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Expectations

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Expectations of my BSW & MSW students

Social work students are in essense apprentice social workers. You represent both the profession and Union University in ALL that you do. We as social workers, and as members of the Union University community, have standards of conduct for which we strive. That means that you will be held accountable to those standards, which are set forth in the various student handbooks, catalogs, and the profession’s Code of Ethics. There are consequences for not striving for these standards, some of which are set forth in the same sources.

 


Code of Ethics

I want to point your attention to a select few of these standards from the Code of Ethics. These standards apply to your career and work as a social work student.

 

4. SOCIAL WORKERS’ ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES AS PROFESSIONALS

 

Private Conduct (4.03)

Social workers should not permit their private conduct to interfere with their ability to fulfill their professional responsibilities.

 

Dishonesty, Fraud, & Deception (4.04)

Social workers should not participate in, condone, or be associated with dishonesty, fraud, or deception.

 

Impairment (4.05)

(a) Social workers should not allow their own personal problems, psychosocial distress, legal problems, substance abuse, or mental health difficulties to interfere with their professional judgment and performance or to jeopardize the best interests of people for whom they have a professional responsibility.

(b) Social workers whose personal problems, psychosocial distress, legal problems, substance abuse, or mental health difficulties interfere with their professional judgment and performance should immediately seek consultation and take appropriate remedial action by seeking professional help, making adjustments in workload, terminating practice, or taking any other steps necessary to protect clients and others.

 

Acknowledging Credit (4.08)

(a) Social workers should take responsibility and credit, including authorship credit, only for work they have actually performed and to which they have contributed.

(b) Social workers should honestly acknowledge the work of and the contributions made by others.

 

2. SOCIAL WORKERS’ ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES TO COLLEAGUES

 

Respect (2.01)

(a) Social workers should treat colleagues with respect and should represent accurately and fairly the qualifications, views, and obligations of colleagues.

(b) Social workers should avoid unwarranted negative criticism of colleagues in communications with clients or with other professionals. Unwarranted negative criticism may include demeaning comments that refer to colleagues’ level of competence or to individuals’ attributes such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, and mental or physical disability.

(c) Social workers should cooperate with social work colleagues and with colleagues of other professions when such cooperation serves the well­being of clients.

 

Impairment of Colleagues (2.09)

(a) Social workers who have direct knowledge of a social work colleague’s impairment that is due to personal problems, psychosocial distress, substance abuse, or mental health difficulties and that interferes 
with practice effectiveness should consult with that colleague when feasible and assist the colleague in taking remedial action.

(b) Social workers who believe that a social work colleague’s impairment interferes with practice effectiveness and that the colleague has not taken adequate steps to address the impairment should take action through appropriate channels established by employers, agencies, NASW, licensing and regulatory bodies, and other professional organizations.

 

Incompetence of Colleagues (2.10)

(a) Social workers who have direct knowledge of a social work colleague’s incompetence should consult with that colleague when feasible and assist the colleague in taking remedial action.

(b) Social workers who believe that a social work colleague is incompetent and has not taken adequate steps to address the incompetence should take action through appropriate channels established by employers, agencies, NASW, licensing and regulatory bodies, and other professional organizations.

 

Unethical Conduct of Colleagues

(a) Social workers should take adequate measures to discourage, prevent, expose, and correct the unethical conduct of colleagues.

(b) Social workers should be knowledgeable about established policies and procedures for handling concerns about colleagues’ unethical behavior. Social workers should be familiar with national, state, and local procedures for handling ethics complaints. These include policies and procedures created by NASW, licensing and regulatory bodies, employers, agencies, and other professional organizations.

(c) Social workers who believe that a colleague has acted unethically should seek resolution by discussing their concerns with the colleague when feasible and when such discussion is likely to be productive.

(d) When necessary, social workers who believe that a colleague has acted unethically should take action through appropriate formal channels (such as contacting a state licensing board or regulatory body, an NASW committee on inquiry, or other professional ethics committees).

(e) Social workers should defend and assist colleagues who are unjustly charged with unethical conduct.

