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Policies and Enrollment Contracts

Please carefully review the IAP's privacy policy and enrollment contracts. 

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 to https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout or downloading the 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.

Web Site Terms of Use Agreement

Last Updated: May 22, 2019 

1. General. Please read these Terms of Use (“Terms”) carefully, as it constitutes a legal agreement between USC IAP and its affiliates (“We” or “Us”) and you. By accessing this web site (“Website”), you are agreeing to be bound by these Terms, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these Terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this Website are protected by applicable copyright and trade mark law.

2. Use License. Permission is granted to temporarily download one copy of the materials (information or software) on the Website for personal, non-commercial transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license, not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:

·      modify or copy the materials;

·      use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);

·      attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on the Website;

·      remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; or

·      transfer the materials to another person or “mirror” the materials on any other server.

This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by Us at any time. Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format. 

3. Disclaimer. The materials on the Website are provided “as is”. We make no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaim and negate all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, We do not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on the Website or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.

4. Limitations. In no event will We or our suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on the Website, even if We or our authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.

5. Revisions and Errata. The materials appearing on the Website could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. We do not warrant that any of the materials on the Website are accurate, complete, or current. We may make changes to the materials contained on the Website at any time without notice. We do not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.

6. Links. We have not reviewed all of the sites linked to the Website and are not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Us of the site. Use of any such linked web site is at the user’s own risk.

7. Site Terms of Use Modifications. We may revise these Terms at any time without notice. By using the Website you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms.

8. Governing Law. Any claim relating to the Website shall be governed by the laws of the South Carolina without regard to its conflict of law provisions.

Application Terms:

1.     By submitting this application you are agreeing to these terms and conditions, which form a legal contract between you and The University of South Carolina International Accelerator Program (“USC IAP”). If you are submitting this application on behalf of another person it is your responsibility to ensure that the person applying to the University of South Carolina (“USC”) is aware of these terms and accepts them, and by submitting the application you are warranting that you have made the applicant aware of these terms and that they have accepted these terms. 

2.     If you are admitted to the USC IAP, you will be placed in the appropriate program track based on the academic and English language credentials submitted with this application. You acknowledge that there are price disparities between each program track based on length and course of study, which may include required English language courses. You are not guaranteed admission at USC, and you may be subject to conditions prior to progressing to full degree-seeking status.

3.     Students applying with post-secondary college credits are subject to additional requirements. You must disclose any post-secondary college credits upon submission of your application. If you have taken credit-bearing university-level courses after the completion of high school, you must meet the current secondary school GPA requirements as well as any GPA requirements for post-secondary college credits, regardless of whether or not you wish to transfer such credit. Please check USC’s requirements prior to submitting this application. Vocational and ESL studies are not considered during the admissions review process. If you have 30 or more tranferrable post-secondary credits (equivalent to one year of study towards a bachelor's degree) you are not eligible for the Accelerator Program tracks, 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. Transfer credits must be submitted to an accredited evaluation service (WES, SILNY) as soon as possible after acceptance into USC. Transfer credits will apply toward academic years 2, 3, and 4 only. There is no guarantee that post-secondary college credits will be accepted.

Enrollment Contract – Student’s Acceptance of the Offer

USC IAP

ENROLLMENT CONTRACT

General

1.     By submitting your deposit you are agreeing to this Enrollment Contract, which forms a legal contract between you and the University of South Carolina International Accelerator Program  (“USC IAP ” “we” or “us”). USC IAP reserves the right to amend this Enrollment Contract from time to time.

2.     In addition to this Enrollment Contract, as part of your conditional offer you have received other information and documents that contain additional terms of your participation. Please familiarize yourself with all documentation provided to you by USC IAP. 

Tuition and Fees; Refunds

3.     Tuition and fees payment: Following payment of the deposit, you must pay the remaining outstanding balance shown on your invoice by the due date indicated on the invoice. You are responsible for paying the full invoice amount, including any banking or processing fees, to USC IAP. USC IAP has the right to amend prices due to University actions, governmental actions, or other events beyond its control.

4.     Failure to Pay. Failure to pay by your payment deadline may lead to penalties, including late fees, inability to gain access to campus housing and use of a meal plan, inability to progress after your first year, and a hold on your account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes. If you are unable to enroll due to nonpayment of tuition and fees you may become in violation of your immigration status, and we will be required to report such violation to the SEVIS database maintained by the Department of Homeland Security; you may lose your immigration status and be deported from the U.S. You may be dismissed from the USC IAP for failure to pay your invoice.

