Community Service

If you are assigned community service as a sanction from the Student-Wide Judiciary, administrative hearings, Campus Living or local municipal courts, you will likely be referred to Student Conduct and Advocacy to complete your community service.

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8/25/20 Community Service Coordination Temporarily Suspended

Community service coordination for students who are sanctioned through the Student-Wide Judiciary, administrative hearings, Campus Living or local municipal courts is suspended for the fall semester. Students who were assigned community service prior to the fall semester received instructions over the summer. If you have a question about community service that has already been assigned, contact the campus referral source or local court directly.

This information is only for students who are required to perform community service because of conduct or judicial sanctions. If this does not apply to you, please search for volunteer opportunities available through the Student Services Gateway.

About Community Service

Community service is a disciplinary sanction that requires a student to perform unpaid work of benefit to the community, providing an opportunity for students to make a positive contribution. Student Conduct and Advocacy administers community service sanctions assigned to students by various sources.

How to Complete Your Community Service

All students are required to meet with the Community Service Coordinator before beginning their work.

Step 1. Meet with the Community Service Coordinator to be assigned to a work site

Contact Student Conduct and Advocacy to set up a meeting with the Community Service Coordinator. They will provide a list of pre-approved on-campus sites, and will work with you to decide which site is the best fit.

In general, you cannot receive pay, course credit or any other compensation for performing community service. Also, you cannot perform your community service at your place of employment and your supervisor may not be related to you.

Using an Off-Campus Provider

Some circumstances, such as scheduling or transportation, may make it difficult for students to complete their community service sanction with an on-campus provider. Other options can be discussed when you meet with the Community Service Coordinator.

Step 2. Contact your site supervisor

Contact the supervisor at your community service site to arrange your schedule.

Step 3. Fulfill your hours

Your supervisor will give you direction and track your time.

Step 4. Your site supervisor confirms your requirements

Your supervisor will let Student Conduct and Advocacy know whether or not you have completed your hours, and provide any needed documentation.

If You Do Not Complete Your Community Service

When you receive your community service sanction, you will also receive information about the deadline for completing your community service. Your hours must be completed within this timeframe.

Failure to complete your assignment before the appropriate deadlines will likely result in a disciplinary hold. A disciplinary hold prevents you from adding, dropping or resigning from courses. If you receive a disciplinary hold, you must contact the Community Service Coordinator to resolve it.

If Your Community Service Provider Is Not Responding

Please contact Student Conduct and Advocacy as soon as possible if you are unable to contact your site supervisor, or if your supervisor is not responding.  We may be able to help you contact the site supervisor and resolve any issues before your deadline.

Community Service Providers

Become a Pre-Approved Community Service Provider

Student Conduct and Advocacy has a list of pre-approved, on-campus providers. If you would like to become a pre-approved community service site and allow UB students to perform community service at your office or organization, please contact Student Conduct and Advocacy to find out how.

You do not have to be located on campus to host students for community service. Our community service providers include UB units as well as off-campus organizations.

General Community Service Provider Requirements

  • Providers must be easily accessible for the community service students
  • Students cannot be compensated in the form of pay, internships or course credits
  • Students must be directly supervised, and cannot be supervised by other students

Submit Your Request

If you or your organization is interested in becoming a pre-approved community service provider, please contact Student Conduct and Advocacy.

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