Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 79.39
Liaison Yolanda Cieters
Submission Date March 5, 2021

STARS v2.2

Seattle University
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.91 / 5.00 Yolanda Cieters
Sustainability Manager
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Does the institution wish to pursue Part 1 of this credit (student participation in community service)?:

Total number of students:

Number of students engaged in community service:

Percentage of students engaged in community service:

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

Total number of student community service hours contributed annually:

Number of annual community service hours contributed per student :

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

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

The Community Service Leave Policy is an effort to encourage and support staff to more fully embrace Seattle University's mission, vision and values through sustained partnerships in the community. The purpose of the leave is to allow employees to voluntarily participate, with pay, in community service activities that occur during regularly scheduled work hours. This policy is designed to provide employees an opportunity to deepen their connection to SU's mission, vision and values, to embody our Jesuit Catholic values through service and to engage with the community. Regular, post-service reflection opportunities are available for interested employees.


For faculty specifically, commitment to service is considered an important element of faculty quality (see faculty handbook; link below). Seattle University embraces the Jesuit priority of service and the promotion of justice. Faculty members exemplify a commitment to service. Evidence of this commitment may include: service to disciplinary and professional organizations; community or civic activity, such as meaningful involvement with commissions, boards, or public service organizations; and religious activity, such as significant involvement in councils of churches or interfaith organizations.
See Faculty Handbook: https://www.seattleu.edu/media/academic-affairs/Faculty-Handbook-eff-022119-WEBSITE-MASTER.pdf

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

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

Website URL where information about the institution’s community service programs is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

NOTE 1: "Total number of students" and "Numbers for students engaged in community service" are for academic year 2018-19. They include undergraduate, graduate and Law school students:
--2,661 students participated in a community engaged learning course
--1,200 students participated in volunteer and/or student employment in the community
--198 students participated in community engaged work-study

NOTE 2: No. of student community service hours is an estimate for the same time period (academic year 2018-2019).

NOTE 3: No of employee community service hours is for FY19 (July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020). We opted to report FY19 data versus FY20 due to COVID pandemic-affected months in FY20.

The information presented here is self-reported. While AASHE staff review portions of all STARS reports and institutions are welcome to seek additional forms of review, the data in STARS reports are not verified by AASHE. If you believe any of this information is erroneous or inconsistent with credit criteria, please review the process for inquiring about the information reported by an institution and complete the Data Inquiry Form.