Testing and Isolation Information
The University of Connecticut has welcomed new and returning students, faculty, and staff back to our campuses this fall. We are dedicated to working together with public health experts and our state to maintain a quality UConn educational experience while keeping our community healthy. Comprehensive information on the University's plans, policies, and procedures relating to Covid-19 is available at reopen.uconn.edu.
Students, faculty, and staff who test positive for Covid-19 must follow University and School of Social Work policies and procedures depending on whether they are participating in in-person classes, remote learning, or field placements. View FAQs for prospective and incoming students and regarding field education below.
Information for BSW, MSW, and Ph.D. Students
Students living on the Storrs campus can learn about on-campus testing as well as isolation and contact tracing on the Testing page of the Reopening UConn website. More information on the types of isolation and quarantine being employed by UConn, including what individuals under each type should and should not do, is available on the Quarantine and Self-Isolation page.
Detailed instructions for self-quarantine for both on-campus and off-campus or commuter students is available on the Student Health and Wellness (SHaW) Covid-19 page.
View the Covid-19 Field Education FAQs below for further information on quarantine during Field Placements.
Information for Graduate Students
- All graduate students whose work requires them to be on campus will be provided access to Covid-19 testing at no cost to the student. For details, read the Provost's announcement regarding graduate student testing.
- GAs who test positive for Covid-19 are expected to initiate a report directly to HR and are also expected to self-quarantine as instructed by HR. (Vault/SHaW will NOT be sending those results to HR due to HIPPA privacy laws. GAs are expected to report their positive tests results to HR by sending a note to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Information for SSW Faculty and Staff
For the most current information on UConn employee Covid-19 testing, including potential exposure testing, surveillance testing, and additional employee responsibilities, visit the Human Resources website.
FAQs: Field Education
Last updated 2/15/21
Exposure (or Potential Exposure) to Covid-19 and Field Placements
What policies and guidelines should I follow regarding COVID-19 and how will that influence my ability to be in a field placement?
Students are expected to follow all policies and guidelines related to COVID-19 from UConn (which are based on state and CDC policies) and their field agencies (if applicable). If a student’s field placement site is open, the student should plan to attend field as scheduled while closely monitoring their own health and safety. As emerging professionals, students are empowered to make an informed decision and consider options regarding attendance in field related to health and safety. As per CDC and State of Connecticut guidance, students should consult with their personal physician regarding their own health situation. We support the informed decisions that students will make. However, some decisions may impact the student’s eligibility to enter into or remain in a field placement.
If I test positive for COVID-19 or must quarantine, how will this affect my field placement?
- A student who tests positive for Covid-19 should immediately stop going in person to their field placement and should self-quarantine in accordance with their physician’s instructions. The student should alert their field instructor and faculty advisor immediately and notify the field agency of their status.
- The field placement agency may have their own guidelines regarding exposure, contact tracing, or other steps that the student should follow.
- Field agencies may have remote field work or other remote opportunities that the student can do to earn agency-based field hours during self-quarantine when their in-person field placement is disrupted. If the field agency does not have such remote field work available, the student should participate in the remote field training resources that the UConn SSW Field Education department has provided on the Field Education HuskyCT site (15 hours per week for MSW students and approximately 14 hours per week for BSW students). Students doing remote work from the SSW Field Education HuskyCT site should log their remote hours in the log provided on this HuskyCT site and email it weekly to their faculty advisor and to email@example.com.
Disruptions to the Field Placement
What should I do if my Field Placement in an agency or field unit is disrupted during the year?
It is possible that some field placements may be disrupted during the year due to various factors, including Covid-19. If that happens, affected students would engage in remote field experiences provided either by their field agency (e.g., telehealth or remote field activities) or by the UConn SSW until such time as they are able to resume a field unit or agency-affiliated placement. These remote field experiences will meet the competencies required for field education and promote the development of practice skills. Students will earn field hours for completing these assignments.
What will remote field experiences provided by the UConn SSW involve?
These remote field experiences may include the following:
- Online trainings that can be taken at any time according to your own schedule. We have compiled many hours of free online trainings on our SSW field education HuskyCT site and have a menu of training offerings. We have identified which trainings are applicable to different cohorts of students (based on whether you are in the BSW or MSW program, and for MSW students, your year in field and concentration).
- Other remote field activities or assignments with approval from the student’s faculty advisor.
How will I access and engage in the remote field experiences provided by the UConn SSW?
