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Academic and Professional Performance

Evaluation of Academic Performance

Faculty-level Probation

If a BSW student's GPA in the social work studies section of the program (SW GPA) falls below 70.00%, that student will be placed on faculty-level academic probation. Students on Faculty-level academic probation are limited to enrolling in a maximum of 12 credit hours per term. To clear faculty-level academic probation, students must raise their SW GPA to 70% within 15 credit hours.

For full details on faculty-level academic probation, please refer to 'Faculty Regulations' in the Faculty of Social Work section of the Undergraduate Calendar. 

University-level Probation

If a University of Regina student's undergraduate GPA (UGPA) falls below 60%, that student will be placed on university-level academic probation.  To clear university-level academic probation, students must raise their UGPA to 60% within 24 credit hours.

For full details on university-level academic probation, please refer to the 'Academic Regulations' section of the Undergraduate Calendar.

Support for Students on Probation

Students who are on faculty-level or university-level probation will have an academic advising hold placed on their account so that a conference may be held with the student to holistically assess the her/his/their academic situation.  The academic program advisor and the student may develop a plan to address the situation, including identifying barriers to success, and determining appropriate supports and resources. Students are welcome to bring a support person with them to academic advising appointments.

Professional Ethics & Responsibilities

CASW Code of Ethics & Guidelines for Ethical Practice

SASW Standards

Student Performance of Professional Responsibilities

Evaluation of Professional Responsibilities

The granting of a degree by the University of Regina constitutes acknowledgment that students are deemed qualified and suitable as social work practitioners upon graduation, and that they will conduct themselves in a professional and ethical manner. Unprofessional conduct by students may have direct repercussions for the people social workers serve and the profession of social work, as well as the Faculty of Social Work and the University.

Action may be taken any time a student is suspected of unsatisfactory performance of professional responsibilities. If an instructor, faculty member, Field Education Coordinator, Field Liaison, Field Instructor or student identifies a student demonstrating unsatisfactory performance of professional responsibilities a complaint can be made in writing and submitted to the Dean of the Faculty of Social Work. All procedures for handling such complaints are outlined in our policy Student Professional Suitability and the Regulations Governing Discipline for Academic and Non-Academic Misconduct.

Students may be required to discontinue from their program for reasons of unsatisfactory professional development and/or conduct.

Ethical Use of Social Media

Social Work students and professionals are increasingly using and relying upon social media, and therefore, guidelines are necessary in order to protect us, and those with whom we work from potentially harmful consequences.  Please refer to our policy on the Ethical Use of Social Media for guidelines.

Attendance Policy

The Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) provides students with an introduction into the profession of Social Work. Throughout the program, social work students are expected to demonstrate levels of professionalism similar to practicing social workers. This professionalism is demonstrated in part by regular attendance in classes and in practicum.

It is a program expectation that Pre-Social Work and BSW students will attend all of their social work classes. When absenteeism is unavoidable, students are requested to communicate in writing their absence to the instructor prior to class, or as soon as possible in the case of unavoidable emergencies.

Student absences from classes are excused for medical or compassionate circumstances, family emergencies, religious observance, or university representation. Absences for other reasons are considered unexcused; e.g., work, vacation, travel, volunteering.

Students may not miss more than 23% of class time; the equivalent of 3 classes. Students who miss three classes, excused or unexcused, may be asked to withdraw from the course. This is consistent with the University of Regina policy on attendance. 

Please read the Faculty's full attendance policy for further details.