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Center for Community Engagement

Fall 2021 COVID-19 Policy Update on In-Person Community Engagement

Our work in community engagement is driven by two goals: student learning and community impact. Typically, this takes the form of volunteering, internships, and research with local non-profit and government organizations in order to improve educational, health, economic, and environmental outcomes. But, how does this change when we find ourselves in a pandemic? Because we care about the health of our students and our community, but we still want to do work that meets meaningful community needs, we need to ensure that proper safeguards and conditions are in place for students to do off-campus work during COVID.

Beginning August 2021, the following will be the policy for community engagement activities:

  • While the University is in Tier 1, all in-person off-campus community engagement activities will be prohibited. Students seeking to complete volunteer, research, or internship opportunities with local partners must do so remotely.
  • While the University is in Tier 2, students will be encouraged to continue working remotely, though those whose work is both (a) connected to a curricular or co-curricular activity (e.g., Certificate of Community Engagement course, Bonner Program internship) AND (b) whose work is significantly and demonstrably enhanced by being in-person at their off-campus partner site may apply to work in-person off-campus if the following conditions are met:
    • The student can explain how their work and learning are significantly enhanced by being done in-person at their off-campus partner site;
    • The off-campus partner site adheres to the requirements of the CDC, Department of Health, and Stetson University (for distancing, masking, washing, etc.), following the strictest of those requirements whenever there is a conflict between the CDC/DOH/SU;
    • The student receives COVID testing every two weeks through Stetson’s Safer Campus Task Force mandated testing group.
  • While the University is in Tier 3, students will be encouraged to continue working remotely, though those whose work and learning are significantly and demonstrably enhanced by being in-person at their off-campus partner site may apply to work in-person off-campus if the following conditions are met:
    • The student can explain how their work and learning are significantly and demonstrably enhanced by being done in-person at their off-campus partner site;
    • The off-campus partner site adheres to the requirements of the CDC, Department of Health, and Stetson University (for distancing, masking, washing, etc.), following the strictest of those requirements whenever there is a conflict between the CDC/DOH/SU;
    • The student receives COVID testing every two weeks through Stetson’s Safer Campus Task Force mandated testing group.
  • While the University is in Tier 4, students will be encouraged to continue working remotely, though those who wish to work in-person may work in-person off-campus if the following conditions are met:
      • The off-campus partner site adheres to the requirements of the CDC, Department of Health, and Stetson University (for distancing, masking, washing, etc.), following the strictest of those requirements whenever there is a conflict between the CDC/DOH/SU;
      • If not vaccinated, the student receives COVID testing every two weeks through Stetson’s Safer Campus Task Force mandated testing group.
  • When the University reaches its community vaccination goal of 70%:
    • Students who are vaccinated will no longer have to apply to work in-person off-campus, though the student and their off-campus partner site must still adhere to the requirements of the CDC, Department of Health, and Stetson University (for distancing, masking, washing, etc.), following the strictest of those requirements whenever there is a conflict between the CDC/DOH/SU;
    • Students who are not vaccinated who wish to work in-person may apply to work in-person off-campus if the following conditions are met:
      • The off-campus partner site adheres to the requirements of the CDC, Department of Health, and Stetson University (for distancing, masking, washing, etc.), following the strictest of those requirements whenever there is a conflict between the CDC/DOH/SU;
      • The student receives COVID testing every two weeks through Stetson’s Safer Campus Task Force mandated testing group.

Here is the application to request permission to do off-campus in-person community engagement work in Fall 2021: https://stetson.campuslabs.com/engage/submitter/form/start/494967

In order to ensure compliance, the following measures will be taken:

  • Students who complete unauthorized community engagement work will not have their hours/outcomes approved and will be referred to Community Standards for violating COVID-19 Safer Stetson policies;
  • Students who are required to complete regular COVID testing, but who fail to do so, will no longer be authorized to conduct in-person work at off-campus partner sites for the remainder of the Fall 2021 semester;
  • Staff will conduct unannounced site visits to ensure COVID policy compliance at partner sites that have been approved to host Stetson students completing in-person off-campus work;
  • Students have a responsibility to report instances of partner non-compliance, though students themselves will not be held responsible for partner non-compliance.

Given the continued prevalence of COVID-19 in our community, we've been working closely with our community partners to develop more remote volunteer, internship, and research opportunities. You can find those opportunities by subscribing to the CCE Weekly email, by going to GivePulse, or by emailing us at [email protected] to set up a meeting with one of our team membersAny students, faculty, staff, or partners who have questions about this temporary policy change can reach out to us at (386) 822-8713 or [email protected].

Mission

"Student learning through community impact"

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) plays the lead institutional role in directing a nationally recognized campus-wide community engagement program that is delivered through both curricular and co-curricular avenues.

We serve as the central connecting, training, organizing, and educating unit for community-engaged students, faculty and partners

We build reciprocal relationships with community partner organizations that leverage institutional and community resources to solve pressing challenges in our community through capacity-building efforts

We prepare students to lead lives of significance by aligning their academic and career interests with community needs

We instill the value of informed and engaged citizenship that prepares our students to be lifelong agents of social change in their local and global communities

We recognize that our mission cannot be realized without an unapologetic and consistent focus on the principles of diversity, equity, inclusion and justice. To that end, our work is driven by practicing anti-racism

Recognition

The Center for Community Engagement is locally, regionally and nationally recognized for its excellence in community engagement: