Forms and Policies
Interested in continuing service during the summer? Read more about the summer service policy below.
The Center for Social Concern and Homewood Student Affairs have created many policies that help provide framework and structure for the students who are involved in our programs. In addition to the CSC’s policies, students are also required to follow the University Student Policies, Student Conduct Code, and all Undergraduate Student Organization Policies & Procedures.
Below are the CSC policies, online trainings, and forms that we require of our volunteers and students who participate in our programs. As our office and programs continue to grow, we continuously modify and expand our policies to meet our needs while keeping in mind the safety of our students, community partners, as well as the University. Read more about our policies below.
If you are interested in starting a new initiative please refer to our student initiative page.
Have questions about these policies? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (410) 516-4777.
To learn more about the CSC’s Reimbursement and Purchase Order Request Policies, read more below.
All students participating in a Center for Social program are required to submit the Center for Social Concern’s Release and Indemnification Agreement. Depending on the type of work you are completing, additional trainings may be required. Please continue reading more about our policies and trainings below to determine if you need to complete anything additional.
Required Online Trainings
The Center for Social Concern requires all of its student volunteers to complete the Center for Social Concern Student Training which is a “Path” in Hopkins Groups.
Questions? Contact email@example.com.
The Center for Social Concern is requiring all of its student volunteers to complete the Center for Social Concern 2018-2019 Student Training “Path” in Hopkins Groups by October 1, 2018. Should your student initiative fail to meet the terms outlined below, your student initiative will not be eligible for supplemental grant funding and your funding may be frozen for the spring semester. if you have any questions, please contact your CSC staff advisor immediately.
Deadline (October 1, 2018)
- Your Hopkins Groups student organization roster must be updated by Monday, October 1, 2018.
- Every active member must be listed on your roster.
- Anyone who is not participating with your student initiative, must be removed from your roster.
- All members listed on your roster must complete the CSC Student Training Path by Monday, October 1, 2018.
Week of October 1 – October 5
- CSC will follow up with all student leaders/members who have outdated rosters and incomplete Path Trainings beginning October 1, giving students until October 15 to update this information.
Deadline (October 15, 2018)
- By October 15, if 20% of your student roster is still non-compliant, the student initiative will not be eligible for supplemental grant funding
Deadline (December 17, 2018)
- By December 17, if 10% of your student roster is still non-compliant, the student initiative’s funding may be frozen for the spring semester, which will be determined by the Civic Engagement Recognition and Allocations Commission.
A HUGE thank you to Alpha Phi Omega, who created a step by step adaptable PowerPoint that they shared with their members so they can easily access the CSC Training Path. APO was kind enough to share it with us too!
Other student initiatives can use, update, and share it with your members by:
- Making a copy of this document by clicking “File” -> “Make a Copy” [rename YOUR CSC GROUP: CSC Requirements]
- Enter applicable deadline (Slides 1 and 21) for student initiative if you choose to make the requirements due internally at a certain deadline.
- On your new file, edit slide 4 to insert your organization name and the screenshot of the join page for your organization’s home page on Hopkins Groups.
- On slide 21, enter the email you’d like members of your group to contact if they are having issues.If anyone is experiencing difficulties or issues accessing the path, contact firstname.lastname@example.org so that the CSC can help you.
This training is hosted on Blackboard and includes an introduction to the CSC including risk management guidelines. Follow the steps below to access the training.
Steps to access training in Blackboard:
- Login to Blackboard with your JHED ID and password
- Click the self-enroll link to add yourself to the Center for Social Concern organization in Blackboard.
- View the CSC Training for 2018-2019 under “My Organizations” and complete the quiz.
- After you pass the quiz, you will be able to print the certificate from the “Achievements” section on the left navigation menu. Use a filename in the format: JHED-CSCtraining (ex: msmith1-CSCtraining).
- Upload the certificate of completion to the Center for Social Concern Student Training “Path” in Hopkins Groups.
The Center for Social Concern worked with different departments and offices, university wide, to create guidelines for CSC student initiatives who provide health advocacy and/or volunteer in clinical and/or health related settings. As a result of these meetings, we learned that there are certain university policies that CSC student initiatives must follow while working with and in the community when it comes to involves health related issues. Due to volume and activities of our volunteers, we are requiring all volunteers to complete HIPAA and Bloodborne Pathogen Trainings annually.
