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The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System™ (STARS) is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure their sustainability performance.

Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.19
Liaison Justin Mog
Submission Date Feb. 13, 2016
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STARS v2.0

University of Louisville
EN-12: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 4.95 / 5.00 Daniel Hall
Vice President for Community Engagement
Office of Community Engagement
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Number of students engaged in community service:
17,051

Total number of students :
17,317

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)?:
Yes

Total number of student community service hours contributed during a one-year period:
447,817

Does the institution include community service achievements on student transcripts?:
Yes

A brief description of the practice of including community service on transcripts, if applicable:

The University of Louisville recognizes that learning occurs both inside and outside the classroom. Students have the opportunity to record the kinds of engaged activities that take place outside the classroom on a report called Student Engagement Record. While the academic transcript records student learning inside the classroom, the student engagement record documents activities outside of the classroom. It allows students to highlight involvement in student organizations, leadership positions held, service both on-campus and in the community as well as employment information. The Student Engagement Record provides six categories to record what you are doing outside of class. The categories are:
Campus Involvement
Community Service
Employment
Leadership
Academic Honors and Student Awards
Service Learning
http://louisville.edu/engage


Does the institution provide incentives for employees to participate in community service (on- or off-campus)?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s employee community service initiatives:

In 2013, UofL instituted the following Community Service Leave Policy:

Purpose: The University of Louisville recognizes the importance of community involvement and encourages employees to participate in volunteer activities by providing flexibility in work schedules and paid leave opportunities.

Benefits:
- To promote community engagement through public service and our Signature Partnership.
- To promote involvement in community schools, supporting learning and student success.

Eligibility: Community Service Leave of one day during a calendar year (pro-rated for part-time employees) may be approved for regular (classified, professional and administrative) staff members, subject to the following guidelines:
- Employees, whose performance is deemed satisfactory, are eligible to request Community Service Leave.
- Employees must receive prior approval from their supervisor. The supervisor may require leave be taken at an alternative time, based on operational needs of department. Employee may be required to provide documented proof of volunteer service hours from service organization.
- Community Service Leave does not contribute to time worked in determining overtime and will be offset by any additional time worked during a work week.
- Unused Volunteer Leave may not be carried over to the following calendar year; whenever an employee moves from one unit to another without a break in regular continuous service, unused Community Service Leave shall be transferred to the new unit for future use during the remainder of the calendar year; and will not be paid at termination.

Usage: Community Service Leave may be used for the following initiatives:
- Involvement in schools (daycare, K-12; public or private).
- Volunteering in a community service organization.
- Disaster relief and emergency volunteer activities.
Exclusions are as following:
- Partisan political activities.
- Religious activities or services which support or promote religious beliefs.

Questions can be directed to Human Resources at 502.852.6258 or by email at [email protected].


The website URL where information about the institution’s community service initiatives is available:

In the 2014-2015 academic year, UofL's Office of Community Engagement documented that 17,051 UofL students logged 447,817 hours of service through 1,214 community partnerships. According to Independent Sector.org, the value of that UofL volunteer time totaled an estimated $9,086,206. Undocumented service activities would bring the total even higher. The number of full-time students enrolled at UofL during the 2014-15 academic year was 17,317. More Details: http://louisville.edu/communityengagement/community-engagement-partnership-1/201415PartnershipReport7215.pdf

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.