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Glossary of Terms and Services


Holds/Restrictions - Students who have unmet obligations often have holds or restrictions placed upon them by academic or administrative departments. These obligations may be financial, academic or behavioral. The severity and/or timeliness of the obligation determines which service will be affected (registration, transcripts, diplomas, etc.) and to what level the service will be affected (information only, temporary denial of service, total denial of service). Before a service will be provided, students with holds/restrictions must resolve their obligation with the department that placed the hold/restriction. Authorized users maintain restrictions using the process SIS.U.ACTRES. Students can check their status by visiting OASIS and reviewing the page titled "Your Activity Restrictions." Holds/Restrictions should not be confused with the Mandatory Advisement Requirement. See Mandatory Advisement.

Honors (Departmental Programs) - Some departments have received approval from the university Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for their majors to graduate with departmental honors. Each program, department or school will designate what it considers the appropriate coursework and honors project. Departmental honors are noted on academic transcripts but are not noted on diplomas. See the USC Catalogue under the heading "Academic Policies" [Requirements for Graduation].

Honors (University) - To be eligible for undergraduate honors at graduation, a minimum overall grade point average of 3.5 for cum laude, 3.7 for magna cum laude and 3.9 for summa cum laude is required. Students must meet these averages on both residence work attempted and combined transferred and residence work attempted. Grade point average calculation is truncated and not rounded. University honors are noted on academic transcripts and the diploma. See the USC Catalogue under the heading "Academic Policies" [Requirements for Graduation].