Appeals for Waiver of Regulations
Programme of Study
Academic Standards and Promotion
Students requesting a waiver of any of the following regulations are referred to the General Academic Regulations (Undergraduate) section of this Calendar.
1. Applicants for admission to the School of Social Work must complete a School of Social Work application and submit it to the Office of the Registrar by January 15 of the year in which admission is sought. Applications received after this deadline will be considered only if a place is available in the School of Social Work. Applicants will normally be notified of admissions decisions by April 15th. Approved applicants to the School of Social Work will be admitted in Fall Semester only.
NOTE: Academic Standards and Promotion regulations outlined below shall apply between the date of application and the subsequent Fall Semester.
Applicants for re-admission to the School of Social Work must complete a School of Social Work application and submit it to the Office of the Registrar by January 15 for Fall Semester re-admission, February 1 for Spring Semester re-admission, and October 1 for Winter Semester re-admission. Applications received after these deadlines will be considered only if a place is available in the School of Social Work.
2. Students who have not registered for courses at Memorial University for either of the two semesters immediately preceding their application for admission/re-admission to the School of Social Work must complete a general application for admission/re-admission to the university and submit it to the Office of the Registrar prior to the deadline date as outlined in the University Diary.
3. To be considered for admission to the School of Social Work, applicants are required to hold a bachelor's degree from a recognized university. Preference will be given to students who have majored in the social sciences. Applicants must have achieved an average of at least 65% in the undergraduate courses comprising the last thirty credit hours completed by the deadline date for application.
4. Admission and re-admission to the School of Social Work is on the basis of competition for a limited number of places. Selection of candidates will be based on academic standing, relevant work experience, and personal suitability for a career in social work. Applicants are required to have a minimum of two years practice in a human/social service position and must be currently employed in such a position. Preference will be given to applicants whose practice has been under the supervision of a person possessing a B.S.W. or M.S.W. Practice for the purpose of these regulations is defined as work with (or supervision of persons working with) individuals, groups, families, organizations, or communities.
Admission to this programme is at present highly competitive.
5. The School reserves the right to deny admission/re-admission to any student, if in the judgement of the Admissions Committee, the student is deemed unsuitable for admission/re-admission to the School.
6. Students transferring into the Social Work programme from other universities must meet the general admission requirements of this university, as well as the regulations for admission to the School. Where appropriate, a detailed assessment of the student's transcript(s) will be made to determine course and grade equivalents.
7. The following courses, or their equivalents, must be completed with a grade of at least 65% by the end of Winter Semester in the year in which admission is sought.
- Social Work 3510
- Social Work 4520
- Social Work 4421
8. An unsuccessful applicant has the right to appeal against the decision of the Admissions Committee not to offer him/her a place, if it is felt by the applicant that the decision was reached on the grounds other than those specified in paragraphs 1-4 above. The appeal should be made in writing within fourteen days of the notification of the decision and should be directed to the Director of the School of Social Work. The letter should state clearly and fully the grounds of the appeal. If the Director, in consultation with the Registrar, judges the grounds to be sufficient, the formal appeals mechanism will be initiated.
PROGRAMME OF STUDY
1. For the Bachelor of Social Work as a second degree, a candidate must comply with the University's regulations for a second degree, as outlined in the General Regulations section in this Calendar. Such a candidate shall complete the following 39 credit hour programme of study:
Semester 1 - Social Work 4311;
Semester 2 - Social Work 4320, 4315, 4316, 4325, 4326;
Semester 3 - Social Work 5315, 5316, 5317, 5318, and three credit hours chosen from Social Work 5322, 5323, 5324, 5325;
Semester 4 - Three elective credit hours in Social Work, and Social Work 5720.
NOTES: 1) Students will be required to attend full-time in semesters 2 and 3.
2) Students are required to continue in social work employment in the semester in which they complete Social Work 4311.
2. An alternate programme of study is available upon request for review by the Committee on Undergraduate Studies of the School of Social Work under the following conditions:
(i) the student must have at least five years practice (as defined in Clause 4 of the
Admission/Re-admission section above) immediately preceding admission to the programme;
(ii) within the last five years, the student must have worked at least two years directly with individuals, groups or families;
(iii) in each of the three courses listed in clause 7 of the Admission/Re-admission section above, a grade of at least 75% must be obtained;
(iv) the student must complete Social Work 4311 and obtain a grade of at least 80%.
