NOTE: Revealing any criminal history does not automatically disqualify you from being accepted as a M.S.W. student, but failing to reveal such experiences constitutes a violation of the NASW Code of Ethics and may be grounds for termination from the M.S.W. degree program.
You have an obligation to report any changes in your criminal history to the M.S.W. Program Director within one week of the change. You should be aware that a criminal record may not disqualify you from being accepted into the M.S.W. major, but may disqualify you from certain field education placement opportunities, licensure, and/or some employment opportunities. It is your responsibility to determine if any criminal history will disqualify you from licensure or any employment opportunities. Additionally, you should be aware that agencies may require a background check for social work interns or new hires at their discretion. You will bear any costs associated with such background checks that may be requested by agencies.
Prospective students must be aware that agencies have the right to refuse to accept them for field placement. Acceptance into the social work program does not guarantee a student a field placement if the refusal is based on a student’s criminal history. Refusal of a field placement under such circumstances will not entitle the student to any refund of tuition or other fee incurred up to that point of the program. No student will be allowed to graduate with a degree in social work without completing the field placement requirement.
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