University Relations

Community Engagement Scholars Program:

Retroactive Recognition

Although students typically must be enrolled in the Community Engagement Scholars Program in order to begin having their community involvement hours recognized, there are a few exceptions to this general rule. In order for these exceptions to be relevant, the following conditions must first be met:

  1. The scholar must have been enrolled at the University or another higher education institution during the time period in which the community engagement hours were completed.(work done during high school doesn't count).*

  2. The scholar must be able to provide proper documentation of their community engagement hours (e.g. an hourly log or similar format).

If the above conditions are met, the Community Engagement Scholar may pursue the following forms of retroactive recognition for community engagement hours completed prior to enrollment in the Scholars Program:

  • The 50 Hour Rule allows students to apply up to 50 hours per semester's worth of credit they've completed prior to enrollment in the Scholars Program toward their 400 community engagement hour requirement.

  • Designated service-learning course credit earned prior to enrollment in the program can be applied toward the 8 credits service-learning course work requirement.

  • Community Engagement Hours completed for a prior service-learning course can be applied toward the program as restricted hours, in addition to the "50 hour rule."