Service Learning FAQ

WHAT KINDS OF SERVICE-LEARNING POSITIONS REQUIRE A BACKGROUND CHECK?

Service-learning positions where the student will be working with youth or vulnerable adults usually require a
background check. In some cases, this background check will be initiated by CCE staff. Some organizations opt
to run their own background check as part of their application process.

IF I AM AN UNDOCUMENTED STUDENT, AM I ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICE-LEARNING?

Yes, undocumented students are eligible to serve in many service-learning positions supported by the Center
for Community Engagement. Undocumented students should take care to review the list of items required to
complete the background check for each service-learning position (ex: full legal name, birth date, social
security number or fingerprinting). Each service-learning course should also be matched with opportunities
that do not require any background check.

IF I HAVE A PAST CONVICTION, AM I ELIGIBLE FOR SERVICE-LEARNING?

Each service-learning position has its own unique background check requirements. If you have any questions
about the background check requirements for a specific service-learning position, or if you have questions
about whether a specific past conviction would disqualify you for a particular service-learning position, you are
encouraged to contact the CCE. We will ask the community partner organization on your behalf and share the
information back with you. Student questions about background checks will be kept confidential by CCE staff.

CONNECTSU SAYS THE OPPORTUNITY IS FULL, BUT THE ORGANIZATION TOLD ME THEY HAVE SPACE FOR ME.

Email nelsonbo@seattleu.edu and state that the organization has given you permission to work with them.
Please include the organization supervisor in the email. CCE staff can then add an additional placement for you
to register.

I ALREADY WORK WITH ANOTHER ORGANIZATION. HOW CAN I GET CREDIT FOR MY SERVICE?

First, check with your professor to make sure that they approve of the organization for your service-learning
placement. Then, forward an email with the professor’s approval to Bonnie at nelsonbo@seattleu.edu with
your organization name and supervisor name. You will receive the Alternate Organization Checklist with the
next steps for confirming your placement.

CAN I USE ONE SITE TO COMPLETE A SERVICE-LEARNING REQUIREMENT FOR TWO COURSES?

Yes. With the approval from both of your instructors, students can complete one service-learning commitment
and have it count toward two service-learning classes. This arrangement will require you to reflect upon your
service-learning experience through multiple lenses similar to having one text assigned to two courses. If you
plan to use one service-learning commitment for two courses, register for one service-learning position. Then
e-mail cce@seattleu.edu letting us know your intentions and that you have your instructors’ approval. We will
administratively register your service-learning site to both courses so that both instructors will be aware of
your placement and receive a final evaluation from your service-learning supervisor at the end of the quarter.

I SIGNED UP ON CONNECTSU; WHY HAVEN’T I HEARD FROM THE ORGANIZATION?

Registering on ConnectSU is to track your service-learning, but it is not the same as actually signing up for your
service. You must contact the organization directly to find out if they have space for you to complete your
service. You are not guaranteed a position until you have received a confirmation from the site supervisor.

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