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Required vs. Optional

Service learning can be required or optional in a class.  If service learning is required, students must satisfactorily complete the service learning component in order to pass the class.  If service learning is optional, students may choose a non-service learning alternative.  The non-service learning alternative is usually another assignment, such as a paper, project, presentation or test.  SL and non-SL options should be approximately equivalent in terms of time and effort.  Professors decide whether service learning will be required or optional in a class.  This decision must be made prior to course designation.