44 Academic Regulations
2019-2020 USC Upstate Catalog
and/or phone number. Failure to do so can cause serious delay in the han-dling
of student records and notification of emergencies at home. Students
change their address by using Self Service Carolina or email recordsoffice@
A student who is indebted to the University may be prohibited from attending
class or registering for future terms. Indebtedness to the University may also
prevent conferring of a degree and issuance of a diploma or a transcript.
Students who have a repayment obligation for federal, state or loan funds
(including but not limited to Pell Grant, SEOG, SCNBG, Perkins Loan, Stafford
Loan, SC Life Scholarship, etc.) are not permitted to receive federal, state or
institutional financial aid.
CHANGE OF CAMPUS WITHIN USC SYSTEM
Students wishing to change campuses within the University of South
Carolina System must be currently enrolled and may initiate the process on
Self Service Carolina. Eligibility is determined by the campus and major to
which the student wishes to transfer, and is based on hours earned, GPA,
and in some cases, specific courses. Students are responsible for meeting all
requirements and deadlines and should verify eligibility prior to completing
Official enrollment in the University occurs after the first day of class and
requires that students be academically eligible, complete the registration
process, and have made payment of current academic fees.
Students are expected to complete registration (including the payment of
all required fees and having an ID card made) on the dates prescribed in
the University calendar. Failure to pay fees by the published deadlines may
result in cancellation of the student's class schedule. To receive credit for a
course at the end of the semester, students must be officially enrolled prior
to the last day of late registration.
The purpose of academic advising is to facilitate students' progression in
meeting educational goals. Students are assigned an advisor in their first
semester of attendance.
Academic advising is a joint venture between the advisor and the student.
The advisor's responsibilities include knowledge of the curriculum, of
institutional policies, and of services available on campus. Advisors assist
students in developing an educational plan including selection of courses,
scheduling classes and evaluating progress toward the degree.
Students are responsible for making educational decisions, scheduling
advisement appointments and initiating discussions concerning academic
difficulty or changes in their plan of study. Students should read all university
communication, both print and online, and meet published deadlines.
A scheduled advisement period is held during fall and spring semester
before priority registration. Students are required to meet with an advisor
prior to their registration appointment time. After advisement, a "hold" is
lifted allowing the student to register through Self Service.
Individual courses may be offered by distance learning. Please check the
semester schedule for listings.
New freshman must take an advisement test in mathematics. Advisement
into first-year English courses is based on the student's score on the writing
portion of the SAT or ACT. Students who score 5 or below place in English
101A, students who score 6-10 place in English 101, and students who
score 11 or 12 may be considered for English 101 Honors. Students who do
not have SAT or ACT writing scores take the online writing placement test.
Those who have not completed the math requirement for their USC Upstate
major must take a placement test in math. Refer to the foreign language
placement policy under the Academic Programs section.
Graduation from USC Upstate in four years assumes completing 30 semester
hours of course work per year that can be applied to the degree program.
Changing majors, repeating courses, or enrolling in fewer hours will delay
graduation past four years.
A student may enroll in no more than 18 hours during a fall, spring or sum-mer
semester, without permission of his or her dean. Permission will not be
granted for enrollment in more than 21 hours in fall, spring or summer. In
order to receive permission for an overload, a student must have an overall
GPA of 3.0 or a 3.0 GPA on 12 or more hours for the previous semester. Forms
to request permission for an overload are available on the University's website.
SEMESTER HOURS ENROLLMENT:
Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters
1-11 Part-time status
12 Full-time status/graduate in 5 years
15-18 Full-time status/possible to graduate in 4 years
19-21 Must have permission to overload
Over 21 Not Permitted
A student who wishes to enroll in an independent study course may do so by
engaging a supervising faculty member, completing a contract in association
with that faculty member, securing approval of the dean, and registering
through the Records Office. Independent study forms should be completed
no later than the first week of the semester.
A student who wishes to enroll in an internship may do so by engaging a
supervising faculty member, completing a contract in association with that
faculty member, securing approval of the dean, and registering through the
Records Office. Internship forms should be completed no later than the first
week of the semester in which the student is interning.
Auditing a course means attending classes and listening without actively
participating in the class. Students must meet course prerequisites. The
auditor is not responsible for class assignments or examinations. No academic
credit is earned for a course which is audited nor may it be earned later
through examination. A student who has audited a course is not prohibited