Expectations of CBL Students

  • COVID-19 Policies and Procedures
    • Students are expected to follow both Holy Cross’ and community partners’ COVID-19 policies and procedures, complying to the more stringent policy should the policies differ (e.g., if Holy Cross has an indoor mask mandate in place and your community partner doesn’t, you should still wear a mask indoors at your site). Should students need to isolate or quarantine because of possible exposure to COVID, students are not expected to attend CBL in-person. If isolating/quarantining students are able to attend CBL virtually instead of in-person, they are expected to do so. If students are volunteering in-person with community partners, students are required to be vaccinated. Contact the Donelan Office if you have questions about your vaccination status and whether or not it may impact which community partners you can work with this year. 
  • Communication
    • You are expected to be prompt and professional in your communications with community partners and the Donelan Office. Community partners and the Donelan Office will be reaching out to you at the beginning of the semester regarding sign-up logistics, as well as throughout the semester with important information you may need for volunteering. We ask that you be attentive and responsive to these communications. Want tips on communicating effectively over email? Check out the presentation, "Writing emails for college and work" (PDF) by the Center for Writing. 
  •  Attendance
    • You will be expected to attend your CBL site according to the schedule you arrange with your site supervisor or professor. You will be expected to contact the CBL staff and your site supervisor one week in advance if you are not able to attend your site as scheduled, except in the case of illness or emergency. Every effort should be made to “make up” missed time as possible within the context of your site. Your site supervisors may choose to share feedback on your attendance with your professor and/or the CBL Office. Inconsistent attendance will jeopardize your eligibility for the CBL Transcript Designation.
  •  CBL Registration Form
    • After you have received confirmation on your CBL placement site, submit a registration form to the Donelan Office via the registration form. Without submission of this form, neither the Donelan Office nor your professor officially has a record of your CBL site and schedule. Registration forms for Fall ’21 are due by Wednesday, September 15th.
  •  Transportation
    • If you need transportation assistance, submit a completed transportation request form to the J.D. Power Center ASAP.  The Transportation Office requires that you submit your form at least one week before your start date.
  •  Agency Policies and Procedures
    • Comply with agency policies and procedures, including CORI background checks, attendance policy, dress code, and confidentiality policy (if applicable).
  • CBL Transcript Designation
    • Students taking a placement-based CBL class may be eligible for a CBL designation on their transcript.  Eligibility will be determined based upon whether the class meets all CBL designation criteria and whether the student is engaged in the community for a time commitment equivalent to at least two hours per week throughout the semester (including a reasonable amount of transportation time). Any students volunteering regularly (remotely or in person) with a community-based organization as part of a class, should fill out a Community-Based Learning (CBL) Registration Form once the weekly schedule is determined. If you are volunteering for two or more hours per week, you may be eligible for the CBL Transcript Designation. Submission of the CBL Registration Form ensures that the Donelan Office of Community-Based Learning is aware of your community engagement and knows to contact you towards the end of the semester to confirm eligibility for the designation.Any questions about this form or the CBL Transcript Designation, can be directed to communitybasedlearning@holycross.edu.
  • Questions or Concerns
    • Contact your professor or the Donelan Office (communitybasedlearning@holycross.edu) if you have any CBL-related questions or concerns.