Service-Learning FAQs for Students

What is the difference between Service-Learning and Community Service?

Service-learning is curriculum-based and structured as a class requirement in which students enroll and serve the community.  It includes both a classroom and an off-campus experience with a reflective component and meets the objectives and goals set forth by the instructor/course. In community service, the emphasis is on the people being helped and the service being offered.  These are services, which are identified by an institution of higher education, through formal or informal consultation with local nonprofit, governmental, and community-based organizations. Community service is designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, to solve particular problems related to their needs, including such fields as health care, child care, literacy training, education welfare, social services, transportation, housing and neighborhood improvement, public safety, disaster relief, crime prevention and control, recreation, rural development, and community improvement; among others.

Can a service-learning site be a for-profit or nonprofit site?

Yes, service learning hours can by acquired at a for-profit or non-profit site upon prior approval of the site. 

Where can I find a list of approved sites?

For a list of currently approved agencies, scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on the Fall 2015 Agency Partner List.




What are the steps to get a new site approved?

For sites not listed on our approved agency list, stop by The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning located in Suite 110, Jacob L. Reddix Hall, or download a copy of the Site Agreement Packet.  These forms must be completed by the Community Partner and approved by our office before the service experience begins.  The site/agency supervisor must provide our office with the following information:

  • Completed JSU Site Agreement Form
  • Completed JSU Request for Services Form
  • Copy of 947 Form (IRS Award Letter); if agency is a non-profit
  • Letter of Need' on official agency letterhead, which includes a brief description of your agency and the expected duties of the students; use only if agency is a for-profit entity, school/department, etc.

Once our office has received the returned forms, a staff member from The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service & Community Engaged Learning will notify the community agency and the student to let each of you know if the site is approved or not approved. If the site is approved, then The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service & Community Engaged Learning for Service will add the community partner to the following semesters approved Agency List.

**A completed Site Agreement Packet will include three documents: (1) Site Agreement Form (2) Request for Services Form (3) 947 IRS Form or 'Letter of Need’.  Please note that all forms must be mailed to our office or hand delivered, as we need original signatures.  The site approval process normally takes between 3-5 business days. NO INCOMPLETE PACKETS WILL BE ACCEPTED!

What is the student requirement for Service-Learning?

All students are required to attend a service-learning orientation prior to starting his/her service experience. Service-Learning Orientations (for students) are schedule for September 8th and 9th, 2015 in the Jacob L. Reddix Hall 2nd floor in the General Purpose Room (see times below). All students are required to complete a Service-Learning Registration Packet, which includes the Service-Learning Registration Form, Forgery Statement, Student Liability Release Form/Agreement, and a Professional Guideline Form, (for each semester a packet must be completed before enrolling in a Service-Learning course).  The Service-Learning Registration Packet must be submitted to your professor, prior to the service experience and by the September 18, 2015 deadline.

Service-learning Orientations

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Times: 9:00 a.m.; 11;30 a.m.; 1:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Times:  9:00 a.m.; 11:00 a.m.; 1:00 p.m.; 3:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. 

What should I do if I miss the orientation?

If you miss the orientation you should contact the Faculty Liaison, Regina Clay at 601-979-6939 or however, the Service-Learning Registration Packet must still be submitted by the September 18, 2015 deadline.  If the Service-Learning Registration Packet is not submitted in a timely fashion, hours completed will not be recorded on the student transcript.

Do I have to complete service-learning if I have already met the Graduation Service requirement?

Yes, even if you have completed the Graduation Service Requirement, if your professor requires Service-Learning hours for his/her course, you must complete the additional hours.

How to submit your service-learning log in form?

All forms should be submitted to your professor prior to the set deadline. Your professor will submit all forms to the Faculty Liaison in The Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service & Community Engaged Learning.

Why were my service-learning hours NOT accepted?

What will NOT be accepted? 

  • Pictures of forms, faxed forms, electronic signatures, and forms not signed by the student.
How do I check my Service-Learning hours?

Step 1: Log into your P.A.W.S. account; Step 2:  "Click" Student Records; Step 3: "Click" Academic Transcript; and Step 4:  "Click" Transcript Levels, scroll down to Community Service, press "Submit"

When are the service-learning deadlines for this semester?

‚ÄčSeptember 18, 2015 – Student Registration Packets are due to the Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning (these forms must be submitted by the professor only/NO EXCEPTIONS). Students must submit the registration packet to the professor, who will submit the registration packet to Ms. Regina Clay by the September 18, 2015 deadline.

November 20, 2015 - All Service-Learning Log-in forms are due to the Alice Varnado Harden Center for Service and Community Engaged Learning (these forms must be submitted by the professor only/NO EXCEPTIONS).  Students must submit the Service-Learning Log-in form to the professor, who will submit the Service-Learning Log-in form to Ms. Regina Clay by the November 20, 2015 deadline.


Fall 2015 Agency Partner List

Click Here to Submit an Online Site Agreement Packet