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Safety & Success in Community Engagement



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Course Introduction

Safety and Success in Community Engagement is a sequence of four modules that will assist faculty in making their community engagement activities as safe, successful, and hassle-free as possible.

You may choose to complete three brief Learning Checks to solidify your learning and to receive a Safety & Success Certificate, which you can include on your annual report and CV.

Learning Outcomes

Participants in this course will be able to:

  • Identify what to discuss with your community partner.
  • Articulate the responsibilities and expectations in your partnership.
  • Develop an orientation that prepares students for their community service activity.
  • Describe key elements of IU's Policy on Working with Children.
  • State best practices when working with children.
  • Obtain permission to take and share photos, videos, and audio recordings.
  • Define discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and bias.
  • Describe key aspects of Indiana University's Policy on Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct.
  • Respond to discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and bias in accordance with IU policy.
  • Respond when a student experiences a physical injury in accordance with IU policy.
  • Direct victims of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct, and bias to supportive resources.

Module Topics

  • Communication with Community Partners
  • Student Preparation
  • What to Do If Bad Things Happen
  • Wrap Up

Course Creator

Gail McGuire is Professor of Sociology and Director of Community Engagement at IU South Bend.


Length: 3 hours


The Center for Community Engagement


Audience: IU faculty

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