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Category Description

The goal of this category is to foster active civic engagement on the part of students, because the university views engaging in volunteer community service as essential to developing well rounded citizen-leaders. Volunteer community service includes donating one’s time and talents in partnership with myriad nonprofit organizations whose diverse missions address critical needs. The volunteer service may take place on campus, when appropriate.

Examples and Criteria

Examples of activities that satisfy this category include:
  • Completing a pre-approved Alternative Break trip
  • Completing a minimum of 30 documented hours of volunteer service in partnership with pre-approved nonprofit organizations
  • Completing a minimum of 30 documented hours of pre-approved volunteer service individually or as part of a student or professional student organization
  • Completing an academic course that includes a service-learning component

The 30 hours can be served at more than one pre-approved service site and can be spread out over the four years of undergraduate study. Service sites and Alternative Break opportunities must be pre-approved by the Office of Student Civic Engagement (OSCE). Service activities will not be recorded on the SET until 30 cumulative hours have been completed.

Community service completed as part of a judicial sanction imposed by the University does not qualify.

Please note: Donation of items does not qualify for service hours.

Getting SET Category Approval

Students who participate in service activities that are coordinated by the OSCE will receive automatic approval for their Service category SET activity. Service activities will not be recorded on the SET until 30 cumulative hours have been completed.

To receive SET approval for a Service activity that is not coordinated by the OSCE, students must first request pre-approval by the OSCE. Students must obtain pre-approval from the OSCE prior to the commencement of independent Service category activities. Once the activity has been completed, students must provide documentation to the OSCE indicating the number of service hours that were successfully completed. These activities are not self-reported through the Sentry online submission process. For more information regarding approval and submission of service activities, please contact the OSCE.