1. Associate Dean for Educational Programs ("Associate Dean"): The Associate Dean is responsible
for implementation of this Policy, may consult with the MSW Program Director, and may delegate the
duties to another administrator. The Associate Dean or the delegate is responsible for representing the
School at any hearing.
2. Committee: The Academic Concerns Committee shall hear matters related to academic and
professional misconduct, including those related to the NASW Code of Ethics and the School of Social
Work Technical Standards. The committee is composed of a faculty chair, two faculty members,
and two students. Student members will not participate in meetings or hearings concerning the
academic difficulty of other students. The Associate Dean will not be present at misconduct hearings.
All faculty and students members of the Academic Concerns Committee have voting privileges.
3. Student Success Team: The Student Success Team shall hear matters related to academic and
professional difficulty. The team is composed of the MSW Program Director, the Assistant Dean for
Field Education, and the Assistant Dean for Student Services or their designee(s) and the Online MSW
Program Manager (for online student issues only). The respondent's academic advisor and/or field faculty
may also be members of the team. The respondent will participate in meetings with the Student Success
Team. These student success meetings are intended to be proactive and result in an action plan to
promote student success in the program.
4. Respondent: The Respondent is the student who is charged with violating the Student Code of
Academic and Professional Conduct or who is experiencing academic or professional difficulty. The
respondent has the following rights:
a. The right to review all evidence considered by the Academic Concerns Committee.
b. The right to appear before and present evidence and witnesses to the Academic Concerns
c. The right to object to the participation of a member of the Academic Concerns Committee on
the grounds that the person may be biased or unable to be fair or objective.
d. The right to be accompanied at the hearing by a personal advisor, who may be an attorney;
however, the advisor may not participate directly in the proceedings, but may only advise the
student. If the student so requests, the Academic Concerns Committee may ask a member of
the faculty to serve as an advisor to the student.
e. Compliance by all participants in the proceedings with established policies regarding the
confidentiality and retention of student records.