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Career Center .......................................................................................... 2 Carolina After Dark .................................................................................. 3 Carolina Productions ............................................................................... 4 Division of Law Enforcement and Safety ............................................... 5 International Student Services ................................................................ 6 Leadership and Service Center ......................................................... 7 - 8 Off-Campus Student Services ................................................................ 9 Office of Academic Integrity ................................................................. 10 Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life .....................................................11 Office of Multicultural Student Affairs .................................................. 12 Office of Parents Programs ................................................................... 13 Office of Student Conduct ..................................................................... 14 Office of Student Engagement ............................................................. 15 Office of Undergraduate Research ........................................................16 Office of the University Registrar ......................................................... 17 Russell House University Union ............................................................ 18 Student Health Services ................................................................. 19 - 20 Student Success Center ................................................................ 21 - 22 Student Ticketing Services .................................................................... 23 Study Abroad .......................................................................................... 24 Thomas Cooper Library ......................................................................... 25 USC Connect .......................................................................................... 26

CAMPUS RECREATION Contact Information What Instructors Should Know Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center

8:30am - 5:00pm (803) 576 - 9375

DID YOU KNOW? Certified Athletic Trainers are available to work with injured students, faculty, and staff at no cost. To get more information, call the Athletic Training Room during office hours to speak with an athletic trainer.

The Solomon Blatt Physical Education Center (PEC) and the Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center (WFC) are two facilities maintained by Campus Recreation. Both buildings have space available for basketball, volleyball, badminton, racquetball, handball, and squash, as well as group exercise classes. The WFC also features an indoor climbing wall and Outdoor Recreation Office for trip planning. Campus Recreation offers tours of the Wellness and Fitness Center to University 101 classes. Please contact the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation at 576-9374 to schedule a tour of the center. Additionally, the outdoor pool can be reserved for class functions (i.e., cook outs, parties, etc.). Reservation requests are available on our website at

Tell Your Students Campus Recreation is where you can get involved with intramural sports, group exercise, sports clubs, aquatics, and outdoor recreation. From playing intramural sports year round to attending an Adventure Trip with your peers, Campus Recreation is a great way to relieve stress, connect with friends, and make lasting memories while at Carolina. No fees are required to use either the Wellness and Fitness Center or the PE Center. Group Exercise classes do require an additional $20 per semester fee. This enables you to participate in all Group Exercise classes and can be paid at the Wellness and Fitness Center or the Blatt PE Center. Campus Recreation employs over 300 students per year. Positions range from greeting students at the welcome desk to serving as an instructor for fitness classes, but you can work in more than one area. For more information and to download an application, visit the Campus Recreation website.




Contact Information What Instructors Should Know 6th Floor, H. William Close Building

8:30 am - 5:00 pm (803) 777 - 4215

DID YOU KNOW? Decide it. Experience it. Live it. This means that career planning begins when a student applies to the University. Most students come to college to get a good education so that they can get a good job or get admitted to a top-level graduate program. That does not happen without informed decision-making and relevant experiences inside and outside of the classroom. We want to encourage students to use every year of their four years at Carolina to accomplish their goals. Students are invited to drop in to our office on the 6th Floor of the H. William Close Building any afternoon from 1:00-4:00 p.m. to speak with a staff member who can help them take the first steps to a successful career.

The mission of the Career Center is to educate and empower students in their development of lifelong career management skills through workshops, career events, and individual student consultations. The Career Center staff sees students in two ways. Students can visit during “Drop-in” hours (Monday-Friday, 1:00-4:00 pm) for a brief 10-minute consultation, or they can see a staff member through a scheduled appointment for an in-depth discussion about their specific career concerns. For information regarding various events and workshops, please visit the website. The staff welcomes the opportunity to assist first-year students in creating a four-year plan for success. However, assignments for University 101 should be limited in scope to activities that are reasonably accomplished. Students sometimes have unrealistic expectations of what the “Career Development Coach” can provide. For example, some students who have been assigned to do information interviews with professionals in their field expect that we can provide a list of names and contact information, which we cannot do.

Tell Your Students Let us help you out! Start early, come often! Visit the Career Center at least once every semester you are in school. Make an appointment with a Career Development Coach, take all the assessments available to you, identify your strengths and areas for development, and make a plan. Be proactive, after all, it is your future we are talking about. Make use of your time! As a college student, you have classes, study time, and possibly a job. That still leaves time for you to get involved in community service, leadership opportunities, and other significant experiences that contribute toward your future. And what about your summers and breaks? Plan to travel, do an internship, or get experiences that will contribute to your future. Think participant, not recipient! The Career Center will be your partner in the career development process. We will not “get you a job” but we will help you identify the skills and tools that will help you to accomplish your goals.




Contact Information What Instructors Should Know Russell RussellHouse House318 318 8:30am- -5:00pm 5:00pm 8:30am (803) 777 777 -- 3950 7130 (803)

DID YOU KNOW? All the programs offered by Carolina After Dark are free to students, faculty, and staff. Almost every program offers free food to the participants.



Carolina After Dark is the campus’ alcohol-free, late night programming initiative. Programs are held every few weeks in the Russell House and at several off-campus venues. The programs typically begin at 10:00 pm and end between 1:002:00 am.

Tell Your Students If you are looking for something fun and free to do on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night, Carolina After Dark is the place to check out! Thursday night movies are held in the Russell House Theater and begin at 9:00 pm. All of our programs are advertised in the Russell House, on our website, on our Facebook and Twitter accounts. For more information on the specific events, check our website!

CAROLINA PRODUCTIONS Contact Information What Instructors Should Know Russell House 318 8:30am - 5:00pm (803) 777 - 7130

DID YOU KNOW? All programs sponsored by Carolina Productions, including concerts, comedy shows, special events and the weekend movies in the Russell House are free to students, faculty, and staff with a valid Carolina Card!

Carolina Productions is a student-operated organization that provides entertaining, educational, traditional and diverse programs to students, faculty, and staff. Events and movies are hosted weekly, so this is a great opportunity to have your students experience campus programs. Students can also attend events for more information about joining the organization. Each semester, Carolina Productions distributes a calendar that highlights all the upcoming programs as well as indicates when and where all committee meetings are held. These calendars can be picked up in the Russell House. Additional information about Carolina Productions is located in the Student Engagement section of the Faculty Resource Manual.

