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Professional Conduct Standards

The School of Social Work recognizes that preparation for professional practice requires more than scholastic achievement. The program expects students to exhibit behaviors that are consistent with the behaviors one would commonly encounter when engaging with professional social work practitioners.  These are norms of decorum, presentation of self, respectful professional interaction, and qualities such as consistency, reliability, and self-reflection.   Such behavior is expected not only in the classroom but throughout the University and the larger community. Thus, we expect that to remain in good standing with the School of Social Welfare BSW program, students must continuously demonstrate:

Professional Commitment. Exhibits a strong commitment to the goals of social work and to the ethical standards of the profession, as specified in the NASW Code of Ethics. Demonstrates commitment to the essential values of social work that include the respect for the dignity and worth of every individual and a commitment to social justice.

Professional Conduct. Students are preparing for professional practice while they are students in the School of Social Welfare.  Thus, we expect them to exhibit behaviors that:

  • Comply with program policies, institutional policies, and professional ethical standards.
  • Are consistent with societal laws that are relevant to social work ethics and values and to the ability to practice professional social work effectively. 
  • Are professional in terms of appearance, dress, and general demeanor, including the use of appropriately professional language and tone of voice in interactions with clients, faculty, administration, staff, and other students.
  • Show potential for responsible and accountable behavior by knowing and practicing within the scope of social work, respecting others, being punctual and dependable, prioritizing responsibilities, attending class regularly, observing deadlines, completing assignments on time, keeping appointments or making appropriate arrangements, and accepting supervision and constructive criticism in a positive manner.  
  • Demonstrate a prioritization of educational goals and the ability to balance competing life priorities.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively make and implement a plan of study in cooperation with the faculty and staff.
  • Work effectively with others, regardless of level of authority.
  • Advocate for themselves in an appropriate and responsible manner and use proper channels for conflict resolution. 
  • Show a willingness to receive and accept feedback and supervision in a positive manner, as well as use such feedback to enhance professional development.