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Three-Tiered Response to Student Performance Difficulties in the BSW Program

Tier

Scholastic Expectations

Ethical Expectations

Professional

Technical

Tier One

 

 

Classroom or Field Instructor/Field Staff problem solves with student, and notifies administration

Classroom or Field Instructor/Field Staff problem solves with student, and notifies administration

Classroom or Field Instructor/Field Staff problem solves with student, and notifies administration

Not Applicable

Tier Two

 

 

In consultation with administration, an Academic Advisor or Field Liaison/Field Staff develops a Student Success Plan

In consultation with administration, an Academic Advisor or Field Liaison/Field Staff develops a Student Success Plan

In consultation with administration, Academic Advisor/Field Liaison/Field Staff develops Student Success Plan

Not Applicable

Tier Three

 

 

Formal meeting of the SRC is convened by BSW Program Director

Formal meeting of the SRC is convened by BSW Program Director

Formal meeting of the SRC is convened by BSW Program Director

Formal meeting of the SRC is convened by BSW Program Director

Technical Standards.

In most cases, concerns with students’ abilities to meet the technical standards are addressed during the advancement process, and students lacking these foundational capabilities will not be allowed to continue in the program. In cases where students are admitted but demonstrate through performance in the classroom or in field that they are unable to perform basic tasks necessary to engage in the social work educational process, a Tier 3 SRC is promptly held. 

Scholastic performance. 

Tier 1 Review.  The signs of academic difficulty often begin quite early in the semester, and most lapses in scholastic performance are dealt with at the level of the classroom instructor (Tier 1). Typically, the instructor will attempt to make arrangements and provide supports for students to succeed.  Similarly, performance in field coursework is also addressed by the Field Instructors in collaboration with the student.  At times, however, this does not resolve the issue, and students then move toward a second-tier intervention. 

Tier 2 Review:  At the Tier 2 level, when students earn below a 2.5 cumulative GPA, they are placed on academic probation.  For a GPA between 2.31 and 2.49, the Academic Advisor notifies the student in writing, indicating grades needed to bring up the GPA to the required level. The student and appropriate professional staff person develop a plan to meet grade requirements, which is then placed in the student’s file for reference.

Tier 3 Review:  At the Tier 3 level, when a student earns below a 2.5 cumulative GPA, they are placed on academic probation.  With a GPA of 2.3 and below, the BSW Program Director promptly notifies the student and the student’s academic advisor in writing and schedules a SRC.  The SRC meeting is convened to determine the student’s continued status in the program.  A description of the SRC and its processes are below.

In both Tier 2 and Tier 3 Reviews, a student has until the end of the next sequential semester to raise the GPA to the minimum academic standard of a 2.5.  If the student GPA does not meet the 2.5 requirement, the program director will recommend the student’s dismissal to the dean.

In field course work, when a Grade of U is assigned in field practicum, indicating unsatisfactory progress, the field instructor immediately notifies the student and the field liaison. The liaison notifies the Director of Field Education, who sends written notice to the student that an SRC meeting will be held to review the student’s status.

Ethical Behaviors.

Violations of the Ethical Behavior Standards may occur in any setting -- including practicum, on campus, or elsewhere in the community, including social media.   Ethical violations may be reported by instructors (such as in the case of academic misconduct) or by clients, peers, administrators, staff or practicum agency employees.

Tier 1 responses typically occur when unethical behavior occurs in the classroom or field and is addressed by the classroom or field instructor during supervision or through other corrective interactions.  These are common occurrences that are part and parcel of the social work educational and socialization processes. 

Tier 2 reviews occur when an unethical behavior continues to occur, and a classroom or field instructor feels compelled to report the behavior to administration.   In consultation with administration, program coordinators or field liaisons develops a Student Success Plan designed to correct the ethical misconduct.

Tier 3 reviews occur when lower level responses fail or when an unethical behavior is so egregious that a SRC meeting must be convened. 

Professional Conduct

Violations of the Professional Conduct Standards may occur in any setting -- including practicum, on campus, or elsewhere in the community, including social media.  Professional misconduct may be reported by instructors or by peers, administrators, staff or practicum agency employees.  Sometimes professional conduct issues can be reported to the university from the larger university community, for example by campus police, student groups, or other academic units or departments. 

Tier 1 responses typically occur when professional misconduct occurs in the classroom or field and is addressed by the classroom or field instructor during supervision or through other corrective interactions.  These are typically common occurrences that are part and parcel of the social work educational and socialization processes. 

Tier 2 reviews occur when professional misconduct continues to occur, and a classroom or field instructor feels compelled to report the behavior to administration.   In consultation with administration, academic advisors or field liaisons develops a Student Success Plan designed to correct the professional misconduct.

Tier 3 reviews occur when lower level responses fail or when professional misconduct is so egregious that a SRC meeting must be convened.