In order to gain admission into and progress through the BSW Program at JSU, a student must meet certain standards deemed necessary by the faculty and certain ethical requirements recommended by the National Association of Social Workers. These abilities and ethical considerations include, but are not limited to, abiding by the National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics and achieving competence in areas defined by the Council on Social Work Education.
A. The National Association of Social Workers’ Code of Ethics identifies core values on which the social work mission is based, summarizes ethical principles that reflect the profession’s core values, establishes a set of specific ethical standards that guide social work practice, and provides the basis on which the public can hold a practitioner accountable.
Summary of NASW Code of Ethics below: The primary mission of the social work profession is to enhance human well-being and help meet the basic human needs of all people, with particular attention to the needs and empowerment of people who are vulnerable, oppressed, and living in poverty. A historic and defining feature of social work is the profession’s focus on individual well-being in a social context and the well-being of society. Fundamental to social work is attention to the environmental forces that create, contribute to, and address problems in living.
The mission of the social work profession is rooted in a set of core values. These core values, embraced by social workers throughout the profession’s history, are the foundation of social work’s unique purpose and perspective:
This constellation of core values reflects what is unique to the social work profession. Core values, and the principles that flow from them, must be balanced within the context and complexity of the human experience.
Purpose of the NASW Code of Ethics Professional ethics are at the core of social work. The profession has an obligation to articulate its basic values, ethical principles, and ethical standards. The NASW Code of Ethics sets forth these values, principles, and standards to guide social workers’ conduct. The Code is relevant to all social workers and social work students, regardless of their professional functions, the settings in which they work, or the populations they serve.
The NASW Code of Ethics serves six purposes:
The following broad ethical principles are based on social work’s core values of service, social justice, dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. These principles set forth ideals to which all social workers should aspire.
Ethical Principle: Social workers’ primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems.
Ethical Principle: Social workers’ primary goal is to help people in need and to address social problems.
Value: Dignity and Worth of the Person
Ethical Principle: Social workers respect the inherent dignity and worth of the person.
Value: Importance of Human Relationships
Ethical Principle: Social workers recognize the central importance of human relationships.
Ethical Principle: Social workers behave in a trustworthy manner.
Ethical Principle: Social workers practice within their areas of competence and develop and enhance their professional expertise.
The following ethical standards are relevant to the professional activities of all social workers. These standards concern (1) social workers’ ethical responsibilities to clients, (2) social workers’ ethical responsibilities to colleagues, (3) social workers’ ethical responsibilities in practice settings, (4) social workers’ ethical responsibilities as professionals, (5) social workers’ ethical responsibilities to the social work profession, and (6) social workers’ ethical responsibilities to the broader society. Some of the standards that follow are enforceable guidelines for professional conduct, and some are aspirational. The extent to which each standard is enforceable is a matter of professional judgment to be exercised by those responsible for reviewing alleged violations of ethical standards.
B. Students in the BSW Program at JSU must also develop the following essential competencies outlined by the Council on Social Work Education which are essential to social work practice. Summary of CSWE Educational Competencies below:
1. Identify as a professional social worker and conduct oneself accordingly.
2. Apply social work ethical principles to guide professional practice.
3. Apply critical thinking to inform and communicate professional judgments.
4. Engage diversity and difference in practice.
5. Advance human rights and social and economic justice.
6. Engage in research-informed practice and practice-informed research.
7. Apply knowledge of human behavior and the social environment.
8. Engage in policy practice to advance social and economic well-being and to deliver effective social work services.
9. Respond to contexts that shape practice.
10. Engage, assess, intervene and evaluate with individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities.
If these ethical standards or educational competencies cannot be achieved by the student, unassisted or with the provision of reasonable accommodation, the university reserves the right to deny admission or to advise the student to consider an alternative academic major and seek proper counseling.
