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Frequently Asked Questions: Learning Plan

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Service-Learning Agreement
* Student Orientation * Learning Plan * Service Logs * Background Checks


Q: Can we require a student to sign the CSU Approved Waiver/Informed Consent in lieu of the Learning Plan?

A: The Learning Plan must be signed by the student. If a campus wishes to supplement the LP with a requirement for the waiver to also be executed, the campus has the discretion to do so.

Q: What if a student refuses to sign the Learning Plan (Participation Guidelines)and/or Waiver?

A:In the case of a student refusing to sign one or both of the aforementioned documents, then an alternative should be developed allowing the student to continue their course work without having to participate in a service-learning placement. Talk with your risk manager, service-learning staff, and contracts and/ or procurement officer to determine the best course of action.

Q: Why does a student have to initial page 1 and then sign page 2 of the Learning Plan?

A:Students are asked to initial page 1 of the Learning Plan and sign the Participation Guidelines on page 2 to illustrate that they have read and understand the information it contains. This shows that the student understands what he or she is responsible for and also understands the information contained in the entire document.

Q: Can students volunteer for extra service hours outside their course requirement?

A: Students should not volunteer extra service hours outside their course requirement until after the "last date of service" has expired on their placement.

Q:  Can faculty allow a student to randomly select their own site or allow students to complete their service in one or two sessions for service-learning placements?

A:  No, the service-learning process should be laid out so that appropriate sites and schedules are selected that support the goals of the learning plan.

Q: Why does the faculty member have to sign page 1 of the Learning Plan?

A: This ensures that the appropriate University parties directly involved in this placement are aware of what students have been asked to think about, what they are specifically interested in and when they will be performing their service-learning requirement. The Learning Plan is considered a service-learning teaching tool and is most effective when used as a part of the course materials, and integrated into the discussions about the service-learning placement(s), before, during and after the service.

Q: How long does a faculty member need to retain a copy of the Learning Plan?

A:  Consistent with campus student record retention policies, at a minimum three (3) years.

Q:  Can alternative placements or opportunities be offered to a student when a placement doesn't work out at a particular location?

A:  Yes, faculty should be prepared to offer other placement options, especially for those students with special needs or who do not feel safe in a particular environment.

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Last Updated: August 17, 2011