At SDSU, service learning and public benefit activities are supported by the Service Learning and Community Engagement Programs (SLCEP): servicelearning.sdsu.edu. SDSU requires that the following forms be completed in order to ensure general and professional liability for students enrolled in in-service learning courses for which they obtain academic recognition: 1. Community Partner Service-Learning Agreement; and (2) Waiver of Liability and Risk Assumption Form for Students. You must send these forms to your service coordinator or other service manager at the beginning of the semester and before the start of the service learning activities related to the course. An effective service learning course is multidisciplinary from the outset, emphasizes collaborative learning, builds on students` carefully articulated civic skills and learning outcomes, and has a pedagogical assessment methodology to assess learning success (Metcalf, 2010). The coordination of civil society competencies and students` learning outcomes with service learning experiences, as well as the integration of explicit and reciprocal feedback loops for students and community voters, to recognize the contributions students have made, provide essential opportunities for a deeper understanding of the teaching materials (Muwana & Gaffney, 2011). The university offers, where appropriate, general and professional liability insurance for apprenticeships and service placements, provided that there is a written agreement between the university and the host organisation. For more information on insurance coverage under the SAFECLIP and SPLIP programs, please see the University Insurance Programs. Professional liability may also be offered for the international learning experience of the services, subject to verification by the insurer.
The new Service Learning (SL) course proposal is being reviewed by a Service Learning Committee at the university level. The learning plan is an important tool for articulating learning and service objectives, as well as guidelines on student participation, i.e. expected behaviour, risks inherent in the learning environment, and reports of injury. The learning plan should also define the start and end date of the service and include the contact/superior of the place of learning. It is recommended that faculty and students sign the learning plan to document the understanding of service learning expectations and participant leadership. A copy can also be shared with the contact/top of the learning page. In addition to a Waiver, the Learning Plan helps reduce liability for both the university and the place of learning. . . .