Student Resource Guide - Student Affairs and Academic Support

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2014-15
Student
Resource Guide
The ultimate responsibility for making decisions about your career goals and
your educational plans rests with you, the student.
This is your guide to a successful experience in the Gamecock Gateway
community and beyond.
www.sa.sc.edu/gateway
Table of Contents
Our Communities
Our Program
Our Opportunities
Our Leadership
Communicating with You
Our Expectations
Key Contacts at USC
Key Contacts at MTC
MTC Academic Policies and Procedures
Academic Integrity
Attendance
Disability Services (at USC and MTC)
Financial Aid
Foreign Language Placement Tests
Repeat Grades
Credit From Another Institution/AP Credit
Standards for Academic Progress
Dropping a Course
Changing Your Major
Withdrawing from Gamecock Gateway/MTC
GPA Requirements for Transfer to USC
General Transfer Information
GPA Calculator
Roost Living and Learning Community
Refund Policy
Profile of USC Services
Profile of MTC Services
Academic Calendar
FERPA
Discrimination/Harassment Complaints
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IMPORTANT REMINDER
The information included in this guide is meant to be a quick reference. For additional
information, visit www.sa.sc.edu/gateway or the respective USC or MTC department.
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Our Communities
The Honor Code
All Midlands Technical College students subscribe to the following foundational honor code:
As a member of the Midlands Technical College community, I will adhere to the college’s Student Code. I
will act honorably, responsibly, and with academic integrity and honesty. I will be responsible for my
own academic work and will neither give nor receive unauthorized or unacknowledged aid. I will
behave courteously to all members of the MTC community and its guests and will respect college
property and the property of others.
The Carolinian Creed
The community of scholars at the University of South Carolina is dedicated to personal and academic
excellence. Choosing to join the community obligates each member to a code of civilized behavior.
As a Carolinian...
I will practice personal and academic integrity;
I will respect the dignity of all persons;
I will respect the rights and property of others;
I will discourage bigotry, while striving to learn from
differences in people, ideas, and opinions;
I will demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, and their need for conditions
which support their work and development.
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Our Program
Mission
Gamecock Gateway provides access to a University of South Carolina degree through highly
collaborative, personalized academic support and purposeful community engagement that contributes
toward student development and matriculation into the University of South Carolina.
Vision
Through academic and engagement opportunities, inter- and intra- campus collaboration, and
effective assessment, programs and services, Gamecock Gateway will increase access to an
undergraduate degree and become a nationally recognized residential bridge program.
Goals
1. Successfully transfer students from Midlands Technical College to the University of South
Carolina in one academic year.
2. Provide academic support that increases the number of students transferring from
Midlands Technical College to the University of South Carolina.
3. Provide meaningful, reflective opportunities that increase the number of students
transferring from Midlands Technical College to the University of South Carolina.
Program Overview and Transfer Requirements
Gamecock Gateway is committed to enhancing access to a USC degree for South Carolina residents.
Established in 2012, Gamecock Gateway is a residential bridge program that furthers the successful
collaboration between the University of South Carolina and Midlands Technical College. This one year
(Fall 2014-Spring 2015), invitation-only program for first time college students enables students to
complete their first 30 credit hours at Midlands Technical College while living on campus at the
University of South Carolina and engaging in university opportunities. Should students meet the
established requirements for transfer after two semesters (see below), they will be admitted into
USC-Columbia for the next academic year.
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To transfer to USC-Columbia, students must:
earn 30 transferrable hours at Midlands Technical College
earn at least a 2.25 GPA within the designated time frame
(some USC academic programs will require a higher GPA for admission—see page 11)
be in good conduct and financial standing at both institutions
For more information, visit www.sa.sc.edu/gateway.
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Our Opportunities
Engagement Opportunities at MTC and USC
As a Gamecock Gateway student, your primary connection to the Midlands Technical College community
is your coursework. At USC, your primary connection is through the Roost/Bates House Living and
Learning Communities. You will experience the best of both worlds as you benefit from exceptional
opportunities and services at each institution. Such services include:
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five dedicated full time staff, one full time Residence Life Coordinator, two part-time graduate
Assistant Residence Life Coordinators, and a team of resident mentors in The Roost and Bates
House (a portion of whom are former Gamecock Gateway students!)
a true community feel in the Roost and Bates House Residence Halls
Fast Track and other academic support courses through Midlands Technical College
program-specific tutoring offered in the residence hall
access to key services at the University of South Carolina, including intramural teams, our
state-of-the-art fitness facilities, campus dining, libraries, the Student Success Center, Student
Health Services, the Counseling and Human Development Center, and more
access to key services at Midlands Technical College including the Academic Success Center,
library, the Counseling Center, and more
one consolidated bill of required fees between both institutions
enrollment in a first year transition course (College 105) similar to USC’s nationally recognized
University 101 program
a dedicated shuttle service between the USC campus and the MTC Airport/Beltline campuses
a USC CarolinaCard and Midlands Technical College ID card
entry into many USC athletic events and cultural events
participation in Student Life opportunities, including joining student organizations and
attending Carolina Productions events
leadership opportunities within and beyond the program
…and much more!
