Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Special Circumstances

Please review the information below, regarding Acknowledgement of Risk and related paperwork, Background Checks, and Safety of Minors (mandatory reporting on the part of UW service-learning students).

Acknowledgement of Risk

Students 18+ Participating in Service-Learning

If a student is over the age of 18 but did not verify their acknowledgement of risks inherent in community-based service during online service-learning registration in EXPO, they must complete and return a copy of the Acknowledgment of Risk form to the Carlson Center before beginning their service-learning.

Minor Students Participating in Service-Learning

If a student is a minor (under age 18), their parents or guardians must review, sign and return a copy of the Acknowledgement of Risk Form to the Carlson Center before they can participate in service-learning.

 

Background Checks

Background Check Requirements for Service-Learning Students

The Carlson Center is committed to the broadest possible access to service-learning for UW students. Many service-learning positions require a background check, which may spark questions for students in various circumstances.

The specific background check that is run and the specific criminal convictions that will be disqualifying vary, depending on the site. In order to help students make an informed choice about the service-learning position that they are registering for, we encourage community partner organizations to list the specific items that are required to run the background check at their organization in every relevant position description (for example: full legal name, birth date, social security number or fingerprinting).

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Background Checks

What kinds of service-learning positions require a background check?
Service-learning positions where the UW student will be working with youth or vulnerable adults usually require a background check.

If I am an international student, am I eligible for service-learning?
Many service-learning positions supported by the Carlson Center are accessible to international students. The Carlson Center asks community partner organizations to note in advance if they are unable to host international students, due to the lenght of time it takes to run an international background check. If you would like to double check that a position is available to international students before registering, feel free to contact the Carlson Center.

If I am an undocumented student, am I eligible for service-learning?
Yes, undocumented students are eligible to serve in many service-learning positions supported by the Carlson Center- and are encouraged to do so. Most positions only require full legal name and birthday. However, undocumented students should take care to review the list of items required to complete the background check for each service-learning position (ex: full legal name, birth date, social security number or fingerprinting). If you have any questions about the background check requirements for a specific service-learning position, please contact the Carlson Center as soon as possible. Student questions about background checks will be kept confidential by Carlson Center staff.

If I have a past conviction, am I eligible for service-learning?
Each service-learning position has its own unique background check requirements. Some service-learning positions do not require a background check at all. To find out the background check requirements for a specific service-learning position, review the position description. If you have any questions about the background check requirements for a specific service-learning position, or if you have questions about whether a specific past conviction would be disqualifying for a particular service-learning position, you are welcome and encouraged to contact the Carlson Center and we will check with the community partner organization about their background check requirement and process on your behalf. In most cases, students that have a past conviction will still be able to participate in service-learning, in their preferred position or at an alternative organization. Student questions about background checks will be kept confidential by Carlson Center staff.

 

Safety of Minors: Mandatory Reporting Requirement
for UW Service-Learning Students

Carlson Center service-learning students who will be serving with youth or vulnerable adults are mandated reporters of abuse and neglect under Chapter 26.44 of the Revised Code of Washington.

The Carlson Center’s community partner/host sites are responsible for training service learning students on Washington State’s mandatory reporting policy and the specific mandatory reporting processes at their site, before Carlson Center students begin service with youth or vulnerable adults.

Resources for Carlson Center Partner Organizations