Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.30
Liaison Stephen Ellis
Submission Date May 31, 2024

STARS v2.2

Boston University
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.13 / 5.00 Gabrielle Brewer
Sustainability Analyst
BU Sustainability
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 1 of this credit (student participation in community service)?:
Yes

Total number of students:
17,412

Number of students engaged in community service:
1,801

Percentage of students engaged in community service:
10.34

Does the institution wish to pursue Part 2 of this credit (community service hours)?:
Yes

Total number of student community service hours contributed annually:
61,095.50

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student:
3.51

Does the institution have a formal program to support employee volunteering during regular work hours?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s program to support employee volunteering:

Every year BU has faculty and staff who volunteer and are critical to the success of honoring and celebrating our students and their families during the May Commencement at Nickerson Field. Our employee volunteers participate as ushers, marshals, captains, and other critical roles. Since Commencement is not a regular work day for most representative staff, as of May 2023, BU offers a Compensatory Day, aka Comp Day, to eligible volunteers. 


Eligibility for the Comp Day benefit includes:



  • You volunteer or work on Commencement Day without any additional compensation (overtime or otherwise).

  • You are a full-time or part-time Boston University employee.

  • You are not represented by L2324 or other labor union.

  • You have approval from your manager to volunteer and receive the Comp Day benefit.


Typically, Compensatory Time Off is an authorized paid absence from work that eligible employees earn for hours worked on observed holidays and Intersession Closing days or during emergency closings of the University. Outside of the existing policy, BU provides this benefit to employees who sign up to volunteer during Commencement. Commencement accrues a minimum of 5 hours per employee volunteer.


Does the institution track the number of employee community service hours contributed through programs it sponsors?:
Yes

Total number of employee community service hours contributed annually through programs sponsored by the institution:
2,010

Website URL where information about the institution’s community service programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Data source(s) and notes about the submission:

This represents FY2023 BU Metrics. We have excluded ‘Non-Degree’, ‘Graduate’, and ‘Part-Time: Undergraduate’ students enrolled for credit from the first metric.


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