Gamecock Gateway is committed to your success by providing you with the foundation necessary to
successfully complete a University of South Carolina undergraduate degree.
Engagement Restrictions at USC
Gamecock Gateway students have access to a remarkable number of resources and opportunities at
both MTC and USC. Only a few engagement restrictions exist. Gamecock Gateway students are not
eligible to obtain student tickets for USC football, basketball, and baseball games; join social fraternities
or sororities; serve as an officer of record in a USC student organization; participate in intercollegiate
athletics; or participate in an activity that requires USC course enrollment. Students will have access to
these opportunities, however, once they become full time USC-Columbia students.
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Our Leadership
Drew Newton
Director, Gamecock Gateway
Phone: 803-777-1778
E-mail: [email protected]
Office: USC Campus—Thomas Cooper Library—Mezzanine Level—Student Success Center
Rachel Denmark
Graduate Assistant for the Gamecock Gateway
Phone: 803-777-1000
E-mail: [email protected]
Office: USC Campus—Thomas Cooper Library—Mezzanine Level—Student Success Center
Dusty Etheridge
Senior Coordinator for the Gamecock Gateway
Phone: 803-738-7195
E-mail: [email protected]
Office: MTC Beltline Campus—LET Building 309-B
Susan Vinson
Lead Academic Advisor for the Gamecock Gateway
Phone: 803-822-7080
E-mail: [email protected]
Office: MTC Airport Campus—Academic Center 134
Melissa Anthony
Academic Advisor for the Gamecock Gateway
Phone: 803-738-7680
E-mail: [email protected]
Office: MTC Beltline Campus—LET Building 421-I
Shana Ashford
Academic Advisor for the Gamecock Gateway
Phone: 803-822-3612
E-mail: [email protected]
Office: MTC Airport Campus—Academic Center 133
Communicating with You
The Gamecock Gateway team will primarily contact students via their MTC e-mail accounts. It is the student’s
responsibility to check both MTC and USC e-mail regularly. Beyond e-mail, information will be relayed
through the residential communities and the online resources noted below. Occasionally, students may also
receive mail in their USC post office boxes or via their home addresses from USC, MTC, or Gamecock Gateway.
www.sa.sc.edu/gateway
@gamecockgateway
www.facebook.com/groups/gamecockgateway2015
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Our Expectations
Student Conduct
As a student at Midlands Technical College, you are held accountable to the expectations and
information found in the Midlands Technical College Student Handbook. To view the handbook,
please visit http://www.midlandstech.edu/handbook/.
As a student-affiliate and on-campus housing resident at the University of South Carolina, you are held
accountable to the expectations and information found in the University of South Carolina’s Student
Handbook and Policy Guide, the Carolina Community. To view the Carolina Community, please visit
http://www.sa.sc.edu/carolinacommunity/.
To transfer to the University of South Carolina, a Gamecock Gateway student must remain in
good conduct and financial standing at both institutions. For a student to remain in “good
conduct standing,” he/she cannot be on housing or conduct probation at either institution at the
close of the spring 2014 semester.
Incidents that happen on the Midlands Technical College campus are addressed by MTC Student
Conduct. Incidents that happen on the University of South Carolina campus, in a USC residence hall, on
the Gamecock Gateway shuttle, or off campus are addressed by the USC Office of Student Conduct.
While your Gamecock Gateway staff members are not conduct officers, they are made aware of all
incident reports at both institutions, trade the information between both institutions, and are (from
time to time) consulted on Gamecock Gateway-related conduct incidents.
Please note: Students suspended from University of South Carolina housing can/will also be
suspended from Midlands Technical College coursework. On campus residency and enrollment
at Midlands Technical College go hand-in-hand for Gamecock Gateway students.
Also note: USC Student Conduct will communicate with you via your USC e-mail account. It is
your responsibility to read your USC e-mail regularly and to respond to any Student Conduct
requests within 24 hours. While Gateway staff will monitor your compliance with conduct
sanctions, you—the student—are ultimately responsible for successful completion of the
sanction and outreach to Student Conduct with any questions or concerns.
This year is your opportunity to succeed—don’t let any barrier interrupt your success!
Engagement
You are as connected to the University of South Carolina and Midlands Technical College as you desire.
The purpose of Gamecock Gateway is to provide you with the academic support necessary for success
while also immersing you in the Carolinian community. Don’t waste this year—get involved!
Our Goal...100% transfer to USC!