5.     Deposit Refunds. We will only refund your deposit if you provide us with written notification and documentation showing that your visa application has been denied prior to the move-in date. Otherwise, we do not refund deposits.

6.     Refunds for Cancellation of Enrollment. If you cancel your enrollment prior to your move-in date (found here: https://sc.edu/study/international_accelerator/undergraduate_accelerator/how_to_apply/admissions/direct_admission/index.php), you may request a full refund of fees paid, less housing 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. After the no refund dates listed below, all tuition and fees for the entire duration of your program at USC are nonrefundable. For students in pre-sessional English, you are eligible for a refund of your Accelerator Program tuition if you do not continue your studies or progress into the IAP program. 

Intake Semester Last day for 100% refund  Last day for 50% refund   Last day for 20% refund  Being 0% refund
Summer 2019 June 6, 2019 June 12, 2019 June 17, 2019 June 18, 2019
Fall 2019 August 28, 2019 September 7, 2019 September 17, 2019 September 19, 2019
Spring 2020 January 19, 2020 January 29, 2020 February 10, 2020 February 11, 2020
Summer 2020 June 8, 2020 June 13, 2020 June 20, 2020 June 21, 2020

7.     Refunds Generally. We will only make refunds in U.S. Dollars, minus bank transfer and processing fees. You must fill out the Refund Form available at the USC IAP office.  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.

Accommodations & Services

8.     Airport Transfers. Requests for airport transfer service must be made at least 2 weeks in advance of arrival by visiting https://sc.edu/study/international_accelerator/before_you_arrive/. Airport transfers are available for your initial arrival on campus for flights arriving at CAE (Columbia, SC) airport. We 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 USC IAP staff of the new arrival date or time.  

9.     Housing Accommodation and Meal Plan. You are required to commit to a reservation in approved USC IAP housing.  Your statement of fees will reflect your requested housing option; however, final housing will be determined shortly before or upon arrival and is subject to availability. You will be required to sign a housing contract upon arrival.  If you are unable to live in USC IAP-approved housing, you must request a housing waiver by completing the housing preference form. Please be aware that we will only waive the housing requirement in extenuating circumstances, as all first year undergraduate students are required to live in USC Housing during the first year.  Payment for housing is due in full two weeks prior to the move-in date unless you are on a payment plan pre-approved by USC IAP. Late housing payments or failure to pay housing costs may result in additional fees. Cancelling your housing contract may result in forfeiture of your entire housing payment. You must also purchase and enroll in a meal plan. 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.

10.  Summer Housing.  Many residence halls on campus close during the summer months. Students may be required to move out of their housing at the end of the spring term and into different housing for the summer term. 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.

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

a.     You are required to purchase coverage from a USC IAP-designated health plan as a condition of enrollment.

b.     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 Meningoccocal vaccine. Mandatory Immunization Forms may be obtained here: https://sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/student_health_services/documents/immunization-form-revised112816.pdf. You must have completed immunization documentation prior to class registration in order to enroll in any courses. All immunization forms must be translated in English.

c.      You are fully and solely responsible for the payment of any premiums or other costs associated with maintaining health insurance coverage, and neither USC nor USC IAP shall be responsible for payment of any funds related to a student’s health insurance.  Be advised that the cost of health insurance is typically non-refundable, unless permitted by the terms and conditions of a particular plan. 

USC IAP Policies, Procedures and Requirements

Academic

12.  Vacation, Holidays and School Closures. Please familiarize yourself with the University’s Academic Calendar for holidays and vacations. Classes will not be held on designated school vacations and may be canceled on public holidays. We do not make reimbursements for classes not offered due to planned or unplanned school closures.

13.  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.

14.  Medical Withdrawal. If you need to withdraw from USC IAP for medical reasons you must apply for a valid medical withdrawal through the Student Disability Resource Center. We will honor any tuition refunds granted by the University for a medical withdrawal in conflict with this Enrollment Contract, but please be aware that certain housing and other fees associated with USC IAP may not be refundable.

