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Privacy Policy 

Last Updated: August 21, 2018


Shorelight-Palmetto, LLC d/b/a International Accelerator Program and its affiliates ("we" or "us") are committed to protecting your privacy. We have prepared this Privacy Policy to describe our practices regarding the personal information that may be collected from users of sc.edu/study/international_accelerator website (the “SERVICES”). By submitting personal information through our Services, you expressly consent to the processing of your personal information in the U.S. in accordance with this Privacy Policy.
 
DATA YOU PROVIDE TO US.
We may collect information that you submit or otherwise provide to us, such as when you submit an application, submit comments or make an inquiry, or register from any component of the Services. For example, we may collect your email address and contact information when you e-mail us comments or inquiries.


DATA COLLECTED VIA TECHNOLOGY.
To make our Services more useful to you, our servers collect information from you, including browser type, operating system, Internet Protocol (IP) address, domain name, unique device identifiers, and information about how you use our Services. We also may collect information regarding the date and time of your visit and the solutions and information for which you searched and which you viewed. Like most Internet services, we automatically gather this data and store it in log files each time you visit our Services.

We, and third parties, may use cookies, web beacons, and other tracking technologies to collect this information. See below for information about the choices you may have in connection with such tracking technologies.   

“COOKIES” are small pieces of information that a website sends to your computer’s hard drive while you are viewing a website. We may use both session cookies (which expire once you close your web browser) and persistent cookies (which stay on your computer until you delete them) to provide you with a more personal and interactive experience on our Services. Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can typically remove and reject cookies from our Services with your browser settings. If you remove or reject our cookies, it will affect how our Services work for you.

“WEB BEACONS” are digital images we use to log information on our Services and in our emails. We use web beacons to manage cookies, count visits, and to learn what marketing works and what does not. We also use web beacons to tell if you open or act on our emails. You may render some web beacons unusable by rejecting their associated cookies. If you choose to decline such cookies, certain features of the Services that placed the cookie may not function properly or at all as a result.
 
“FLASH COOKIES” are used to store your preferences such as volume control or to display content based upon what you view on our websites to personalize your visit. Third party partners who provide certain features on our websites, such as videos, may place Flash cookies on your device. They may use Flash cookies to track your web browsing activity and to display personalized advertising. Flash cookies are different from other cookies because of the amount of, type of, and way in which data is stored. Cookie management tools provided by your browser usually will not remove Flash cookies. To learn more about Flash cookies, who has placed Flash cookies on your device, and how to manage privacy and storage settings for Flash cookies click here: http://www.macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager.html#117118. We do not control the privacy practices of the third parties who place or track Flash cookies and this Privacy Policy does not cover their practices. You should visit the privacy policies of companies who place Flash cookies to understand their practices.
 
ANALYTICS. 
We use analytics services to help analyze how users use the Services. These analytic services use cookies and scripts to collect and store information such as how users interact with our applications, errors users encounter when using our applications, device identifiers, how often users visit our website, what pages they visit, and what other sites they used prior to coming to our website. One of the analytics providers we use to collect information to improve our services is Google Analytics. You may exercise choices regarding the use of cookies from Google Analytics by going tohttps://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout or downloadingthe Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Add-on.
 
USE OF YOUR DATA
Personal information you submit to us is used either to respond to requests that you make, or to aid us in serving you better. We use your personal information in the following ways: to operate, maintain, and improve our Services; to personalize and improve your experience; to respond to your inquiries and send you promotional communications about our products and services, unless you have opted out of such promotional materials, and other communications; and to protect, investigate, and deter against fraudulent, unauthorized, or illegal activity.
DISCLOSURE OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION
We will share your personal information with third parties, including as follows:
AFFILIATES. We may share your information with our parent company, subsidiaries, joint ventures, and other companies under a common control (collectively, “AFFILIATES”), to use consistent with this Privacy Policy.
 
THIRD PARTY SERVICE PROVIDERS. 
We may share your personal information with third party service providers for the purpose of providing you with the Services. For example, we may share data with service providers who host our websites or provide email services on our behalf.
 