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Key Contacts
University of South Carolina
Drew Newton
Director, Gamecock Gateway
Rachel Denmark
Graduate Assistant, Gamecock Gateway
Joslyn Brown
Residence Life Coordinator, Roost/Bates House
Main Switchboard
Campus Recreation
Career Center
CarolinaCard Office (including questions for Dining)
Counseling and Human Development Center
Financial Aid (for questions after transferring to USC)
FIXX (Housing Maintenance Request System)
Help Desk (University Technology Services)
Housing
Library (Thomas Cooper Library)
Multicultural Student Affairs
Parking Services
Police Department (dispatch)
Postal Services
Russell House University Union
Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention and Prevention
Student Disability Services
Student Health Services
Student Organizations
Student Success Center
803-777-1778
803-777-1000
803-777-4814
803-777-7000
803-576-9375
803-777-7280
803-777-1708
803-777-5223
803-777-8134
803-777-3499
803-777-1800
803-777-4283
803-777-4866
803-777-7716
803-777-5160
803-777-4215
803-777-3168
803-777-8182
803-777-8248
803-777-6142
803-777-3175
803-777-2654
803-777-1000
Midlands Technical College
Dustin Etheridge
Senior Coordinator for the Gamecock Gateway
Susan Vinson
Gamecock Gateway Advisor
Melissa Anthony
Academic Advisor
Shana Ashford
Academic Advisor
Bookstore
Cashier
Counseling and Career Services
Desire2Learn Support
Disability Services
Financial Aid
Help Desk (MyMTC, E-mail, Computer Support)
Library Main Desk
Records
Security Dispatch
Student Employment Services
Student Life
Student Support Services
Veterans Affairs
803-738-7195
803-822-7080
803-738-7680
803-822-3612
803-822-3577
803-732-5200
803-822-3505
803-822-3561
803-822-3505
803-738-7792
803-738-7888
803-822-3530
803-822-3656
803-822-7850
803-822-3538
803-822-3650
803-822-3032
803-822-3519
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MTC Academic Policies and Procedures
Academic Integrity
All forms of academic dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating on tests, plagiarism, collusion
and falsification of information, will call for discipline. For more, refer to The MTC Student Handbook.
Attendance
The attendance policy varies from department to department within the college. You should refer to the
syllabus for each course for accurate attendance requirements. Because there are no excused absences,
you should save your absences for unavoidable emergencies or illness so that you do not get removed
from your classes for overcutting. Please remember: if you exceed the number of absences permitted
for the course, the instructor will drop you from the course, negatively impacting your ability to transfer
after one year in Gamecock Gateway.
Disability Services
Students who need accommodations at MTC and USC must consult with MTC Counseling Services.
Counseling Services may be reached at 803-822-3505 or 803-822-3295 (tty). Counseling Services is
located at Airport Student Center Suite 237.
Financial Aid
If you are receiving financial aid, you should monitor your aid closely. If you are receiving the LIFE
Scholarship, you will need to be aware of all the regulations concerning that scholarship. It is your
responsibility to advise the Financial Aid office of any changes that might impact your financial aid, such
as loss of income or a change in the number of hours you are taking or plan to take in a semester.
Foreign Language Placement Tests
Students wishing to take a foreign language course should take the foreign language placement test
(FLPT) at the assessment center. The score on that test will determine appropriate placement and will
remove the registration block for the language courses. FLPT waivers for students who have never
studied the language may be given through an advisor. The FLPT is given in the Student Assessment
office on either Airport Campus (Airport Student Center 262) or Beltline Campus (Wade Martin 249).
Repeat Grades Policy
If you repeat a course, all grades will be entered on your permanent academic record. The higher of the
two grades will be included in the grade point average calculated for MTC.
USC uses all grades, with the exception of developmental course grades, in calculating
your transfer GPA.
If you receive financial aid, remember that all coursework attempted will be calculated for
academic progress standards for financial aid.
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MTC Academic Policies and Procedures
Credit From Another Institution/AP Credits
Advanced standing cannot be awarded until official transcripts and/or reports have been received by
the MTC Admissions Office and evaluated by the Student Academic Credentialing Office. Proper
advisement can only take place when previous transcripts have been officially evaluated.
Standards for Academic Progress
To remain in good standing with MTC, you must maintain a minimum credit hour Grade Point Average
(GPA) of 2.0. For USC, you must maintain a minimum 2.25 or higher, depending on the required GPA for
your intended major at USC.
If your fall GPA is below 2.25, you will be required to complete additional tasks, such as meeting
regularly with your advisor and attending tutoring, to help you raise your GPA in the spring.
If your fall GPA is between 2.26-2.5, you will be placed on an academic plan to provide (at
minimum) twice-per-semester check ins with a Gateway staff member to monitor your progress.
Dropping a Course
Gamecock Gateway students are not permitted to withdraw from any course without first consulting
with their Gamecock Gateway Advisor as well as the Financial Aid office. If you think you are failing a
class or are too overloaded to complete all of your classes successfully, you should explore withdrawal
as an option first with your instructor and then with your advisor before midterm. If you miss more
classes than allowed, your instructor will withdraw you from the class, negatively impacting your ability
to transfer.
Changing Your Major
While first year students will not select an official college major, Midlands Technical College academic
advisors will work with each student individually to be sure courses selected meet transfer and major
specific requirements. An official major must be declared before the end of the spring semester.
In the initial advising appointment, MTC advisors will ask Gateway students for their anticipated USC
major. As they progress through their coursework, students may determine that a previously selected
major does not match their personal or professional pursuits. To switch your anticipated major, please
visit Susan Vinson or Dusty Etheridge at Midlands Technical College as soon as possible so that any
possible schedule adjustments can be made to ensure full transferability of courses.
