Campus Partner Program
The Center for Service and Learning at West Virginia University is committed to connecting our campus and community through meaningful service and academic study. View a list of our current campus partners.
Official campus partnership with the CSL offers many benefits including:
- Personalized consultation for your division or campus unit about how civic engagement opportunities can enhance and support your mission and programs.
- The opportunity to post volunteer needs in iServe, the web based platform use by the CSL to recruit, place, and verify hours for student volunteers.
- Connection to the greater community that can share and support your events and initiatives, and provide opportunities for networking and research collaboration for your campus center or division.
- The CSL helps place volunteers where they are needed in our community. Official Community and Campus Partners with the CSL can also benefit from service learning placements; large group volunteer projects and inclusion in designated Days of Service.
- Listing and link to your center or division from the CSL website.
- Easy access to partner benefits found on our Partners Resource Page
Expectations of official campus partners with the CSL:
- A commitment to play an active role as a co-educator of WVU students.
- Interested campus partners will be asked to meet or talk with the Partner Program Coordinator about your division or center's goals as well as complete a Memorandum of Understanding before entering into official partnership with the CSL.
- Attend a new CSL Partner training session to learn how to use iServe
effectively, access partner benefits, engage service-learning students
from academic courses, and make the most of your partnership. Alternate arrangements will be made for those campus partners unable to attend a formal session.
- In the spirit of a reciprocal partnership, we ask that you support our Center by participating in occasional networking events, trainings, days of service, or special events.
- Ensure safe and supervised volunteer placements that contribute to student learning, development, and civic engagement.
- Provide orientation to your purpose and community impact so volunteers understand the value of their service.
- Convey important policies and behavior expectations before service begins.
- Express appreciation to volunteers
- Model professionalism and hold student volutunteers accountable for quality work and dependability.
- Maintain current communication with the CSL regarding contact
changes, or any concerns that arise related to a service experience.
- Use the iServe volunteer management platform to publicize your volunteer needs. Encourage all WVU community members to log hours on the system as this data is extremely valuable to our institution and your department.
- Approval or denial of service hours submitted by students is generally expected to be completed within 5 business days. The CSL strongly recommends that WVU volunteers sign-in and out at your site to help provide accurate records of their service, or that you use the iServe check-in feature.
- Partners who opt to work with service-learning class groups may be asked to participate in student grading for some courses. We take our partners' role seriously and want you to know that your evaluation of student performance, attitude, and attendance can potentially play an integral part in the student’s semester grade. You are considered the co-educator while students are serving out of the classroom!
- Participation in service-learning courses requires submission of evaluation and contracts by particular due dates as the academic calendar at WVU dictates much of the student project and participation schedules. Please adhere to due dates.
- Volunteer placements must adhere to WVU Board of Governors Policy 44: West Virginia University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture by promoting diversity, inclusion, equality, and intercultural and intercommunity outreach. Accordingly, the University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, marital or family status, pregnancy, veteran status, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression in the administration of any of its educational programs, activities, or with respect to admission or employment.
Partner Program MOU May 2018 Update
- Service-Learning Project Descriptions
- Sample Service Learning Projects
- Student Volunteer Sign-In Sheet
- Partner Best Practices
Interested in learning more? Please contact our Partner Program Coordinator, Catherine Whitworth by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 304-293-8347. She is happy to visit you at your office or facility to help you learn more about the benefits of partnership with West Virginia University’s Center for Service and Learning.