Social Work Student Academic and Professional Expectations

Consistent with the NASW Code of Ethics
(Amended from Jackson State University, Mississippi)

The Department of Social Work at Minnesota State University, Mankato takes seriously the responsibility to prepare and graduate generalist social work practitioners who demonstrate a strong commitment to the six (6) core values of the social work profession.

This document provides expectations of professional behaviors that are consistent with the core values of social work. Students will be held accountable to demonstrate positive academic and professional behaviors.

Dignity and Worth of the Person
Social work students demonstrate respect for the dignity and worth of the person when they:

  1. Use basic courtesy in interactions with others
  2. Pay attention to whoever is speaking in group settings
  3. Refrain from behaviors that interfere with the learning process (random talking, use of cell phones, taking individual breaks from class, use of social media during class)
  4. Speak and behave in ways that show respect for persons with individual differences or members of diverse communities

Importance of Human Relationships
Social work students demonstrate the importance of human relationships when they:

  1. Develop and maintain positive working relationships with persons with individual differences or members of diverse communities
  2. Demonstrate respect and consideration for others
  3. Engage in communication with others  
  4. Accept responsibility for own behavior
  5. Use appropriate problem-solving and conflict resolution skills
  6. Manage personal stress and problems in ways that do not interfere with relationships

Social work students demonstrate integrity when they:

  1. Meet expectations in all settings
  2. Complete own work
  3. Work with others; not for them
  4. Maintain academic and professional honesty in all interactions
  5. Be honest and forthright with others

Social work students demonstrate competence when they:

  1. Attend scheduled classes and meetings on time
  2. Remain attentive in class and meetings
  3. Participate in academic and professional learning activities
  4. Read all assigned readings and materials
  5. Produce quality work
  6. Submit work on time
  7. Prepare for meetings, presentations, quizzes, and exams
  8. Give and receive feedback and respectfully respond

Social work students demonstrate service when they:

  1. Engage in learning opportunities to strengthen professional development
  2. Actively participate in service opportunities on campus and in the community

Social Justice
Social work students demonstrate social justice when they:

  1. Recognize that discrimination and oppression exist
  2. Acknowledge their own bias and privilege
  3. Advocate for social, economic, and environmental change
  4. Listen to and honor the voices of others

To all faculty who teach in the BSSW Program:
Instructions for Use:
The BSSW Program faculty has developed and adopted the above academic and professional behaviors guide for use in our program. We have agreed to post this document in conspicuous places in our physical environment and to the BSSW Program webpage.

For Fall 2018 semester, faculty will introduce this document in all social work classes. Starting Spring 2019, all faculty will post this document in their D2L online content or distribute as a printed document in their classes and may use this document in classes as it best fits their class or as needed. SOWK 310 and SOWK 315 professors will incorporate this document into a teaching module effective this Fall 2018.