Department of Family Studies and Community Development
Students are expected to read and adhere to department policies in regard to academic expectations prior to internship, final internship approval, professional behavior in the classroom and the field, and consequences of a breach of policy.
Professional Behavior in the Classroom and the Field
It is expected that all students in the Department of Family Studies and Community Development will demonstrate professional behavior in the classroom and in the field. This includes behaving in a manner that is respectful of others and fosters positive personal, emotional and social development of self and one’s peers. It is expected that students seeking approval for internship have followed and will continue to follow the Towson University Code of Student Conduct.
Demonstration of inappropriate professional behavior includes, but is not limited to, engaging in the following:
1. “Uncooperative behavior and/or failure to comply with proper instructions of officials acting in performance of their duties.” (Towson University Code of Student Conduct, II.D. 11.)
2. “Disruption or obstruction of teaching, research, administration, or disciplinary proceedings.” (Towson University Code of Student Conduct, II.D.2a.)
3. “Forging, altering or using institutional documents or instruments of identification with the intent to defraud, or to otherwise benefit there from.” (Towson University Code of Student Conduct, II.D. 1b.)
4. Use of alcohol or illegal substances while on the site and while participating in any activity related to the internship." (Towson University Code of Student Conduct, II.D.18a-b.)
5. Engaging in dual relationships. “Dual relationships occur when a helping professional assumes a second role with a client or colleague in addition to the professional role” (Barker, 1996, in Kiser, Getting the Most from Your Human Service Internship, 2000, p. 196).
It is further expected that students seeking internship approval adhere to the Towson University Academic Integrity Policy.
Violations of any of the above that have resulted in either departmental disciplinary action or university disciplinary action may affect departmental approval for internship.
Policy on Dropping or Withdrawing from Internship Courses or Requesting a Change of Placement
1. Any student who drops or withdraws from an internship course will be subject to a reapproval and remediation process before being permitted to register for internship in a subsequent semester.
2. Students are not permitted to change their placement sites once the semester begins. If a student wants to change sites, they must withdraw from the course and be subject to a reapproval and remediation process before being permitted to reregister in a subsequent semester. This will result in at least a one semester delay in the completion of the internship course.
Additional Field Policies 1. The intern is expected to adhere to professional ethical guidelines as dictated by the following professional organizations:
2. The intern is also expected to follow any additional code of ethics used in the agency where interning. Behavior must be consistent with the signed contract.
3. Students may not intern with agencies at which they are currently or were previously employed.
4. The intern is to dress appropriately as per the standards of the site and at the direction of the supervisor.
5. The intern is expected to adhere to the policies, procedures, and working hours of their agency. These are determined by professional and administrative staff and communicated by the site supervisor.
6. The intern is expected to respect the confidentiality and dignity of the client population.
7. The intern is expected to interact in a respectful manner with supervisors, co-workers, volunteers, and other members of the department or division within the agency with whom he/she may come into contact, as well as with clients, service consumers, and/or community organizations.
8. The intern must maintain weekly communication with the academic supervisor throughout the field experience.
9. The intern is expected to maintain a regular schedule and should notify the agency supervisor and academic supervisor in case of absence.
10. While enrolled in FMST 297 Preparing Human Service Workers: Pre-Internship, every intern is required to sign a Department of Family Studies and Community Development Criminal Background Check/Drug Screen Student Rights and Responsibilities document. This document will be retained in
a student's department file until he/she graduates from Towson University.
Examples of inappropriate professional behavior that do not meet expectations include, but are not limited to, frequent unplanned absences, failure to follow through on activities planned with the agency, failure to maintain on-going communication with the site supervisor, and any student client interaction that does not follow professional guidelines, ethical standards or appropriate boundaries.
Breach of Policies
Human service professionals respond appropriately to the unethical behavior of colleagues. Therefore, failure to adhere to the policies outlined above may result in the student being removed from the site. Should an issue arise, department faculty will be notified and work toward a resolution. All actions will be documented in the student’s advising file. The actions may include, but are not limited to, a plan for remediation, removal from current internship, extension of internship hours, a denial of enrollment in additional internship classes, or a failing grade.
Department of Family Studies and Community Development
College of Liberal Arts Building, Suite 2210
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.