Please consider the University policies presented below regarding Volunteer service.
A University volunteer is an individual who performs work or provides services in support of University activities without the expectation of compensation. Volunteers may perform a variety of services, however, the University does not intend for volunteers to perform or displace work that is presently being performed by University employees.
Volunteers acting on behalf of the University are expected to adhere to University policies, including but not limited to those policies concerning alcohol and drug use, vehicle use, personal conduct, fiscal propriety, sexual harassment, diversity, and non-discrimination.
Volunteers are not considered employees and are not covered by workers' compensation disability benefits. Therefore volunteers are personally responsible for the expense of any medical care received for injuries incurred because of volunteer service to the University. Volunteers are not eligible for unemployment benefits.
"It is the policy of Grand Valley State University to support its Board members, officers, faculty, and staff in the reasonable and proper performance of their official duties, and to support students and volunteers when performing services on behalf of or under the direction of the university."
GVSU has insurance coverage that will cover your volunteer services as described above. A copy of the certificate of insurance is available to you at your request.
If your assignment involves minor children, confidential information, or money, you will be required to pass a criminal background check before your assignment beings. If your assignment requires you to operate a vehicle owned or leased by the University, you will need to present your valid driver's license to the Department of Public Safety for authorization.
Policies and procedures on becoming a University Volunteer can be found through the Risk Management web page.