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Failure to Meet the BSW Student Standards and the Process of Student Review

When students fail, or are in danger of failing, to meet performance standards in any of the four areas necessary for student advancement, the BSW program responds to attempt to promote student success while simultaneously maintaining standards that protect the clients and communities we serve, the profession, the reputation of the school, and the safety of our students, staff, and faculty. 

Building upon a time-honored tradition within the School of Social Welfare and our stated commitment to the central importance of human relationships, we always hope to begin by resolving concerns through the least intrusive and most empowering ways that we can.  The relationships with instructors (field and classroom) are often the most important to students due to their frequency of contact and relevance for future career goals. Thus, we encourage those most proximate to the students to identify concerns early and address them through less formal means in the hopes of preventing future problems and in reducing the defensiveness that can occur when more formal mechanisms of oversight must come into play.  Our three-tiered system begins with the assumption that, working together in good faith, instructors and students can resolve issues proactively and preserve those relationships in accordance with our School of Social Welfare Mission and Principles.

However, it is important to note that there are times when student performance issues are so pervasive, severe or egregious that they immediately necessitate a Tier 3 response.   For example, a student who is simultaneously demonstrating academic, ethical and professional difficulties may move directly to a third-tier review, which includes the convening of a meeting with the Student Review Committee (SRC). The three-tiered approach is presented in the table below, and we will describe this in more detail in the section that follows. In addition, the Field Director or Program Director may be involved at any point in the process, including a Tier 1 or 2 response.