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Policies and Guidelines

How does WVU define service?

These guidelines provided by the Center for Service and Learning at West Virginia University, are intended to design and explain what constitutes service both on and off campus. This is not a policy and these guidelines may be updated or changed. Furthermore, some service opportunities may need to be explored more carefully to determine if the service is meeting the goals intended for a particular requirement.

All volunteers are responsible for reviewing the guidelines written here, and should email the Center for Service and Learning at with any questions or concerns.

Volunteer: Any student, faculty or staff member from any WVU campus, engaged in any type of service defined below.

Community Service: The practice of volunteering one’s time and talents to promote the common good and personal growth, while meeting actual community needs.

Service-Learning: A teaching and learning strategy by which students learn through intentional and structured community service tied to specific learning outcomes and integrated through reflection.

Outreach: Improving outcomes for individuals and families in West Virginia and the surrounding region through sustainable, active collaborations, building on resources, skills, expertise, and research-based, knowledge in a manner that is consistent with the land grant mission.

Civic Responsibility and Advocacy:

Approved service opportunities meet the following criteria:

Approval of service opportunities is at the discretion of the Center for Service and Learning at all times and is evaluated on an ongoing basis.

If you have questions about whether a particular service opportunity you intend to complete meets the above guidelines, contact the CS&L staff at: iserve@mail.wvu.eduor call us at 304-293-8761 prior to beginning service.

Non-Partner Volunteer Opportunities

Although most charitable, non-profit, faith-based, public or governmental organizations are eligible to post their volunteer needs in the iServe system, only official partners of the CS&L may host students from service-learning courses or supervise student placements that require academic supervision. Official Partners also enjoy a variety of other benefits and services. Inquiries are referred to on the How to Become a Partner page on our website.

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