Tell Your Students Any student can become a member of Carolina Productions! General Members run all the events from start to finish, which can include researching artists, developing promotional ideas, and assisting the Coordinators on the day of the show. To become a member, simply join any of the programming committees by attending their weekly meetings on Sunday nights or by contacting a Coordinator directly.



DIVISION OF LAW ENFORCEMENT AND SAFETY Contact Information What Instructors Should Know 1501 Senate Street

24 Hours A Day

(803) 777 - 4215 University of South Carolina Division of Law Enforcement and Safety

The mission of our Division is to provide a safe and peaceful environment for all students, faculty, staff, and visitors while ensuring safe and reliable access to the University. We offer a number of programs and training presentations to educate our campus population to prevent crime and have the opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to meet the University of South Carolina Police in a positive environment. We provide information and resources to learn about safety and crime prevention techniques on a variety of subjects.

Tell Your Students The most prevalent crime our community experiences is theft. Generally, valuable items left unattended in vehicles or in residence halls are the prime targets. Care should be taken to lock residence hall rooms and remove

DID YOU KNOW? Many may not be aware that all our officers (USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety) are appointed and commissioned as State Constables by the Governor of South Carolina. And unlike many other police departments, they are empowered to enforce the laws of South Carolina with statewide authority.

valuables from vehicles. Textbooks and laptop computers are very desirable because they are easily sold. The Division of Law Enforcement and Safety has implemented a number of programs free to students, faculty, and staff designed to deter criminals from stealing property and facilitating the recovery of stolen goods. For example, we offer property registration for all electronics (laptops, phones, pad, etc.) for free to all students, faculty, and staff. The Victim / Witness Assistance Program helps crime victims through police investigations, court processes, and other areas impacted because of crime. This program works closely with University services across campus to offer care, concern, and a quick response to those persons who have been victims

All Officers are certified and professionally trained by the SC Criminal Justice Academy before performing police duties. Re-certification requires yearly training and testing which is coordinated by the Division's Training Officer. The Division selects officers, not only for their ability to perform traditional police functions, but also for having the unique ability to do so in a complex, multi-cultural, educational environment

and/or witnesses of a crime. Along with the Community Outreach programs, proactive measures are provided to help those in the community avoid becoming victims of crime. Providing a safe campus environment is essential to the Division’s mission. If you discover that something on campus appears to be unsafe (i.e. light out, broken hand rail, etc.) please contact us so that the matter can be handled efficiently and quickly. Every issue will be evaluated and forwarded to the appropriate personnel so that your concern can be addressed. We also provide information and resources for students, faculty and staff to use to learn about safety and crime prevention techniques on a variety of subjects.



INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SERVICES Contact Information Byrnes Building Suite 123

8:30 am - 5:00 pm (803) 777 - 7461 International Student Services at the University of South Carolina

DID YOU KNOW? The Buddies Beyond Borders Program pairs continuing USC staff or students with incoming international students to help facilitate their transition to USC. The ultimate goal of the program is to build connection between American and international students at the University. Those who participate in Buddies Beyond Borders will meet with their international buddy at least four times a semester and attend two events hosted by International Student Services. We also encourage buddies to participate in shared meals, community programs, sightseeing, and holiday celebrations.

What Instructors Should Know International Student Services (ISS) is the primary resource for over 1,300 international students from more than 105 countries. In addition to providing student support services, we also provide campus and community outreach to individuals who hope to learn more about the international student community. We also provide opportunities for the campus community to engage in dialogue with international students at USC through our Thinking Globally program. Currently, this program sends USC students from all over the world into University 101 and other USC classrooms as well as K-12 classrooms and Fort Jackson to discuss their home countries, the value of thinking globally, and cultural competence. In addition to Thinking Globally, we have also created the Carolina Culture Training program for USC students, faculty and staff to participate in a short workshop focused on intercultural communication. These workshops will be held 3-4 times each semester.

Tell Your Students International Student Services provides advising and support services to international students in matters of immigration, academic support, cultural adjustment, and personal development. Our office facilitates internationalization across the campus and community through workshops and programs. For more information on the various workshops and programs offered, simply visit our website.



LEADERSHIP AND SERVI The Leadership and Service Center is a newly re-structured office within the Department of Student Life and represents the leadership, service, and involvement opportunities provided to students during their time at USC. An emerging initiative of the center is the Leadership Coaching program. Through this program, students will be able to meet with a leadership coach to better understand themselves so that they can make more informed choices for their beyond the classroom activities. This evolving department represents the work that people may traditionally know as Leadership Programs, Community Service Programs, Student Leadership in the Workplace, and Student Organizations. These units are combining under the umbrella unit, The Leadership and Service Center, and will offer students opportunities to be involved on campus and in the community through leadership development activities, community service opportunities, student employment, and participation and leadership in a student organization.

Contact Information Campus Life Center, Russell House 227

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

(803) 777 - 7130



Student Leadership in the Workplace

What Instructors Should Know Student Leadership in the Workplace is designed to support students who work on and off campus. Through a variety of workshops, trainings, and consultations we are a great resource to support students’ professional development. We can help students to identify, articulate, and hone in on skills and experiences within their current student employment to maximize their potential and get the most out of their position on campus.

Tell Your Students Student Leadership in the Workplace provides leadership development and programming for student employees in order to view their job as more than just a paycheck. You can attend a consultation with a Leadership Coach to discuss such things as how your employment relates to your long term goals, professional etiquette (such as how to take initiative and ask for more responsibility), and goal setting to explore ways to maximize your potential.

DID YOU KNOW? The Professional Development Certification Program is a semester long certification program consisting of a series of workshops, events, and campus resources specifically for student employees to improve their leadership skills and employability. As a result of this program, students will be able to identify and utilize various communication and networking skills, have an increased awareness and application of leadership skills in a workplace setting, and understand the pivotal role social media plays into one’s professional identity.