CSC students cannot:
- administer over-the counter or prescription medications, vaccines or any other treatment preventative or otherwise
- handle medical devices for the use of patient care including without limitation to lancets, needles, and glucometers or engage in any medical screening activities (ie. blood pressure screenings, body mass index blood glucose, etc.)
The CSC is working with all of our community partners that this affects to inform them of our policy as well. This information will also be included in our Memorandum of Understandings, so it’s extremely important to follow these policies.
This training will discuss the responsibilities of maintaining confidential patient information. To complete this requirement, you will need to take the HIPAA training provided by Johns Hopkins on the myLearning platform. Follow the steps below to access the training.
Steps to access training
2. Search in the catalog for Patient Privacy for Workforce Members 2017.
3. Complete the training. It should take about 30 minutes.
4. Once you are done the training, go to “My History” in myLearning and click “view PDF” for the HIPAA course.
5. Save the certificate of completion with a filename in this format: JHED-HIPAAtraining (ex: msmith1-HIPAAtraining) and upload it to the Center for Social Concern Student Training “Path” in Hopkins Groups.
Bloodborne Pathogen Training
This training will discuss health and safety tips and limiting exposure to bloodborne pathogens. To complete this requirement, you will need to take the HIPAA training provided by Johns Hopkins on the myLearning platform. Follow the steps below to access the training.
Steps to access training
2. Search in the catalog for Bloodborne Pathogens. You will need to take the online version offered by JHHS.
3. Complete the training. It should take about 30 minutes.
4. Once you are done the training, go to “My History” in myLearning and click “view PDF” for the Bloodborne Pathogen course.
5. Save the certificate of completion with a filename in this format: JHED-BBPtraining (ex: msmith1-BBPtraining) and upload it to the Center for Social Concern Student Training “Path” in Hopkins Groups.
All students working with children should view JHU’s Child Safety in University Programs Policy. All participants in CSC programs are responsible for upholding this policy.
Many CSC programs work with children (under 18 years of age). Due to volume and activities of our volunteers, we are requiring all volunteers to complete Child Safety Training annually.
The training discusses your responsibility as a student working with children. It will also provide best practices when working with children, describe the different types of child abuse, and JHU’s process of reporting suspected abuse or neglect of a child.
For more information, read the Child Safety Policy below.
To complete this requirement, you will need to take the Child Safety training provided by Johns Hopkins on the myLearning platform.
1. Log in to myJHU and navigate to myLearning using the sidebar.
2. Search in the catalog for Safety of Children in University Programs.
3. Complete the training. It should take about 30 minutes.
4. Once you are done the training, a certificate will pop up.
5. Save the certificate of completion with a filename in this format: JHED-CStraining (ex: msmith1-CStraining) and upload it to the Center for Social Concern Student Training “Path” in Hopkins Groups.
In addition to the policies outlined below, students are also required to follow the University Student Policies, Student Conduct Code, and all Undergraduate Student Organization Policies & Procedures.
The use of the University name and iconography by student organizations is governed by the PDF Document: Homewood Student Affairs Branding Guidelines and JHU’s Office of Communication. Student Organizations that use “Johns Hopkins University”, “Hopkins”, or “JHU” in their name or incorporate JHU iconography in their logo are required to comply with the HSA Branding Guidelines effective the first day of classes in the Fall 2017 semester. The staff at the Center for Social Concern will work with student organizations to manage this transition and provide assistance. PDF Document: Please review answers to Student Leadership and Involvement’s frequently asked questions or email email@example.com with questions and concerns about this policy.
All donations in the form of cash or checks should be taken to the Center for Social Concern for deposit within 3 business days. Student initiatives that collect cash donations should follow the steps below. As a reminder, student initiatives are not allowed to use Venmo, PayPal, Kickstarter, or similar platforms to conduct group business, including collecting donations for fundraisers.
The group financial officer must first make a record of the total monies received.
Take the money to the CSC for deposit. For cash deposits, please bundle the money separated by denomination. Please do not submit large quantities of coins.
At the CSC, a receipt will be given for the deposit amount.
JHU’s Online Child Safety Training
All students working with children should view JHU’s Child Safety in University Programs Policy and are responsible for upholding this policy.
Many of the students in the CSC’s programs work with children (under 18 years of age). Those students who are working with children are required to complete JHU’s online child safety training prior to service. The training discusses your responsibilities of working with children. It will also provide best practices when working with children, describe the different types of child abuse, and JHU’s process of reporting suspected abuse or neglect of a child.
