The School of Social Work continues to work diligently to ensure all our students, faculty and staff have what they need to succeed in their roles here at WMU during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. On this page you will find department-specific updates about changes to policies, procedures or resources. For official university-wide updates, please visit https://wmich.edu/covid-19. A few of WMU's frequently referenced pages are linked below.
The school understands that this situation adds significant stressors to many of our daily lives. If you need extra support of any kind during this time, please click the button below. You will be directed to send an email to Jennifer Klauth, our student services representative, who will connect you with appropriate resources. If the button doesn't work for you, just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of Social Work offices will be operating primarily remotely, with limited office activity. Starting Monday, August 24, one staff person will be in the social work suite from 8-5, M-Th. If you need to visit in person, please abide by university safety precautions, including wearing a mask and maintaining physical distance of 6 feet. All events will take place virtually this year. Watch your email and our Facebook page for updates!
Accessing Materials for Class
As many of your classes will be held at least partially online, we understand that you may need better internet access to participate in your courses. Check out this map of areas with free public Wi-Fi.
The WMU libraries have quickly adapted and increased ways you can access materials from home. Check out the distance services the library offers by clicking the link below.
Field / Internships during COVID-19
Our Field Director Marian Tripplett and Field Coordinators, Vicki Poleni and Rosemary Andrews are working with all our field placements to ensure that students can complete their required hours. They have established the following three options for students:
- The Council on Social Work Education has relaxed hour requirements during COVID. Under AS 2.2.5, field education programs provide a minimum of 400 hours of field education for baccalaureate programs and a minimum of 900 hours for master’s programs. Due to the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, students who have completed 85% of the required placement hours (i.e., equivalent to 340 hours for foundation programs and 425 hours for concentration programs) to a satisfactory level may, at program discretion, be evaluated as having met the field placement requirement. This reduction in field hours may be applied to field placement courses that are fully or partially completed by May 31, 2021 but is only available to students who successfully complete all Learning Contract competencies at a ‘4’ or better on the Evaluation Likert scale and whose field instructor and faculty liaison are in agreement as to the student’s performance.Please refer to the Field Manual or your field seminar course syllabus for the full policy.
- Field instruction will continue remotely, including field visits.
- If your organization is still open and accepting students: continue to attend field placement as planned, unless your field organization closes to students or you are uncomfortable or ill and cannot attend.
- If you are unable to attend as planned: Notify your field instructor and faculty liaison if you will not be attending. Work with your field instructor to develop an adapted learning contract to complete your hours remotely. If you need ideas, please follow link below for NASW's suggested remote activities that align with each competency. Continue to meet for weekly supervision, sign-off on hours, and learning contract evaluation with field instructor remotely.
- If your field instructor is not able to meet with you: (either remotely or in person) for field instruction, Contact your faculty liaison. They will temporarily fill the role of your field instructor to provide supervision, sign off on hours, and complete your learning contract evaluation.
- Need remote internship activities? If you and your agency determine that you will be working primarily or partially remotely, you will need to work with the field education team to determine remote activities that meet your competencies. All remote activities should be added to your learning contract and approved by your field instructor and faculty liaison. Need ideas? Check out the links below.