OTHER DISCLOSURES.
We may disclose information about you if we believe such disclosure is necessary to (a) comply with laws or to respond to lawful requests and legal process; or (b) protect or defend the rights, safety, or property of us, users of the Services, or any person including to enforce our agreements, policies, and terms of use, or (c) in an emergency to protect the personal safety of any person (collectively, “a”, “b” and “c”, ENFORCEMENT PURPOSES”). We may also share information about you in connection with or during negotiation of any merger, financing, acquisition, bankruptcy, dissolution, transaction or proceeding involving sale, transfer, divestiture or disclosure of all or a portion of our business or assets to another company. In these circumstances, we will only share information with a company that has agreed to data privacy standards no less stringent than our own. In the event that information is shared in this manner, notice will be posted through our Services.
 
In addition to the sharing described in this Privacy Policy, we may share information about you with others for their own uses whenever you consent to or direct such sharing. We also may share other information with third parties in a manner that does not identify particular users, including, for example, aggregated information.
YOUR CHOICES REGARDING YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION. 

We offer you choices regarding the collection, use, and sharing of your personal information. When you receive promotional communications from us, you may “opt-out” by following the unsubscribe instructions provided in e-mails you receive from us. Most web browsers are set to accept cookies by default. If you prefer, you can typically remove and reject cookies from our Services with your browser settings, as described in “Data Collected Via Technology” hereof. If you remove or reject our cookies, it will affect how our Services work for you. You may opt out of tracking of certain information collected by Google Analytics on the Services, as discussed above. While we and others give you the choices described in this Privacy Policy, there are many ways web browser signals and other similar mechanisms can indicate your choice to disable tracking, and we may not be aware of or honor every mechanism.
 
SECURITY OF YOUR PERSONAL INFORMATION. 
We take steps to help protect your personal information in an effort to prevent unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. Despite these measures, you should know that we cannot fully eliminate security risks associated with personal information. No method of transmission over the Internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure. Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security. Any content you post while using the Services is at your own risk. If you have any questions about security on our Services, you can contact us at the contact information set forth below.
 
CONTACT INFORMATION
We welcome your comments or questions regarding this Privacy Policy. Please e-mail us at security@shorelight.comor contact us at the following address:


USC IAP
2 Seaport Ln., Suite 500
Boston, MA 02210
Attn: Legal Department
 
CHANGES TO THIS PRIVACY POLICY.
We may change this Privacy Policy from time to time. If we make any changes to this Policy, we will change the "Last Updated" date above. If such changes are material, a notice of the changes will be posted along with the revised Privacy Policy, prior to the change becoming effective. We encourage you to visit this page from time to time for the latest on our privacy practices.

Undergraduate Terms and Conditions 

Prospective students of the University of South Carolina (“USC”) should read these terms and conditions carefully prior to submitting an application through the International Direct (“ID”) process. If you receive a Placement (as defined below) at USC, you will be bound by these terms. In addition to these terms and conditions, as a student at USC, you will be bound by the rules and regulations governing USC, as those may be amended from time to time.  

USC’s International Accelerator Program (USCIAP), which operates the ID process, reserves the right to amend these terms and conditions from time to time. By accepting these terms and conditions you acknowledge and agree to comply at all times with the then-current terms and conditions.

Application and Placement: All ID applicants must submit a general application to USC. You will be placed in the appropriate program track (each “Placement”) by USCIAP based on your academic and English language credentials submitted with your application. The Placement tracks are as follows: Extended Accelerator Program (EAP), the Academic Accelerator Program (AAP), and, for qualifying students, Direct Admission (DA) via International Direct. You acknowledge that each Placement has price disparities based on length and course of study, which may include required English language courses, and agree that you are responsible for all costs associated with your Placement. You further acknowledge that you may receive a different Placement upon arrival pursuant to section 16 below.