ICE CENTER Community Service Programs

Student Organizations

What Instructors Should Know What Instructors Should Know Participation in Service Saturday is an excellent opportunity for University 101 classes to develop community, learn valuable skills, and make a difference. Community Service Programs offers “fill the van” service opportunities each week at various times throughout the day. This opportunity is for smaller groups (6-12 students) who want to serve at local agencies. If your class desires a specialized service experience, a community service intern can work with you to design an activity for your class!

Tell Your Students Community Service Programs offers large, one-time projects, weekly projects, and specialized opportunities for you to learn about Columbia and provide needed services to the community. There are also plenty of leadership opportunities available in the department including serving as an impact leader, Service Saturday site leader, alternative break council member, or as an intern. For more information through our bi-weekly communication about service activities, nonprofit internships, and other leadership development opportunities, subscribe to our listserv by visiting our website.

DID YOU KNOW? Community Service programs hosts 12-15 service projects each week for students. You can sign up on our website for a program that fits your schedule. You have the option of visiting the site just once or go to the same site each week. Visit our website to learn about the "fill the van" programs and how you can start making a weekly commitment to serving others. Transportation is provided, you just have to show up and participate!

Student Organizations is here to help all students connect with involvement experiences on campus. Through fairs, events, and peer leaders, we are dedicated to helping students through their involvement journey. We host two large student organization fairs (the first Wednesday in September and third Wednesday in January). We have also started hosting mini-organization fairs one day a month in October, November, February, and March. There are also a number of events students should be encouraged to attend. Any and all students can attend the various events during Homecoming week. Do not forget to remind your students about Tigerburn, which is always the Monday before Thanksgiving break, held at 5:30 pm on the Greene Street Intramural fields.

Tell Your Students

We are here to help connect you to involvement experiences on campus. Any student can visit our office and receive assistance finding an organization that fits their interests. We also have opportunities for you to get involved in the event planning and implementation of the Homecoming week of events. You have the opportunity to either join the Homecoming committee or serve in an executive board position.

DID YOU KNOW? Student Organizations has just created a Peer Involvement Counselor Program that allows student leaders to serve as an advising resource for their peers. The counselors can help students start an organization or give them information regarding organizations that might interest them. They serve in a ‘peer leader’ role and offer guidance and assistance to students who are starting their involvement journey. There are many resources available on the website, but students are encouraged to visit the office.




Russell House Lower Level

8:30 am - 5:00 pm (803) 777 - 3366 @UofSCOffCampus

DID YOU KNOW? Although there is an on campus living requirement, some first-year students will choose to live at home with family or in a rental property with relatives. These students make up about 5% (200-250 students) of the incoming class, some of whom could be in your University 101 class. Off-Campus Student Services works to assist these students in getting connected to campus by communicating with them about campus events, programs, and resources.

What Instructors Should Know Did you know that over 16,000 undergraduate students live off campus and commute? Off-Campus Student Services is here to provide support services to all off-campus students in an effort to improve their on and off campus experiences. Staff and students are available to answer questions about living off campus and assist in finding housing. Various events, including presentations, webinars, and resources fairs, are held throughout the year to assist students in their successful transition to living off campus.

Tell Your Students

We can assist you in finding off-campus housing options that meet your needs. Our Community Ambassadors can meet one on one with you or with roommates to discuss options. Students can visit the office anytime during regular business hours. We can also complete a lease “check sheet� with you prior to signing a lease, but this is done by appointment only. The Off-Campus student lounge is located on the lower level of the Russell House and is a great place for commuter students to hang out between classes. You can enjoy a TV, place to heat up lunch, lounge on the couches, and check email on the computers. This is also a great place to meet and connect with peers. Lounge hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-5:30 pm. The Community Ambassador Program is an opportunity for students living off campus to work directly with Off-Campus Student Services by advocating for their fellow off-campus peers. These staff members are available each day to assist you with off-campus housing information as well as provide advice on what it is like to live off campus. This is a great employment opportunity as well as one that helps develop and cultivate leadership skills. All Community Ambassadors are selected, trained, supported, and supervised by Off-Campus Student Services.



OFFICE OF ACADEMIC INTEGRITY Contact Information What Instructors Should Know Byrnes Building Suite 201

8:00 am - 5:00 pm (803) 777 - 4333

DID YOU KNOW? The Office of Academic Integrity is charged with upholding the academic honor code and the Carolinian Creed, which are two different documents. While students may think we are here solely to enforce rules, the purpose of our office is to encourage character development and ethical decision making in students.

The Office of Academic Integrity promotes individual student development as well as the spirit of civility, accountability, and fairness in academic pursuits. The office encourages community education, academic accountability, and ethical decision making by providing processes designed to uphold the behavioral and academic expectations of the University of South Carolina’s Honor Code. We aim to advance responsible academic citizenship through promotion of The Carolinian Creed, The Honor Code, and The Student Code of Conduct. Instructors can help us in our mission by always reporting suspected violations of the Honor Code, no matter how trivial the offense may seem. Every offense should be taken seriously and not doing so could inadvertently encourage the cheating behavior. Set boundaries with your class when the semester begins and set a precedent by upholding those boundaries with your students. Talk about academic integrity regularly throughout the semester, not just in one presentation or one class discussion. By discussing integrity with your students, you are letting them know that you value integrity in academic work and in life in general.

Tell Your Students The Honor Code is not something to be afraid of! As a USC student, you are part of a community that values honesty, civility, temperance, and fairness. Our Honor Code is a cherished part of the institution and should be promoted by all students. The Office of Academic Integrity wants to help you make a seamless transition from being a high school student to being a college student. If you actively engage with this process, you can learn about useful skills and campus resources that can actually keep you out of our Office! We want to see you succeed at Carolina while maintaining high standards of personal, academic, and social behavior. The Office of Academic Integrity takes all reports seriously! Just because you say you “didn’t mean to” violate the Honor Code or you “didn’t know the rules” is not an excuse for any violation of our community principles that guide our academic work. O F F I C E O F AC A D E M I C I N T E G R I T Y


OFFICE OF FRATERNITY AND SORORITY LIFE Contact Information What Instructors Should Know Russell House

8:30 am - 5:00 pm (803) 777 - 3506 University of South Carolina Fraternity and Sorority Life

Since 1852, when the first fraternity was established at the University of South Carolina, fraternities and sororities have been an integral part of the longstanding campus traditions and values. Roughly 5,000 students are affiliated with 39 fraternities and sororities that range in size from 5 to 340 people. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life works with the fraternities and sororities on campus to promote the values of scholarship, leadership, service, and friendship through one-on-one meetings with student leaders, leadership programs such as Greek Emerging Leaders and Greek Leadership Retreat, risk management programming, management of the Greek Village, and more.

