revoked until the requirements are met.


On Campus Service
If a student organization volunteers for an on campus event then it is not considered as part of the required hours.  This is considered a bonus and will count toward the yearly Community Service award.

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