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Student Engagement - Community Engagement

Special Interest:
Preparing for Service at NCCU
Volunteer Forms
Transportation
Service Options for Students at NCCU
Military service options for students
Senior Graduation Clearance
Student Service Impact Award

NCCU students are our leading engagement ambassadors. Each full-time undergraduate student at NCCU should serve 15 hours per semester in the Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill communities, but many give so much more. Students volunteer in partner placements, unpaid internships, practicums, and one-time events provided through the Academic Community Service Learning Program. In the 2015-16 academic year, students completed volunteer hours with an economic impact in the Durham area of nearly $5.1 million. 

Progression of Service Options for Students

 Students begin their education as freshmen and sophomores in the University College.

University College

  • Exploration of service; introduction to service as a life-long value
  • Emphasis on one-time service events and community service (meetings planned to more closely connect one-time events and Dimensions of Learning courses)

Upper Division Students

  • Departmental service learning courses; the goal is to ensure that students are beginning to focus on service related to their chosen majors
  • Internships and practicum experiences; focused service experiences related to student’s professional aspirations

Preparing for Service at NCCU

All students must register with the ACSLP Office to begin their first service engagement. When volunteering, you must check the Partner Agency List to make sure that the agency is listed as an approved agency with NCCU. Working with an agency who has not subscribed through the office, could result in your earned service hours not being accepted by the university.

While earning your service hours, ACSLP and the university reserve the right to come to the service location to photograph and document the service “in action”. Your timesheet serves as the photography release. If you do not wish to be photographed, then please request a Photography Exemption Form from the ACSLP Office.

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Volunteer Forms

All students must register with the ACSLP Office to begin their first service engagement. To register, you need to setup your profile in the Get Connected application and view the Orientation video. Your Id and password are the same as MyEOL. It’s that simple.

Take the time to setup your profile, so that you will only see opportunities that match your interests or causes. The service hours are recorded in Get Connected. The volunteer coordinator with the service opportunity will approve your service hours. Service information submitted to the ACSLP office from the service opportunity is subject to the policies and procedures governed by the Student Code of Conduct for North Carolina Central University. In accordance with the Student Code of Conduct, violating the code may result in disciplinary action.

If there is any discrepancy with the recorded hours, please contact the ACSLP Office immediately at 919-530-7079.

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Transportation

Student service options don’t have to be limited to locations they can walk to or require the student to own a vehicle. There are a few transportation options that students can take advantage of.

DATA NCCU Connection/Bull City Connector - Durham Area Transit Authority (DATA) provides FREE transportation from points along Fayetteville Street on the university campus to locations with Durham downtown and beyond.

ACSLP Shuttle - Provides limited FREE transportation every hour on the hour Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. within a three mile radius of the campus.

DATA City Bus - Provides paid transportation to numerous locations citywide and also with connections to destinations in the Triangle Region including Raleigh, NC, Cary, NC and Chapel Hill, NC.  See the DATA Go Triangle website for more details at Go Triangle.

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Service Options for Students at NCCU

Several methods are available to students to meet this requirement:

Community Service - Students are placed in the community through the ACSLP office, serving primarily with an approved public or private non-profit partner agency. All partner agencies must be approved by the ACSLP office. Students provide volunteer support at a partner location on an hour per hour basis. Service activities are dedicated to a specific community/campus partner within the Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill areas.

Military Service - Students who are veterans, current members of the Reserve or National Guard or who are called to active duty, can earn 60 hours of community service credit towards the service requirement.

One-Time Events - Students can participate in approved One-Time Events which can vary from hour per hour or a maximum of 15 hours which include a reflection. ACSLP’s overall goal is to bring people and programs together to raise the quality of life in the community.  Major campus, student organization and/or departmental service events, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, Blood Drive, and Book Bag Drive.

Service-Learning Courses - Students are assigned by faculty to perform certain functions, which provide service to the community, while simultaneously enabling students to meet selected course requirements or practice certain skills learned from their course assignments. This includes unpaid internships and practicums or faculty approved service activities. Some examples are the Durham County Health Department, Durham Public Library; or University grants, contracts and other selected University programs including Athletics, the University Band or Choir.

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Military Service Options for Students

Student Veterans

Enrolled NCCU students who are veterans and have completed military active duty with an honorable discharge will earn 60 hours of service credit towards the community service requirement.  To qualify for this credit, the student must present their military form DD-214 showing the discharge status to the office of Academic Community Service Learning Program (ACSLP).

National Guard and Military Reserve

Enrolled NCCU students who are current members of the Military Reserve or National Guard will earn 60 hours of service credit.  The qualification for this credit is based upon completion of basic training, job training, and a minimum of one year cycle (one weekend per month and two-weeks per year assignments), and the student must present their enlistment contract and military form DD-214 to the office of Academic Community Service Learning Program (ACSLP).

Active Duty

Enrolled NCCU students who are called to active duty must present a copy of their military orders to the office of ACSLP and the University Registrar.  These students will also earn 60 hours of service credit.

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Senior Graduation Clearance

Guidelines

Each senior who is a candidate for graduation should have completed a minimum of 15 hours of service to the community for each semester in attendance full-time at North Carolina Central University. These hours are completed through community service, service-learning courses, military service and one-time events. Each semester the University Registrar provides a Graduation Readiness Checklist that provides students with the deadlines for submission of all requirements for graduation including service. Please adhere to the dates given to you in the Graduation Readiness Checklist. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the service requirement, please feel free to contact the ACSLP office at 919-530-7079 for assistance.

Service Clearance

Each candidate for graduation must contact the Academic Community Service Learning Program office at the beginning of their senior year to verify the status of service hours. If the student needs to, an appointment can be made to review service hours during regular office hours. Once you have completed the required hours, contact the ACSLP office to get an official clearance with the total hours recorded in Banner.

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Student Service Impact Award

Each NCCU student who is a graduating senior can qualify for the Service Impact Award. The university wants to recognize all graduating seniors with a minimum of 250 service hours who have made an impact in the community and can document the impact of their service. The application typically requires, but is not limited to the submission of a digital service portfolio. Please contact the Academic Community Service Learning Program Office for the specific guidelines and procedures for the award during your academic year for graduation.  The students selected will have recognition in the graduation program and receive a service honor cord to wear on their graduation robes.

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