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 or restrictions must resolve their obligation with the departments that placed them. Students can check their status by visiting OASIS and click on Restrictions. Authorized users (university staff) maintain restrictions using the process SIS.U.ACTRES. Holds and 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 course work and honors project. Departmental honors are noted on academic transcripts but are not noted on diplomas. Refer to the "Academic Policies" [Requirements for Graduation] section of the USC Catalogue.

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 for residence work attempted, and combined transferred and residence work attempted. The grade point average calculation is truncated, not rounded. University honors are noted on academic transcripts and the diploma. Refer to the "Academic Policies" [Requirements for Graduation] section of the USC Catalogue.