Communications from the Dean

Below are select emails that have been circulated by the Dean as it relates to COVID-19 and CoSW operations.

Greetings CoSW Field Community!

I hope this message finds you well! I am writing to provide some information pertaining to Fall 2021 field placements.

I recognize that there will be field placements that require students to be vaccinated. By extension, these agencies may require that students provide proof of that vaccination.

In most instances, students will likely provide that verification directly to the agency. In those cases, we are asking that these students ALSO provide that verification via the UK HealthCore portal. This will allow us to provide additional levels of verification to the agency. You can upload your vaccine verification here:

If you need help in uploading your vaccine verification, you can watch this video:

If you need to schedule a vaccine appointment, you can do that here:

If you are unable to get a vaccine and it is impacting your ability to be placed, please reach out to Pam Weeks (Director of Field Education).

Please know that safety is our highest priority. Within that context, we also want to ensure that students have learning experiences conducive to their overall professional goals. However, we must acknowledge that vaccine status will impact placement availability. By extension, there will also likely be occurrences where vaccine status may impact degree progression. While we will certainly do what we can to mitigate those impacts, there will be placement criteria delineated by agencies that will be beyond our control.

If there are any questions, comments, concerns, or celebrations, please don’t hesitate to let me know!


Justin “Jay” Miller, Ph.D., MSW, CSW
Director, Self-Care Lab
President, Foster Care Alumni
Chair, KY Board of Social Work

Message from the Dean

Since March 2020, we have been working on strategies to resume on-campus activities safely. We have participated in a number of workgroups, examined models from across the globe, and combed through reams of data associated with constituent perspectives. Throughout all of these activities, our top priority has been, is, and will remain, the safety of our students, staff, faculty, and community partners.

In July, we finalized our plan for on-campus education, research, service, and outreach initiatives for Fall 2020. This plan is consistent with the parameters outlined by the University. This site contains pertinent information pertaining to student learning, operations, and resources associated with COVID-19.

Rest assured that CoSW is well-suited to actualize a safe, sustainable plan. Our online and hybrid programs will allow us great flexibility in ensuring the well-being of our community. What’s more, we will continue to perform a host of virtual training and service operations associated with our CoSW Centers and Labs.

Our commitment to keeping people safe is matched only by our commitment to ensure a quality educational experience, no matter the format. Our position is clear: providing the highest possible level of safety and providing a world-class social work educational experience are not mutually exclusive. We can, and will, do both.

This site will be updated regularly. If you have additional questions associated with our plans for a return to campus, please email or text CoSWReturn to 888-845-0189.

As always, if you have any questions, comments, concerns, or celebrations, I would love to hear from you. You can reach me via email at

Please take care of yourself and those around you.

And, always remember – SOCIAL WORK was built for this.

Jay Miller 
Dean & Dorothy A. Miller Research Professor in Social Work Education
College of Social Work 
University of Kentucky