To access the training:
- Log in to myJHU and navigate to myLearning using the sidebar.
- Search in the catalog for Training on the Safety of Children in University Programs.
- Complete the training. It should take about 30 minutes.
Students who are working with children should refrain from being alone with a child. You are responsible to report known or suspected abuse or neglect. We hope this never occurs but should you learn of or suspect abuse or neglect, you should be vigilant and take immediate action. Proof of child abuse is not necessary to file a report of suspected abuse.
Many fear of making false reports, interfering in someone’s personal business, or causing a scene, and/or making the situation worse for the child. The best way to stop potential child abuse is to protect the child and report it. Don’t protect the abuser. A child’s life may depend on it.
If you need to report suspected abuse or neglect of a child, you need to report it internally to the Office of the General Counsel and externally to Baltimore Child Protective Services within 48 hours of the incident. The Center for Social Concern can assist you with this process. For your reference, both offices contact information is listed below.
Office of the General Counsel
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-2688
Phone: (410) 516-8128
Fax: (410) 516-5448
Baltimore Child Protective Services
1900 N. Howard Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: (410) 361-2235
Fax: (443) 423-7003 or -7002
After-hours Fax: (410) 423-5950
The Center for Social Concern works with community partner organizations and request that they sign a Memorandum of Understanding and submit a Certificate of Insurance before participating with any of our programs (PDF Document: view sample Memorandum of Understanding). Students are not allowed to participate in a CSC Program until staff have communicated with the partner and/or signed an agreement.
For CSC student initiatives, we are able to identify our community partners based on the re-registration paperwork that you submit for your group. If we are having trouble signing the agreement for whatever reason, we will contact the student group leaders. If there are other organizations that you’d like to work with, you must contact and receive approval from your CSC staff advisor prior to your service with them.
Student initiatives who are looking to partner with a new organization should contact their CSC staff advisor or group management intern.
Center for Social Concern student initiatives may hold fundraising events to benefit nonprofit organizations. However, student initiatives should be advised that such events tend to yield a very small final donation, especially considering the amount of planning and preparation that goes into making the event successful. We encourage our student initiatives to consider whether alternative methods of serving a community partner might be more beneficial.
CSC/France Merrick funds cannot be used for event expenses, such as food, venue rental, AV, security, facilities, etc., and related items. These expenses must be deducted from the event’s revenue. Thus, the final donation from the fundraiser will equal the ticket proceeds minus event expenses. To offset these costs, student initiatives may solicit outside fundraising to cover event expenses.
- The charity/organization must be approved by the CSC before proceeding with the fundraiser. We are unable to donate to international organizations unless they have a domestic partner who can receive the donation.
- Paperwork to get the charity/organization into the JHU vendor system (for payment purposes) must be completed before the event.
- An Event Outline must be submitted to the group’s CSC Staff Advisor at least three months prior to the event.
Student initiatives may borrow a JCard reader for fundraising events – from ID Card Services, 52 Garland Hall. student initiatives must abide by ID Card Services’ Loaner Equipment Agreement.
What do we do with our money?
For events that bring in cash, refer to the Cash Donation Policy above. All fundraiser cash and checks should be taken to the Center for Social Concern for deposit within 3 business days. As a reminder, student initiatives are not allowed to use Venmo, PayPal, Kickstarter, or similar platforms to conduct group business, including collecting donations for fundraisers.
All events must be registered at least 10 business days prior to your event. Your event will be denied if you submit an event less than 10 business days in advance. All student organization events, both on and off campus, are required to be registered in Hopkins Groups. Please visit the Student Leadership and Involvement website for more information to help you plan your event. Please visit the Event Registration & Sober Party Monitor Training Information page for information about registering off campus events and parties.
The CSC prohibits volunteers from taking any images, including photos and video, of or with children, in connection with your volunteering activities. There are many privacy and safety concerns that are easily forgotten when it comes to taking photos and images of people without their permission. We take this policy seriously and prohibit students involved with the CSC’s programs from taking pictures of people or children.
The CSC and JHU realize that the work you are doing is engaging and impactful and in many cases, it provides you the opportunity to build strong bonds and meet new friends. When you work with the same people and/or children week after week, it’s hard not to build a friendship. We understand but you must remember that you don’t have the authority or right to take a picture of anyone without permission nor do you have the right to decide where their photo can be placed/shared (i.e.-social media, brochure, etc.).
