Academic Accommodations

Any student requesting academic accommodations based on a disability is required to register with Disability Services and Programs (DSP) each semester. A letter of verification for approved accommodations can be obtained from DSP. Please be sure the letter is delivered to me (or to TA) as early in the semester as possible. DSP is located in STU 301 and is open 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number for DSP is (213) 740-0776.


Attendance is a professionalism issue. If you are expected at a class session or meeting, you are expected to be there, on time, with full attention, for the entire duration of the session. Serious illness and such is the only reason for an unplanned absence and even then it ought not be an unannounced absence.

A minimal amount of excused absence because of professional obligations will be tolerated but it will be your responsibility to clear it with teammates, advisor, or class instructors, as makes sense, well in advance of the expected absence.

It is your responsibility to track when you are expected to be in class. 100% attendance yields an A, 90-99% a B, under 90% a D.

Your course obligations include participating in all milestone meetings and checking in with your team/advisor in non-milestone weeks. Your attendance grade for the milestone meetings is all or nothing (5=A, <5=F). For checkins, missing one yields a B, two or more an F on that grade.

Intellectual Integrity

Plagiarism – presenting someone else’s ideas as your own, either verbatim or recast in your own words – is a serious academic offense with serious consequences. Please familiarize yourself with the discussion of plagiarism in SCampus in violating-university-standards-and-appropriate-sanctions Section 11, Behavior Violating University Standards. Other forms of academic dishonesty are equally unacceptable. See additional information in SCampus and university policies on scientific misconduct. Discrimination, sexual assault, and harassment are not tolerated by the university. You are encouraged to report any incidents to the of Equity and Diversity, or to the Department of Public Safety. This is important for the safety of the whole USC community. Another member of the university community – such as a friend, classmate, advisor, or faculty member – can help initiate the report, or can initiate the report on behalf of another person. The student-affairs/cwm/ Center for Women and Men provides 24/7 confidential support, and the sexual assault resource center webpage describes reporting options and other resources.

Support Systems

A number of USC’s schools provide support for students who need help with scholarly writing. Check with your advisor or program staff to find out more. Students whose primary language is not English should check with the American Language Institute, which sponsors courses and workshops specifically for international graduate students. The Office of Disability Services and Programs provides certification for students with disabilities and helps arrange the relevant accommodations. If an officially declared emergency makes travel to campus infeasible, USC Emergency Information will provide safety and other updates, including ways in which instruction will be continued by means of blackboard, teleconferencing, and other technology.