Glossary Of Terms And Services


IB exams: See International Baccalaureate.

I.D. Number Correction / Change - To change or correct your student I.D., you must submit a Request for Change/Correction of Student Number/Name Form. The request must be accompanied by a photo I.D. (passport, driver's license, USC I.D. card, etc.). A change of student I.D. will be processed for students who have an active academic record and are currently pursuing a degree program only. At the time of graduation or program abandonment, academic records are closed and no further changes in the record may occur. The student I.D. on the record at that time becomes the permanent student I.D. of record. The change/correction is typically completed within two (2) to three (3) business days.

Incomplete Grade (IN) - Grades of incomplete (IN) are given when a student cannot complete the course requirements as a result of a documented illness or an emergency (see Recommended definition of emergency below) occurring after the withdrawal deadline for the course (refer to Definition of Grades and Marks). The instructor, the school, the department owning the course or the student can initiate an Assignment of Final Grade for Completion of IN when the coursework has been completed. No more than one year is allowed for completion of an IN. Contact the Grades Department at or (213) 740-5586 for more information.

Recommended definition of emergency: “A situation or event which could not be foreseen and which is beyond the student’s control, and which prevents the student from taking the final examination or completing other work due during the final examination period. Also note that as defined above, a student may not request an IN before the withdrawal deadline; the rationale is that the student still has the option to drop the course until the withdrawal date. The grade of IN exists so there is a remedy for illness or emergency which occurs after the drop deadline.


International Baccalaureate (IB) - An advanced international program in which secondary school students are prepared for the rigors of college course work. At USC, 20 units of credit are granted for IB diplomas earned with a score of 30 or higher, or 6 units of credit are granted for each score of 5, 6, or 7 on the higher level exams, up to a maximum of four exams, whichever is higher. GE credit is available for some exams. Coordinated by the Articulation office.