Virginia Commonwealth University

Field instruction

Field calendar

Following are important field education course event and deadline dates for the 2014-2015 academic year. Please refer to the VCU academic calendar for additional dates and to the Field Manual [PDF] for SSW policies regarding hours in field, holidays and inclement weather.

Fall 2014

August 21

Classes begin

Aug. 22

Opening Field Instructors’ Meeting
University Student Commons, Commonwealth Ballroom A
9-11:30 a.m. – Fall kick-off (registration opens at 8:30 a.m.)
12:30-2:30 p.m. – New Field Instructors’ Orientation

August 25

Field Education begins this week.*
Mandatory Field Education Orientation – MSW Foundation Students
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., University Student Commons, Commonwealth A-B
All students entering MSW foundation field education in Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 are required to attend this Orientation.

*August 26

Field agency attendance begins this date for Foundation field education students.

Oct. 3

Field Instructor Training

Oct. 13-17

BSW/MSW Mid-Term Evaluations Due (Verbal)

Oct. 24

Spring 2015 Field Applications Due
All BSW and MSW students beginning placement in spring 2015

November 14

Field Instructor Training

Nov. 18

Orientation to Field
3-4 p.m., Location TBD
Required for BSW students beginning placement in spring 2015

Nov. 24-28

Week of Thanksgiving – Holiday**

Dec. 5

Fall semester evaluations due to Field Liaisons

Dec. 12

Last day field for fall semester

**Please note that all student hours in field placement, including holidays, must be negotiated with field instructors and included in the Working Contract.

Spring 2015

Week of Jan.12

Field Placement begins/continues

Jan. 30

Field Instructor Training

Feb. 9

Richmond Field Fair Day
10 a.m. - noon
Required for MSW students who will be entering concentration field placement in fall 2015

Feb. 17

Summer 2015 Field Applications Due
All BSW Juniors, MSW (Foundation and Concentration) beginning field in summer 2015

Feb.24

Fall 2015 Field Applications Due
All BSW Seniors and MSW Concentration students beginning field in fall 2015

March 2-8

BSW/MSW Mid-Term Evaluations Due (Verbal)

March 9-13

Spring Break

March 20

Field Instructor Training

April 15

Orientation to Field
Noon-1 p.m., Location TBD
Required for BSW and MSW students beginning placement in summer 2015

April 24

Spring semester evaluations due to Field Liaisons

April 30

Last day of field instruction for BSW/MSW students

May 15

Field Instructors Appreciation Luncheon
Noon - 2 p.m., Location TBD