15.  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 place you on the program track that is appropriate for your skill level, which may be different from what was indicated on your conditional offer letter.  If your score enables you to move to a more advanced track, you may be eligible for a refund of tuition for the difference in tuition and fees, minus a $500 transfer fee.  If your assessment test score does not meet the criteria for your assigned program track, 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 choose to withdraw from the USC IAP because you do not wish to enroll in the track that your assessment test results require, the refund terms contained in this Enrollment Contract will apply to you.

16.  Academic Performance. Students are accepted to the USC IAP with the strict understanding that adherence to the USC IAP academic standards and progression requirements, which can be found at https://sc.edu/study/international_accelerator/undergraduate_accelerator/how_to_apply/admissions/as, as may be amended, is mandatory. You will not be allowed to proceed if you do not meet the minimum standards set by USC IAP. If you are unable to proceed, you may be offered advice on suitable alternatives, including repeating courses or dismissal from USC IAP. These alternative options may involve additional time and costs, including tuition and other fees which may require presenting additional proof of finances.

17.  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.

18.  Dismissal. If you are dismissed from the University or USC IAP for any reason you may not-reapply to the University, your current program, or any other program offered by USC IAP.

Legal

19.  Photography, Filming and Sound Recording. USC IAP 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 this Enrollment Contract 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.

20.  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 IAP's control.

21.  Liability. The liability of Shorelight-Palmetto, LLC d/b/a USC IAP, 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 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 this Enrollment Contract, shall be brought exclusively in the Federal Court 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.

University Policies, Procedures and Requirements 

22.  As a student at USC IAP you are also bound by the rules and regulations governing the University of South Carolina (“USC” or “University”), as those may be amended from time to time.  These rules and regulations may be found at: http://bulletin.sc.edu/content.php?catoid=52&navoid=1280. In addition to this Enrollment Contract, as part of your conditional offer you have received other University information and documents that contain additional terms of your participation. Please familiarize yourself with all documentation provided to you by USC.

23.  In addition to the health insurance requirements listed in this Enrollment Contract, the terms of you health insurance must meet USC requirements. You are fully and solely responsible for the payment of any premiums or other costs associated with maintaining health insurance coverage, and USC is not responsible for payment of any funds related to your health insurance. 

24.  Unless we inform you otherwise, your books and learning materials must be purchased through the University Bookstore.

25.  Conduct Rule and Policy Violations. You are required to adhere to the USC’s Code of Conduct, which can be found at https://www.sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/student_conduct_and_academic_integrity/index.php. You may be suspended or expelled if you violate any of USC’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.

26.  Dismissal. If you are dismissed from the University for any reason you may not-reapply to USC IAP.

27.  Force Majeure. USC is not liable in cases where USC 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 control.

Visa Status

28.  F-1 Status. In order to maintain proper F-1 visa status, you must comply with all applicable Federal regulations related to study in the U.S., including pursuit of a full course of study. Please review USC’s policies on student visa status and immigration. 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 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 USC IAP’s policies may be shared with the DHS, USC and accrediting agencies, designated authorities, your parents, and USC IAP 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 [your studies. You may be dismissed if you seek or obtain a change in you permanent residency. No refunds will be given if you must withdraw due to your actual or anticipated change to permanent resident status.

Application Terms:

1.    By submitting this application you are agreeing to these terms and conditions, which form a binding agreement  between you and the University of South Carolina International Accelerator Program (hereafter “USC IAP”). If you are submitting this application on behalf of another person it is your responsibility to ensure that the person applying to the USC IAP is aware of these terms and accepts them, and by submitting the application you are warranting that you have made the applicant aware of these terms and that they have accepted these terms.
 
2.    If you are admitted, you will be placed in the appropriate program track based on your academic and English language credentials submitted with this application. You acknowledge that there are price disparities between each program track based on length and course of study, which may include required English language courses. You are not guaranteed admission at the University of South Carolina.
 
Enrollment Contract – Student’s Acceptance of the Offer

USC IAP ENROLLMENT CONTRACT

General
 
1.    By submitting your deposit you are agreeing to this Enrollment Contract, which forms a binding agreement between you and USC IAP (“USC IAP” “we” or “us”). USC IAP, which operates the Master’s Accelerator Program (“MAP”), Advanced Master’s Accelerator Program (“Advanced MAP”) and Direct Master’s Accelerator Program (“Direct MAP”) at USC, reserves the right to amend this Enrollment Contract from time to time.

