52 Academic Regulations
2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog
Students who have been granted Academic Forgiveness to reset the grade
point average after readmission are not eligible for course grade forgiveness.
Please refer to the bulletin entry for Academic Forgiveness.
A transcript of students’ records carries the following information: current
status, a detailed statement of the scholastic record showing courses pursued
with semester hours carried, semester hours earned, grades, grade points, and
system of grading. A permanent record of all failures, incomplete grades and
penalties such as probation, suspension or other restrictions are also indicated.
The transcript also contains references to other colleges or universities attended
and the total credits accepted by USC Upstate. No partial record is issued.
All requests for transcripts must be written. Students needing a copy of
their transcript or a certified copy of the end-of-semester grade report
must request their transcripts through Self Service. All official transcripts
are processed through USC Columbia. Transcript costs are $12.00 for each
copy. No transcript is issued to students who are indebted to the University.
With the exception of copies made for internal University use, no copy of a
student’s records is released anywhere (including the state department of
education) without the student’s written consent, unless required by law
or court order.
A former USC undergraduate student who meets all of the following conditions
may apply for academic forgiveness:
1. The student must have an overall GPA of less than 2.0 on all University
of South Carolina course work.
2. The student was not enrolled at any University of South Carolina
campus for at least 48 months.
3. The student must be readmitted to a degree program at the
University of South Carolina and must complete at least 24 hours
of approved graded course work prior to applying for academic
4. After readmission to the University, the student must earn an
overall GPA of at least 2.0 and meet the progression requirements
of his or her degree program.
5. The student has not previously been granted academic forgiveness.
A student who has met these conditions and desires academic forgiveness
must submit a written request for academic forgiveness to the dean of the
school in which the student is enrolled. After verification of the student’s
eligibility, the dean shall inform the registrar that academic forgiveness has
been granted to the student.
Once academic forgiveness has been granted, the following apply to the
student’s academic record:
1. All curriculum requirements will be in accordance with those in
force at the time of or subsequent to the student’s readmission.
2. The student may not receive academic honors upon graduation.
3. The student’s grade point average is recalculated beginning with
the semester in which the student was readmitted to the University.
4. Courses in which the student received a passing grade prior to
readmission and the granting of academic forgiveness may, at the
discretion of the student’s school, be used for academic credit, but
are not used in the calculation of the grade point average.
5. The following statement shall appear on the academic record of any
student granted academic forgiveness: “This student was granted
academic forgiveness under the University of South Carolina
Academic Forgiveness Program. No courses taken prior to (date of
re-admission) are used in the calculation of the GPA, but those in
which the student received a passing grade may be used to meet
6. The permanent academic record will remain an unmodified record
of all work attempted at the University of South Carolina.
7. An overall GPA of 2.0 is required on all work following academic
forgiveness for purposes of graduation.
CLASSIFICATION OF STUDENTS
Classification of students is based on the total number of semester hours
earned. A student with less than 30 hours is considered a freshman. A student
must have earned 30 semester hours to be classified as a sophomore, 60 for
classification as a junior, and 90 for classification as a senior. Students are
classified at the beginning of each semester.
Each semester, academic achievement is recognized by entering students’
names on the chancellor’s honor list and the dean’s honor list. The chancellor’s
honor list requires a GPA of 4.0 earned on a minimum of 12 credited
semester hours. The dean’s honor list requires a grade point average of 3.5
or higher (3.25 or higher for freshmen; 29 hours or less at end of semester)
earned on a minimum of 12 credited semester hours. No course carried
on a pass-fail basis is counted toward the 12 hours required for either the
Chancellor’s or Dean’s Lists.
GRADUATION WITH HONORS
Graduation with honors will be based on a student’s “Total Institution” GPA
(in the USC System). Honors designators are determined at the time of graduation
and may not be applied retroactively. To graduate with such honors, a
student must have earned at least 60 credit hours applicable to the degree
in residence in the USC System. Courses taken as a transient student at other
institutions, by correspondence, by examination, or by exemption are not
considered “in residence.” The following designations indicate a consistently
high level of academic achievement in the USC System:
Summa cum Laude: An overall and USC GPA of 3.95-4.00
Magna cum Laude: An overall and USC GPA of 3.75-3.94
Cum Laude: An overall and USC GPA of 3.50-3.74
For purposes of the graduation ceremony and program, academic honors
are calculated on the student's previous semester.
Students whose records demonstrate superior academic achievement may be
invited to join several honor societies chartered on the USC Upstate campus.
These organizations exist not only to recognize outstanding students but also
to promote academic achievement in all areas of the University.
Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society, was
founded in 1920. The Mu Chapter at USC Upstate was chartered in 2009. AKD
recognizes students with outstanding academic achievements in sociology.
Because the mission statement of AKD is "To investigate humanity for the