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BSW Program Admission

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:

  1. Overtly expressed attitudes, values, and behaviors in opposition to or contrary to those found in the NASW Code of Ethics;
  2. Evidence of chemical, alcohol, or drug abuse;
  3. Personality, emotional, attitudinal, or personal issues or difficulties which may or actually impair performance, interactions, and relationships with classmates, faculty, agency staff, and/or clients;
  4. Dishonesty, including lying, cheating, or plagiarizing in course work and/or Field Placement; and
  5. Evidence of certain criminal or unlawful activity.

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:

  1. Agencies and organizations that provide Field Instruction placements for social work students may require a criminal background check prior to agreeing to provide Field Instruction.
  2. Agencies employing social workers may also require criminal background checks prior to hiring employees.
  3. Alabama and most other states licensure laws for social workers inquire about whether the applicant has been charged with or convicted of a misdemeanor or a felony prior to allowing the applicant to sit for the licensure examination.

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:

  1. Overtly expressed attitudes, values, and behaviors in opposition to those found in the NASW Code of Ethics.
  2. Evidence of chemical, alcohol, drug abuse or addiction.
  3. Personality, emotional, attitudinal, or personal issues or difficulties which may or actually impair performance, interactions, and relationships with classmates, faculty, agency staff, and/or clients.
  4. Dishonesty, including lying, cheating, or plagiarizing in course work and/or Field Placement.
  5. Evidence of certain criminal or unlawful activity.

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:

  1. Academic probation or suspension may lead to termination from the BSW Program.
  2. Students are not admitted to the program without successfully completing the following:
    • a “C” or better in SW 330, Intro to Social Work
    • 60 hours with a minimum overall GPA of 2.25
    • MS 108, MS 110 or MS 112 and MS 204
    • Passing the English Competency Exam
  3. Students are not allowed to remain enrolled at JSU if they are placed on academic probation from failing 60 percent of course work, and they are suspended when failing 60 percent of their course work the semester following their placement on academic probation.
  4. Students are not allowed to enroll in SW 391 (Social Work Practice II) until they have been admitted to the BSW Program.
  5. Students are not allowed to enroll in Field Instruction (SW 449), Field Instruction Seminar (SW 450), and Social Work Practice III (SW 448) until they have completed all other courses required for the BSW degree with a minimum overall GPA of 2.25 and with a GPA of 2.25 in Social Work.
  6. Students who earn a grade of “D” or below in a required social work course are eligible to repeat the course. A single course may not be repeated more than twice. A student cannot enroll in the same course in three consecutive semesters. Field Instruction, (SW 449 and SW 450), is an exception to this rule. Students receiving a grade of “F” in SW 449 and SW 450 (Field Placement and Field Seminar) may not repeat them. Students receiving below a “C” in SW 449/450 may be encouraged to change to a more appropriate major.
  7. Not receiving at least a “C” in required social work courses after all attempts will result in dismissal from the BSW Program.
  8. A maximum of four social work courses can be repeated. Achieving a “D” or below in more than four social work courses will result in dismissal from the BSW Program.
  9. Students are not awarded the BSW degree until they receive a grade of "C" or better in SW 448, SW 449, SW 450 and have maintained a GPA of 2.25 overall and in the major. This requires a satisfactory performance evaluation by the Field Instructor of the student on the Final Evaluation for Field Instruction. Field Instructors are advised to notify the University Field Coordinator of student deficiencies as soon as they are detected in the Field Instruction experience. The University Field Coordinator determines the final grade for Field Instruction Placement (SW 449) and the Field Instruction Seminar (SW 450). Students receiving below a "C" in Field Instruction may be encouraged to change to a more appropriate major. Should the student desire to remain in the BSW Program, the application process to Field Instruction will resume with the Admissions Committee making the decision as to re-admission to Field Instruction.

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.

Non-Discrimination

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.

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