Withdrawing from Gamecock Gateway and Midlands Technical College
Should a student decide to withdraw from Gamecock Gateway, the student must first meet with a
Gamecock Gateway staff member. After the meeting, the student must submit the notice in writing to
both Dusty Etheridge (at Midlands Technical College) and Drew Newton (at the University of South Carolina). Dusty, in concert with Susan Vinson, will then take care of withdrawing the student from all
courses and services at Midlands Technical College. Drew, in concert with USC partners, will take care
of withdrawing the student from all access and opportunities at USC, including University Housing.
Students should note that financial consequences may accompany the withdrawal.
(See Refund Policy—page 15)
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GPA Requirements for Transfer
Gamecock Gateway students will be eligible to attend the University of South Carolina after earning 30
transferable credits at Midlands Technical College and achieving the required GPA for their intended major at
USC. Some majors also require completion of specific courses. Students must have at least a cumulative 2.25
grade point average on a 4.00 scale (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, F=0). Several colleges and programs within the
University, however, require higher grade point averages on all college work attempted:
ATHLETIC TRAINING – Minimum 2.5 GPA
BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY – Requires a 3.2 USC GPA with 30 hours earned to meet initial
progression requirements. Each student who intends to major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology must
complete CHEM 111, CHEM 112, BIOL 101, BIOL 102, and MATH 141 (or equivalent AP, IB, or transfer work)
in order to be eligible to progress in the major. A special application may be required for full acceptance into
the program after earning a 3.2 USC GPA and completing the course requirements.
BIOLOGY – Minimum 2.5 GPA
BUSINESS MAJORS – Minimum 3.0 GPA and completion of one semester of calculus equivalent to USC’s MATH
122 (Calculus for Business Administration and Social Sciences) or MATH 141 (Calculus I) with a minimum
grade of “C.”
CARDIOVASCULAR TECHNOLOGY – Minimum 2.25 GPA if transferring with fewer than 30 semester hours;
minimum 2.50 GPA with 30-59 semester hours; 2.75 GPA with 60 semester hours or more.
CHEMISTRY – Minimum 2.5 GPA
COMPUTER INFORMATION SYSTEMS OR COMPUTER SCIENCE MAJORS – Minimum 2.75 GPA
DANCE – An audition with the Department of Theatre and Dance is required for full admission as a dance major.
ECONOMICS – Minimum 2.5 GPA for the Economics program in the College of Arts and Sciences.
EDUCATION (EARLY CHILDHOOD, ELEMENTARY, OR MIDDLE SCHOOL) – You must have a 2.25 GPA with
less than 30 credit hours; 2.5 GPA with 30 hours or more.
ENGINEERING MAJORS (INCLUDING COMPUTER ENGINEERING) – Minimum 2.75 GPA completion of one semester of calculus equivalent to USC’s MATH 141 (Calculus I) with a minimum grade of “C.” Calculus courses
designed for non-engineering majors do not meet this requirement.
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE – Minimum 2.8 GPA
EXERCISE SCIENCE – Minimum 2.75 GPA
INFORMATION SCIENCE – Minimum 2.5 GPA
JOURNALISM – Minimum 2.5 GPA
MATHEMATICS – Minimum 2.25 GPA and completion of at least one of the following courses, or their equivalent: USC’s MATH 141, MATH 142, MATH 241, or MATH 300 with a minimum grade of a “B”. An AP or IB exam score that provides credit for MATH 142 also satisfies this requirement.
MUSIC - Students must audition before being accepted to the School of Music. Contact the School of Music for
more information.
NURSING - Minimum 3.0 GPA on all college work (Demand for this program is at an all-time high. All enrolled
USC undergraduates who seek a nursing degree are first admitted into the College of Nursing’s lower division. This does not guarantee later admission into the upper division nursing major. In recent years, upper
division admission has become increasingly competitive, with admitted students routinely posting cumulative GPAs in excess of 3.25.) Students may not have less than a “C” in any science or nursing course. Admission to the program is selective; therefore meeting minimum GPA requirements is not a guarantee of admission to the college.
PHARMACY – Minimum 3.00 GPA
PHYSICAL EDUCATION – Minimum 2.5 GPA
PUBLIC HEALTH – Minimum 2.75 GPA
SPORT AND ENTERTAINMENT MANAGEMENT – Minimum 3.0 GPA
STATISTICS – Minimum 2.25 GPA and completion of at least one of the following courses, or their equivalent:
USC’s MATH 141, MATH 142, STAT 509, or STAT 515 with a minimum grade of a “B”. An AP or IB exam score
that provides credit for MATH 142 also satisfies this requirement.
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General Transfer Information
General education requirements may vary greatly from major to major at the same college/
university. For example, what is appropriate for a business major might not be appropriate for a
computer science major. If you change your mind about your major at USC while you are at
MTC, you must let your Gamecock Gateway advisor know as soon as possible.
Keep your GPA high! Most four-year colleges and universities do not substitute grades from
repeat courses, so your MTC GPA may not be the same as your Transfer GPA.
Keep good records! This includes any advisement information as well as copies of course work,
such a term papers, art projects, attendance at music and theatre productions or art galleries.
Keep course syllabi. These may be useful to you for meeting certain requirements at your senior
college/university.