Tell Your Students DID YOU KNOW? The staff in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life serve as a bursar, housing assignment coordinator, trainer and on-call staff for the 20 facilities in the Greek Village that are home to over 720 residents. The House Directors who manage the daily operations of the houses are full-time university employees.

There are opportunities to join a fraternity or sorority beyond your first semester. Sorority recruitment occurs each fall prior to first year move in, while fraternity recruitment occurs roughly three weeks into the fall and spring semesters. Intake for NPHC and multicultural organizations occurs at various times of the year depending on the organization. More information is available on our website. Joining a fraternity or sorority offers opportunities to participate in life-changing leadership development programs. Each chapter attends regional conferences and national conventions, offers a multitude of leadership opportunities, and teaches skills that will transfer into the workplace. Community leadership opportunities include Greek Camp, Greek Emerging Leaders Program, Greek Leadership Retreat, Undergraduate Interfraternity Institute scholarships, and more. Fraternities and sororities are committed to bettering the community and the world. The 39 organizations annually contribute more than $650,000 to philanthropic organizations and 100,000 hours of community service to the Columbia area.



OFFICE OF MULTICULTURAL STUDENT AFFAIRS Contact Information Russell House West Wing Suite 115

8:30 am - 5:00 pm (803) 777 - 7716

DID YOU KNOW? Our annual Diversity Retreat, a partnership with Columbia College, takes 30 USC students and 20 Columbia College students away for a fun-filled weekend learning about diversity, equity, change and leadership. Faculty and staff have the opportunity to attend as small group facilitators.

What Instructors Should Know The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs hosts a variety of events and student development opportunities to promote awareness and create a more inclusive community. We are always available to assist faculty, students, and staff in the development of their multicultural competencies! We do this through programming university wide or by individual conversations. We encourage you to stop by our office sometime to speak with someone. Our annual Diversity Retreat, which takes place in the spring, is a great way for faculty and staff to step outside of their typical routine and join us as a small group facilitator! If you are interested, contact our office. Applications are available the beginning of the spring semester. We have a Diversity Network for faculty, staff, and graduate students. We meet about once a semester to talk about diversity in academe and society. This is a great opportunity for some on-site professional development in relation to diversity. Contact us if you are interested!

Tell Your Students We have a number of programs and services that you can join. Our Minority Assistance Peer Program (MAPP) is a fantastic opportunity for you to get involved with an organization that can assist your transition to the university while getting connected with various academic, social, and cultural resources. We also provide monthly Diversity Dialogues which is a great opportunity for a beyond the classroom experience for you and your friends (and they include dinner)! The location for these dialogues rotates between residence halls and they are held Thursdays at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit our website.




What Instructors Should Know

Russell House Suite 115

In recognition of the critical role that parents play in their students’ college success, the Office of Parents Programs partners with parents and families to educate them about the resources available to support their students’ growth and success. We know the importance of maintaining strong relationships between parents and their college students.

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Parents Hotline 1-800-868-6752

DID YOU KNOW? The Office of Parents Programs manages a program called Dinner Dialogues. This program offers USC instructors and professors a unique way to increase interaction with their students beyond the classroom and build community among the members of their class. Funded by a grant from the Parents Annual Fund, the Office of Parents Programs reimburses professors when they host their undergraduate class for dinner at their home. Click here to access the Dinner Dialogues application via the Office of Parents Programs website.

Our largest event is Parents Weekend and is held each fall. Parents Weekend 2013 will be held October 4th-6th. Families of all undergraduate students are encouraged to visit campus for a fun weekend! Events include a variety of social and educational activities for parents to visit their student’s new home away from home. Highlights of the weekend include a welcome reception hosted by the University’s president, a Beach Bash at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center, 5K Run/Walk, and a traditional pre-game tailgate party before the football game.

Tell Your Students The Office of Parents Programs reaches out to parents and their students through a variety of events throughout the year. We know the importance of maintaining strong relationships between you and your parents. Among these include the Parent Information Tent during Move-In Day, Orientation and Freshman Send-Offs. The Office of Parents Programs communicates with parents in many ways including the Parents Calendar and Handbook, the semi-annual Carolina Ties newsletter and a monthly e-newsletter that is sent to all members of the Parents Association. Tell your parents they can sign up for this duesfree association by visiting the Office of Parents Programs website! The office also manages the Parents Assistance Line, a toll-free number that parents can call with their questions about USC. That number is 1-800-868-6752. Parents can also email their questions to




Contact Information James F. Byrnes Building, Suite 201

8:00 am - 5:00 pm (803) 777 - 4333

DID YOU KNOW? Last year the alcohol fines increased to $250 for a first time offense and $350 for a second time offense, which resulted in a 19% reduction in alcohol offenses and a 16% decrease in repeat alcohol offenses. The drug fine was increased to $350 which resulted in a 32% decrease. Students under the age of 21 must call their parents if they are found responsible for violating an alcohol or drug policy.

What Instructors Should Know The Office of Student Conduct ...

