Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 80.17
Liaison Mike Wilson
Submission Date May 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Victoria
EN-13: Community Service

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.18 / 5.00 Kay-Lynn Yacoboski
Sustainability Intern
Office of Campus Planning and Sustainability
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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:

UVic's annual United Way campaign incorporates many staff-led activities that raise funds for the organization that are used on community children's programs, solving poverty issues and building healthy communities. Staff fundraising initiatives include a used book sale, a craft fair and pledges for team plasma car races. Over $250,000 is raised by staff each year under this program.

Each year two UVic staff members are selected to participate in the Leadership Victoria program, a leadership program focused on community service including sustainability and social justice issues (see

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:

The number of students involved in community service, as well as the number of hours contributed, were calculated using a survey conducted by the Canadian University Survey Consortium. The Consortium surveys run on a three-year cycle, targeting a different group of undergraduate baccalaureate students each year. The three different groups targeted are first-year students, middle-year students, and graduating students. The 2017 Middle-Years Student Survey had the largest representation of the undergraduate student body at UVic, and when compared to the 2018 Graduating Student Survey, contained the most average numbers. Therefore, the numbers calculated above utilised the information provided by the Middle-Years Student Survey. It should be noted that both surveys gave extremely similar results, and therefore provided an accurate snapshot of the level of community service students are involved in at UVic.

Both surveys can be found at: https://www.uvic.ca/institutionalplanning/reports/surveys/index.php

The University of Victoria provides many opportunities to its students to engage in volunteering both on and off campus. These include:

•Project Serve Day – This is a one-day community service-learning opportunity that matches UVic students and alumni with local community organizations to spend the day working on a service project.

•Orientation – Students can volunteer to help welcome new students to the university and introduce them to UVic’s culture and values through various programs and activities.

•Community Service Learning (CSL) Courses – Students can connect with the community by taking a CSL course in which they gain a full credit by simultaneously learning in the classroom and completing seven weeks of volunteer community work in an area they are passionate about.

•Co-op and Career – students have access to the Co-op and Career Services “learning in motion” website on which there is a page dedicated to current volunteer opportunities locally and globally.

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 or simply email your inquiry to stars@aashe.org.