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Section 1.12.04: Procedures for Processing Alleged Infractions of the Code of Academic and Professional Conduct

Involved Parties
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.
Student Success Team: The Student Success Team (as defined in volume 1, section 14.04) is involved
with matters related to academic and professional difficulty and not academic or professional misconduct.

The Student Success Team shall hear matters related to academic and professional difficulty. The team
is composed of the MSW or Online Program Director (or Technical Advisor designee), 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. In cases where an issue of potential academic or professional
misconduct is identified during the course of a Student Success Team meeting, the Student Success
Team will make a recommendation to the Associate Dean of Academic Programs, as indicated in this
section.

3.
Academic Concerns 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 specific to 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.


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
Committee.

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.

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