Students enrolled in service learning courses are provided with many opportunities to work in various capacities within communities outside of the campus. Along with these opportunities come the serious responsibilities of the student to community partners and the University. Each student must comply with the following expectations:
FINAL NOTE: We must all work to ensure prompt and consistent action against violations of this Code. However, in some situations, it is difficult to know right from wrong. Since we cannot anticipate every situation that will arise, it is important that we have a way to approach a new question or problem.
First, make sure you have all of the relevant facts – making good moral decisions requires that we be as fully informed as possible.
Second, ask yourself questions like: “What am I being asked to do?” “Does it violate my own sense of morality?” “Are there alternative approaches?” This will help you focus on the specific issue at hand, see the alternatives, and act out of your own sense of moral conviction.
Third, discuss the situation with your community partner supervisor, other students, and/or raise the issue in class. The supervisor is often quite knowledgeable about the clients their organization serves and the issues in the community; he/she can be a strong resource.
Finally, you can always directly contact the Executive Director of the Center for Community Engagement, Dr. Joe Blosser (firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-841-9337), if you do not feel comfortable talking with others. The University is committed to offering you a safe and valuable service experience.
If you encounter problems, it is your responsibility to reach out so we can ensure you receive the best experience and education possible.
(This code is adapted from the Code of Ethics for North Carolina Educators approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education in March 2002).
Approved by the Service Learning Committee Fall 2011
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