Students are encouraged to diversify their service experiences with the three facets of service, which include the following: direct, organizational, and policy. The PSS Program promotes the incorporation of all three dimensions when students engage in service projects in order to help identify their vision of public service.
Service must be through or benefit a community-based nonprofit (501 (c)
(3)), a government agency, or a campus community service organization.
All service projects submitted must contain at least 1 service hour.
Campus work (paid or unpaid) that can Receive PSS Credit:
NOTE: this is in addition to student service organizations If you are working with any of the following you may count your hours towards PSS:
No other campus work can be applied towards the PSS service hours requirement.
Activities That Do Not Receive PSS Credit:
- Exceptions are community work-study positions such as America Reads tutors, categorized as restricted hours
- You may record service completed through these groups only if the service work directly benefits the broader community (those not affiliated with a particular religious group). Work that is faith based, tied to religiosity or directly benefits the religious organization will not be approved.
Overnight or multi-day service - "12 hour rule"
For overnight or multi-day service experiences (e.g. Alternative Spring Break, summer camp counseling, etc.) students may record a maximum of 12 hours per day (only if the entire day was spent doing service).
Dance Marathon and Relay for Life
These are considered one-time events that count for 12 hours total. However, hours spent planning or coordinating prior to the actual event may be counted in addition to the 12.
The Carolina Center for Public Service strengthens the University's public service commitment by promoting scholarship and service that are responsive to the concerns of the state and contribute to the common good.