Transfer Credits: Students who have attempted or completed any postsecondary credit prior to applying to USC via IDare subject to additional review and admission requirements. At the time you submit your application, you must disclose any previous enrollment at a post-secondary institution and any postsecondary coursework taken by you, whether or not completed. If you have 30 or more transferrable post-secondary credits (equivalent to one year of study towards a bachelor’s degree) you are not eligible for the Accelerator Programs, but you may be considered for standard transfer entry to USC, which will be determined by USC based on your post-secondary academic credentials. Applicants with less than 30 hours of transferrable post-secondary credits will be evaluated for admission on the basis of both secondary and post-secondary academic work. For admission via ID, students who have taken post-secondary courses after the completion of high school must meet current secondary school GPA requirements (U.S. equivalent of a 2.5 secondary school GPA) as well as a 2.5 average GPA for all post-secondary college credits, regardless of whether they wish to transfer that credit. Vocational, diploma and ESL studies are not considered in the admissions review process. Transfer credits must be submitted to an accredited evaluation service (WES, SILNY) as soon as possible after acceptance into USC. Transfer credits are articulated after completion of the Accelerator Programand may be used in determining progression requirements as well as admission to specific programs of study and may apply toward academic degree requirements. Post-secondary coursework earned outside the Accelerator Programwill not apply to program requirements. You acknowledge that USC and the USCIAP make no representations and cannot guarantee that post-secondary college credits will be accepted.

Admission: If you are admitted to USC, you will receive a written offer letter with details and instructions on accepting the offer and paying your deposit.

Tuition and fees payment: Following payment of the deposit, you must pay the remaining outstanding balance shown on ID invoice by the following posted payment deadline associated with your Placement.

Semester Extended Accelerator Academic Accelerator International Direct Pre- Sessional English Academic English
Fall 2018  8/03/2018  8/03/2018  8/03/2018   8/01/2018 10/02/2018

You are responsible for paying the full invoice amount, including any banking or processing fees. USCIAP has the right to amend prices due to University actions, governmental actions, or other events beyond its control.

Failure to Pay: Failure to pay by your applicable posted payment deadline may lead to penalties, including late fees, inability to gain access to campus housing and use of a meal plan, and a hold on your account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes. Pursuant to Section 23 of these terms and conditions, USC will be required to report your inability to enroll in classes to the SEVIS database, the Student and Exchange Visitor Information Program, which may result in the loss of your immigration status.

Cancellation, Change, Curtailment or Withdrawal: You will only be eligible for a deposit refund if you submit documentation of visa denial with written notification to the USCIAP prior to the move-in date. If you cancel your enrollment prior to your move-in date (see table below for the move-in date applicable to you), you may request a full refund of tuition and fees, less a housing and cancellation fee of up to $500 (as per section 11), and any other non-refundable fees. After the start of the semester you may be eligible for the partial refunds listed in the table below. Health insurance and dining are non-refundable for cancellations made after the move-in date.  After the no refund dates listed below, all tuition and fees for the entire duration of your Placement track are nonrefundable.

Intake Semester Last day for Refund – 100% Last day for Refund – 70% Last day for Refund – 50% Last day for Refund – 20% Begin 0% Refund
Fall 2018 ID/AAP/EAP  8/29/2018   9/2/2018   9/8/2018   9/18/2018 9/19/2018
Fall 2018 Pre-Sessional  8/22/2018 9/7/2018   9/14/2018   NA 9/15/2018
Fall 2018 Academic English  10/21/2018  11/9/2018   11/16/2018   NA 11/17/2018

Cancellations made prior to the first day of classes but after your arrival to the U.S. on a USC-issued Form I-20 will be governed under the standard USC student immigration policies. Please refer to the table below for the start date applicable to you.

Refunds: USCIAP will only make refunds in U.S. Dollars, minus bank transfer and processing fees, and will make such refunds in the manner by which USCIAP was originally paid and to the account of the party or parties who made such payment(s). Refunds will be processed according to the exchange rate in place at the time of the refund. All refunds will be made to eligible parties within 45 days of a written request.

