When you are serving off-campus, please remember that you are representing Christopher Newport University, as well as yourself as an individual. Following the guidelines below will help you and our community partners enjoy a productive, mutually beneficial relationship.

Ask for help when in doubt

Your site supervisor understands the issues at your site, and you are encouraged to approach them with problems or questions as they arise. They can assist you in determining the best way to respond to difficult or uncomfortable situations.

Be punctual and responsible

Although you are volunteering your time, you are participating in the organization as a reliable, trustworthy, and contributing member of the team. Both the administrators and the people whom you serve rely on your punctuality and commitment to completing your service hours/project throughout your partnership.

Call if you anticipate lateness or absence

Call the site supervisor if you are unable to go in or if you anticipate being late. Be mindful of your commitment – people are counting on you.

Show respect for the agencies for which you work

Placement within community programs is an educational opportunity and a privilege; not only are you serving the community but the community is helping you by investing valuable resources in your learning.

Respect the privacy and dignity of every person you encounter

Remember that people’s circumstances and views may be different from yours. You can learn from others. Respect their right to privacy. When talking about your volunteer experiences as part of a learning community, do not use people’s names unless they have given you permission to do so.

Be appropriate

You are in a work situation and are expected to treat your supervisor and others with courtesy and kindness. Dress comfortably, neatly, and appropriately. Use formal names unless otherwise instructed.

Be flexible

The level of intensity of activity at a service site is not always predictable. Your flexibility to changing situations can assist the partnership in working smoothly and producing positive outcomes for everyone involved.