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Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I want to be a part of the Community Service program?
How does the University define community service?

Can on-campus jobs meet the definition of community service?
Can off-campus jobs meet the definition of community service?

How does the University define a nonprofit organization?

Are any organizations deemed ineligible for the this program?

What do I need to do to enroll my agency in the Community Service program?

How can I recruit students?
How do students receive paychecks?
Once I post my job online, how do I hire a student?

Who can I contact with questions about the Community Service program?

  Q: Why would I want to be a part of the Community Service program? A: The DU work-study program allows students to earn funds to finance their education through part-time employment. Partnerships between the University of Denver and community-service agencies are mutually beneficial to students and agencies, as students receive valuable experience and you share the responsibility of compensation with the federal government and/or DU. Generally, an organization that employs a student with work-study is expected to cover only 30 percent of the student's wages.

  Q: How does the University define community service? A: DU defines community service as actions designed to improve the quality of life for community residents, particularly low-income residents. Fields that typically meet this definition are: health care; child care; literacy training; welfare; social services; transportation; housing and neighborhood improvement; public safety; crime prevention and control; recreation; rural development; urban and rural revitalization; conservation; reforestation; and community improvement.

  Q: Can on-campus jobs meet the definition of community service? A: Yes. If the services provided are open and accessible to the community, publicized to the community, and members of the community use the service, they may be considered community service.

  Q: Can off-campus jobs meet the definition of community service? A: Yes. If the services provided are open and accessible to the community, publicized to the community, and members of the community use the service, they may be considered community service. Per University policy, Student Employment only enters into community service agreements with nonprofit organizations and government agencies working in the public interest within 30 miles of DU.

  Q: How does the University define a nonprofit organization? A: None of the organization's net earnings should benefit any private shareholder or individual. An organization must be a government agency or incorporated as a nonprofit under federal or state law to enter into an agreement with the University of Denver.

  Q: Are any organizations deemed ineligible for this program? A: Yes. In addition to for-profits, organizations that participate in political activity, lobby on a federal, state or local level, or primarily serve the interest of an elected official are ineligible for participation in this program. Also, students cannot hold positions that involve constructing, operating or maintaining any part of a building used for religious worship or sectarian instructions.

  Q: What do I need to do to enroll my agency in the Community Service program? A :Please refer to the " Become a Community Service Employer" page of our website for a detailed description of the enrollment process. If your organization is located off campus, you will need to provide to us a copy of your organization's 501(c)(3) status and by-laws. In addition, a representative will need to sign a contract.

  Q: How can I recruit students? A: Once you have entered into a formal agreement with the Office of Student Employment and have received your approval to hire a student, you should apply for an online account. You can then post your position online through our website.

  Q: How do students receive paychecks? A: Students in this program are considered DU employees. Your agency must submit student timesheets bi-weekly to Student Employment, which distributes paychecks to students. The University of Denver will bill your agency for your share of your student employee's wages, which is typically set at 30 percent.

  Q: Once I post my job online, how do I hire a student? A: You control the screening, interviewing and hiring process for employees. Once you've interviewed and ranked candidates and made a job offer, the student will need to complete the necessary hiring paperwork before working. Students should not begin working until notification from us has been received authorizing their eligibility. If a student begins working prior to this notification, the employer is responsible for 100% of any wages earned until the paperwork has been approved and processed.

  Q: Who can I contact with questions about the Community Service program? A: Please contact Student Employment at 303-871-6792 with questions about this program.