After much deliberation, the College of Social Work administration has made a final decision to suspend student in-person attendance at field agencies for the remainder of the spring semester. We understand that this decision will be disappointing and frustrating for our students and our partner agencies. We are all saddened by this situation, and by the necessity to take this action.
The decision was made with the intention to protect students, agency clients and staff, and College faculty and staff, and to participate ethically in a public health response to a highly contagious and dangerous illness. Many of our partner agencies had already decided to move to remote operations and/or to end student placements, and the University moved all possible personnel to telecommuting and remote work activities to decrease exposure on the UT campus.
Students will not be allowed to complete any additional field assignments or activities onsite at agencies. Because we have BSSW and MSSW students at different points in their programs of study who still need to complete assignments to meet competencies or required hours, the field faculty have developed a list of requirements for completion of spring field for each level of student, along with a step-by-step procedure. You can find this information, along with other resources below.
Field Practice: An Essential Learning Experience
Field Practice links:
Potential Field Placement Sites
BSSW Field Manual, Forms, & Resources
MSSW Field Manual, Forms, & Resources
Student Frequently Asked Questions about Field
IPT: Intern Placement Tracking
Field Education Award Winners