University Supervisors

The page below contains links to relevant resources for program supervisors. Please bookmark this page in your web browser. It will be updated and expanded regularly.  It is organized in the following categories:

BU IT Help Desk: If you have tech-related issues, BU IT is staffed every day from 7:00 am-11:00 pm for support via email and phone.

    BU Protection of Minors

    BU Supervisors need to comply with the two BU Protection of Minors (POM) requirements if they will be in the presence of minors, regardless of in-person or remote formats. Contact Paul Akoury ( with questions.

    • BU POM Online Training (Click for Instructions): One-time-only 25-to-30-minute training. Please submit your Certificate of Completion to Paul Akoury (    
    • BU POM CORI:
      • Full-time faculty need to complete the BU POM CORI once every three years. All others need to complete it every year.
      • The Professional Preparation Office facilitates the POM CORI process at the beginning of the semester. Please wait until you are further advised.
    • Please Note: BU supervisors must also comply with field-site background checks if requested by the site.
    • Resources Page for Students: The BU Protection or Minors AND Field-Site Background Checks page is a comprehensive set of resources created for students to ensure their compliance with BU POM policy and state-mandated background checks.

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      Sonia Field Database

      SONIA is the field data management system that BU uses to manage all field placements and document placement hours, oversee compliance with BU Protection of Minors policy, run reports on placement data and trends, and much more. The following resources are common links for program supervisors.     

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      Further Resources

      • BU Wheelock Field Policies: Applicable to all academic field programs at BU Wheelock.
      • BU Wheelock Field Placement Standards: Organized by site and site supervisor, these standards represent the ideal, aspirational conditions and help support continuous improvement in the delivery of our field education.
      • BU Calendar: Academic calendars for current and upcoming semesters (by the Office of the University Registrar).
      • BU Wheelock Safety Resources for Field Placement: Comprehensive list of non-COVID-related resources shared with students in the field.
      • Field Orientation: Quick Access Resource Guide: Consolidated set of key resources that is shared with all students in field placement.
      • How to Create a Mileage Expense Report: Explains step by step how to submit your mileage reimbursement in the Concur Travel and Expense Reporting system.
        • Mileage reimbursement must be submitted each semester.
        • Mileage reimbursement is approved by your department chair.
        • Please see “Important” under step six: i.e., you need to include in the Comment box on the report header page that you do not work from the BU campus.
        • If you have questions, please consult with your program director.

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