1) Provides a fair, student centered, and consistent conduct process to uphold the behavioral and academic standards of the Codes and foster individual student development. Last year there were over 3100 conduct cases, 300 academic integrity cases and 300 Behavioral Intervention Team cases. 2) Promotes a campus climate of civility and responsible citizenship through education and outreach to the USC community on the behavioral and academic expectations valued by the University and espoused in The Carolinian Creed. Creed Day and Creed Week are a few of the main events supported by OSC/OAI. We also welcome consultations with faculty and staff regarding prevention and response to classroom disruptions. 3) Affords a structured, positive method for addressing students of concern within the campus community through utilization of the behavioral intervention process. Anyone can fill out a BIT report at

Tell Your Students We provide a student conduct process designed to uphold the behavioral standards of the University through the Student Code of Conduct. The goals of the process are to promote education and accountability in order to create a more civil campus community. In partnership with campus resources, we offer credible, convenient, and cost effective resources to students who need alcohol or drug use intervention, help with anger management, and assistance with skill sets that aid in your personal and academic development. The Carolina Judicial Council is an opportunity for you to serve on hearing panels in disciplinary cases. Members undergo weekly intense training in such matters as statement analysis, kinesics, hearing decorum, and University policy. Council members serve as resources for students and are opinion leaders on campus. As ambassadors for the University, council members should always seek to personify the principles and ideals embodied in the Carolinian Creed. Recruitment occurs each September. O F F I C E O F ST U D E N T C O N D U CT



Patterson Hall, Garden Level 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

(803) 777 - 1945 Student Engagement at the University of South Carolina

@OSE_USC USCStudentEngagement

DID YOU KNOW? OSE is really about trying to connect students to beyond the classroom experiences such as Domestic Study Away, Service-Learning, Peer Leadership, faculty and student interactions and engagement planning. Students are encouraged to look into the National Student Exchange, Service-Learning classes and peer leadership opportunities!

What Instructors Should Know The Office of Student Engagement (OSE) strives to provide students a variety of in and out of the classroom experiences as well as connect them with various resources and programs throughout their time at Carolina. From servicelearning to domestic study away, our goal is to promote high impact practices and integrative learning in an effort to help shape the undergraduate student experience. We have a consistent line-up of events that may fit very well as beyond the classroom events for you to use as a part of your course. From Sophomore September events (which are open to all students), to Mutual Expectations Workshops or Service-Learning events, the Office of Student Engagement has a variety of opportunities from which you can choose. Be sure to check out our website and social media pages often for information about upcoming events. We need your help to reach out to your class after the semester is over. The Sophomore Initiative (TSI) is housed in Student Engagement and is targeted at helping second-year students adjust to the demands of the second academic year. Please encourage your class to look into the TSI at the end of the first semester and reach out to them as they return to campus in the sophomore year and direct them to the various Sophomore September events! Additionally, if you would like to learn more about how to incorporate Domestic Study Away or Service-Learning into a course, simply contact us. We are happy to help provide resources and discussion on how to do so.

Tell Your Students Domestic study away is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience the United States, US territories and Canada through the National Student Exchange or a faculty-led course. The National Student Exchange program allows students to pay USC tuition and attend another participating school for a semester or a year. Financial aid generally applies to the exchange process. Students can get a jump start to college success by intentionally completing a Student Engagement Plan and thinking about how to connect with highimpact practices in their first year and beyond. To access the Student Engagement Plan, look in Chapter Three of Transitions or visit the OSE website at We encourage students to explore service as a part of the academic course experience and OSE has a number of opportunities in place to help students with this. Check out the OSE website to find a list of courses that incorporate a service component. Additionally, AmeriCorps programs are a great opportunity for students to connect with their local community and earn money for college. The Office of Student Engagement partners with Community Service programs and the Honors College to make students provide a summer associate program, AmeriCorps Week and the AmeriCorps*VISTA program.



OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH Contact Information Legare College 126

9:00 am - 5:00 pm (803) 777 - 1141 @gamecock_OUR

DID YOU KNOW? Discover is a 4-week, not-for-credit seminar aimed at developing relationships with faculty, learning about opportunities for funding and showcasing research, and creating a plan for research during your college experience. There are two sessions per semester. Caravel is USC’s undergraduate research journal, chronicling student research and creativity. The journal highlights all disciplines and includes articles, poems, videos, and music. See what students have researched and accomplished. Discovery Day is held at the end of every April for students (all campuses, all years, all majors) to share any and all scholarly pursuits in and out of the classroom, including study abroad, internships, leadership activities, research/scholarship, service-learning and community service, and national fellowship competitions. Presentation can be: poster, oral, or creative (art, theatre, music, film, creative writing, etc.).

What Instructors Should Know The Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) helps students learn more about any field of study (or any topic of interest) through research, scholarly, or creative experiences. We help students in 3 ways: matchmaking students with faculty and projects, providing money or grants for projects, and helping students show-off their accomplishments through events like Discovery Day. Asking questions and finding answers. This is the OUR definition of research. There is a perception that research is confined to a lab. While the sciences are a big part of the research done at USC, we encourage students from all disciplines to ask questions beyond the classroom. No matter what their major, we help students discover what their “lab” looks like. The earlier the better for getting started! We want students to have research on their mind as early as their first semester. Not only does research give them an opportunity to develop relationships with faculty, but it also gives them a chance to test drive their career. Have a student that is unsure of their major? Research is a great way to have them try out different fields of study. Students can join us for a Getting Started workshop or make an appointment to meet with our advisors one-on-one. See OUR webpage for details.

Tell Your Students No project? No mentor? No problem! We are here to help you find a mentor and project. It does not matter where you are in the process; we want to meet with you. Attend a Getting Started Workshop, make an appointment to speak with one of the OUR advisors, or participate in Discover. Let us help you get your research experience started! OUR wants to give you money! The office has money to fund your research projects. There are several grants that the OUR office provides for you. These funds may be used for materials and supplies, travel costs, and even salary. You can pay yourself to do research. And they are not as competitive as you might think! Make an appointment to talk with us about research funding opportunities. We want you to tell people about your research! Show off your accomplishments. Present at Discovery Day, submit your work to Caravel, or apply for the Magellan Voyager! O F F I C E O F U N D E R G R A D UAT E R E S E A R C H


OFFICE OF THE UNIVERSITY REGISTRAR Contact Information 516 South Main St

8:30 am - 5:00 pm (803) 777 - 5555


DID YOU KNOW? The University Registrar, Dr. Aaron Marterer, is overseeing the largest transformation of academic record keeping in the history of our University. New students for the fall 2013 semester will not know previous (IMS) systems; they will be introduced into Banner (our new system). The Registrar’s Office welcomes feedback from faculty and students on the new system. We want it to be as user friendly as possible. Your feedback is crucial and can be sent to us at



What Instructors Should Know The Registrar’s Office performs many functions for the University Community. Among other things, we maintain the Undergraduate and Graduate Academic Bulletins, create and manage the Master Schedule of classes, assign classes to classrooms, help students register for classes, collect and report official final grades for all USC campuses, coordinate Columbia campus commencement ceremonies, issue official transcripts, and verify enrollment. While the Registrar’s Office is currently located 516 South Main Street, we will be moving to 1244 Blossom Street (at the corner of Blossom and Sumter Streets) in January 2014.