Upon approval of the Undergraduate Studies Committee, a student will be required to complete the following programme of studies:
- Social Work 4320
- twelve credit hours in Social Work electives
- six credit hours chosen from Social Work 5322, 5323, 5324, 5325
- Social Work 5315, 5316, 5317, 5318
- Social Work 5720
NOTES: 1) Students are required to complete one of Social Work 5322, 5323, 5324, 5325 prior
to or concurrent with Social Work 5315, 5316, 5317, and 5318.
2) Students are required to continue in social work employment in the semester in which they complete Social Work 4311. This requirement is also in effect for those students who choose to complete Social Work 4320 in a semester in which they are in part-time attendance.
3. Included in the Social Work curriculum is the requirement of field placements. The final decision regarding type and location of placement rests with the School. Students have the same responsibility for financial self-support in field placement as they do for other academic locations.
NOTE: Since this programme is specifically designed to utilize field placements throughout the province, students should expect to complete their field placement requirement outside St. John's.
4. All students wishing to register for Social Work 4315, 4316, 4325, 4326, or Social Work 5315, 5316, 5317, 5318 must request the field placement in writing three months prior to the semester in which they wish to begin the placement.
5. Students who voluntarily withdraw from field placement without the prior approval of the Field Administrator and the Committee on Undergraduate Studies, or who conduct themselves in such a manner as to cause the agency and Field Administrator to terminate placement, will normally be awarded a grade of Failure in field placement courses for that semester.
6. A student who voluntarily withdraws from field placement with the prior approval of the Field Administrator and the Committee on Undergraduate Studies, cannot be guaranteed a second placement during that term. In this case, the student will be awarded a grade of Incomplete for field placement courses and will be required to do an extended placement in the following semester.
7. It is the responsibility of the student to see that his/her academic programme meets the university's regulations in all respects. Prior to registration in each semester, students are requested to consult with their faculty advisors.
8. Students will have five years following their initial admission to complete the B.S.W. degree. In exceptional circumstances extensions will be considered upon written appeal to the Committee on Undergraduate Studies.
9. Selected topics and fields of practice courses are not necessarily offered every year. Students should consult the School for course offerings in a given semester.
10. Students admitted or re-admitted to part-time studies who have not taken a course in the Social Work programme within one calendar year will be removed from the programme so that other applicants may be accommodated.
11. Students who have not taken a course in the Social Work programme within one calendar year will be required to leave the programme so that other applicants may be accommodated.
ACADEMIC STANDARDS AND PROMOTION
1. The Faculty constitutes the examining body for all School of Social Work evaluations. The standing of every student will be assessed at the end of each academic term by the Student Promotions Committee which will make its recommendations to the Faculty. A grade report will be issued by the Registrar to individual students. The Director of the School of Social Work will inform students who do not meet the promotion requirements of the School.
2. To remain in good standing in each semester of the Social Work programme, students are required to meet the following standards:
a) A minimum of 65% in each Social Work course in which the student was registered at the end of seven weeks following the first day of lectures as stated in the University Diary.
b) A pass grade in field placement.
c) An overall average of 65% in the courses in which the student was registered at the end of the seven weeks following the first day of lectures as stated in the University Diary.
d) Maintain professional behaviour consistent with the current Code of Ethics of the Canadian Association of Social Workers.
3. Students who fail to meet the requirements of clause 2(a) above will be permitted to repeat a given course only once, and may not repeat more than two Social Work courses in the entire programme. A student who fails in more than two required Social Work courses during the entire programme will be required to withdraw.
4. Students who fail to meet the requirements of clause 2(b) above will be required to withdraw from the programme.
5. A student who fails to meet the requirements of clause 2(c) above in a given term will be sent a letter of warning from the Student Promotions Committee and will be required to withdraw if the overall average of 65% is not met in the subsequent semester's work.
6. Students who fail to meet the requirements of clause 2(d) above may be required to withdraw from the School of Social Work upon the recommendation of Committee on Undergraduate Studies of the School.
7. Students who are required to withdraw from the programme and who wish to re-enter the School may re-apply in competition after the lapse of two semesters. A student who has been required to withdraw on more than one occasion may re-apply for admission in competition after a lapse of two calendar years.
8. Students who wish to withdraw from active studies and who wish to retain their status in the
programme may do so only with the written approval of the Committee on Undergraduate
Studies and for a maximum period of one academic year. Students who wish to resume their
studies within this period must notify the Director in writing one semester prior to registration.
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