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Community Service Requirements

Community service is an essential component of the Dillard University educational experience and is a requirement for graduation. Students are required to complete a total of 90 hours of community service. The 90 hours of community service is monitored and collected by the Office of the Chaplain.


Community service is generally a volunteer action by participation in activities such as community walks, Habitat for Humanity events, volunteering at non-profit community agencies, tutoring or other similar activities. Community service experiences are unpaid, and hours must not be awarded in lieu of students receiving pay for actual work experiences. Community service projects must be approved prior to the beginning of a project in order to ensure that it does not supersede paid work experiences and that the activity serves a broad constituent group.



Community Service Approval Process:

  1. Submit the Dillard University Community Service Registration form. The form must be submitted prior to the start of any community service activity.
  2. All students must sign a Travel Waiver form prior to participating in any community service event, activity, or project that will be held off campus.
  3. A DU Community Service form should be submitted 72 hours after the event or activity has taken place.
  4. Make copies of all forms (for your records) that you submit for community service.
  5. Students should check their transcript through MyDU to ensure that their hours have been posted to their transcript.
  6. Community service hours are submitted at the end of every semester to the Office of Records and Registration. That office places the hours onto the Dillard University transcript.
  7. All community service paperwork must be submitted to the office prior to the end of the semester that the community service occurred. Failure to do so will result in the loss of hours.
  8. All paperwork for community service must be submitted to the Office of the Chaplain.

Please remember that you only need 90 hours of community service to graduate. Your unofficial transcript must read 90 community service hours in order to graduate. You can find this by logging on to MyDU, click, “Registration”, click “Unofficial Transcript” and then scroll to the bottom of your Unofficial Transcript and view your volunteer hours.


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