FAQs for potential partners
Who are community partners?
Community partners are nonprofit organizations, public agencies, government offices, schools, or private business that have completed the site visit form and have an executed the University organization agreement.
What is the site visit form for?
The site assessment form is to determine if there are any issues or risks at the Site that might cause student health and safety concerns. The form is specific to a particular site or location of an organization. If an organization has more than one location, a site assessment form will have to be completed for each location where a student is being sent.
What is the University organization agreement for?
The Organization Agreement is to ensure the organization and the University are aware of their respective responsibilities for the Community Learning Opportunity component of the course or activity. The Organization Agreement's provisions include, but are not limited to, the statement of purpose of the agreement, the structure and support of students, the term length of the agreement, considerations of FERPA and other confidentiality issues, general provisions (including insurance and liability requirements), and other considerations specific to student placement. The Organization Agreement is usually for a five-year term.
What kinds of community engagement opportunities are there?
An internship is a form of experiential learning that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a professional setting. Internships give students the opportunity to gain valuable applied experience and make connections in professional fields they are considering for career paths; and give employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent. (Source: NACE Position Statement: U.S. Internships)
Service-Learning at the University of Nevada, Reno is a course or competency-based, credit-bearing educational experience in which student do the following:
- Participate in mutually identified service activities that benefit the community
- Reflect on the service activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of course content, a broader appreciation of the discipline, and an enhanced sense of personal values and civic responsibility (Bringle and Clayton, 2012, adapted from Bringle and Hatcher, 1995)
Students who perform some service or good work of their own free will and without pay (Toole and Toole, 1992).
Undergraduate Research – Community Based Research
Community-based research is an opportunity for students to serve as research consultants with a local organization seeking to improve the life and work of Northern Nevada residents.
If you are unsure what type of engagement will best suit your needs, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
FAQs about community learning opportunities
What is a Community Learning Opportunity (CLO)?
A CLO is an internships service-learning, student engagement or field-study, sponsored by, related to, or affiliated with the University, whether for academic credit or non-academic purposes.
Can a student start a CLO before an agreement with the organization is signed?
No. Placement of the student cannot begin until the agreement is signed. Beginning work when an agreement has not been signed could be interpreted by a court as constituting acceptance of the agreement and, thus, binding upon NSHE and the University.
How do I know when a site has been approved for placement?
The first step is to check with Nevada Career Studio or the Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement to determine if that particular organization or location has previously been approved. If the organization and site have not been previously been approved, then a site assessment must be completed and an organization agreement must be executed. A CLO for a particular organization and/or student is not approved until written confirmation of approval has been received from the respective intern or civic engagement office.
Is an agreement necessary for placement with other NSHE institutions?
Is an agreement necessary for placement with departments or programs at UNR?
Are there any differences in agreements with other government agencies?
Yes. In most instances, the parties usually can agree to remove the paragraphs on insurance and indemnification. Please consult with General Counsel's Office if there is a request to remove, delete or change any insurance or indemnification paragraphs in the agreement or to make any changes to the agreement in general.
Is an organization required to have insurance?
Agreements should typically include insurance requirements for any party doing business with the University appropriate to the risks involved. Any exceptions to the insurance requirement are only allowed with the approval of the University's Risk Management and the University's General Counsel. The lack of insurance would be listed in the Site Assessment form and brought to Risk Management's attention. At that time, Risk Management would evaluate the risks for that particular organization or learning activity and determine whether placement can proceed at that organization without insurance.
What if an organization wants to change or delete provisions or language found in the University agreement?
If an organization wants to delete, change or deviate from the terms of the University's organization agreement, General Counsel's Office must review and approve the proposed deletion, change or deviation to make sure it complies with NSHE and University policy. No changes can be made to the agreement without this review and approval.
What if an organization wants to use its own agreement?
If an organization wants to use their own agreement instead of the University's agreement, General Counsel's Office must review the agreement to make sure it complies with NSHE and University policy.
Who performs the site assessment?
The site assessment form can be completed by either the organization or a university employee who has had site assessment training by Risk Management. The site assessment form cannot be completed by a student.
Who is allowed to sign the organizational agreement?
The agreement is to be recommended by Nevada Career Studio or the Office of Service-Learning Civic Engagement and then executed by the Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education.
Does the University allow for an exception to the requirement of a site assessment or an organizational agreement?
Yes. Pursuant to UAM 3,100: Internship, Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, for good cause shown and submitted in writing to the Vice Provost, Undergraduate Education, an exception to the site assessment requirement and the organizational agreement can be made by the Executive Vice President & Provost or his/her designee.
Where can I find the site assessment and organizational agreement forms?
These forms, along with editable forms for the students to sign, can be found on the webpages for Nevada Career Studio and the Office of Service Learning Civic Engagement.