Airport Transfers: Requests for airport transfer service should be made at least 2 weeks in advance of arrival. Airport transfers are available for your initial arrival on campus for flights arriving at Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) only. USCIAP cannot guarantee a reservation for a request made less than 2 weeks in advance. If your flight is cancelled or delayed, you must call the emergency telephone number published in the Next Steps Brochure to inform USCIAP staff of the new arrival date or time. Airport transfer fees are nonrefundable.
 

Housing Accommodation and Meal Plan: You are required to commit to a reservation in approved USCIAP housing for the full duration of your Placement. Payment for housing is due in full two weeks prior to the move-in date (see the table below for your applicable move-in date) unless you are on a payment plan pre-approved by USCIAP. Late housing payments or failure to pay housing costs may result in additional fees.  All first year students are required to live in USC IAP housing (on or off campus). If you are unable to live in USC IAP housing, you must submit a Housing Waiver Form to USCIAP when you send your official acceptance to the offer letter. The requirement to live in USCIAP housing will be waived only in extenuating circumstances; on-campus housing is required for all first-year undergraduate students. You will be charged a housing cancellation fee of up to $500 if you cancel your housing reservation up to 5 days prior to your program’s move-in date and potentially higher if cancelled after that date.   USCIAP will not refund your housing fees for the current semester after you have moved into your assigned housing; you may be eligible to receive a refund for the future unattended semesters of your program, though a housing cancellation fee of up to $2000 may apply to cover empty rooms and room turnover costs.  If your Placement track starts in the spring or summer semester and the final semester of your track is in the fall, you may choose to opt out of USCIAP on-campus housing for the fall semester only, or else you may sign a housing commitment through the following spring semester. Any amounts pre-paid toward on-campus housing for a final fall semester will be refunded if you opt to secure your own housing for that semester, provided you do so more than 5 days prior to your move-in date. You must also purchase and enroll in a meal plan for the duration of your Placement. The cost of a meal plan is nonrefundable during the semester in which you cancel the meal plan, but you may receive a meal plan refund for future semesters.
 

Summer Housing at USC: Many dormitories on campus close during the summer months.  Students will likely be required to move out of their housing at the end of the spring term and into different housing for the summer term and move again at the end of summer.  There may be a break of several weeks between these terms, and students will be asked to find storage options for their belongings during this break. Summer housing is less expensive in most cases, and the pricing takes these breaks into consideration.

Health Insurance: All international students studying at USC are required to be covered by health insurance that meets the U.S. Government, South Carolina, and USC requirements. Not all services are covered, and the student is responsible for any outstanding balances for non-covered services. 

  1. At the time of application, you are required to purchase coverage from a USCIAP-designated health plan as a condition of enrollment. 
  2. You must have a completed a Student Health Center Mandatory Immunization Form documenting proof of immunity to Measles (Rubeola), Mumps and German Measles (Rubella) [MMR]; one Diphtheria/Tetanus booster within the past ten years; two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine; series of Hepatitis B vaccine; polio vaccine (if under the age of 18) and the Meningococcal vaccine. Mandatory Immunization Forms may be obtained here through the Student Health Center. You must have completed immunization documentation prior to class registration in order to enroll in any courses.
  3.  The cost of health insurance is non-refundable.

Academic Resources: All books and learning materials must be purchased upon arrival at USC through the USC bookstore or other recommended sources. 

Vacation, Holidays, and School Closures: USCIAP students must adhere to the USC Academic Calendar for holidays and vacations. Classes will not be held on designated school vacations and may be canceled on public holidays. USCIAP will not make reimbursements for classes not offered due to holidays, vacations, or school closures due to emergencies.

Consecutive Semesters: You must complete your Placement track in consecutive semesters including the summer term if applicable.

Absences: Failure to meet attendance requirements may lead to penalties, including loss of immigration status and deportation. You will not receive a refund if you lose immigration status due to class absences.

