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Glossary of Terms and Services


Readmission (From Academic Disqualification) - A petition for readmission after academic disqualification is initiated by the student through the Academic Review and Retention Office. All grade issues (IN, MG, etc.) must be resolved prior to submission of a readmission petition. Additional requirements and conditions for readmission can be found in the USC Catalogue under the heading "Academic Policies" [Academic Standards]. See Academic Review

Refund of Tuition - Tuition and fees are refundable only by processing a cancellation of enrollment or change of program application through the Registration Department. Informing your academic department or your instructor does not constitute official withdrawal from a course. Students may withdraw from a course through Web Registration or through the Registration Department. Students who wish to drop all classes must do so in person in the Registration Building. It is a student's responsibility to officially withdraw from any class he / she is not attending, including but not limited to: (a) classes which have been discontinued at the university’s option; (b) situations in which a student never attended even the first class meeting.

All withdrawals must be requested and processed by the end of the third week of classes (or third week equivalent deadline if a session is scheduled for less than 15 weeks) to be eligible for refund. Students receive 100% refund of tuition and fees for all withdrawals completed by this date. To view the refund deadlines for USC sessions, please visit the Schedule of Classes, find the department offering the course on the list, find the course in question, and click on the Calendar icon on the right side of the screen.

Registration - The Registration Department is located in the lobby of the Registration Building (REG) on the corner of Figueroa and Exposition and can be contacted by telephone at (213) 740-8500 or by email. Among its functions are responsibility for the accuracy and integrity of all student enrollments; monitoring Web Registration enrollment process; processing in-person enrollment or change-of-program requests; scheduling additional classes or class changes once the printed schedule has been finalized; processing all cancellation of enrollment requests; assigning session numbers and schedule classes for all off-campus Special Programs offerings; printing transcripts for non-credit courses that offer continuing education units; and distributing important calendar dates and permit to register information to currently enrolled students. Registration procedures, the Web Registration worksheet, and current course offerings can be found in the Schedule of Classes.

Repeated/Repetitious Courses - Most courses can be taken only once for degree credit. Those that can be repeated for credit are listed in the catalogue with the maximum allowable units in parentheses after the course title. Courses in which unsatisfactory grades were earned can sometimes be repeated. The rules for repeating these courses  differ for graduate and undergraduate students. There are also different rules for transferring repeated courses. Students should check the USC Catalogue under the heading "Academic Policies" [Academic Standards] for the regulations that will affect them.

Request For Exception to Residence - All course work taken in the fall and spring semesters must be taken at USC. Only transfer course work that appears on the transfer institution's transcript for a summer term will be accepted. In rare circumstances, exceptions to this fall and spring enrollment policy and approval to take specific courses out of residence may be granted in advance by the student's major department and dean.  Students should discuss their individual circumstances with their departmental academic advisor. More information may be obtained from "Course Work Taken Elsewhere" in the "Academic Policies" section of the USC Catalogue. Questions about the residency policy and exceptions may be addressed to the Degree Progress Department, in the lobby of the Registration Building (REG), (213) 740-7070.

Residence - Residence requirements define the number of units or segment of a degree program that must be completed at USC. There are requirements for undergraduate programs, graduate programs and specific requirements for a second bachelor's degree. Courses taken off-campus may be considered to be taken "in residence" if they are part of an overseas studies program offered through USC, or as part of a consortial or other institution arrangement. Requirements should be checked in the appropriate section of the USC Catalogue under the heading of "Academic Policies" [Requirements for Graduation].

Restrictions/Holds - See Holds/Restrictions