Check web-pages frequently. Most colleges and universities prefer that students check their
websites for the most up-to-date information regarding admission requirements, degree
requirements, and transfer equivalencies. Generally, transfer information is found in the
undergraduate admission area of the college’s webpage. You will also find contact information
for admissions/or transfer officers if you need additional information.
Your most reliable source of information is always www.sa.sc.edu/gateway!
GPA Calculator
How many courses do you need
to take to achieve 30 hours?
What grades do you need to
make to achieve your
program’s GPA requirement?
Use the USC GPA Calculator at
http://registrar.sc.edu/html/
gpa_calc/gpa.htm
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The Roost Residence Hall
Bates House Residence Hall
The Roost
Bates House
Your residence hall is your primary link to campus culture and engagement at the University of South Carolina.
In our living and learning community, you will find a solid community where many of the same
individuals you share classes with are right down the hallway from your suite.
In this, your new home, you will create life-long friendships, develop a sense of academic ownership, and
become integrated with your community in greater ways than you may have thought possible!
Here are some tips for success this year in Bates House and The Roost:
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Having trouble with your roommate/suitemates? First, take time to politely discuss the concerns
with your roommate/suitemate. If concerns continue, chat with your Resident Mentor.
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Need to report a maintenance concern? Posts in the Facebook group aren’t the answer—but
University Housing’s FIXX program can help! Submit your request online at www.housing.sc.edu.
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Still no resolution to your maintenance request? See your RM, Joslyn, Cameron, or Duncan.
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Be a leader! Take on a leadership role in Hall Government or participate in one of the planning
committee opportunities. We cannot be successful without your investment.
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Attend a program (or two...or three)! Your RMs will make available a variety of programs and
events that get you connected with other Gamecock Gateway students, that engage you with USC at
large, and that help you make the most of your transition into college. Attend! They’re awesome!
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Just need some advice? That’s why your RM and Housing staff are here. College can be tough.
Your RMs and Housing staff have experienced your concerns before and are an outstanding resource.
Welcome to your home in the Gamecock Nation.
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Refund Policy
The following procedures will be utilized when issuing a refund to a withdrawing Gamecock Gateway student:
Withdrawals Prior to Move In Day
No student will be refunded the $750 Gamecock Gateway deposit after May 1.
(If paid) The MTC Tuition will be 100% refunded.
(If paid) The Gamecock Gateway program fee will be 100% refunded.
(If paid) Housing fees will be 100% refunded.
Withdrawals After Move In Day
Gamecock Gateway Deposit:
No student will be refunded the $750 Gamecock Gateway deposit after May 1.
MTC Tuition and Fees:
Gamecock Gateway will follow the MTC Tuition Refund policy. The amount of the refund will be based on the
date the withdrawal notification is received by the Records Office, according to the following schedule. Refunds
will take approximately 3-4 weeks to process. The amount of the refund will be based on the date the completed
form is received by the Student Records Office, according to the Institutional Refund Schedule below. All fees are
nonrefundable.
1st - 5th instructional day of the term
6th - 10th instructional day of the term
11th - 15th instructional day of the term
After 15th instructional day of the term
100%
50%
25%
0%
For additional information on MTC tuition and fees refunds, visit http://www.midlandstech.edu/catalog/.
Gamecock Gateway Program Fee:
Gamecock Gateway will refund the Gamecock Gateway program fee based on the following schedule:
1st - 5th instructional day of the term
Beyond the 5th instructional day of the term
100%
0%
University Housing Fees:
Gamecock Gateway students are held accountable to the same cancellation and refund fees as all other residents
of on campus housing. For a full breakdown of University Housing cancellation and refund fees, please visit
http://www.housing.sc.edu/refundnf1314.html or call 803-777-4283. Gamecock Gateway students will also
need to visit the main University Housing office in Patterson Hall to cancel housing contracts. Additionally,
exiting students will want to consult with a Resident Mentor or the Hall Director regarding proper checkout
procedures to avoid an improper checkout fee.
Meal Plans:
Gamecock Gateway students are held accountable to the same cancellation and refund schedule for meal plans as
all other meal plan holders at the University of South Carolina. For additional information or to request a refund,
please contact CarolinaCard directly at 803-777-1708 or visit their offices on the Russell House Lower Level.
Student Conduct Removals
Students suspended as a result of a Student Conduct sanction are not eligible for a refund of the Gamecock
Gateway program fee, the meal plan fee, or housing fees. The MTC Tuition and Fees refund policy still applies.
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USC Services
Career Center –The Career Center, located on the sixth floor of the Darla Moore School of Business Building,
assists students in discovering interests, personality characteristics, values, goals, and abilities, and in using them
to identify a career direction, select a major, and prepare for job search. Students can utilize career assessments
and computer assisted career guidance systems to help them make good career decisions. They can research
career fields and employers through the comprehensive Career Library.
For more information, call (803) 777-7280 or visit the Career Center online at www.sc.edu/career.
Carolina Card/Meal Plans - The CarolinaCard is your permanent student ID. This card provides access to the
residence hall, the student’s meal plan and Carolina Cash, admittance into various USC activities, and much more.
Gamecock Gateway students have a CarolinaCard uniquely designed for the Gateway program. Students will
receive a traditional CarolinaCard once they have fully transferred into the university.
