School Board member Hoffarth responds to dismissed social worker complaint

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Jacqueline Hoffarth
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A Grand Forks social worker whose name appeared before a state professional board earlier this month has responded, saying she disagreed with the now-dismissed complaint.

Jacqueline Hoffarth, who also serves on the Grand Forks School Board, went before the North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners on Feb. 12. The former UND employee was listed on the agenda under the section titled “complaints.” She did not respond to telephone calls in the days leading up to the hearing or the day of the hearing.

The complaint was dismissed at the Feb. 12 hearing.

On Monday, Feb. 24, Hoffarth told Forum News Service the complaint was submitted to the board by former UND colleagues who alleged that a relationship between Hoffarth and a social work graduate student was unethical. Hoffarth said the student was not under her supervision in any way. She also said she completely disagrees with any allegations of improper behavior.

Hoffarth said she resigned her role at the university last year under her own volition because of "personal differences" with other faculty members.

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