Program of Study: Upon arrival on campus, you will be required to take an English language assessment test. The results of the assessment test are used to determine the Placement that is appropriate for your skill level, which may be different from the Placement assigned to you on your conditional offer letter. If your assessment test score does not meet the criteria for your assigned Placement, you will not be able to enroll on that track. As a result, the length of study may be longer than originally anticipated, and involve additional costs including tuition and other fees.   If you are enrolled in Pre-sessional English prior to arrival but your test scores allow you to immediately begin an Accelerator Program, you will incur a $500 transfer fee.  If you choose to withdraw from USC because you do not wish to enroll in the Placement track that your assessment test results require, the refund terms contained in sections 8, 9, 11, and 13 will apply to you.


Academic Performance:
Students are accepted to USC with the strict understanding that satisfactory attendance, successful attainment of specified progression criteria, and adherence to the USC Academic Policies is required. You must also be in compliance with the USCIAP academic standards and progression requirements. You will not be allowed to proceed if you do not meet the minimum standards set by USC and USCIAP. If you are unable to proceed, you may be offered advice on suitable alternatives, including repeating courses, transferring to another university within the USC system, or dismissal from USC. These alternative options may involve additional time and costs, including tuition and other fees which may require presenting additional proof of finances to USC’s Designated School Official.


Student Conduct: USC’s Student Code of Conduct provides a framework of standard acceptable behavior for students. You are responsible for complying with USC’s policies, rules, and regulations, which can be found in our Student Code of Conduct [pdf].


Academic or Conduct Rule and Policy Violations: you may be suspended or expelled if you violate any of USC’s or USCIAP's policies, rules, or regulations, which may result in the revocation of your immigration status. No refund will be given in cases of suspension or expulsion.


Grievance Procedures, Appeals, or Complaints: You must follow the policy and procedures for filing complaints, grievances, and appeals in a constructive and timely manner by visiting the South Carolina Department of Administration Division of State Human Resources website


F-1 Status: In order to maintain proper F-1 status, you must comply with all applicable Federal regulations related to study in the U.S., including pursuit of a full course of study. You will be in jeopardy of losing your immigration status if you fail to maintain the necessary academic standing. USC will be required to report any violation by you of your F-1 status to the SEVIS database of the DHS. Your personally identifiable information, including course enrollment details and changes, and circumstances of any suspected breach by you of USC’s or USCIAP’s policies may be shared with the DHS, USC’s accrediting agencies, designated authorities, your parents, and USCIAP staff and agents. If you intend to seek permanent resident status at any point during your anticipated tenure at USC, you must disclose such intent at the time of application. Please be aware that scheduling and class attendance conflicts that arise from pursuing immigration status changes will not be accommodated and may prevent you from continuing at USC. You may be dismissed if you seek or obtain permanent residency in the U.S. No refunds will be given if you must withdraw due to your actual or anticipated change to permanent resident status.


Photography, Filming and Sound Recording: USCIAP or its representatives, affiliates, successors and related companies may arrange to photograph or shoot video footage of students for purposes of advertising, public relations, and/or promotion in any medium throughout the world, including on social media sites and on the internet. If you do not wish to participate you must advise us in writing and state at the time of the photography or video shooting the wish not to participate. By accepting these terms and conditions you are indicating your consent to use these photographs or video footage without further consent or notifications unless you follow the above opt-out requirements.


FERPA: In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the undersigned student hereby permits USC and USCIAP to disclose personally identifiable information, including educational records, conduct and disciplinary issues, financial information and, attendance records to student's parent(s), guardian(s), sponsor(s), sponsorship bodies, and recruiter(s) with information pertaining to their application, academic progress, results and attendance. These permissions will remain in effect during the undersigned student's tenure in ID and at USC unless the student submits a written revocation of this permission to USC’s Office of the Registrar.


Force Majeure: USC and USCIAP will not be liable in cases where USC and/or USCIAP is unable to fulfill any services because of fire, natural disaster, national emergency, act of government, acts of war or terrorism, failure of suppliers or subcontractors, labor disputes or any other reasons which are beyond USC's or USCIAP's control.