For additional information, contact the CarolinaCard office at (803) 777-1708, stop by their offices in the
Russell House Lower Level, or visit them online at http://carolinacard.sc.edu.
Carolina Productions (CP) – Gamecock Gateway students have access to all Carolina Productions (CP) events.
CP is the student-run programming organization for the University of South Carolina sponsoring a variety of
diverse programs ranging from social to educational and cultural events. Most events are free of charge. Simply
present your CarolinaCard for access.
To learn more, stop by Suite 227 of the Russell House, call (803) 777-7130, or visit http://cp.sc.edu.
Community Service Programs – Gamecock Gateway students are welcome to participate in any service
event, particularly Service Saturday. Community Service Programs maintains a database of over 200 nonprofit
agencies around Columbia and actively promotes awareness of needs and social issues in the Columbia area.
For more information on how you can serve and learn, contact the office in Suite 227 of the Russell House or
call (803) 777-7130.
Disability Services - Midlands Technical College and the University of South Carolina provide
accommodations, as appropriate, to individuals who have documented disabilities. Students interested in
receiving information about accommodations and services should contact a counselor in the MTC Counseling and
Career Services. MTC Counseling and Career Services will then communicate any relevant accommodations to
USC’s Student Disability Services office.
To learn more about Disability Services, visit www.midlandstech.edu/counseling, call 803-822-3505 or 803822-3295 (tty), or visit their offices in Airport Student Center Suite 237.
Fitness and Intramural Programs (The Strom/Blatt PE Center) – Gamecock Gateway students have
access to our state-of-the-art Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center as well as the Blatt Physical
Education Center. A variety of fitness programs are available, including individual and group fitness
opportunities. Intramural sports represents the structured, competitive side of Campus Recreation. Team and
individual sports are offered in men’s, women’s, and co-ed divisions.
For more information on any fitness/wellness opportunity, please visit http://campusrec.sc.edu
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USC Services
Health Services – Student Health Services provides accessible, convenient, high quality, low cost health care in
the Thomson Student Health Center. The Student Health Services health care team is sincerely interested in your
health, and wants to be your partner in wellness.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (803) 777-3175 or visit www.sa.sc.edu/shs.
Counseling Services – The Counseling and Human Development Center provides a safe place to speak
privately with a trained counselor about a variety of concerns. These may include stress, anxiety,
loneliness, depression, relationship difficulties, questions about identity, eating concerns, substance use
concerns, sexuality concerns, managing an existing mental health condition, or any other issue. The
Center offers a range of personal and mental health counseling and psychological services. Group
sessions are also available.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (803) 777-5223 or visit www.sa.sc.edu/shs.
Leadership Programs –Leadership Programs offers a variety of programs and training for Gamecock leaders
including the Emerging Leaders Program, the Student Leadership & Diversity Conference, Leadership Awards,
TOAST, the LEAD Retreat, Leadership Resource Center, Leadership Speaker’s Bureau, and Gamecock Leadership
Society.
For more information about these and other programs and services, contact Leadership Programs at (803)
777-7130, stop by Russell House 227, or visit www.sa.sc.edu/leaders.
Libraries (Thomas Cooper Library) – Gamecock Gateway students have access to all library facilities. The
main—and most relevant—facility is the Thomas Cooper Library, located on Greene Street next door to the
Russell House. The collection contains over 2.6 million volumes, 3.6 million microfilm volumes and 14,000 serial
titles. Assistance using the library is available at the Reference Desk on the Main Level of the library. A computer
lab with over 100 machines is located on Level 5.
For specific information or tour availability, contact the Library at (803) 777-4866 or visit http://
www.sc.edu/library. Be certain to present your CarolinaCard for entry and late night access.
Multicultural Student Affairs –Multicultural Student Affairs provides programs and services that promote an
accepting environment and assist in fostering an appreciation for each of our unique human differences. Primary
services include the Minority Peer Assistance Program, the Diversity Dialogue series, and LGBT Programs and
Services.
If you are interested in additional information, please come by the office in the Russell House West Wing, call
803-777-7716, or visit www.sa.sc.edu/omsa.
Parking Services – Gamecock Gateway students are eligible to purchase parking permits. Gateway students
should purchase the student permit, valid for the entire academic year, on move in day.
For complete information on campus parking, contact the Department of Vehicle Management and Parking
Services at 803-777-5160, visit their offices in the Pendleton Street Garage, or view information online at
http://www.sc.edu/vmps/.
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USC Services
Postal Services – The Student Mail Center provides mail services to student post office boxes as well as postage
sales and shipping services via US Postal Service and UPS to the University community and general public. Hours
are as follows:
Postage Sales & Shipping Services
Monday-Friday: 9:00am-4:30pm
Student Package Pick Up
Monday-Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Gamecock Gateway students are automatically assigned to a campus post office box. Box assignment and
combination information for each current term is accessed and viewed via Self Service Carolina. Mail is delivered
and dispatched to the student post office boxes twice daily, Monday through Friday. All campus post office boxes
are located in the Russell House basement. The Student Mail Center accepts mail and parcels for delivery on
campus from US Postal Service, UPS, FedEx, and DHL. Items must be properly addressed as show below to avoid
delay in receipt.
