Section I - Criteria

A. What qualifies as a valid CSER?

  1. To receive CSER credit students may not:
    • Receive monetary compensation
    • Receive academic credit
    • Be awarded a scholarship
  2. A CSER must fit within the framework of the Missions and Goals of the department, which may include any, or all, of the following:
  • Evangelism
  • Discipleship
  • Tutoring/mentoring
  • Civic and community services (this does not include political campaigning)
  • Community improvement
  • Alleviation of human suffering
  • Assisting the underprivileged and less fortunate
  • Education and development of children/adults
  • Educational assistance
  • Stewardship of the earth (Environmental projects, care for animals, etc.)

See our listing of CSER opportunities that fit these criteria.

B. Can a CSER be fulfilled with an organization other than is listed?

Yes.  This falls under the areas of Special Projects (399s) and Church Extensions (279s) and requires special application. In these cases, there must be strict adherence to the following:

  1. Special Projects (399s)
    • Students are expected to respect the doctrinal and ethical positions of Liberty University.
    • Students must submit an application online through ASIST and receive approval through the Center for CSER prior to receiving credit.  Students will need the name and email address of the person who will be supervising and evaluating their service before applying online.
  2. Church Extensions (279s)
  • Students are expected to respect the doctrinal and ethical positions of Liberty University.
  • Students must submit an application online through ASIST and receive approval through the Center for CSER prior to receiving credit. Students will need the name and email address of the person who will be supervising and evaluating their service before applying online.
  • The Center for CSER requires a doctrinal statement from a prospective church.  The church will be evaluated in light of the University’s doctrinal statement.

Note: Without prior approval from the Center for CSER for 279s and 399s, students run the risk of having their CSERs denied due to their failure to conform to established CSER criteria.

C. Can a CSER be done with a for-profit business or organization?

While the general rule is that CSERs must be done through existing non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, it is possible that some for-profit organizations, particularly those dealing with human health and services (hospitals, nursing homes, etc.), may be approved as CSER sites. Further, if a business is involved in a not-for-profit community service endeavor, this may be considered a valid CSER opportunity provided the minimal 20 hours (See Section III.C.) can be completed. Strict guidelines must be followed in these situations. Requests for exceptions will be dealt with on a case by case basis. It is mandatory that students make application and receive approval through the Center for CSER prior to receiving credit.

Note: Without prior approval from the Center for CSER, students run the risk of having their CSERs denied due to their failure to conform to established CSER criteria.

D. May students use their internship at a non-profit organization for a CSER?

While you may not receive CSER credit for the work for which you are being paid or are receiving academic credit (Section I.A.1), you may do additional hours for CSER credit. Each situation will be handled on a case by case basis.

Note: Internships at for-profit organizations may not be used for CSER credit.

E. Can students fulfill their CSERs by volunteering at someone's home?

No. Any exceptions to this policy require prior approval from the CSER Office before making application online.

Note: Without prior approval from the Center for CSER, students run the risk of having their CSERs denied due to their failure to conform to established CSER criteria.
 

Next: Section II - Enrollment