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Ethical Behavior Standards

The School has a professional values commitment that requires the highest standards of conduct in human interactions. Students must agree to abide by the ethical requirements of the NASW Code of Ethics.  Student behaviors in classroom, field, university and the wider community should demonstrate adherence to the ethical expectations and obligations of professional practice, noted in the NASW Code of Ethics and the KU Student Code of Conduct. This includes, though may not be limited to:

  • Adherence to the NASW Code of Ethics and the KU Student Code of Conduct.
  • No involvement with the criminal justice system that is so recent, consistent and/or serious that it may prevent one’s ability to engage in effective professional practice.
  • Systematic evaluation of clients, communities and larger environmental systems and their situations in an unbiased, factual way.  Suspension of personal biases during interactions with others.
  • Comprehension of a variety of ways of life and values. Empathic communication and support of the client and community systems as a basis for a productive professional relationship.
  • Appreciation of the value of diversity.  Effective and nonjudgmental relation to and work with others who are different from oneself.  Appropriate service to all persons in need of assistance, regardless of the person’s race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, and mental or physical ability.   No imposition of personal, religious, sexual, and/or cultural values on clients or communities.
  • Demonstration of respect for the rights of others.  Commitment to clients’ and communities’ rights to freedom of choice and self-determination.
  • Maintenance of confidentiality as it relates to human services, classroom activities, and field placements.
  • Demonstration of honesty and integrity by being truthful about background, experiences, and qualifications; doing one’s own work; giving credit for the ideas of others; and providing proper citation of source materials. Behavior should be consistent with the rules on Academic Misconduct found in the University Senate Rules and Regulations and the School of Social Welfare statements on avoiding Academic Misconduct found elsewhere in the BSW Student Handbook.
  • Demonstration of clear, appropriate, and culturally sensitive boundaries.  Does not sexually harass others; make verbal or physical threats; commit acts of violence; become involved in sexual relationships with clients, supervisors, or faculty; abuse others in physical, emotional, verbal, or sexual ways; or participate in dual relationships where conflicts of interest may exist.

View the NASW Code of Ethics here.