Liability: The liability of the USCIAPS, its operator, Shorelight-Palmetto, LLC, its parent Shorelight Education, LLC, and their group companies, their directors, officers, employees, affiliates, agents and partners with respect to losses arising from negligence (except where such liability cannot be excluded as a matter of law), breach of contract or otherwise will be limited in all circumstances to the full amount paid to USC, USCIAP, or the relevant group company by the relevant student for the particular Placement. Such companies and persons will in no circumstances have any liability for indirect or consequential losses or damages. Any dispute, claim or other matter arising will be subject to the jurisdiction and laws of the South Carolina without regard to the choice of law rules. Any legal suit, action or proceeding seeking to enforce any provision of, or based on any right or issues arising out of or related to these terms and conditions, shall be brought exclusively in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. By signing these terms and conditions, the student consents to and accepts the jurisdictions of such courts for the purpose of any such action or proceeding and agree to waive any objection to venue being laid therein. 


Age Requirement: Students who are sixteen (16) years old and under by the move-in date will not be assigned a Placement by USCIAP.  Students who are over the age of sixteen but under the age of eighteen will be required to obtain the signature and consent of a parent or guardian before they are able to participate.   

 

Move-In / Program Start Dates

Event Spring 2019 Summer 2019
Move-In Date   1/8/19 5/28/19
Program Start Date   1/9/19 5/29/19
Graduate Terms and Conditions 

Prospective and current students of the USC Master’s Accelerator Program at the University of South Carolina (“MAP”) should read these terms and conditions carefully prior to submitting an application. If you are admitted to the MAP you will be bound by these terms for the duration of your Program. In addition to these terms and conditions, as a student at the University of South Carolina (“USC”), you will be bound by the rules and regulations governing USC, as those may be amended from time to time.  

USC and the USC International Accelerator Program (USC IAP) reserve the right to amend these terms and conditions from time to time. By accepting these terms and conditions you acknowledge and agree to comply at all times with the then- current terms and conditions.


Application:
Students may apply to the MAP for a 1-term program, 2-term program, or Direct MAP, or to the graduate pre-sessional English program (collectively the “Programs”). If you apply to any of these Programs, be sure to use the application that is specific to the Program you select. Each application contains terms & conditions governing the specific Program and you acknowledge that by submitting an application you agree to the terms and conditions of your respective Program.


Admission:
If you are admitted to the USC MAP at USC, you will receive a written offer letter with details and instructions on accepting the offer, paying the Program deposit and arriving on campus.


Tuition and Fees Payment:
Following payment of the deposit, you must pay the remaining outstanding balance shown on the MAP invoice by the following posted payment deadline of the semester in which you will enroll: Fall 2017: August 3, 2017 | Spring 2018: December 27, 2017 | Summer 2018: May 8, 2018. You are responsible for paying the full invoice amount, including any banking or processing fees. USC’s International Accelerator Program has the right to amend prices due to University actions, governmental actions, or other events beyond its control.

You are not eligible to receive any financial assistance from the University during your course of study in MAP and until your degree has been completed, including but not limited to financial aid, stipends, graduate assistantships, and scholarships. If you wish to continue studies at the University for a further degree, such as a PhD, you must inquire with the relevant USC school or department to determine any financial aid that you may become eligible for at that time.


Failure to Pay:
Failure to pay by your applicable posted payment deadline may lead to penalties, including late fees and a hold on your account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes. Pursuant to section 19 of these terms and conditions, we will be required to report you to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) if you are unable to enroll due to nonpayment of tuition and fees and you may lose immigration status.


Cancellation, Change, Curtailment, or Withdrawal:
You will only be eligible for a deposit refund if you submit documentation of visa denial with written notification to the USC International Accelerator Program prior to the move- in date. If you cancel your enrollment prior to your Program move-in date (see table below for the move-in date applicable to you) you may request a full refund of your deposit, tuition, and fees, less any non-refundable fees. After the start of the Program you may be eligible for the following partial Program refunds (plus any fees incurred). Lab fees, college fees, and other fees are non-refundable once class has started. After the no refund dates listed below, all tuition and fees for the entire duration of the program are nonrefundable.