A delivery notice will be placed in the student’s box when the item arrives. The delivery notice and pictured ID
are required to claim these articles. Due to the weight and size of items, shipments are not accepted from motor
freight lines.
USPS (US Postal Service) Mail – A delivery notice will be placed in your box for accountable mail, parcels,
and articles larger in size than what your box will accommodate. Mail / parcels sent via US Postal Service
must only be addressed to your assigned post office box:
Name USC Box _________ (5 digit PO Box number)
Columbia, SC 29225-0001
UPS / FedEx / DHL – Will not deliver items directly to University Housing residence halls. Items are
delivered to Student Mail Center and must be addressed as follows to avoid delay in receipt:
Name USC Box _________ (5 digit PO Box number)
Columbia, SC 29225-0001
For more information, call (803) 777-4109.
Shuttle System (within the USC campus) – The Department of Vehicle Management operates shuttles
traveling the USC campus providing free service for students, faculty, and staff.
For more information, please visit http://www.sc.edu/vmps/shuttle.html.
University Technology Services (Help Desk/iCare) – University Technology Services is located at 1244
Blossom Street and is the main technology and network support area on campus.
For more information or for assistance, call 803-777-1800 or visit http://uts.sc.edu/support/
servicedesk.shtml.
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USC Services
Student Success Center—The Student Success Center assists students in developing a roadmap for success as
they pursue their personal and academic goals at Carolina. A host of services and opportunities are available including:
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ACE Coaching – Students will meet with a graduate student who has been trained as an Academic Success Coach. ACE Coaches will help students create a success plan, set goals, and share resources that
will help students reach their academic goals within and beyond the classroom. Sessions generally
last between 30 minutes to one hour. Students may also choose to come back to ACE for multiple sessions.
Math Tutoring – Stay on top of Math 100-level classes! Meet with a peer math tutor to help with
homework assignments or prepare for your next math test.
Writing Center Consultations – Need help brainstorming ideas for an assignment, structuring a paper,
or revising content? ACE Writing consultants offer free assistance with writing projects. Consultations
are available Monday through Thursday from 4-7:00pm. All current undergraduate students can
schedule an appointment online and request one of ACE’s four locations. ACE Writing Center consultations are free and available in 30 minute to one hour appointments. Students can schedule appointments as frequently as they like.
Cross Campus Advising – Uncertain about which major is for you? Cross Campus Advising can help
students compare various majors, set up a plan to graduate on time, determine how classes taken previously would fit into a new major before switching, and much more!
Financial Literacy Program – The Financial Literacy Program offers outreach to the students in the
form of seminars and workshops on a number of financial literacy topics, including but not limited to:
budgeting, good credit vs. bad credit, how to be a smart shopper, preventing identity theft, saving
money, setting financial goals, and protecting your credit.
Transfer Student Services – Transfer Student Services is your one-stop-shop for any and all transferrelated questions!
To take advantage of any of the services noted above, visit www.sa.sc.edu/ssc, call (803) 777-1000, or visit
them on the Mezzanine Level of the Thomas Cooper Library.
Student Organizations—Gamecock Gateway students are eligible to join any of the more than 400 student
organizations at USC. Gateway students, however, cannot serve as an officer of record in the organization.
To learn more about student organizations, visit www.sa.sc.edu/studentorgs, call (803) 777-2654, or stop by
their offices in Suite 227 of the Russell House.
GET INVOLVED!
This is the year to take advantage of USC opportunities, to
join student organizations, and to immerse yourself in the
Carolina community! Find more resources online at
www.sa.s.edu/gateway!
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MTC Services
Academic Success Center—All MTC students have access to the variety of services offered through the Academic Success Center. Resources available include:
 Computer Access
 Tutoring Services (in a variety of courses)
 Workshops
 Online Resources
The Academic Success Center is open Mon.-Thurs. from 7:30 a.m.-8 p.m. and Fridays from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
To learn more about the Academic Success Center and to view the tutoring schedule, visit
http://asc.proxy.midlandstech.edu, call 803-822-3545, or visit the Center in Academic Center 151.
Counseling and Career Services—A staff of professional counselors is available to help students achieve life
and career goals. Counselors provide individual and group career counseling opportunities for students. Various
interest inventories and other career planning instruments, including computerized career guidance and
occupational information systems, are available to assist individuals and groups in the career planning process.
Additionally, personal issues and concerns can sometimes impede students’ progress toward meeting their goals.
Counselors are available to discuss these concerns and will make referrals to the USC Counseling and Human
Development Center as appropriate for continuous care and support.
To take advantage of any of the services noted above, make an appointment with a counselor by calling 803822-3505. You may also learn more information online at www.midlandstech.edu/counseling or by visiting
Counseling and Career Services in Airport Student Center 237.
Disability Services - Midlands Technical College and the University of South Carolina provide
accommodations, as appropriate, to individuals who have documented disabilities. Students interested in
receiving information about accommodations and services should contact a counselor in the MTC Counseling and
Career Services. MTC Counseling and Career Services will then communicate any relevant accommodations to
USC’s Student Disability Services office.
