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July 28, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

FAQs



Where is the Laurier Centre for Community Service-Learning?

The LCCSL is located in the Office of Teaching Support Services, 2nd Floor, 202 Regina St. in Waterloo and on 38 Market Street, 2nd floor in SC Johnson Building in Brantford. Please see our maps page for more details.

 
Who do I contact if I am interested in having students?

The CSL coordinators are your primary contact. If you are already working with Laurier students, but would like to change the number of students you receive, or the description of what they will be helping with, then either call the coordinators or the TA facilitator who is partnered with your organization.

 
Will students have completed Police Record Checks?

All students are asked to apply for a PRC. Sometimes there is a backlog and it takes a few weeks for the students to receive them. If you require a PRC before a student can begin their placement, please one of the Coordinators know. We will ensure that information is posted on the website.

 
Will students have completed a TB test?

Laurier will offer a TB skin test clinic for all students at the beginning of the semester. If your organization requires a TB test, that will be clearly indicated on the website when students sign up for your organization. They will be responsible for ensuring that it is complete.

 
How much time will students commit to my organization?

We ask that the students make a minimum commitment of 2 hours a week for 10 weeks. If you require more or less time or prefer a project-based approach, we will indicate the requested commitment in the description of the placement on-line.

 
Are there any other options besides the placement-based model?

We are expanding our project-based CSL database. Please contact one of the CSL coordinators if you have a project in mind. A group of students could take on a project with a specific outcome if it matches the learning requirements for their course.

 
What are my responsibilities to the student?

A primary responsibility is to orient the student to your organization - its structure, goals, and mandate. Secondly, a tour that involves an introduction to the people they will be working with, as well as the staff and people involved with your organization will help connect that student to the bigger-picture of what you are working towards. Setting up clearly defined roles for the student at the initial meeting will ensure that both parties are satisfied with the experience. Depending on the nature of the work, a supervisor may be required, or letting the student know who they can approach with questions, comments, and concerns may suffice.

 
Are there any forms I have to fill out?

Yes, there are three forms.  First, there is an agreement form to sign when the student first arrives for their placement. Second, the university will provide WSIB coverage, but a form provided by the student will need to be filled out and signed before that coverage is complete. Third, we ask that you initial an attendance sheet so that we have a record of the student fulfilling their commitment to your organization. Periodically we will conduct CSL evaluations. These surveys will be optional for you to fill out. CSL coordinators will be in touch with you regarding the forms.

 
Can I change our placement descriptions on the CSL website?

We encourage you to write and post your own descriptions on the CSL website. You are free to add new postings, drop old postings, change the number of students needed, and update your organizational information. To access your site you will need your username and password. Please contact one of the CSL coordinators if you need a username and password.

 
Do I have to make the changes to the website myself?

No, if you are more comfortable with one of the coordinators making the changes we are more then willing to do that for you. Your coordinator will contact you at the end of the semester to see if there are any changes or updates you would like to make to your descriptions. We can make the changes on-line at that time, or pass along your username and password if you wish to do it yourself.

 
How can I get more students to sign up?

Please work with your CSL Coordinator to write up placement descriptions that might appeal to students. Often students will go to the organizations nearest to the university first, and then seek out the most interesting placements after that.

 
What do I do if students donít contact me or donít show up?

The students know it is their responsibility to contact community partners directly. If you have received a message that a certain student has signed up and has either not called, or not showed up, please contact one of the CSL Coordinators with this concern. It will be handled immediately.