As the chief governing body of the University of South Carolina, the board of
trustees delegates powers to the president, the chancellor, and the faculty in
accord with its policies. Subject to the review of the chancellor, the president
and the board of trustees, the faculty retains legislative powers in all matters
pertaining to the standards of admission, registration, instruction, research
and extracurricular activities; the requirements for the granting of degrees
earned in course; the curricula; the discipline of students; the educational
policies and standards of the University; and all other matters affecting the
conduct of academic affairs.
The University reserves the right to make changes in curricula, degree
requirements, course offerings, and all academic regulations, at any time
when, in the judgment of the faculty, the chancellor, the president or the
board of trustees, such changes are for the best interest of the students.
The University assumes that students, through the act of registration, accept
all published academic regulations appearing in this catalog, online course
schedule, the University website, or in any other official announcement.
Unforeseen circumstances may interfere with the scheduling of any particular
course or degree offering. Students are expected to take such developments
into account as they arise, even if doing so means a delay in some of
their academic goals or a modification of those goals. Each academic unit
concerned works closely with students facing such problems in an effort to
resolve them. Classes may be cancelled for extenuating circumstances such
as insufficient enrollment.
RIGHTS OF CATALOG
An undergraduate student may choose to obtain a degree in accordance
with the curricular requirements in force when he or she first enrolls in the
University or under subsequent requirements published while the student
The following conditions apply to the selection of degree requirements:
1. A student has eight years continuous and inclusive to claim the
requirements of a specific catalog.
2. A student who is absent for more than five years must select the
catalog in effect at the time of his or her return.
3. The choice of requirements is restricted to a single bulletin.
4. A student may not appeal to requirements adopted and abandoned
while he or she was not enrolled in the University.
A student who is absent from the University, for even a short time, may
find that there have been drastic changes in curricula and programs. In
such cases, there may be no choice for the student but to adopt the new
program or a transitional program approved by the dean. USC Upstate is
not responsible for providing programs or courses that were deleted during
the student’s absence.
COURSE OF STUDY
Students are expected to follow the program outlined by their college
or school as closely as possible, particularly in the first two years when
they are satisfying general education requirements and prerequisites for
Students must complete courses in the prescribed sequence. Failure to do
so may lead to future schedule difficulties, and students may find that the
course for which they wish to enroll is not available.
Under unavoidable and exceptional circumstances, the faculty may permit
a substitution or an exemption from the ordinary processes to complete the
prescribed curricula. Students requesting a deviation from the prescribed
course of study should consult with their academic advisor before preparing
a petition listing the substitutions or exemptions sought and the reasons for
the requests. Petitions are submitted on forms obtainable from the deans’
offices or the Records Office. They must be returned to the dean of the school
in which the student is enrolled.
Any deviation from degree requirements as published in the catalog must
have the approval of the dean of the student’s major. If the petition is denied,
students may appeal to the senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. The
petition must be approved before a student enrolls in the substitute course.
Students transferring from another college or university desiring to substitute
courses taken elsewhere for courses prescribed at USC Upstate must
submit a petition to the dean of the college or school in which they expect
to receive a degree.
CHANGE OF MAJOR
A student desiring to change his or her program of study is required to (1)
obtain a change of major form from the University website, (2) present
the form for the approval of the chair/dean of the college or department
in which he or she plans to enroll along with a copy of the academic record
obtained from the Self Service, and (3) return the completed form to the
Records Office for processing. A change of major should be completed in
advance of registration. Students are responsible for keeping their intended
major current and accurate by processing a change of major when necessary.
CHANGE OF NAME
A student wishing a name change must present to the Records Office the
name change form and proper legal documentation such as a marriage
license, a court order approving a name change, or a divorce decree in which
a name change is granted.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS
Students are obligated to notify the Records Office of any change of address
and/or phone number. Failure to do so can cause serious delay in the han-
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