Support for Faculty Community-Engaged Scholarship Courses



GWServes GivePulse 


GWServes is an online platform that facilitates communication between faculty, community partners, and students. All GW students and faculty have a GWServes account accessible by using their GW email account with the same sign on information, students and faculty need only visit the site to create a profile and begin using the platform.

  • Connect students to the community organizations you have identified as partners. 
  • Monitor student activities, including which organization each student is working with, their hours served, and impacts achieved.
  • Communicate with community organizations about on-going student progress, share your syllabus, and collect feedback through internal communications or surveys.
  • Identify new community partners by browsing the community organization profile pages.
  • Access resources like the Student Handbook for Community-Engaged Scholarship Courses, Liability Waiver, Release Agreement Forms and brief videos to help you and your students use GWServes.
  • Utilize data collected here to report and analyze students’ service and impact at the course and department level, from year to year.

The data collected through GWServes will help us identify patterns, deepen campus-community relationships, and ultimately improve our effectiveness in creating positive change in the community. 

To set up your Community Engaged Scholarship course on the platform please contact Wendy Wagner at [email protected]

Nashman Guide: Writing the Syllabus

This Nashman Guide addresses how to approach communicating the goals and expectations you have to students in your Community-Engaged Scholarship Course. It includes sample syllabus language you are welcome to use or edit. It also provides current information to share with students about resources available to them.

Writing the Syllabus Guide 

Course Designation 

Liability Waivers and the Student Guide to Community-Engaged Scholarship Courses

Faculty often ask about the risk of sending students to the community. Of course, as you and your community partners design the students' service initiative, student safety must be a consideration. Students must complete the waiver on GivePulse prior to service.

The Student Guide for Community-Engaged Scholarship Courses is a resource available to prepare students to serve respectfully, responsibly, and safely. It outlines a step-by-step approach to beginning their service work, including information about reporting incidents such as accidents or sexual harassment concerns. This Guide is also available to faculty and students through GWServes and the link below.

Student GivePulse Forms

Background Checks for Students or Courses Serving with DC Public Schools

Many service opportunities that involve direct contact with children or other special populations require special background checks first. The background check to serve with DC Public Schools involves several steps, so it is important to allow for extra time for these service initiatives to get started. While these steps may seem cumbersome at first glance, we do not want to dissuade the GW community from supporting our local schools. This process is completed successfully by hundreds of students every year. Keep in mind, the clearance to serve in DC Public Schools is valid for two years - so some of your students may already be ready to serve there.  


Step one: TB Testing 

GW’s Colonial Health Center can provide TB testing. If this is a requirement for service with a community partner, the Nashman Center will cover the costs of the standard test. 

1.     Complete the Nashman Center’s Online TB Test Voucher Form

2.     Show your GWorld ID at the Nashman Center front desk (837 22ndSt.) to receive a voucher to use at Colonial Health. 

3.     Visit Colonial Health for the TB test. No appointment is necessary, walk-in appointments are available during the times below.

·       Tuesdays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

·       Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

·       Fridays: 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Step two: Visit the DCPS Fingerprinting Fingerprinting Office (10th floor of 1200 First ST NE, Washington DC, 20002)

1.     Complete the online clearance application BEFORE getting fingerprinted.  If this application is not complete at the time of fingerprinting they will not proceed.

2.     Bring a valid government issued ID, and printed copies of:  A negative TB/PPD test result, ID (driver’s license/passport), and your most updated physical and immunization records.

3.     The office is open Mon-Thurs: 8am to 5pm, and Friday: 8am to 3pm. (Arrive at least 30 minutes before closing).

TB Test Voucher Form