Volunteer Service Paid Time Off

Volunteer Service Paid Time Off

All full-time and part-time benefit-eligible faculty and staff can participate in the Volunteer Service Paid Time Off Policy beginning Jan. 8, 2018. Eligible employees can volunteer up to 16 hours per academic year (July 1 through June 30) with a Creighton-sponsored event and/or Creighton partnership site identified through the Creighton Schlegel Center for Service and Justice (SCSJ), http://blogs.creighton.edu/ccsj/local-community-service/local-volunteer-opportunities/

Volunteer service work may extend across multiple community partners and must be used in increments of two hours or more. Employees must be in good standing and provide reasonable notice to management prior to their time off. Additional considerations include ensuring work demands precede service time off requests. The decision to approve a request for paid service time off is within the discretion of management along with the organizational and operational needs of the division, school or college. If an employee's request conflicts with operational needs, management is encouraged to work with employees to find a time that works for all parties. 

The service time off will be paid at the employee's current base salary. Service paid time will be considered as excused time and will not accrue from fiscal year to year. Usage of this time does not affect vacation or sick accruals. Any unused volunteer paid time hours will not be paid out upon termination of employment.

Employees will need to submit requests via the absence management module in myHR. Management will review each request. Any managerial questions concerning approval or denial of a request should be directed to Human Resources at 402.280.2709 or hr@creighton.edu.

Examples of qualified uses for service time off include:

  • Building a house for Habitat for Humanity
  • Participating in Project Homeless Connect Omaha
  • Volunteering at a local hospital
  • Volunteering at an inner-city school
  • Volunteering at a food bank

Examples of unqualified uses for service time off:

  • Attending a professional or personal interest conference
  • Attending your child’s parent-teacher meeting
  • Coaching your child’s basketball game

If an agency you desire is not part of a Creighton-sponsored event or identified by SCSJ, please contact the Office of the Vice Provost of Mission and Ministry at 402.280.3056 for review and consideration.

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