Unsure if Your Hours Should Count?
If you have hours that you think should be recorded and are questionable according to your understanding of the requirements to the left please schedule a meeting with a member of the Department of Community Service staff to review prior to inputting them into the tracking hours system.
Definition of Approved Service for Hour Tracking
Students may record
- Direct community service activities (i.e. tutoring, building homes, visiting elderly)
- Indirect service activities (i.e. fundraisers, community organizing, Relay for Life)
- Community Organizing (i.e. voter registration drives, community gardens)
- Community-Engaged Learning Course (direct service and reflection hours only)
- Religious education (i.e. teaching Sunday School or Hebrew School) or volunteering at your place of worship. Activities must fall within the domain of the Brandeis University Mission and Diversity Statements. In particular any religious related activity must align with the values of inclusivity, civility, diversity, respect, and safety.
- Advocacy-related activities that fall within the purview of the Brandeis University Mission and Diversity Statements. In particular any advocacy related activity must align with the values of inclusivity, civility, diversity, respect, and safety.
- Projects sponsored by student clubs/organizations that provide a service to the local community
- Service-related spring break trips
- Self-initiated volunteer work independent of Brandeis (Community Service Fair opportunities) but conducted while a current student
- Meeting hours (only if the meeting was spent planning a community service activity)
- Participation and hours from some, but not all, service scholarship programs (i.e. AmeriCorps Student Leaders in Service) may be transferable
- International Brandeis-related community service initiatives, including those while participating in a University approved study abroad program
- Mandated community service hours
- Transportation and Reflection (up to 15 hours per semester)
Students may not record
- Non-Profit Internship hours (please see FAQ for exceptions)
- Activities for which a student is paid wages or a stipend
- Observation or practicum hours that are part of a degree requirements and do not include direct community service
- Meeting or class hours, unless the time was spent planning or completing a community service activity
- Service completed during a semester in which the student was not enrolled at the University or in a University-sponsored program. (i.e. high school activities, etc.). (please see FAQ for exceptions)
- Student club/organization activities, unless the activities provide a direct service to the local community.
- Political campaigning in support of a particular candidate or political party.
- Advocacy, religious, and political activities that do not fall under the scope of the Brandeis Mission and Diversity Statements. Any activities that are hateful, overtly disrespectful, or discriminatory in nature will not count towards this program. Examples include but are not limited to door-to-door proselytizing and protesting outside of a group of underrepresented individuals convening.
- Service that directly impacts the University (i.e. Orientation Leader, Senior Week or Fall Fest Volunteer, etc.)
- Hours spent working on a research project under all academic disciplines (biology, psychology, history, etc.). If students feel that they have an exception, they may email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download a PDF of our Definitions of Approved Service for easy reference!