The online trainings and other remote field activities or assignments provided by the UConn SSW will be posted on the Field Education HuskyCT (Blackboard) site. All MSW and BSW UConn SSW students enrolled in field education will have access to that site. Students will keep a log of their remote field hours and email their hours log and their Certificates of Completion for the online trainings to their Faculty Advisor and the Field Education Department (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Students can earn field credit for completing remote trainings/assignments while they are not in a field-based placement (up to 15 hours per week for MSW students and up to 14 hours per week for BSW students).
Impact of Covid-19 on Required Number of Field Hours
How many hours of field will I be required to obtain during the academic year?
At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, given the significant disruptions faced by our agency partners and the challenges in obtaining and sustaining field placements, we reduced the number of required field hours in keeping with guidance from our accrediting body, the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). As we look to the 2021-2022 academic year, as protocols are in place related to Covid-19 and as more students and community members are becoming vaccinated, we are easing back toward our pre-Covid requirements for field hours as follows:
- MSW students: All MSW “in-field” students are required to complete a minimum of 435 hours of field in the 2021-2022 academic year (29 weeks of field at 15 hours-per-week). This is true for students engaged in a field unit or agency-affiliated field education (whether at the agency or remote) and those engaged in remote field experiences. In the 2020-2021 academic year the requirement was 420 hours.
- BSW students: All BSW “in-field” students (i.e., seniors) are required to complete a minimum of 400 hours of field in the 2021-2022 academic year (29 weeks of field at approximately 14 hours-per-week). This is true for students engaged in a field unit or agency-affiliated field education (whether at the agency or remote) and those engaged in remote field experiences. In the 2020-2021 academic year the requirement was 340 hours.
How many hours per week will I be engaged in field education during the academic year?
MSW Students: All MSW “in-field” students are required to complete a minimum of 15 hours per week in field education. This is true for students engaged in a field unit or agency-affiliated field education (whether at the field unit / agency or remote) and those engaged in remote field experiences. Some agency placements may require a student to do up to 20 hours per week in their placement.
BSW Students: All students are required to complete approximately 14 hours per week in field education. This is true for students engaged in a field unit or agency-affiliated field education (whether at the field unit / agency or remote) and those engaged in remote field experiences. (Note: BSW students completed 12 hours per week in field in the 2020-2021 academic year.)
When will my field education end?
We expect that most students will finish their field education hours by April 23 in 2021 and April 22 in 2022. Some agencies may require additional hours or have a later end date.
How many field hours will be required to in order to graduate?
MSW Students: Advanced Standing students must complete 765 field hours to graduate in Spring 2021 or in Spring 2022 (combining hours from their BSW program and the MSW program). All other MSW students must complete 765 field hours to graduate in Spring 2021 or 855 field hours to graduate in Spring 2022 (combining hours from their first and second year field placements).
BSW Students: BSW seniors need to complete 340 field hours to graduate in 2021 and 400 field hours to graduate in 2022.
Will the number of field hours that I earn in UConn’s MSW program meet social work licensure requirements in Connecticut and elsewhere in the United States?
In order to get licensed in Connecticut, a basic requirement is graduation from an MSW program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). The UConn School of Social Work is accredited by CSWE.
The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) reported in Spring 2020 that no state’s regulatory requirements exceed CSWE’s temporary guidelines for reduced field hours during the coronavirus pandemic. This means that students who graduated with their degree from UConn during the pandemic were not limited in terms of where they could apply for licensure in the United States based on graduating with reduced field hours authorized by CSWE. Students are encouraged to check with each state’s licensing body for details and up-to-date information.
Will remote field activities (including telehealth), field supervision, and field seminar hours count toward the required field hours?
During the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years, in keeping with the CSWE guidelines, the SSW will allow for remote field activity, field supervision, and field seminar hours to count toward MSW students’ field hours.
Employed Social Work Placements
If I am working in a social service agency, may I do my field placement in the agency where I am employed?
You may be able to do an Employed Social Work (ESW) placement. In keeping with CSWE’s updated guidance on employment-based field in the context of the coronavirus pandemic, the SSW will be more flexible in the use of ESW placements in the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years. Please contact the Field Education Department at email@example.com if you are interested in exploring this.
Field Seminars and Site Visits
Will my Field Seminars meet in person or be held online in the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years?
Fall 2020 Field Seminars will be held remotely using WebEx during the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years. Students will receive instructions regarding how to join the WebEx seminar.
Will my faculty advisor make in-person or remote site visits in the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 academic years?
During the Covid-19 pandemic, faculty advisors are authorized to conduct remote rather than in-person site visit(s) with field instructors and student advisees (e.g., conducted by WebEx, Zoom, or some other video conferencing mechanism).