Tell Your Students The Academic Bulletin is very important to your academic career. It is a complete course catalog of all current and active courses offered at Carolina. It contains degree requirements and information for every program on campus. It also lists all academic policies, standards and procedures. The bulletin can be accessed by clicking here. While we hope that all Carolina students are successful in and outside the classroom, sometimes there is difficulty. When your cumulative USC GPA at the end of any semester is less than a 2.00, you are placed on academic probation. So what happens? Students on probation are required to participate in a Freshman Academic Recovery Program sponsored through the Student Success Center. The Student Success Center has fantastic programs and services that will help students regain good academic standing with the University. Once the cumulative GPA returns to above a 2.00, you are removed from academic probation.


Contact Information 1400 Greene Street Monday-Friday, 7:00 am- midnight Saturday/Sunday, 8:30 am- midnight

(803) 777 - 8182


DID YOU KNOW? The TV lounge on the 3rd floor of the Russell House, near the elevator, is a 'best kept secret'. The lounge has two televisions, allowing students to watch two shows at once. These TV's also have cords for you to connect to your computer. You can stream videos and watch them or login to blackboard and have an impromptu study session! It is a great place for small group gatherings, study groups or impromptu gaming.

What Instructors Should Know

The Russell House University Union (RHUU) is located in the heart of campus and is a one stop shop for student activities. Students come here to meet friends, dine, study, and participate in a variety of events. It is home to the Campus Life Center, the Golden Spur Game room, as well as a variety of dining options. Notary Public services are also free of charge and available in the Campus Life Center and Carolina Card office.

Tell Your Students The Russell House is the go-to place for information happening on campus. If it is not happening at the RHUU, it is quite possible that the students and staff know where an event is happening. If you are looking for something to do, you should stop by the Russell House for one of the free movies shown in the theater at 6:00 and 9:00 pm, five nights a week. It is also likely there is an event in the ballroom that you can enjoy. If you want a cool place to hang out, there are great lounges throughout the building for socializing or study groups. Additionally, the Russell House manages the central lost and found area for campus. If you lost something (inside the RH or somewhere on campus), it is possible that it was turned in at the Information Center on the 2nd floor. If you find something, turn it in to us and we will find the owner!



STUDENT HEALTH Contact Information Student Health Services Thomson Student Health Center 1409 Devine Street (Behind Russell House) 8:00 am- 5:00 pm, fall and spring 4:00-8:00 pm on Sundays, fall and spring

(803) 777 - 3175

Campus Wellness Thomson Student Health Center Strom Thurmond Wellness & Fitness Center 1409 Devine Street (Behind Russell House) 8:00 am- 5:00 pm, Lower fall and Level spring 1000 Blossom Street

(803) 576-9393 (803) 777 - 3175

Counseling and Human Development Center Byrnes Building, 7th Floor Fall/Spring Semester, Monday-Friday, 8:00 am-5:00 pm Maymester/Summer, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am-4:30 pm Walk-in Hours, Monday-Friday, 2:00-4:00 pm

(803) 777 - 7557



Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention and Prevention 1409 Devine Street

(803) 777 - 8248

What Instructors Should Know Student Health Services provides students a holistic approach to health, addressing behaviors, risks and prevention to support academic success. Students have access to general medical care, physical therapy, sports medicine and orthopedics, specialized women’s care, counseling and psychiatric services, wellness services, radiology and lab facilities, a pharmacy, and sexual assault and violence prevention programs. Students can make appointments and fill prescriptions online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Campus Wellness Student Health Services offers a wealth of wellness and prevention services and programs to students, faculty and staff through its Campus Wellness office including nutrition consultations, exercise consultations, weight management programs, physical fitness assessments, cooking demonstrations, grocery store tours, cancer education programs, preventive health screenings, sexual health consultations (students only), tobacco cessation programs, stress management programs and more.

SERVICES Counseling & Human Development Center

Psychiatric and counseling services are among the most important services Student Health Services provides. Licensed psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers provide a variety of outpatient mental health services through our Counseling & Human Development Center (CHDC) and Psychiatric Services.The CHDC provides students a safe place to speak privately with a trained counselor about a variety of concerns. Students can attend up to twelve free sessions per semester. These sessions can cover topics such as stress, anxiety, loneliness, depression, relationship difficulties, questions about identity, eating concerns, substance use concerns, sexuality concerns, managing an existing mental health condition, or any other issue. Psychiatric Services offers medication management, psychotherapy and consultations.

Tell Your Students Student Health Services departments offer programs and services outside the health center that you can get involved with year-round including activities like our annual 5K, National Nutrition Month, National Eating Disorders Awareness Month, Get Yourself Tested Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Stalking Awareness Month, Stand Up Carolina, Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper training, self-defense classes for women, the Project Condom Fashion Show, mindful meditation, guided imagery and relaxation training, Carolina Beautiful, Hero Awards, National Teen Dating Safety Month, Gamecocks Speaking Proactively On Topics of Sexuality, and more. Visit our website for additional details.

DID YOU KNOW? Students cite stress as the number one impediment to academic success. To address this, Student Health Services offers a wealth of resources to help students manage stress. Through its Keep Calm program, our Campus Wellness department offers free de-stress services including guided imagery and progressive muscle relaxation, Mindful Mondays, exercise classes like Zumba, yoga and 30-20-10, pet therapy, and one-on-one consultations with health educators. The Counseling & Human Development Center also offers resources to help students manage stress, such as drop-in guided relaxation workshops every Thursday afternoon, mindfulness-based stress management classes, groups that address anxiety, and more. These resources are offered at no charge for students.



