Professional Behavior, Policies and Procedures
Professional Behavior and Policies and Procedures for
ResolvingAcademic or Professional Performance Concerns.
Professional Behavior. Because
of the nature of professional Social Work practice, the Social Work program has
different expectations of students than do non-professional programs. Social
Workers traditionally serve vulnerable and/or disadvantaged populations. Social
Work programs have a responsibility to protect consumers, and to ensure that
Social Work students are competent to begin practice and meet professional
ethical standards. The Social Work program’s policies are linked to the
students’ abilities to become effective social work professionals and are
provided so that students and faculty can be clear about expectations and
procedures to address academic performance concerns, which include professional
behavior. Students are expected to exhibit behaviors that are in compliance
with the Social Work program’s policies, USU policies and standards, the
NASW Code of Ethics, and professional
ethical standards in the classroom, practicum, and community.
Students are accountable as representatives
of the Social Work program and the social work profession. Students are also
expected to abide by the NASW
Code of Ethics
and to uphold the rules and procedures of their practicum placement agencies.
The Social Work program requires students to demonstrate professional demeanor,
appropriate relationships, and ethical behavior. Failure to meet these ethical
standards may result in a failing grade and expulsion from the Social Work
Since social work is a professional program
in which students have the potential to work with vulnerable populations, the
Social Work program reserves the right to seek additional information such as
references from employers and others. Students should also be aware that if
there are any personal data such as that included on the application for state
licensure that may indicate a potential threat to the public safety and
welfare, a student may be denied continuance in the MSW program or encouraged
to withdraw from the program. Should that situation arise, students will be
assisted in finding a more suitable program/profession.
If a student falls below the academic or
professional standards or demonstrates unprofessional behavior at a practicum
site in violation of the policies and procedures associate with the practicum
MSW Field Practicum Manual),
such behavior would trigger a disciplinary process. This is a multi-step process
that can be generated by an individual faculty member, a practicum supervisor,
a faculty supervisor, or any Social Work program administrator. Outlined below
is the process if the potential disciplinary concern involves the Practicum:
Disciplinary Process within the Practicum
student fails to comply with practicum agency expectations:
1. Practicum Director will meet with the agency to discuss
concerns and goodness of fit for the student and agency.
2. Practicum Director will request a written letter or
written evaluation from the agency documenting concerns.
3. Practicum Director will meet with the MSW Program
Coordinator, the student and the student’s faculty advisor to discuss the
agency’s concerns, as well as, to hear the student’s perspective of the
4. The program, in consultation with the agency, will make
the final determination of student continuation at the agency.
5. The program reserves the right to deny continuation in the
program. The Student Review Committee is charged with making decisions
regarding program termination.
6. If the program denies continuation, faculty will work with
the student to help determine an alternative major.