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Can I do a Practicum/Internship if I’m in recovery or on probation?


The following policies and procedures were adopted by MSU Department of Human Services to support student success in the field placement experience.

  • If you are on probation or parole, you are required to complete that probation/parole prior to doing field placement.
  • You may not do a placement at an agency where you have been a client in the last five years.
  • You must maintain a 2.0 G.P.A. in order to qualify for field placement.

Additionally, you may be placed on a temporary or permanent hold from the field courses if your history includes one or more of the following:

  • One or more F’s in any MSU Denver course
  • A current incomplete or an incomplete in the previous four semesters
  • Prior removal from a placement (either by the agency or the HSP department)
  • Received an improvement plan from the HSP Professional Review Team
  • A conviction (felony or misdemeanor) in the past two years
  • Found in violation of the MSU Denver Student Code of Conduct
  • Reported less than 1 year of sobriety

If any of these issues impact you, you must disclose this information to the field coordinator and work with the field coordinator to figure out a strategy for successfully completing your MSU Denver degree.

Requesting Exception

To request an exception to these policies, explain the situation to the field coordinator in writing, providing a rationale for why you believe you are ready to do a field placement. You may include supporting documentation from a probation/parole officer, counselor, or other appropriate professional. The field coordinator, in conjunction with field faculty, will determine your readiness to participate in field placement. You may be asked to meet with the field coordinator and a field faculty member before a decision is made.

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