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Community organizations interested in partnering with the University for service learning must complete and submit a Request to Initiate Campus-Community Partnership form which serves as an initial repository of information about the potential learning site. Agency's responses will help the office of Community Engagement determine if an organization is an appropriate placement for service learning students, help match courses with the organization, and also provide information regarding when students are needed, student requirements, and liability coverage.
The purpose of the Community Organization Self-Assessment of Learning Site Risks is to identify any inherent risks at the site that might cause student health and/or safety concerns and must be submitted to the office of Community Engagement as part of their Request to Initiate Campus-Community Partnership.
A critical component of developing a service learning project is the completion of a Service Learning Project Planning Checklist. Recognizing that each service learning assignment is uniquely designed to fulfill course-specific learning outcomes; we also acknowledge that the level of risk for these assignments may vary even if the assignments occur at the same community organization. Because of this variance of risk, faculty should have a converstion with the learning site supervisor(s), utilizing the Service Learning Project Planning Checklist as a guide, to determine the potential risk(s) to students involved in the service learning assignment. Once the project planning checklist is completed, faculty should arrange a meeting with the office of Community Engagment to review the plan and discuss potential risks.
This form is to be completed by faculty designing a service learning assignment and must submitted to the office of Community Engagement at least one (1) month prior to the start-date of the semester in which the service learning project will occur.
Learning Site Supervisors must provide students with an orientation to the learning site. The Learning Site Orientation Checklist is a resource tool for the learning site supervisor and should be used with the Service Learning Project Planning Checklist to develop a thorough on-site orientation for service learning students. The learning site orientation should provide students with a clear understanding of the work they will be doing, the risks associated with that work, and how they should conduct themselves when they are working in the community as part of a class assignment. This is the simplest, most efficient way for students to become aware of emergency policies, accident procedures, and the rules and regulations of the site.