STUDENT SUCCESS Contact Information Course Specific Academic Support Thomas Cooper Library

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

(803) 777 - 1000 @successatsc The Student Success Center is a comprehensive one-stop-shop for academic support services on campus. All of the center’s programs and initiatives are free to undergraduate students at the University of South Carolina. Our main office is in the Thomas Cooper Library (Mezzanine Level), and three satellite offices are located in the residence halls: Bates House, Columbia Hall, and Patterson Hall. Office hours are: 8:30am – 5:00pm with Service Hours 9:00am to 9:00pm. SSC services are grouped in three functional areas: Course Specific Academic Support, Coaching and Advising, and Outreach and Early Intervention.

DID YOU KNOW? The SSC has expanded its services both in the residence halls and online. Drop-in tutoring is now available in Bates, Patterson, and Columbia halls, as well as online. One-on-one tutoring is available by appointment only in the Thomas Cooper Library. The SSC will support over 60 courses this fall with tutoring which is three times as many as last year.



Highly trained peer leaders help students with course content, integrating what to study with how to study. Supplemental Instruction: Provides weekly collaborative study sessions for students enrolled in traditionally challenging first and second year courses. SI sessions integrate what to study with how to study in a structured peer-led environment. Peer Tutoring: One-on-one tutoring provides quality, course-specific academic support to students enrolled in upper-level courses. Drop-In Tutoring is designed to assist students in 100-200 level courses within the residence halls and academic buildings. Online Tutoring offers course-specific academic support for students in a virtual environment. Online Learning: The Virtual Student Success Center is a place for USC undergraduate students to receive SSC Services through the efforts of online coaches or tutors.

What Instructors Should Know All of our Peer Leaders have taken the courses they support here at USC, earned an “A” in that course, and are referred by faculty. They undergo an intensive training program of over 15 hours. They have to have a minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA and completed at least 15 credit hours.

Tell Your Students Our academic support programs are for all students, not just those who are struggling. The average GPA of our service users is 3.2 and students who use SSC services early and often significantly outperform their peers who do not use these services. If SI is available in one of your courses you should take advantage of it. SI is only offered in courses where at least 30% of the students earn a D, F, or W as a final grade.


Coaching and Advising

Provides individualized support for students from trained professionals to aid in academic skill building and decision making. Academic Coaching & Engagement: ACE Coaches provide college success resources, study skill strategies, academic planning, and guidance to engagement on campus. Cross College Advising: CCA guides students through the major change process, provides general advising, and assists in academic exploration. Transfer & Veteran Services: Connects undergraduate transfer students and student veterans to support resources that promote a successful transition to USC.

Outreach and Early Intervention Financial Literacy: Consultations focus on, but are not limited to: financial goal setting, budgeting, credit, and debit. For students experiencing unexpected financial crisis, Financial Literacy also provides consultations and short term emergency loans. Early Alert: Supports faculty in connecting underperforming undergraduate students with resources for improving academic skills and performance in key 1st and 2nd year courses. Through outreach initiatives, students are connected with campus resources that support successful outcomes at USC. Academic Recovery: The Student Success Center offers personal attention to all undergraduate students identified as academically deficient, and provides these students with strategies and resources to aid in their academic success.

Instructors Should Know What Instructors Should Know What The earlier struggling students are referred to the SSC the more likely we will Coaching and advising appointments can be made on-line by visiting and clicking on the “make an appointment� icon or by calling the SSC hotline at 803-777-1000. All of the SSC coaches and advisors are graduate students or full time professionals that are extensively trained in the Appreciative Advising model. This training gives our staff the tools necessary to empower students to take responsibility for their academic decisions and develop the skills needed to improve their performance.

Tell Your Students Coaches and advisors can assist you in everything from exploring a new major, to managing a tough class schedule, to exploring leadership opportunities on campus. If you want to maximize your efficiency studying for an exam or find better ways to remember important Biology concepts, ACE coaching can help. If you want to change your major but are not sure how, Cross College Advising is the place to get started.

be able to assist them. Our outreach and intervention efforts are designed to increase persistence and help students who may be at risk get connected with services, not punish them. This program is an extension of the Class Absence Referral program that now offers instructors the ability to make the SSC aware of students who are not academically engaged, are missing classes, or are not performing well academically. All referrals are confidential, although the referring instructor will be notified by the SSC when follow-up with the student is complete. Instructors will be sent emails prompting them for referrals at critical times throughout the semester: 3 weeks, 8 weeks, and 12 weeks, although referrals can be made at any time via the SSC website.

Tell Your Students

The University of South Carolina cares about your academic performance and engagement so much so that professional staff will personally follow-up with each referral. If you receive a referral, you should take advantage of the opportunity to learn about all of the services available to you. The idea behind Early Intervention is to connect you with resources before there are bigger problems.



The SSC now has three full time professional ACE Coaches and three full time professional Cross College Advisors. These new staff will be divided across campus, in the residence halls and in the SSC main office to provide quality support when and where students need it.

Success Connect is what we are calling the Early Intervention process described above. This fall we will target first-year students who are enrolled in U101, English 101-102, and selected Supplemental Instruction supported courses.



STUDENT TICKETING SERVICES Contact Information Russell House, West Wing Suite 115 8:30am - 5:00pm

(803) 777 - 6102


DID YOU KNOW? Students can earn loyalty points for attending men’s and women’s basketball games, baseball games, as well as football games. Loyalty points add up over students’ time at Carolina and those points factor into receiving a ticket during the ticket request period.

What Instructors Should Know The Student Ticketing office manages the student allocation of athletic tickets for football, men’s and women’s basketball and baseball. The football ticketing system for the fall 2013 has changed from last year in that there are no more season tickets for students. Students received information at summer orientation about the ticketing process and more information will be distributed throughout the fall semester.

Tell Your Students

We assist you in making sure you know how to get a ticket, attend the game, and cheer on the Gamecocks! The login to your Gamecock Student Ticketing account is your USC email address. The password is not your social security number. Rather, it is a randomly generated number. To access your password when logging in for the first time, follow the steps when you click on the “Forgot Your Password?” link or contact the Student Ticketing Office directly. For specific information regarding the ticket process, such as the 2013 Gamecock Football Registration Schedule, visit our website. The registration schedule highlights the request and claim period for each game. Student tickets for the 2013 Gamecock Football season will be allocated on a weekly basis. There will be a request and claim period for tickets during the week(s) prior to each game. When the ticketing request period opens, it does not matter if you are first or last to request tickets. You can request tickets at any point during the open request period. Once you receive notification that you have been awarded a ticket, you have 48 hours to claim the ticket (known as the claim period). If you do not claim your ticket during this period, you will lose your ticket to the game. If you claim your ticket but do not attend the game, you run the risk of losing your ticket privileges for the year.



