42 Student Affairs
2019-2020 USC Upstate Catalog
CODE OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY
It shall be the responsibility of every student at USC Upstate to obey and to
support the enforcement of the Academic Integrity Code, which prohibits
lying, cheating or stealing. For details of the honor code, procedures for
handling complaints, and penalties for violations, consult the USC Upstate
CODE OF STUDENT BEHAVIOR
It is also the responsibility of every student at USC Upstate to abide by the
Code of Student Behavior, to conduct oneself so as not to impair significantly
the welfare or the educational opportunities of others in the university com-munity.
All non-academic conduct that infringes upon the rights and welfare
of others is thus embodied in the Campus Disciplinary Code. Violations are
handled in the same manner as violations of the Academic Integrity Code.
Consult the USC Upstate Student Handbook for details.
USC Upstate enforces a strong alcohol policy in order to respect the academic
environment and protect the welfare of individuals accessing the campus.
The University complies with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities
Act Amendment of 1989 in establishing and enforcing alcohol and drug
policy. Consult the USC Upstate Student Handbook for a current copy of
the Alcohol Policy.
TOBACCO-FREE CAMPUS POLICY
The University of South Carolina Upstate is concerned about the toll that
smoking and tobacco use has on the health and well-being of the University
community. As a public institution of higher education with departments
that have interest in and treat the effects of smoking, second-hand smoke,
and other tobacco use, USC Upstate believes it has an obligation to exercise
leadership by promoting a healthy tobacco-free and smoke-free environment
for its students, faculty, staff, and visitors. As part of a global wellness initiative
for the University, USC Upstate shall become a completely tobacco-free and
smoke-free campus. The policy expands the 2011 smoke-free/tobacco-free
policy to include the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) of any kind
(either prescribed or non-prescribed electronic nicotine delivery devices).
Civility and respect are expected by all members of the University community
as we make this transition. For a full review of the policy, please reference
the USC Upstate website (www.uscupstate.edu/smokefree).
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
USC Upstate English Fluency Grievance Policy
Students who feel that they are unable to understand the spoken and/or
written English of an instructor at USC Upstate shall schedule a meeting with
the dean of the respective school and make their concerns known. The dean
will conduct an investigation and report to the complaining students his/
her finding within 10 working days of the complaint. In the event student
charges are substantiated, the dean and the vice chancellor for academic
affairs will take immediate action to rectify the problem. Such action may
take the form of replacement of the instructor immediately, intensive reme-diation
of the problem, or any other solution that protects the due process
rights of faculty and students. Refer questions to the Academic Affairs Office.
Policy for Non-Academic Grievances
A grievance is defined as a dissatisfaction occurring when a student thinks that
any condition affecting him/her is unjust, inequitable or creates an unneces-sary
hardship. Such grievances include, but are not limited to, the following
problems: mistreatment by any university employee, wrongful assessment
and processing of fees, records and registration errors, racial discrimination,
sex discrimination, and discrimination based on handicaps, as they relate to
nonacademic areas of the University. The grievance procedure shall not be
used for appeals of disciplinary decisions, residency classification decisions,
traffic appeals decisions or any other type decision where a clearly defined
appeals process has already been established. The procedure is as follows:
1. The initial phase of the student grievance procedure requires an oral
discussion between the student and the person(s) alleged to have
caused the grievance. This discussion must take place within 10
working days of the incident that constituted the grievance.
2. If the student wishes to file an official grievance, a grievance form must
be completed and filed with the immediate supervisor of the person
alleged to have caused the grievance. The form must be filed with
the person's immediate supervisor within five working days of the
initial discussion referred to above. The supervisor shall immediately
investigate the incident and render a decision. If the student feels the
grievance is resolved, the process is complete.
3. If the grievance is unresolved, the student may bring the matter before
the Grievance Committee by presenting a written statement within
10 working days of the supervisor's decision.
The Dean of Students coordinates the grievance procedure for nonacademic
areas and should be contacted for forms and assistance.
The Student Right-to-Know Act requires higher education institutions
that receive federal funds to report graduation rates for students who enter
the institutions as first-time, full-time degree-seeking students. In the case
of four-year institutions, the rate is based on the number of those students
who graduate within six years of enrolling.
The graduation rate for first-time students who entered the University of
South Carolina Upstate on a full-time basis in the fall of 2011 is 43 percent.
The figure does not include students who transferred from other institutions
and graduated from USC Upstate, or those who transferred from USC Upstate
to other four-year institutions and graduated from them. The graduation rate
is also affected by students who change from full-time to part-time status,
those who discontinue studies and later return, as well as those who drop