Volunteer Information

Youngstown State University (YSU) welcomes the assistance of volunteers who wish to provide their service, guidance, and insight to help the University and to play a role in the success of YSU’s students. However, use of volunteers must occur within the requirements imposed by federal and state laws regulating employment and immigration and must be consistent with University Policies.  Relevant information for volunteers and University departments is available in the Volunteer Services Administrative Guidelines.

Prospective volunteers and sponsoring departments should familiarize themselves with applicable University polices including but not limited to Policy 3356-7-44 Background checks for employees and volunteers, Policy 3356-7-50 Minors on campus/background checks, Policy 3356-7-20 Drug-free environment, Policy 3356-2-02 Discrimination/harassment and Policy 3356-2-05, and Policy 3356-2-05 Title IX Sexual Harassment. Policies can be viewed on the University’s Policy website University Policies.

All volunteers are required to complete a Volunteer Agreement and Release form and Release for Background Information form.

What is a Volunteer:

An uncompensated individual performing service directly related to the business of YSU, supporting the activities of YSU, or gaining experience in specific endeavors through volunteer services.

A volunteer is not a YSU employee and is not covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) or other employment laws through YSU.

A volunteer performs services without promise, expectation or receipt of any compensation, future employment or any other tangible benefit, including medical/health insurance workers’ compensation, or unemployment benefits.

A volunteer may be provided certain nominal benefits related to their service, such as admission to YSU events or other privileges, as approved by their supervisor.

A volunteer who incurs pre-approved actual and reasonable expenses arising from the performance of the volunteer services will be reimbursed for those expenses. The standard YSU reimbursement procedures apply.

Who is Eligible/Ineligible to be a Volunteer:

A perspective volunteer must have adequate experience, qualifications, and training for the task(s) they will be performing.

A perspective volunteer must successfully complete all applicable background checks and specific training prior to beginning volunteer service. All individuals seeking to volunteer in the Athletics Department must undergo a background check.

Generally, a volunteer must be at least 18 years of age.

An individual under the age of 16 may not be a YSU volunteer.

An individual between the ages of 16-17 must obtain parental/guardian permission to volunteer and the volunteer services must be appropriate for the age and abilities of the individual, the risk associated with the services and the skill level required.

Although volunteers are not covered by the FLSA, a volunteer under the age of 18 may not provide any service that would violate the child labor restrictions of the FLSA.

An individual with a pending H-1B visa application seeking to work at YSU may not volunteer at YSU.

Individuals interested in volunteering at Youngstown State University should contact University departments for available volunteer opportunities.