Criteria for Retention
Students are informed of the criteria for evaluating their academic and professional performance through a variety of measures. Individual courses specify the criteria utilized for evaluating assignments and final course grades in their syllabus. Every student is also required to read both the BSW Program Student Handbook and the Field Manual, which outline the criteria for evaluating performance both in courses and in field.
Review and Monitoring Procedures
Social Work Faculty, including Adjunct Faculty and Faculty Advisors, will monitor the behavior of all admitted Social Work majors. Field Instructors/Proctors and the Field Faculty will monitor Field Education performance. Any concern about a student’s ability to meet, and/or one or more violation(s) of any of the 6 (six) Criteria for Retention in the major should be immediately reported to the Chair of the Social Work Program. A written memo should be submitted, specifying the area(s) of concern, and documenting adequate evidence for concern. After the Chair’s receipt of the concern(s), the student will be invited, in writing, to participate in a voluntary meeting that would provide an opportunity for the student to present any information that affects his/her situation. The meeting can include any or all of the following: the student, the academic advisor, the Chair of the Social Work Program, any other full-time or adjunct Social Work faculty member, and an advocate, if desired by the student.
After investigation of the concern(s), one of the following decisions will be made by the Chair of the Social Work Program, in consultation with the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences as deemed necessary.
Any student desiring to appeal a decision related to admission and/or retention from the Social Work major should follow the Admission/Retention Appeal Policy/Procedure.