Discontinuance Policy

Discontinuance Policy

  • Students who earn lower than a B- (2.70) in two courses will be placed on academic probation. Notification of this status will be by letter from the Director of the Master of Social Work program. Subsequently, a reduction in the academic load may be required. Students whose GPA is below 3.0 for two semesters will be subject to dismissal from the graduate social work program. Appeal of this action may be made through the formal appeal process described in this document.
  • Cheating and plagiarism constitute unprofessional conduct and are violations of the ethical standards of the profession. Such behavior may be reason for discontinuance from the program.
  • Students who are unable to secure a satisfactory field placement for reasons relating to their inappropriateness or their lack of readiness for placement will be subject to discontinuance from the program.
  • Social work students are expected to demonstrate professional behavior that reflects a commitment to the ethics of the social work profession (see NASW Code of Ethics). Behavior contrary to these ethics will be cause for review of the studentís status in the program. Examples of unprofessional conduct that would warrant such a review include oral and written statements that are derogatory toward students, faculty, and other persons involved in a studentís education. Any form of discrimination or disrespect shown to persons on the basis of age, class, color, disability, ethnicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, or sexual orientation is contrary to the purposes and values of social work and will result in a review of the studentís status.
  • In instances where there is concern that the studentís past or present functioning might interfere with professional social work responsibilities, the student may be requested to seek professional counseling. Depending on the severity of the issues, the student may be subject to discontinuance from the MSW program.