54 Academic Regulations
2018-2019 USC Upstate Catalog
August 15 October 15 December
All course work completed by the end of fall semester.
Graduation Requirements. Students submit to their dean a list of
courses meeting all regulations and requirements of their school and major
department which they claim for graduation and for which their overall
GPA and their GPA on USC system course work is at least 2.0. This list, after
verification, forms the basis for the dean’s approval or rejection of students’
applications for graduation. (This list contains only the courses in which
students have performed at or above the required level. The list need not
contain all courses attempted or passed, but only those which students wish
to submit in fulfillment of graduation requirements.) Students who have
been granted academic forgiveness must have an overall GPA of at least 2.0
since returning to USC Upstate. A minimum grade of C is required for any
course submitted for fulfillment of general or intensive major requirements
in most degree programs. Exceptions to this requirement are noted in the
description of each academic program. The USC system does not grant degrees
retroactively. Therefore, all academic requirements, including the making up
of incompletes or posting of transient credit, must be on the academic record
prior to the end of the term in which the student is attempting to graduate.
SECOND UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE
At times the University confers a second undergraduate degree upon candidates
who have completed all requirements for the desired degree. A second
degree is awarded provided that the additional requirements for the second
degree include a minimum of 18 semester hours beyond those required
for the first degree. Students may pursue both degrees simultaneously. A
separate application is required for each USC Upstate degree.
The USC Upstate Student Handbook contains additional rules and regulations as
well as the Code of Academic Responsibility. Students are responsible for obtaining
a copy of the handbook from the Student Affairs Office upon registration.
NOTIFICATION OF STUDENT RIGHTS
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students
certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:
(1) The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45
days of the day the University receives a request for access. Students should
submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic division, or other appropriate
official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to
inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify
the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the
records are not maintained by the university official to whom the request
was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official
to whom the request should be addressed.
(2) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records
that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the
University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading.
They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly
identifying the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is
inaccurate or misleading.
If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student,
the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student
of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional
information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to
the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
(3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information
contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA
authorizes disclosure without consent. The University of South Carolina will
disclose information from a student’s education records only with the written
consent of the student, except:
(a) To school officials with legitimate educational interests;
• A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative,
supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position;
a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such
as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the
Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such
as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school
official in performing his or her tasks.
• A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official
needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her
(b) To officials of other institutions in which the student seeks or intends
to enroll provided that the student has previously requested a release of
(c) To authorized representatives of the U.S. Department of Education, the
Comptroller General of the United States, state educational authorities,
organizations conducting studies for or on behalf of the University, and
(d) In connection with a student’s application for, and receipt of, financial aid;
(e) To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
(f) To parents of dependent students as defined by the Internal Revenue
Code, Section 152;
(g) To appropriate parties in a health or safety emergency; or
(h) To the alleged victim of any crime or violence of the results of any
disciplinary proceedings conducted by the University.
(i) The University may disclose the result of a disciplinary proceeding
to a parent or guardian so long as the student is under the age of 21 at
the time of the incident and the proceeding has resulted in a violation of
University drug or alcohol policies, or any federal, state, or local law.
(j) To students currently registered in a particular class, the names and
e-mail addresses of others on the roster may be disclosed in order to
participate in class discussion.
The University of South Carolina has designated the following items as
directory information: a student’s name, electronic mail address, local
and permanent mailing addresses and telephone numbers, semesters of
attendance, enrollment status (full- or part-time), date of admission, date
of graduation, school, majors and areas of concentration, whether or not
currently enrolled, classification (freshman, etc.), type of degree being
pursued, degrees, honors, and awards received (including scholarships and
fellowships), weight and height of members of athletic teams, and whether
the student has participated in officially recognized activities and sports
sponsored by the University.
The University may disclose any of these items without prior written consent,
unless the student has submitted a written request to the Office of the
Registrar not to release directory information pertaining to them. Requests