Roles and Expectations for CSL Partnerships

For Students:

  • Respect and follow service site’s policies and regulations
  • Follow HIPAA standards
  • Partner with community members to innovate solutions to community-identified needs
  • Share project results with community partners
  • Engage in reflection with mentors and peers
  • Take initiative in the learning process through problem-solving and ethical decision-making
  • Adhere to Geisel School of Medicine rules (media, government relations, travel, fundraising, etc.)
  • No students should provide clinical services without qualified preceptor supervision
  • Create a professional poster to share project outcomes through the Online CSL Directory and the Annual CSL Conference

For Faculty Mentors:

  • Assist student in working with community partners to develop a CSL project plan, including creating specific, measurable objectives and an evaluation strategy.
  • Be oriented with the community partner organization, its clients and policies
  • Meet regularly with student to discuss progress and provide feedback
  • Engage in reflection to help students integrate their service with academic and professional learning
  • Document hours and oversee project reports
  • Guide student in abstract and poster preparation for Annual CSL Conference
  • Provide additional resources and scholarship opportunities for students, such as journal submission and conferences

For Community Partner:

  • Communicate the organization’s needs to student and faculty mentor
  • Provide students with an opportunity to collaborate and innovate with community partners and subsequently engage in meaningful service at the project site
  • Post and update project opportunities in the CSL Online Directory
  • Establish a CSL Site Affiliation Agreement with the Geisel School of Medicine
  • Orient students to the organization’s mission, vision, and strategic goals to ensure understanding of student roles
  • Communicate policies and procedures
  • Provide ongoing feedback, and engage in process improvement with students and mentors


For Community Service Learning Program Office:

  • Maintain an Online CSL Directory of service project opportunities and mentors
  • Serve as a liaison between community partners, students, and mentors in making connections for CSL opportunities
  • Maintain a CSL Site Affiliation Agreement defining the roles of the Geisel School of Medicine and community organizations as they relate to CSL
  • Plan and host the Annual CSL Conference
  • Answer questions, troubleshoot and serve as a resource for CSL for students, faculty and community partners
  • Lead an interprofessional CSL Advisory Committee to direct the university’s CSL efforts
  • Provide competitive grant-funding opportunities for students to defray CSL project expenses