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EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY
DEPARTMENT OF SOCIAL WORK

ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE REVIEW

Guidelines for Retention and Termination

Adopted by Social Work Department, 11/3/04
Final Revision: November, 2006

Social work education serves the function of assuring that competent persons enter the social work profession, and ETSU’s Department of Social Work is committed to ensuring that students from our program are well-suited for the professional demands, roles, and responsibilities of social workers. Consequently, at times social work faculty may find it necessary to assess or reassess a student’s motivation and/or suitability for a career in social work, and thus for continuation in the program. To fulfill this obligation, the social work faculty has defined herein the policies and procedures that govern how issues of student continuation in and termination from the BSW Program are handled when a concern is raised about a student’s performance.

Given the nature and scope of professional social work practice, academic performance standards, as defined in the program’s Academic Performance Standards for Admission, Retention, and Graduation, are comprehensive. Students are introduced to these standards when they first interface with the program and their student file is established. At that time, they are provided with a copy of the “Student Code of Conduct” that they signed, as well as the Academic Performance Standards.

Below is an illustrative but not exhaustive list of problems that might result in an Academic Performance Review, based on the program’s Academic Performance Standards.

Students are seen as violating the BSW Program’s Academic Performance Standards and might be subject to performance review when they

□ fail to demonstrate professional integrity in meeting the objectives of the social work program and in fulfilling all program requirements.

□ perform at levels of C- and below in course and/or field work

□ breach the standards for academic conduct, including but not limited to plagiarism, the giving or falsifying of any academic documents or materials, cheating, and the giving or receiving of unauthorized aid in tests, examinations, or other assigned school work. ETSU’s policy on academic and classroom misconduct is defined in the student handbook, Spectrum, found in the back of ETSU’s Telephone Directory or at http://www.etsu.edu/students/spectrum/s03.htm.

□ are excessively absent from class, as defined in the instructor’s syllabus.

□ are consistently irresponsible in meeting classroom and program requirements; for example, they are involved in a high frequency of the following: tardiness and absences, absences on exam days, assignments are turned in late, required field experiences or group meetings to prepare for group projects are missed.

□ do not meet the grade-point requirements that have been established at different points in the program.

Students must have a 2.25 overall GPA and 2.50 GPA in three required social work courses (SOWK 1010, 1020, 1030) in order to gain formal admittance into the program as a social work major. In order to enter the capstone field practicum during the senior year, BSW students must meet the same GPA requirements as for admission to the program and, additionally, must successfully complete all required social work (SOWK) courses with a C or better. BSW students may repeat only two required social work courses in which they received a grade of C- or below, and students who earn a grade of C- and below in the senior field course may NOT repeat the course.

□ continue to reject social work values as they proceed through the program or who do not comply with the NASW Code of Ethics.

□ fail to engage in ethical behavior in the community commensurate with the professional role.

□ are found to be in serious violation of ETSU Student Disciplinary Rules, as determined by the ETSU Judicial System.

□ are convicted...
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