Northeastern State University recognizes its responsibility to engage in and to help strengthen the communities in our region. Consequently, we encourage our employees to become involved in making place matter, lending their voluntary support to programs that enrich the quality of life for all citizens.
This policy is designed to support the objectives of making place matter through voluntary community service as an integral part of our regional outreach. The following guidelines are for Northeastern State University employees who serve as volunteers in community programs that are either of personal interest (those programs whose goals are relevant to the mission of the university but may not receive university assistance) or are university-sponsored (programs whose goals are considered of strategic importance to the university and receive university assistance). The purpose of the Northeastern State University Making Place Matter Volunteer Policy is to encourage university employees to participate in university-approved community service-related activities that occur during regularly scheduled work hours.
At NSU, we believe service to local and professional communities is a foundational component of social responsibility and good citizenship. We also believe that by providing volunteer outreach, our presence and impact on NSU and the communities it serves will be strengthened, and our faculty and staff will impact the university’s goal to develop socially responsible global citizens.
Participation in the NSU Making Place Matter Volunteer Program consists of two options. Employees may volunteer independently or as a division/team. Participation is open to all employees per the following guidelines:
This option provides a venue for those individuals interested in volunteering for organization(s) that support the university’s commitment to its mission, vision, and values.
An employee should advise his/her supervisor of the planned participation when requesting time off, submit a brief description of the volunteer activity in writing, and submit that description along with a request for leave to his/her supervisor for approval. Participation will be documented and included in reports concerning volunteer contributions made by all NSU employees.
Divisions/Teams will determine a cause or issue they feel they can serve in a manner that promotes the spirit of NSU volunteerism. The particular cause must meet the criteria of the university’s mission, vision, and values and requires approval by authorized employee’s division/department before formal volunteer activity commences. Once formalized, objectives for successful participation in the community service activity may be included in individual performance plans of affected employees.
To participate in the volunteer program, an employee must be in good standing, regularly fulfilling the requirements of his/her job without the necessity of continuous correction or disciplinary action, and must perform, at the minimum, at the expected performance level. Probationary employees are not eligible for this benefit.
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