MAP

MAP Refund Fall 2018 Spring 2018
100% Refund  August 29, 2018   TBA
70% Refund  September 2, 2018   TBA 
50% Refund  September 8, 2018   TBA 
20% Refund  September 18, 2018   TBA 
0% Refund   September 18, 2018    TBA

Pre-sessional 

Pre-sessional Refund Fall 2018 Spring 2018
100% Refund  August 22, 2018   TBA
70% Refund  September 3, 2018   TBA 
50% Refund  September 14, 2018   TBA 
20% Refund  NA NA 
0% Refund   September 15, 2018    TBA

 

Cancellations made prior to your Program start date but after your arrival to the U.S. on a USC-issued I-20 form will be governed under the standard USC student immigration policies. Please refer to the table below for the Program start date applicable to you.


Refunds:
USC’s International Accelerator Program will only make refunds in U.S. Dollars, minus bank transfer and processing fees, and will make such refunds in the manner in which USC’s IAP was originally paid and to the account of the party or parties who made such payment(s). All refunds will be made to eligible parties within 45 days of a written request.


Airport Transfers: Requests for airport transfer service should be made at least 2 weeks in advance of arrival. Airport transfers are available for your initial arrival on campus for flights arriving at Columbia, SC (CAE). USC’s IAP cannot guarantee a reservation for a request made less than 2 weeks in advance or to an airport other than CAE. If your flight is canceled or delayed, you must call the emergency telephone number published in the Next Steps Brochure to inform USC IAP staff of the new arrival date or time. Airport transfer fees are nonrefundable.

Housing Accommodation and Meal Plan: On-campus housing is not available for graduate MAP students. MAP students needing accommodations may choose to live off-campus at Park Place or a comparable site, subject to availability. Students who are interested in this housing option should contact studentservices@uofsc.org for availability and costs. MAP students interested in purchasing a meal plan on campus should contact studentservices@uofsc.org for options and pricing.

Health Insurance: All international students studying at the USC IAP are required to be covered by health insurance that meets the U.S. Government, South Carolina, and USC requirements. Not all services are covered, and the student is responsible for any outstanding balances for non-covered services.

  • At the time of application, you are required to purchase coverage from a USC IAP designated health plan as a condition of enrollment. The plan offered is typically valid for one calendar year, which may not coincide with the length of the program; upon expiration of the term of the coverage, the student will be required to purchase insurance from the university.  You must have completed a Student Health Center Mandatory Immunization Form documenting proof of immunity to Measles (Rubeola), Mumps, and German Measles (Rubella) [MMR]; one Diphtheria/Tetanus booster within the past ten years; two doses of Varicella (chicken pox) vaccine; series of Hepatitis B vaccine; polio vaccine (if under the age of 18) and the Meningococcal vaccine. Mandatory Immunization Forms may be obtained here through the Student Health Center
  • You must have completed immunization documentation prior to class registration in order to enroll in any courses.  The cost of health insurance is non-refundable.


Academic Resources:
All books and learning materials must be purchased upon arrival at USC through the USC bookstore or other recommended sources.


Vacations, Holidays, and School Closures: MAP students must adhere to the USC Academic Calendar for holidays and vacations. Classes will not be held on designated school vacations and may be canceled on public holidays. USC IAP will not make reimbursements for classes not offered due to holidays, vacations, or school closures due to emergencies.

Absences: Failure to meet attendance requirements may lead to penalties, including loss of immigration status and deportation. You will not receive a refund if you lose immigration status due to class absences. You are required to meet both IAP and university and department attendance requirements.


