CIRCA:CSL Guideline Brief Notes


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CSL Guidebook Brief Notes

CSL House: 11039 Saskatchewan Drive (Brick house east of Hub Mall and Humanities Centre)

Phone: 780-492-2420 Office Hours: 8 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 4 pm

Fax: 780-492-7251 Website:

You can access the full guide here: CSL Guidebook

CSL stands for Community Service- Learning, which gives students the opportunity to use a university course as a way to participate in the activities of a community agency or social action group.

This is part of a growing movement across Canada where students connect education to community matters. Reflection on the process is of utmost importance for learning and service, and so methods such as talking to community supervisors, keeping journals, writing creative prose, discussing your experience with your friends are all encouraged.

If you have questions about your placement, speak to your community supervisor first. If you have questions about your course, speak to your instructor first. If you are in need of further assistance, contact Lorraine Woollard, the CSL Administrator Director (Phone: 780-293-9525; e-mail:

The Certificate in Community Service-Learning formally designates that the student has significantly integrated CSL into his or her postsecondary education.

The CSL Evaluation Procedure also encourages feedback, and at the end of the semester, students are asked to complete a 15 minute survey. Faculty and community partners also complete surveys.

If students should find themselves in a particular activity that they are unsure is safe, ethical, or appropriate, they are advised to seek experienced people in the community organization and/or the instructor to help them, and not to take on the issue alone.

Students are encouraged to learn about the neighborhood, the organization and the people where CSL activities will be conducted. They are also encouraged to use “common sense,” (ie, traveling with someone else at night to an organization), to be self-aware and not take on activities beyond the limitations of their own skills and expertise, and to look out for themselves and others.

All formal research activities require prior approval from the University Arts, Science, and Law Research Ethics Board. This includes surveys and interviews. Instructors are expected to have applied and received prior course ethics approval. They are also responsible for providing course-specific ethics information and training. Students should consult their instructors if they are unsure about any research ethics guidelines or practices. Sensitive information, as well as names and identifying information of community members and clients are expected to stay confidential.

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