Given the ethical responsibilities of professional social work practice to promote and protect the well-being of the clients and communities we serve, we have established technical standards for students that not only focus on academic performance but that also emphasize the abilities and attributes essential for the profession.
The University at Buffalo School of Social Work (UBSSW) is preparing students for careers as professional social workers and to be leaders of social work practice. Becoming a professional social worker is a gradual process, and involves a commitment to lifelong learning and self-reflection. The UBSSW is fully committed to supporting and educating students as they prepare to enter the social work profession.
This page describes the technical standards each student must satisfy, in accordance with program requirements, with or without reasonable accommodations, to enroll in, fully participate in, progress through, and graduate from any UBSSW program. These requirements apply in the classroom, in field placements, in our school, in the university, and in the broader community and societal context.
These standards are congruent with the ethical values and standards laid down by the NASW Code of Ethics, which all students must abide by. In addition, students are expected to review and abide by all University at Buffalo and School of Social Work policies and practices. A student can participate in our social work programs so long as they are able to meet these standards, with or without reasonable accommodations. Students who would like to request reasonable accommodations to assist them in meeting these standards should contact: Accessibility Resources, located at 25 Capen Hall, Buffalo, New York 14260.
In addition, please contact UB School of Social Work Student Services if you are having difficulty in meeting the standards while enrolled in the program.
These standards have been reviewed and approved by the UB's Accessibility Resources, the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and the UBSSW Committee on Students.