Academic Performance:
Students are accepted to the MAP with the strict understanding that progression through the MAP and successful completion of any Program will require satisfactory attendance, successful attainment of specified progression criteria, and adherence to the USC Academic Integrity Code and Regulations [pdf]. To continue in the MAP, you must also be in compliance with the USC IAP MAP academic standards and progression requirements. You will not be allowed to proceed if you do not meet the criteria for successful completion of your Program. If you are unable to proceed, you may be offered advice on suitable alternatives, including repeating courses or dismissal from USC. These alternative options may involve additional time and costs, including tuition and other fees which may require presenting additional proof of finances to USC’s Designated School Official’s office.


Student Conduct: USC’s Student Code of Conduct [pdf] provides a framework of standard acceptable behavior for students. You are responsible for complying with USC’s policies, rules, and regulations.


Academic or Conduct Rule and Policy Violations:
You may be suspended or expelled if you violate any of USC’s or USC IAP’s policies, rules, or regulations, which may result in the revocation of your immigration status. No refund will be given in cases of suspension or expulsion.


Grievance Procedures, Appeals, or Complaints:
You must follow the policy and procedures for filing complaints, grievances, and appeals in a constructive and timely manner outlined in our Academic Grievance Policy [pdf].


F-1 Status: In order to maintain proper F-1 status, you must comply with all applicable Federal regulations related to study in the U.S., including pursuit of a full course of study. You will be in jeopardy of losing your immigration status if you fail to maintain the necessary academic standing. We will be required to report you to the SEVIS database of the DHS for any violation of your F-1 status. Your personally identifiable information, including course enrollment details and changes, and circumstances of any suspected breach by you of USC’s or USC IAP’s policies may be shared with the DHS, USC, and accrediting agencies, designated authorities, your parents, and USC IAP’s staff and agents.


Photography, Filming, and Sound Recording: The USC IAP’s MAP at USC or its representatives, affiliates, successors, and related companies may arrange to photograph or shoot video footage of students for purposes of advertising, public relations, and/or promotion in any medium throughout the world, including on social media sites and on the internet. If you do not wish to participate you must advise us in writing and state at the time of the photography or video shooting the wish not to participate. By accepting these terms and conditions you are indicating your consent to use these photographs or video footage without further consent or notifications unless you follow the above opt-out requirements.


FERPA: In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the undersigned student hereby permits USC and USC IAP to disclose personally identifiable information, including educational records, financial information, and attendance records to student’s parent(s), guardian(s), sponsor(s), sponsorship bodies, and recruiter(s) with information pertaining to their application, academic progress, results, and attendance. These permissions will remain in effect during the undersigned student’s tenure in the MAP and at USC unless the student submits a written revocation of this permission to USC’s Office of the Registrar.


Force Majeure:
USC and USC IAP will not be liable in cases where USC and/or USC IAP is unable to fulfill any services because of fire, natural disaster, national emergency, act of government, acts of war or terrorism, failure of suppliers or subcontractors, labor disputes, or any other reasons which are beyond USC’s or USC IAP’s control.


Liability: The liability of the USC IAP MAP at USC, its operator, Shorelight-Palmetto, LLC, its parent Shorelight Education, LLC, and their group companies, their directors, officers, employees, affiliates, agents, and partners with respect to losses arising from negligence (except where such liability cannot be excluded as a matter of law), breach of contract, or otherwise will be limited in all circumstances to the full amount paid to USC, USC IAP, or the relevant group company by the relevant student for the particular Program. Such companies and persons will in no circumstances have any liability for indirect or consequential losses or damages. Any dispute, claim or other matter arising will be subject to the jurisdiction and laws of South Carolina without regard to the choice of law rules. Any legal suit, action, or proceeding seeking to enforce any provision of, or based on any right or issues arising out of, or related to these terms and conditions, shall be brought exclusively in the United States District Court for the State of South Carolina. By signing these terms and conditions, the student consents to and accepts the jurisdictions of such courts for the purpose of any such action or proceeding and agrees to waive any objection to venue being laid therein. 

 

Move-In / Program Start Dates

Event Spring 2019 Summer 2019 (PSE ONLY)
Move-In Date   1/8/19 5/21/19
Program Start Date   1/9/19 5/22/19