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Service

Category Description

The goal of this category is to foster active civic engagement on the part of students as RMU views engaging in volunteer community service as essential to developing well rounded citizen-leaders. Volunteer community service includes donating one’s time and talents in partnership with myriad nonprofit organizations whose diverse missions address critical needs. The volunteer service may take place on campus, when appropriate, but must benefit a nonprofit organization.

Examples and Criteria

Examples of activities that satisfy this category include:

  • Completing a minimum of 30 documented hours of volunteer service in partnership with pre-approved nonprofit organizations
  • Completing a minimum of 30 documented hours of pre-approved volunteer service individually or as part of a student organization
  • Completing an academic course that includes a service-learning component

The 30 hours can be served at more than one pre-approved service site and can be spread out over the four years of undergraduate study.

Service activities will not be recorded on the SET until 30 hours have been completed.

Community service completed as part of a judicial sanction imposed by the University does not qualify for the SET.

Please note: Donation of items (e.g. a dress given to a clothing drive) does not qualify for service hours.

Getting SET Category Approval


Students who participate in service activities that are coordinated by ELCI will receive automatic SET approval for their service work.   

To receive SET approval for a service activity that is not coordinated by ELCI, students should first request pre-approval from ELCI by emailing set@rmu.edu. Once the activity has been completed, students must provide documentation to ELCI indicating the number of service hours that were successfully completed. These activities are not self-reported through the Sentry online submission process.

Anytime a student volunteers at a nonprofit on his/her own, the nonprofit must provide a signed letter on the nonprofit's letterhead that documents the student's volunteer service.  The letter must include the date or date range that the student volunteered, the total number of hours the student volunteered, and one sentence about what the student did.  The letter can be emailed to set@rmu.edu or dropped off to ELCI in the main Student Life suite, Nicholson Center, 2nd floor, near the student mailboxes.

Questions should be directed to Donna Anderson, Senior Director at (412) 397-6492 or andersond@rmu.edu.