Academic Requirements for Program Admission
Admission to the BSW Program requires passage of at least 60 semester hours (including MS 108, 110 or 112 and MS 204), a 2.25 overall GPA, a grade of “C” or better in SW 330 (Introduction to Social Work), successful completion of SW 390, and a passing score on the English Competency Exam. Students enrolled in SW 390 are eligible to obtain the application for admission to the program from the Social Work Program Secretary in Room 309 Brewer Hall. This application should be submitted to the Program secretary upon successful completion of SW 390. (No student can take SW 391 without admission to the BSW Program.) Students denied admission and remain eligible are encouraged to complete the application as soon as they meet the requirements and return it to the secretary for the BSW Program in Room 309 Brewer Hall. Students must have been formally accepted to the Social Work Program before taking SW 391, 448, 449, and 450. Students must maintain a 2.25 GPA in Social Work and a 2.25 GPA overall in order to graduate. See the Social Work Program Web Page at http://www.jsu.edu/socialwork/ for complete information about the BSW Program. The completed Application for Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work Degree Program becomes part of the student's admission file. Generally, decisions regarding admission to the BSW Program are made by the Admissions Committee one month prior to the end of each semester.
The Admissions Committee may take any of the following actions regarding a completed application for admission:
a. acceptance into the program,
b. provisional acceptance, or
c. denial of admission
Acceptance into the program generally means the student has presented evidence of meeting the minimum requirements for admission to the BSW Program. Provisional acceptance may be for academic or non-academic reasons.
Students may be denied admission to or terminated from the BSW Program for, but not necessarily limited to, any of the following non-academic reasons which are personal or professional:
Students are provided written notice of the Admissions Committee's actions. In the case of provisional acceptance, specific conditions which must be met before the student can be admitted to the program are provided. In the event acceptance is denied, the Committee's decision may be appealed. Re-application for admission to the program is possible. When re-application is possible, the student is notified in writing of that possibility. Those denied admissions are not guaranteed readmission after appeal.
The Admissions Committee reviews the records of all social work students admitted to the BSW Program regarding continued enrollment and readiness for Field Placement during the semester prior to enrollment in SW 448 (Social Work Practice III), SW 449 (Field Placement), and SW 450 (Field Instruction Seminar). Action taken by the Admissions Committee regarding any student is reflected in the student's BSW file. Any information relevant to a student's continued enrollment may be placed in the student's BSW file by members of the faculty or staff. An application for Admission to the BSW Program appears below.
Students considering earning a degree in social work and who have been charged with or convicted of a misdemeanor or felony should be aware of the following:
Termination from BSW Program
A. Non-Academic Reasons
Students may be terminated from the program for non-academic reasons any time after admission. Non-academic reasons for termination may generally be categorized as personal or professional. The termination process may be immediate; if the violation is of a serious nature or the student may be given a temporary probationary period.
In some cases, the student’s academic advisor, along with members of the Admissions Committee, meet regularly with the student in an attempt to alleviate a violation or condition. A contract or agreement for change may be developed with the student and monitored by the faculty advisor or Admissions Committee. Students completing or complying with such contracts may remain in the program. Students not completing or complying with contracts to alleviate conditions may be terminated from the program.
Students terminated from the program are provided written notice of that decision. In some cases, a student terminated from the program for non-academic reasons may re-apply for admission at a later date. The decision to readmit a previously terminated student will be made by the Admissions Committee.
Students may be denied admission to or terminated from the BSW Program for, but not necessarily limited to any of the following non-academic reasons which are personal or professional:
B. Academic Reasons
Students may be terminated from the BSW Program for academic reasons. The following are examples of important academic issues of which students should be aware:
C. BSW Program Non-Academic Termination Appeals Process
A student can appeal with a written statement to the BSW Program Director within 14 days of the letter of notification from the BSW Program Admissions Committee. The statement must specify reasons for disagreement with the committee’s decision and rationale for considering a different decision. The committee will then convene within 14 days of receipt of statement to review the appeal. The student initiating the appeal will be invited to address the committee. The committee will render, in writing, a follow-up decision or continuation of the original decision. If the student believes the committee’s appeal decision was made in error, a written statement of appeal may be submitted to the Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
The Social Work Program is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in all aspects of its program activities. The program respects and values diversity and does not discriminate on any basis including the following: race, color, gender, age, creed or religion, ethnic or national origin, disability, political orientation, or sexual orientation.