STUDY ABROAD Contact Information Legare College Suite 321 8:30am - 5:00pm

(803) 777 - 7557

DID YOU KNOW? The Study Abroad Office provides students with more than just traditional classroom-based education abroad programs. We also advise on internship, research, service-learning, volunteer, teaching, and work abroad opportunities! Some of these programs are for credit, others are non-credit, and some can even be done after graduation. These hands-on experiences are a great way to learn more about a new culture or community, and really strengthen students' resumes.

What Instructors Should Know Students of any major can study abroad, but it is important for students to plan ahead. Please encourage your students to meet with the Study Abroad Office and their academic advisors if they think they might want to go abroad. The first step to studying abroad is attending an information session. We have information sessions twice a day, and they cover all the basic things students need to know to get started, including programs and scholarships. Students can call our office to get signed up for an upcoming session. A great tool students can use on our website is the “Contact Study Abroad Alumni” section, where we maintain a database of returned study abroad students who have volunteered to talk about their experiences. It’s a great way for new USC students to connect to their upperclassman peers and learn about their options for study abroad.

Tell Your Students You have a lot of choices. Students at USC have a large array of choices for study abroad. You can go abroad during the semester, summer, academic year, or spring break. Last year, USC students studied in 49 different countries around the world! You can afford it. USC students who apply through the Study Abroad Office on an approved program can use their federal, state, and institutional financial aid and scholarships to help pay for study abroad. In addition, there are many scholarships just for study abroad. Last year, USC students received over $600,000 in study abroad scholarships. The earlier you plan, the better! It’s never too early to start planning. The earlier you start, the better you can plan your budget and your class schedule to fit your education abroad goals. Your study abroad advisor can help you find a program that meets your needs and help you identify scholarships that you can apply for. ST U DY A B R OA D


THOMAS COOPER LIBRARY Contact Information 1322 Greene Street 24 Hours during fall and spring semesters

(803) 777 - 4866

DID YOU KNOW? Check out our Book a Librarian Service: Personal research consultations are available for all current members of the University of South Carolina community. When you make your request please allow 2 business days for a response, at which time an appointment will be scheduled. Most consultations will take place Monday through Friday between 9:00 am-5:00 pm and typically last 30 to 60 minutes. Evening appointments may be arranged based on librarian availability. Caution: If you have something due in a day or less, you should come to the Reference desk at Thomas Cooper or contact us through “Ask a Librarian.” Examples of what consultations can help with: • selecting the best resources for your research area/assignment • accessing and navigating electronic resources • developing search strategies • discovering and locating primary source materials • searching the web for relevant and reliable information • Capstone class research/ Senior seminar projects • locating materials for a literature review.

What Instructors Should Know The faculty and staff of Thomas Cooper Library are here to help your students succeed! Librarians can help you create assignments that incorporate library resources that assist students in developing research and critical thinking skills. Contact Timothy Simmons at or 803-777-6244 for help. Are you looking for supplemental readings or videos for your class? Remember that the Circulation Department can put items (books, articles, videos, etc.) on reserve for your class in a hardcopy or electronic format. Copyright restrictions apply. Visit these links for more information: or

Tell Your Students Did you know that Thomas Cooper has textbooks for many of your classes? Check them out on the main level of the library at the Circulation Desk. Individual and group study rooms are available for USC Columbia students. These rooms must be checked out with a current Carolina Card at the Circulation Desk. To check out a group study room, the minimum number of people required for the room must be present at the time of check out and all must have a valid Carolina Card. Study room keys are library use only and the maximum amount of time you can have the room checked out is four (4) hours. These rooms are available to USC Columbia students, staff, and faculty only and are issued on a first come/first served basis. Are you having trouble finding what you need? Visit the Research and Reference Desk located near the front entrance of the library on the main level. There you will find reference librarians who will provide information, instruction, and general reference services for you. Or, if you are not actually in the library, you can always use our “Ask a Librarian” service to chat online with a librarian at



USC CONNECT Contact Information Thomas Cooper Library, Suite L132

(803) 777 - 3272

DID YOU KNOW? Students may now earn graduation with leadership distinction, which will be recognized on the student transcript and at the commencement ceremony. Leadership Distinction may be earned in four categories: Community Service, Global Learning, Professional and Civic Engagement, and/or Research. Requirements include beyond-the-classroom experiences, related course work, a presentation and an e-portfolio. Requirements may be completed within or as a complement to a student’s major. Students are encouraged to begin early and gradually meet requirements throughout their collegiate career. More information about graduation with leadership distinction will be available in the fall 2013 semester and can be found here.

What Instructors Should Know USC Connect offers several resources to support faculty and staff in providing opportunities for students to deepen and apply learning by making connections across within - and beyond-the-classroom experiences. See our webpages on integrative learning for ideas on beyond the classroom experiences, class activities, assignments, and more. Particularly recommended are the definition and examples of beyond-the-classroom experiences; the 2-page, user-friendly guide to reflection, and the USC Connect Searchable Database of beyond-the-classroom opportunities. We ask instructors interested in learning about using e-portfolios with students to contact USC Connect for further information and support.

Tell Your Students USC Connect is a comprehensive learning initiative at USC (Columbia, Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, Union) to support all students in making the most of their education by connecting what they learn and do in classes with realworld contexts. Students who are able to integrate withinand beyond-the-classroom experiences are equipped with tools such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and intercultural competence that provide a competitive edge and prepare them to assume leadership roles in their careers, community, and the world. Specific resources for students include: a searchable database to identify purposeful beyond-the-classroom experiences that meet your needs and interests; recommendations by major for beyond-the-classroom experiences & integrative learning that have been identified by faculty in the discipline; and support in earning graduation with leadership distinction. U S C C O N N E CT


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