2.    In addition to this Enrollment Contract, as part of your conditional offer you have received other information and documents that contain additional terms of your participation. Please familiarize yourself with all documentation provided to you by USC IAP.
Tuition and Fees; Refunds
 
3.    Tuition and fees payment: Following payment of the deposit, you must pay the remaining outstanding balance shown on your invoice by the indicated due date. You are responsible for paying the full invoice amount, including any banking or processing fees, to  the USC IAP. USC IAP has the right to amend its prices to reflect any changes in tuition and fees made by the University.

4.    Failure to Pay. Failure to pay by your payment deadline may lead to penalties, including late fees, inability to gain access to housing, inability to progress after your first year, and a hold on your account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes. If you are unable to enroll due to nonpayment of tuition and fees you may become in violation of your immigration status, and we will be required to report such violation to the SEVIS database maintained by the Department of Homeland Security; you may lose your immigration status and be deported from the U.S. You may be dismissed from the USC IAP for failure to pay your invoice.

5.    Deposit Refunds. We will only refund your deposit if you provide us with written notification and documentation showing that your visa application has been denied prior to the move-in date. Otherwise, we do not refund deposits.

6.    Refunds for Cancellation of Enrollment. If you cancel your enrollment prior to your move-in date (found here: https://sc.edu/study/international_accelerator/graduate_accelerator/how_to_apply/important_dates/index.php), you may request a full refund of fees paid, less housing 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. After the no refund dates listed below, all tuition and fees for the entire duration of your progam at USC IAP are nonrefundable.

Intake Semester Last day for 100% refund  Last day for 50% refund   Last day for 20% refund  Being 0% refund
Fall 2019 August 28, 2019 September 7, 2019 September 17, 2019 September 19, 2019
Spring 2020 January 19, 2020 January 29, 2020 February 10, 2020 February 11, 2020


7.    Refunds Generally. We will only make refunds in U.S. Dollars, minus bank transfer and processing fees. You must fill out the Refund Form available at the USC IAP office. 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.

8.    Tuition Waivers and Reductions. MAP, Advanced MAP and Direct MAP students are not eligible to receive any tuition reduction through graduate assistantships, scholarships, stipends or other forms of financial support arising from your graduate studies through degree completion.  Students may find hourly paid positions on campus during their studies consistent with immigration requirements.

9.    No Refunds for Immediate Transfer. You will not receive a refund of your deposit or any tuition or fees if you enter the United States on a USC-issued I-20 and immediately request a transfer of your I-20 to another program, school, college or university.
Accommodations & Services

10.  Airport Transfers. Requests for airport transfer service must be made at least 2 weeks in advance of arrival by visiting [https://sc.edu/study/international_accelerator/before_you_arrive/forms/submit_flight_details/index.php. Airport transfers are available for your initial arrival on campus for flights arriving at Columbia International Airport (CAE). We cannot guarantee a reservation for a request made less than 2 weeks in advance though will make every effort to accommodate such requests. If your flight is cancelled 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.

11.  Housing Accommodation. On-campus housing is not available for graduate USC IAP students. Please contact the USC IAP office for information about off-campus housing options. If you are interested in purchasing a meal plan please contact student services at the USC IAP. If you do choose housing provided through the USC IAP (off campus), the following terms will apply.  Payment for housing is due in full two weeks prior to the move-in date unless you are on a payment plan pre-approved USC IAP. Late housing payments or failure to pay housing costs may result in additional fees. Cancelling your housing contract may result in forfeiture of your entire housing payment.


12.  Health Insurance. All international graduate students studying at [USC IAP are required to be covered by health insurance that meets the U.S. Government, SC, and localrequirements. Not all services are covered, and the student is responsible for any outstanding balances for non-covered services.
a.    You are required to purchase coverage from a USC IAP-designated health plan as a condition of enrollment.
b.    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 Meningoccocal vaccine. Mandatory Immunization Forms may be obtained here: https://p.widencdn.net/hrdpoj/. You must have completed immunization documentation prior to class registration in order to enroll in any courses. All immunization forms must be translated in English.
c.     You are fully and solely responsible for the payment of any premiums or other costs associated with maintaining health insurance coverage, and USC IAP is not responsible for payment of any funds related to a student’s health insurance. Be advised that the cost of health insurance is typically non-refundable, unless permitted by the terms and conditions of a particular plan. 
 USC IAP Policies, Procedures and Requirements

13.  Vacation, Holidays and Closures. Please familiarize yourself with USC IAP’s calendar for holidays and vacations. Classes will not be held on designated school vacations and may be cancelled on public holidays. We do not make reimbursements for classes not offered due to planned or unplanned school closures.

