Student Resources

ATTENTION!!! All face to face AS-L service is canceled until further notice.

“This experience overall has been one of deeper understanding and admiration for the Vincentian mission. It has also served to validate my devotion to wanting to help others and the need to help those who simply cannot help themselves. I feel humbled having been blessed with such an opportunity and impassioned to go that step further for the sake of others.”
First Year Student 2017-2018

The Office of Academic Service-Learning at St. John’s University is committed to providing high quality customer service to all students who have inquiries about their AS-L projects each semester.

Please use the information below to navigate through our online resources available for students.

For questions about academic service-learning this semester, please contact:

Office of Academic Service-Learning
Lourdes Hall
Queens, NY 11439
(718) 990-8331
[email protected]

Learn More

Getting Started:

  • Review your course syllabus or speak to your professor to find out the AS-L requirement for your course (number of hours required, type of service sites recommended, deadlines and reflection assignment).
  • If you are taking more than one course with an AS-L component check with both faculty if the same service can be used for both courses, keep in mind two reflection assignments will still be required. 
  • Schedule your service at the start of the semester. You must register for service in GivePulse. For more information follow the instructions provided in the GivePulse tab. 
  • Serve with your classmates whenever possible. Serving together with a classmate provides an extra layer of comfort and allows you to share a discussion about the experience with someone you know. 
  • Be professional. Arrive on time and take initiative. Read the information about the site provided in GivePulse and know what to expect: tasks available, time requirements, dress code etc. 
  • Be prepared. Bring the agency phone number and directions with you and always be aware of your surroundings when traveling to and from the site.
  • Be observant. Bring a journal with you to jot down your thoughts, ideas, and what you did while you served.
  • Be punctual. Treat Academic Service-Learning as a job. Call the site supervisor if you are running late, sick or unable to go to the site when you are scheduled to serve.
  • Record all service hours accurately in your time log and in GivePulse. Do not falsify supervisor's signatures or number of hours on the Service Log Sheet.

Per the SJU Student Code of Conduct: “Forgery/Fraud: Forgery, alteration or misuse of University documents, records or identification is prohibited.”

GivePulse is the new Academic Service-Learning platform where students can find, sign up for, and report service hours connected to their course work. We are excited for the user-friendly nature and practicality of this new system. Please view the videos and step by step tutorials below to help you get started and correctly sign up for and report your service hours.

GivePulse Video Tutorials for students: 

  • How to access, please click here.
  • How to Register for Service on GivePulse, please click here.
  • How to Log Service, please click here

Step by step GivePulse instructions for students: 

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions:

Office of Academic Service-Learning
Lourdes Hall, Queens Campus
Phone Number: 718-990-8331
Fax Number: 718-990-3441
[email protected]

Reflection is the key to making the connection between service and learning and is the graded component of AS-L.

As you participate in AS-L, pay attention to:

  • The concrete experience
    - What did you do when you served?
  • The affective experience
    - How did serving make you feel?
  • The relationship between service and course content and concepts
    - How has serving reinforced what you learned in the classroom?

 Modes of reflection include:

  • Group discussions
  • Journals
  • Papers/presentations
  • Electronic forums/portfolios/blogs

A copy of your medical records is required for service completed in a nursing home, medical facility, or educational center by request. Please complete the form and bring it to the Student Health Services Office in DaSilva Hall (Queens Campus). Please note there is no charge for obtaining your medical records for the purpose of Academic Service-Learning.

Staten Island Medical Memo form can be found here.


The AS-L Essay Contest was established in 1998 to support student achievement. This contest helps us recognize the students who skillfully reflect on their service experience while making a concrete connection to the learning objectives of their course and discuss the larger social justice issues at play. 


Full-time/Part-time graduate and undergraduate students who have participated in an AS-L service component in one or more of their courses. 

Application Process

Submissions are accepted throughout the spring semester of each academic year.        

2018 - 2019 AS-L Essay Contest Winners 

1st$500Moon Ashraf
2nd $250Zara Choudhury
3rd$100Angela Randazzo


The Janet E. Mangione endowed scholarship was established in memory of triple alumna Janet E. Mangione, Associate Director of Academic Service-Learning (AS-L) and avid advocate and supporter of Academic Service-Learning at the University.  This endowed scholarship will provide $1,000 tuition scholarship to a student (including graduate students) who has at least one full semester remaining before graduating from the time the scholarship is awarded in May.  The recipient will be selected based on academic qualifications and need; experience in two or more AS-L courses; and the ability to articulate the impact these AS-L courses have had on their academic career and/or career choices. 


  • Open to all students (including graduate students), who have at least one full semester left until graduation from when the scholarship is awarded in May 
  • Student has had two or more AS-L courses in their education at St. John’s
  • GPA of 3.0 or above 
  • Financial need

Application Process

Submissions are accepted throughout the spring semester of each academic year. 

Past recipients of the Janet E. Mangione endowed scholarship 

2014Mairead Carr
2015Sherry Cheng
2016Stephanie Bananno
2017Kayla Shuler
2018Hannah Fitzgerald 
2019Sharon Wasserman 


Click here to view an orientation geared to students taking courses online. If you are a student living outside of New York,  ask your professor for a site introduction letter and intake form to help find a site in your area.