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Service Hour Designation

Lindenwood University embraces community service as an extension of service-learning and believes this service is a philosophy of experiential learning in which students participate not only to meet the needs of the community, but also to develop critical thinking skills, commitment to values, and skills for effective citizenship.

Students who acquire 500 hours of qualified community service will receive a designation on their permanent academic transcript to recognize their achievement. In addition, they will receive special recognition in commencement publications and receive a service cord that they can wear at graduation.

To satisfy this requirement, community service projects must meet the following criteria:

  1. No pay or other compensation may be received for service.
  2. No family members may be the recipients or supervision of service.
  3. No designation will be given for work with a profit-making organization.
  4. No credit will be given for co-curricular activities (i.e., grading papers, participating in school performance activities that are related to or required by another class, managing sports teams, etc.). In other words, a public service organization must be the primary beneficiary of community service projects/time.
  5. No credit given for hours required to satisfy Work and Learn requirements (including Learn and Serve).
  6. No credit for service will be given for court-required or other punitive service.
  7. Service must take place during the time that the student was enrolled at Lindenwood University.

Directions: Students must access LU Connect through their student portal and request to join the organization "Community Service Transcript Designation." To do so, click on "Home" then "Join Organization" at the top of the page. Once you are accepted, you will submit hours by simply clicking on "Service Hours." It is critical that in the Description field, you include the name of the agency and a contact person so that the hours can be verified. Make certain you include their email address or telephone number. Hours can be uploaded on a regular basis. Graduating seniors must have achieved 500 documented, approved hours by March 1 of each year in order to allow time for verification and inclusion in commencement publications (July 1 for August graduation; November 1 for December graduation). All placements will be reviewed for verification. Students will be contacted for any clarification or other notification.

Questions can be directed to Dr. Julie Turner, Department Chair, Nonprofit Administration, jturner@lindenwood.edu or 636-949-4652.




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