Glossary Of Terms And Services


"D" Clearance - Departmental clearance, or permission, for a student to register for a class. Class numbers with a "D" designation are restricted by the department offering the course, requiring students to obtain the department’s permission ("D" clearance) before attempting to register. Telephone numbers and departmental locations are listed in the Schedule of Classes.

The following schools or departments change all their "R" classes to "D" on the first day of classes: ARLT, ECON, ENGL, MATH, and WRIT.

The following schools or departments change all of their "R" classes to "D" on the first day of the second week of classes: EALC, HIST, MUS, and SPAN.

On the first day of week three, all courses in the following schools or departments require D clearance: FA, PAS, and all Cinematic Arts courses.

Dean's List - Any undergraduate student who earns a grade point average of 3.5 or higher on 12 units or more of graded course work in any one semester is placed on the Dean's List for that semester. Grades of IN (Incomplete) must be removed before eligibility is determined for that semester. Academic transcripts do not carry the Dean's List notation. See Honors.

Degree Check - See Degree Summary Report.

Degree Credit - Units that may be applied toward those required for a USC degree. See Subject Credit.

Degree Progress - Degree Progress monitors students' progress toward degree completion, posts degrees to students' academic records, issues diplomas, processes official transcripts from other institutions, processes pre-approval forms for transfer courses, and responds to questions concerning academic policy. Questions related to STARS reports, Degree Progress Summary Reports or Transfer Credit Reports should be directed to the Degree Progress department. The Degree Progress reception area is in the Registration Building Lobby. The department's telephone number is (213) 740-7070.

See STARSDegree NavigatorDegree Progress Summary Report.

Diplomas - The document awarded to a student upon successful completion of a degree program. University diplomas are issued by the Degree Progress department in the Office of Academic Records and Registrar and are automatically ordered for students at the time their degrees are posted to their academic records. The university does NOT issue multiple copies. For more information about the mailing or reissuing of diplomas or other frequently asked questions, review the online diploma information website or contact Degree Progress in the Registration Building Lobby, (213) 740-7096.

Disabilities - USC's Office of Disability Services and Programs offers services for students with physical and learning disabilities, and assistance to departments working with these students. Refer to the "Policy on Accommodations for Students with Disabilities" in the "Academic Policies" section of the USC Catalogue.

Disputing a Grade - See Grades (Disputed)

Disqualification (Academic) - A student’s ineligibility to enroll in studies at the university, based on academic performance. Undergraduate students must maintain a 2.0 GPA to remain eligible for enrollment in university courses. Students on academic probation who do not raise their overall GPA to 2.0 after two semesters of enrollment, exempting summer enrollment, will be academically disqualified. However, if a student earns a minimum semester GPA of 2.3 in the second probation semester but has not yet reached the overall 2.0 GPA, the student will not be disqualified and will be continued on probation for an additional semester. The student must earn a minimum 2.3 GPA each semester until his or her overall GPA is above 2.0. This process is monitored by the Academic Review and Retention Office. See Academic Review.

Dropping and Adding Courses - Changes to a student’s course enrollment after the initial registration period. All adds and drops must be processed by Web Registration or through the Registration Department. Courses may be added only during the first three weeks of the semester (or during the third-week equivalent for sessions scheduled for less than 15 weeks).

A student may drop a course without academic penalty during the first 12 weeks of the semester (or the 12th-week equivalent for sessions scheduled for less than 15 weeks). If the course is dropped before the end of week three (or the week-three equivalent for sessions scheduled less than 15 weeks), the course does not appear on the academic transcript.

If the course is dropped during weeks four through 12, it will be recorded with a mark of W.

No course may be dropped after the end of the 12th week. Failure to drop a class officially will result in the mark of UW, which is computed in the GPA as zero (0) grade points. It is the student’s responsibility to withdraw officially from a course if he or she decides not to continue in it. For a list of important registration dates, please check the Session Codes page of the Schedule of Classes.

Dual Degrees - A degree in which course work from two schools, or two different degree programs within the same school, has been organized into a single program. The student receives two diplomas. Refer to the "Academic Policies" [Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs] section of the USC Catalogue.