 


Graduate Catalog

I also want to point your attention to a select few of these standards from the Graduate Catalog.

 

Student Conduct

It is understood and expected that graduate students will possess a high level of maturity and responsibility. Union University is committed to providing quality education within a Christian environment, all students are expected to recognize this commitment and to conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the Christian life-style. Furthermore, since positive relationships with faculty and other students contribute to the learning process, students are expected to make every effort to avoid behavior that is known to be offensive to others.

 

The President, the Dean of Students, and the judicial system of the University are charged with the administration of discipline. They are empowered to rule in any irregularity pertaining to student life.

 

Academic Integrity

Union University upholds the highest standards of honesty. Students are to refrain from the use of unauthorized aids during testing (including but not limited to technology devices such as digital cameras, cellphone cameras, pen-based scanners, translation programs, and text-messaging devices), to refuse to give or receive information on examinations, and to turn in only those assignments which are the result of their own efforts and research. Failure to provide correct documentation for material gleaned from any outside source, such as the Internet or any published/unpublished work, constitutes plagiarism, a form of cheating subject to strict disciplinary action. On the other hand, Faculty are responsible for discouraging cheating and will make every effort to provide physical conditions which deter cheating and to be aware at all times of activity in the testing area.

 

Any student found guilty by the professor of cheating will be subject to disciplinary action by the professor. The professor will file a report of the incident and the intended disciplinary action with the Office of the Dean or the MAIS Program Director. If the student deems this action unfair, he or she may file an appeal with the administrator with whom the report was filed. The administrator will convey the results to the student and to the instructor by email (copied to the Office of the Dean of Students).

 

If either the student or the professor involved deems the administrator’s action unsatisfactory, within 10 working days of the sent date of the email conveying the results he or she may email the Office of the Provost to request a hearing before the Graduate Appeals Committee. The committee will convey its decision to the student and to the professor by email. The decision of this committee will be final upon approval by the Provost in consultation with the President.

 

Academic Probation & Suspension

After completion of 9 graduate hours at Union University, a graduate student whose cumulative GPA from courses taken at Union University for graduate credit is below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. A graduate student whose GPA from courses taken at Union is below 2.5 will be suspended from the graduate degree program. While suspended from the degree program, the student may, in an effort to improve the GPA, repeat courses in which a grade of C or F has been received. When the student’s GPA has been raised to 2.5 or higher, the student may apply for readmission to the degree program. See also each program for program specific progression policies.

 

Progression in the Program (Master of Social Work)

  1. After being approved for admission to the MSW program, the student will enroll in the courses according to the prescribed sequence.

  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale must be maintained, with no grade less than a B in any practice or field seminar course. Students are required to repeata course in which they earn lower than a C. Elective courses with a grade lower than a B need not be repeated, but no credit will be given toward graduation. Students earning less than a B in field practicum will be referred to the Committee on Student Academic and Professional Evaluation (CSAPE), a faculty committee, for action, which may include termination from the program. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be referred to CSAPE who will act in accordance with the policies that are identified in the MSW Student Handbook. One option is to place a student on academic probation status. Students who are on academic probation for two consecutive terms will be suspended from the program. At least one term (not including summer unless specifically stipulated otherwise in the suspension decision) must elapse before reapplying.

  3. Continuation in the MSW program is contingent upon compliance with ethical and professional standards of conduct stipulated by the Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers. Reasons for dismissal can include inadequate interpersonal skills and an inability to conform to the Core Performance Standards of the School of Social Work.

  4. Successful completion of the required coursework, 900 clock hours in an approved social service agency, and attendance in field seminar class concurrent with each social work field practicum are required for graduation, along with a GPA of 3.0 or better. All field practica must be passed with a grade of B or better.

  5. Graduation requirements follow the guidelines of Union University.


MSW Student Handbook

You can find the MSW Student Handbook on the MSW Program website. In lieu of highlighting select portions of the handbook, I will simply remind you that you are responsible for reading the handbook and complying with ALL policies set forth therein.

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