Glossary Of Terms And Services


Grade Department - The department responsible for the collection, maintenance and distribution of all grades submitted by the academic units. This includes the processing of such things as Assignment of Final Grade for Completion of Incomplete (IN), Clarification of Missing Grade (MG), and Correction of Grade (COG) by the instructor. The department is located on main campus in John Hubbard Hall (JHH), Room 106. The Grade department's business hours are 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Grade Point Average (GPA) Calculation - The numerical average of all graded course work attempted within a particular level (such as undergraduate or graduate). The student's GPA appears on the academic transcript and on the official academic verification letter.

To calculate GPA, calculate grade points for each course by multiplying the numeric equivalent of the grade received (A=4, A-=3.7, B+=3.3, etc.) by the number of graded units for that course. Divide total grade points (the sum of all grade points) by the total graded units (the sum of all graded units). Major GPA can be found on STARS reports or by consulting with your academic advisor.

Grade Reports - A list of enrolled courses and the grades earned for a semester. The university does not mail grade reports. Students may check OASIS under Completed Course Summary for grades earned at USC.

Grades (Disputed) - The instructor's evaluation of the performance of each individual student is the final basis for assigning grades. Through orderly appeal procedures, students have protection against prejudiced or capricious academic evaluation. Refer to SCampus for details.

Graduation Date - A student will be awarded the graduation date for the term in which degree requirements, including submission of supporting documents, have been met. Although course work may have been completed in a prior term, the degree will be awarded only for the term for which all academic and administrative requirements have been fulfilled. The anticipated degree date can be changed on OASIS by clicking Update Graduation Term or through the Registrar One-Stop Center, located in the JHH lobby, any time prior to the awarding of the degree.