14.  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.

15.  Medical Withdrawal. If you need to withdraw for medical reasons you must apply for a valid medical withdrawal through the University’s International Student Services Office. We will honor any tuition refunds granted by the University for a medical withdrawal in conflict with this Enrollment Contract, but please be aware that certain housing and other USC IAP fees may not be refundable.

16.  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 place you on the program track that is appropriate for your skill level, which may be different from what was indicated on your conditional offer letter. If your assessment test score does not meet the criteria for your assigned program track 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 choose to withdraw from USC IAP because you do not wish to enroll in the track that your assessment test results require, the refund terms contained in this Enrollment Contract will apply to you.

17.  Consecutive Semesters. You must complete your coursework in consecutive semesters. This requirement may be waived by the Managing Director of USC IAP only in extenuating circumstances.

18.  Academic Performance. Students are accepted to USC IAP with the strict understanding that adherence to the USC IAP academic standards and progression requirements, which can be found at https://sc.edu/study/international_accelerator/graduate_accelerator/graduate_degrees/,as may be amended, is mandatory. You will not be allowed to proceed if you do not meet the minimum standards set by USC IAP.  If you are unable to proceed, you may be offered advice on suitable alternatives, including repeating courses or dismissal from USC IAP. These alternative options may involve additional time and costs, including tuition and other fees which may require presenting additional proof of finances.

19.  Academic or Conduct Rule and Policy Violations. you may be suspended or expelled if you violate any of 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.

20.  Dismissal. If you are dismissed from USC IAP for any reason you may not-reapply to USC IAP the University, your current program, or any other program offered by USC IAP.

Legal

21.  Photography, Filming and Sound Recording. USC IAP 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 this Enrollment Contract 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.

22.  Force Majeure. USC IAP will not be liable in cases 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 IAP's control.

23.  Liability. The liability of Shorelight-Palmetto], LLC d/b/a USC IAP, 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 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 the SC 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 this Enrollment Contract, 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 agree to waive any objection to venue being laid therein.
 
University Policies, Procedures and Requirements
 
24.  As a graduate student at USC IAP you are also bound by the rules and regulations governing USC (“[U]” or “University”), as those may be amended from time to time. These rules and regulations may be found at:  https://www.sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/student_conduct_and_academic_integrity/documents/code_of_conduct.pdf.
25.  In addition to this Enrollment Contract, as part of your conditional offer you have received other University information and documents that contain additional terms of your participation. Please familiarize yourself with all documentation provided to you by USC.

26.  In addition to the health insurance requirements listed in this Enrollment Contract, the terms of your health insurance must meet the USC requirements. You are fully and solely responsible for the payment of any premiums or other costs associated with maintaining health insurance coverage, and USC is not responsible for payment of any funds related to your health insurance. 

27.  Unless we inform you otherwise, your books and learning materials must be purchased through the University Bookstore.

28.  Academic or Conduct Rule and Policy Violations. You are required to adhere to the USC’s Academic Integrity Code, which can be found at https://www.sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/student_conduct_and_academic_integrity/index.php.You may be suspended or expelled if you violate any of USC]’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.

29.  Dismissal. If you are dismissed from USC IAP or from the University for any reason you may not-reapply to USC IAP the University, your current program, or any other program offered by USC IAP.

30.  Force Majeure.  USC is not liable in cases where USC 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 control.
 
Visa Status
 
31.  F-1 Status. In order to maintain proper F-1 visa status, you must comply with all applicable Federal regulations related to study in the U.S., including pursuit of a full course of study. Please review USC’s policies on student visa status and immigration. 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 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 USC IAP’s policies may be shared with the DHS, USC and accrediting agencies, designated authorities, your parents, and USC IAP 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 [your studies. You may be dismissed if you seek or obtain a change in you permanent residency. No refunds will be given if you must withdraw due to your actual or anticipated change to permanent resident status.


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