We realize that you mean no harm. However, by taking and having a picture of a child in your possession, you are putting them at risk or in danger. What if the photo falls into the wrong hands of someone who does want to harm the child? What if the child and their family is in a witness protection program and should not be identified? What if a child is adopted and their biological parents are trying to locate them and harm them? By having and/or posting a picture of a child in a public forum, you are placing that child at risk. We realize these are drastic situations but point being is we don’t know any child’s situation nor can we make any assumptions of their situation. Any information or pictures shared online and/or in a public setting lasts forever and you have no control over where it goes and/or who has it which is why we prohibit students from taking any photos or images, in connection with your volunteering activities. If a student chooses to do so, it is at the student’s own discretion and JHU/CSC cannot advise the student in this process.
The majority of the Center for Social Concern’s programs do not provide home visitations. However, if students need to visit someone’s home within the scope of your volunteering, there are safety protocols that need to be in place between you and your community partner prior to entering someone’s home. There is a detailed “home visitation” section in our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that are signed by our community partners. PDF Document: View Home Visitation Policy in MOU.
Your supervisor should share their home visitation safety protocol policy with you and discuss an emergency plan and your itinerary (including the location of the home and estimated time of return). Your community partner should know where you are at all times and in case there is an emergency. There should be a plan in place prior to departing for a home visit. In addition, students should always be going to someone’s home in a pair if not a larger group, NEVER alone, and always with an employee of the Organization.
Home visitations are optional and you should never feel unsafe. If you have concerns about the work you are doing, you should discuss them with your organization and/or contact the Center for Social Concern immediately.
ALL PURCHASES MUST BE PRE-APPROVED through Hopkins Groups.
We will no longer be able to reimburse students unless your reimbursement request has been pre-approved.
- ALL PURCHASES MUST BE PRE-APPROVED through Hopkins Groups.
- This includes everything your group plans to spend your funding on—including groceries.
- Transportation should be organized through HopVans or the new Lyft program.
- We will no longer be able to reimburse students unless your reimbursement request has been pre-approved. Read more below.
- Beginning fall 2018, we will be offering a prepaid debit card program to assist student initiatives who need to purchase items that are difficult to pre-pay by CSC staff (i.e. groceries).
- The option to request this method will be live in the form shortly, but in the meantime, please select “Other” in the “Purchase Order Request Form” and upload a word doc describing the expenses you expect to incur and we will follow up with you to complete the purchase.
- You should also use this form to start the process of ordering imprinted items like apparel, stickers, etc.
- All items and logos must comply with the HSA Branding Guidelines and be approved by the Center for Social Concern
- An important note re: Venmo/PayPal/Kickstarter and similar platforms—Student groups are not permitted to use these platforms to raise funds or conduct other transactions for their groups
- ALL FOOD orders must be processed through Foodify or your advisor’s purchasing card. We are UNABLE to reimburse for catering orders. You can start the process of Foodify through the Purchasing Request Form.
- We will no longer be able to reimburse students unless your reimbursement request has been pre-approved using the Student Organization Purchase Request Form.
- PLEASE PLAN AHEAD to make sure you have sufficient time to complete your purchase.
- The Purchase Request Form must be submitted 10 business days in advance of when you need the purchase.
- Through this form, you can start the process of having the CSC order for you from Amazon and Office Depot, among other vendors.
- Please direct all questions regarding group policies and financial issues to the Center for Social Concern staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or (410) 516-4777.
- THANK YOU for your patience as we continue to improve our financial policies to reduce the out-of-pocket burden for students. Feedback/compliments/suggestions can be directed to Caroline Ouwerkerk, Assistant Director of Student Leadership and Development.
Guidelines for Summer Service 2019
The guidelines below are in place for student initiatives during the summer period. All CSC and SLI policies are still in effect over the summer. Volunteers should continue to log their service hours through Track it Forward. Track it Forward is the university’s official record of student volunteer hours.
Please email Caroline Ouwerkerk with any questions at email@example.com.
Summer 2019: June 1, 2019 through July 31, 2019
Academic Year Period: August 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020
Summer 2020: June 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020
Summer Service Request
- Groups are required to fill out the Summer 2019 Service Form on Hopkins Groups to notify the CSC of their plans for summer service.
Student Initiative Budgets
- During the summer period 2019, expenses for CSC student initiatives will be charged to a special “CSC Summer Service” account.
- Individual initiative budgets will not be charged for summer expenses.
- NOTE: students should not charge this account for any academic year period expenses.
