Student Resources

In order to get started on your service learning project, you’ll need to reference our policies, guidelines and applications.

Policies and Guidelines

  • Review our community partners. Choose a site that meets the parameters established by your guiding faculty supervisor.
  • Note and follow deadlines for contacting partners. Some partners require that you contact the Service Learning Program to arrange service, others you contact directly yourself. In either case, the sooner you begin to arrange your service, the more likely your 1st choice for placement will be met. If you are late in signing up for a site, we may not be able to accommodate your choice. 
  • If you decide to participate in a service learning experience that is not listed on the webpage, discuss the activity with your instructor and then contact Dr. Walsh to discuss the project.
  • If you choose a location or organization with which you are unfamiliar, consider serving with a partner. But, remember, while serving, you should engage with the people running and/or served by the organization, not your colleague partner.
  • If a criminal background check is required, email service.learning@elmhurst.edu to work out the details.
  • Be sure to write down your service dates, location, time of your commitment, and other relevant information. It is your professional responsibility to meet your commitments.
  • Dress appropriately for the activities in which you will be engaging at your site. If you are unsure about what is appropriate, contact the site.
  • Turn off your cell phone while serving.
  • Check with the staff at the site before taking any pictures. We strongly recommend that you do not take pictures of minors under any circumstance.
  • If an emergency arises and you must miss a date, or will be late in arriving, it is your responsibility to notify the agency and reschedule the time.
  • If you drop or withdraw from a site, email the SL staff at service.learning@elmhurst.edu. They will notify the site that you will not be attending.
  • As you near the completion of your service, please thank anyone at the site who has helped you. A verbal thank you is great, a written thank you even better. The staff at non‐profits often do not hear enough positive affirmation for the hard work and long hours they put into their work.
  • Consider sending us feedback about your experience. The Service Learning staff is always ready to hear about your experiences. Contact us so we can learn from you and develop this program.
  • Concerns? Call Dr. Walsh at (630) 617‐3085 or email walshm@elmhurst.edu or Anita Gajula at service.learning@elmhurst.edu.

*Note: You must complete the waiver for participation prior to beginning your service learning project. Please submit this waiver to your guiding faculty supervisor before beginning service.

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