Time Limits

Candidates are expected to pursue a full-time program during the first year of study. The University residency requirement is enrollment for two semesters in sequence as a full-time student. Specific University policies govern course loads for those students employed by the University.

According to University guidelines a student who enters with a MSW is allowed up to six years to complete the degree program. A student without a MSW degree has seven years to complete the doctoral program. Extension of the time limit and/or a leave of absence may be granted for unusual circumstances.

Student Faculty Committees

PhD students participate in the work of the PhD Committee and the School’s Diversity Committee. Student members provide valuable input, promote the interests of the student body, and provide a channel of communication among graduate students and the School. Opportunities to participate on these committees are offered at the beginning of each academic year.

Academic Deficiencies

A PhD student who has taken a minimum of 16 hours of graduate work in the program, with a grade point average lower than 3.0 (B) will receive a letter of warning from the Graduate College. A student who has completed a minimum of 24 hours with a grade point average below 3.0 (B) will be reclassified to limited status for a maximum of one term (Students on limited status are not eligible to receive a graduate degree). After one term on limited status, no further registration will be permitted unless the GPA has been raised to 3.0 (B) and the department makes a request to the Graduate College for reinstatement of the student.

Grievance and Capricious Grading Policies

Occasionally, students have conflicts which are related to School personnel or procedures and which require third-party intervention. When this occurs, students should discuss their concerns with the faculty or staff member involved. If a disagreement cannot be resolved in discussion with the faculty or staff member, students should consult the Assistant Dean. The Assistant Dean discusses the situation with students and informs them of both the informal and formal grievance procedures established by the School and by the University. If, at this point, further action is needed, the Assistant Dean refers the student to the Associate Dean.  Procedures for review of Alleged Capricious Grading and Grievance and Complaints may be found in the Graduate College Handbook.

 Graduate College Handbook

Protection of Human Subjects

All research conducted at or sponsored by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Social Work and that involves human subjects must adhere to the standards that are stated in the Handbook for Investigators: For the Protection of Human Subjects. Investigators need to be especially aware of the standards concerning informed consent, confidentiality, the classification of minimal risk and more than minimal risk, and the required safeguards.

No data collection will be initiated without approval from the Human Subjects Review Officer of the School of Social Work. Every research project must be reviewed by either the Human Subjects Review Officer of the School of Social Work or the Executive Secretary of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to determine compliance with the exemption criteria.

 Information and IRB-1 Forms

Sexual Harassment Policy

The Sexual Harassment Policy can be found in the Student Code.

Academic Integrity

Members of the campus community are expected to adhere to the highest standards of professional conduct in carrying out their teaching, research and service responsibilities. There are many aspects of academic integrity, including but not limited to instructional responsibilities, honest and ethical practice in completing both coursework and research, and more generally in professional conduct.

Academic Integrity, Academic Dishonesty, & Professional Conduct: Selected Guidelines & Advice

Nondiscrimination Statement

The commitment of the University to the most fundamental principles of academic freedom, equality of opportunity, and human dignity requires that decisions involving students and employees be based on individual merit and be free from invidious discrimination in all its forms.

It is the policy of the University of Illinois not to engage in discrimination or harassment against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, unfavorable discharge from the military, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era and to comply with all federal and state laws, orders, and regulations on discrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. This nondiscrimination policy applies to admissions, employment, access to and treatment in each university program and activity.

For additional information or assistance on the equal opportunity, affirmative action and harassment policies of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, please contact:

Associate Chancellor
317 Swanlund Administration Building, MC-304
601 East John Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820-5796
Phone: (217) 333-6394, or the

Assistant Chancellor and Director of Equal Opportunity and Access
100A Swanlund Administration Building, MC-304
601 East John Street
Champaign, Illinois 61820-5796
Phone: (217) 333-0885

Further information is available on the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access Web Site.