Summer Reimbursements and Purchase Requests
- During Summer 2019, the CSC will process Reimbursement Requests only. Reimbursement Requests may be submitted through this Hopkins Groups form.
- Requests for supplies purchases should be directed to your group’s advisor and should be limited to supplies needed for summer service only. Groups may begin placing Purchasing Requests using the normal methods for supplies, etc. for the academic year beginning August 1, 2019.
- Groups are encouraged to use HopVans in order to have transportation expenses directly billed to the CSC. In addition, there are free transportation options (the Charm City Circulator and the JHMI) that continue to run in the summer.
Getting to your Community Partner Site
Volunteers may use public transportation. If a volunteer chooses to use their personal vehicle, be aware that the volunteer’s personal insurance will be primary coverage in the event that there is an incident. Under no circumstances, should you be driving any minors under the age of 18 at any time.
A benefit of where JHU is located and where our partners are located, is that in many instances, you can get around the city by walking (or even biking). If your community partner is too far from campus to walk or bike, you have other public transportation options:
- Charm City Circulator
- Hopkins Shuttle
- MTA Bus
You can always reserve CSC and HOP Vans through JHU Transportation Services. Use common sense when walking, waiting for the bus, or traveling on the bus. Be alert of your surroundings, don’t get distracted, and use common sense. Put down your cell phone, take your ear buds out and make eye contact with those around you. Campus Alerts reminds you of the same information.
Transportation Policy and Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
The majority of the Center for Social Concern’s programs do not provide any kind of transportation within the scope of your work. If students need to provide transportation (i.e. going to Staples to pick up drawing supplies for your community partner), there are safety protocols that need to be in place between you and your community partner prior to leaving. There is a detailed “transportation” section in our Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that are signed by our community partners. PDF Document: View Transportation Policy in MOU. Your supervisor should share their transportation safety policy with you, addressing your safety, discuss an emergency plan, and your itinerary (including the location of the home and estimated time of return). Your community partner should know where you are at all times and in case they need to reach you or you need to reach them, to ensure there is a plan in place.
In addition, students are not permitted to drive any Organization owned or non-owned vehicles (i.e. leases, business Zipcars, etc.). Students should not drive minors under the age of 18. If you ever feel unsafe, you should share your concerns with your organization and/or contact the Center for Social Concern immediately.
Any student initiatives who are going on overnight trips or conferences outside of the Baltimore area need to be approved by a CSC Staff Advisor at least 2 weeks in advance of the trip. If approved, a student group leader must submit the following documents:
- PDF Document: Itinerary Form(including a list of the names of all attendees, contact information of where you will be staying, arrival and departure dates, etc.)
- PDF Document: Emergency Contact and Medical Information Form (from each attendee)
- Release and Indemnification Agreement
Student group leaders should PDF Document: bring a copy of the CSC’s Travel Policies with them and get their CSC staff advisor’s contact information in case of emergency.
We understand that it’s important for some student initiatives to plan field trips with your community partners and we believe it’s important for the work that you are achieving. However, there are policies and protocols that need to be put in place before your trip can be approved. Each trip is reviewed on a case-by-case basis with CSC and applicable university staff. Additional paperwork may be required of the attendees and/or participants, depending on the trip or activity planned. Unfortunately, this process could take several weeks since multiple offices need to communicate. Please plan your trip several weeks in advance and work with the CSC staff to ensure that your trip is not delayed.
Student initiatives are not allowed to have websites or use a 3rd party to host a website. Student initiatives who need to recruit students or provide information to the public should use Hopkins Groups to post any necessary information that needs to be promoted. Hopkins Groups has the ability to post event information, pictures, current leaders, social media, group overviews, etc. It has similar functionality as a website and is a consistent way for student initiatives to recruit and promote your group and activities.
Background Checks and Fingerprinting
Students working in Baltimore City Public Schools will need to be fingerprinted and background checked through City Schools. Those who have already completed these checks by BCPS, do not need to complete this process again, unless notified otherwise. The CSC will be working with BCPS to provide fingerprinting and background check sessions on campus in the fall. Students who are not able to attend these sessions will be responsible to work with the BCPS where he/she is volunteering to have this completed.
In other instances, students who are not working in a Baltimore City Public School may also be required to complete fingerprinting and background checks. If your community partner requires these checks, you will need to have this done through an approved provider. If you need assistance having this completed, please contact the Center for Social Concern at firstname.lastname@example.org or (410) 516-4777.