To learn more about Disability Services, visit www.midlandstech.edu/counseling, call 803-822-3505 or 803822-3295 (tty), or visit their offices in Airport Student Center Suite 237.
Financial Aid—All Gamecock Gateway students receive one consolidated bill of required USC and MTC services
from Midlands Technical College. As a result, financial aid is administered by MTC. MTC's Financial Aid department assists current students and their families by providing information about financial resources and the application process. A variety of federal and state assistance is available.
To learn more about Student Financial Services and various sources of financial aid available, visit
www.midlandstech.edu/sfs, call 803-738-7792, or visit their offices in Airport Student Center Suite 254.
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MTC Services
Identification Cards—In support of campus safety and security, all students are required to obtain and carry in
their possession a current MTC Student Identification (ID) Card. Please be advised that a current MTC Student ID
Card must be presented upon request when utilizing MTC facilities and/or when on the campuses. Student ID
Cards are processed according to the following schedule.
Airport Campus Student Center Commons, Room 126, (803) 822-3650
Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Thursdays, 1-5:30 p.m.
Beltline Campus Student Center, Room 201, (803) 738-7860
Wednesdays, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Thursdays, 1-5:30 p.m.
Parking Services—In order to promote a safe parking environment, students must register any vehicles they
park on MTC campuses. Students may register vehicles through their MyMTC accounts by visiting the “Student
Vehicle Registration” link. The link can be found on the MyMTC Enrolled Students page, “Additional Services” section. Registration is free and may be done for several vehicles at one time. Upon completion of registration, students will print off a form that serves as proof of registration, which they should keep in their vehicle(s). The registration confirmation must be presented when requested by MTC Campus Police. Student vehicle registration is
not a parking permit. Only MTC faculty and staff may park in permit locations. Students are subject to a $100 fine
for failure to register their vehicle.
Security—The primary goal of college security services is to reinforce the safety and security of the campus environment. To uphold this goal, campus security officers regularly patrol and monitor the campus environment.
Identification checks are a routine practice in monitoring and maintaining a positive campus environment. To
further safeguard the college environment, video surveillance devices are used throughout the campus, and signs
notifying students of this surveillance are posted. Call boxes have also been placed in campus parking lots.
The MTC Emergency Number is 803-738-7199.
Student Life Opportunities—The role of the Student Life Office is to augment students’ academic experience
through co-curricular programming. lectures, seminars and workshops on a variety of subjects as well as performances by local artists, films and special interest programs. Students can be part of the Student Advisory Board,
join various clubs and organizations, be part of an honor organization, or join a College Committee.
To learn more about Student Life, visit their offices in Airport Student Center 126 or call 803-822-3650.
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2014-15 Calendar
Fall 2014
Wednesday, August 20 –Gamecock Gateway Move In Day (Roost and Bates House Residence Halls)
Monday, August 25 – MTC Fall Classes Begin
Monday, September 1 – Labor Day Holiday (USC and MTC closed)
Tuesday, September 23 – MTC 10 Week Classes Begin
Wednesday, October 1 – MTC Fall Financial Aid Disbursement
Monday, October 13-Tuesday, October 14 – MTC Fall Break (no classes, no shuttle)
Thursday, October 23-Friday, October 24 – USC Fall Break (classes continue at MTC, shuttle continues to MTC,
some dining services may be closed at USC)
Tuesday, November 4 – Election Day (MTC closed; no classes, no shuttle) (USC – no classes, campus open)
Wednesday, November 26 – Residence Halls Close at 10 a.m. for Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, November 26-Friday, November 28 – Thanksgiving Holidays (no classes, no shuttle)
Sunday, November 30 – Residence Halls Reopen at 8 a.m.
Monday, December 8 – MTC Fall and 10 Week Classes End
Tuesday, December 10-Tuesday, December 16 – MTC Fall Exams
Friday, December 12 – MTC Spring Fee Payment Ends at 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 17 – Gamecock Gateway residential communities close at 10 a.m.; MTC Fall Semester
Grades Due by 3 p.m. (accessible via MyMTC)
Spring 2015
Wednesday, January 7 – Residence Halls Reopen at 8 a.m.
Monday, January 12 – Spring Classes Begin (MTC and USC)
Monday, January 19 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (USC and MTC closed)
Friday, February 20 – MTC Spring Financial Aid Disbursement
Saturday, March 7 – Residence Halls Close at 10 a.m. for Spring Break
Monday, March 9-Friday, March 13 – Spring Break (classes canceled at MTC and USC, no shuttle)
Sunday, March 15 – Residence Halls Reopen at 8 a.m.
Monday, April 27 – USC and MTC Spring Classes End
Wednesday, April 29-Tuesday, May 5 – MTC Spring Exams
Wednesday, May 6 – Gamecock Gateway residential communities close at 10 a.m.; MTC Spring Semester Grades
Due by 3 p.m. (accessible via MyMTC)
For calendar updates, visit
www.sa.sc.edu/gateway
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About FERPA
Per the Program Confirmation Form signed when you deposited into Gamecock Gateway, you have authorized the
University of South Carolina-Columbia and Midlands Technical College to share your admissions information,
testing/assessment data, academic transcript, financial aid records, financial account data, disciplinary records
and student insurance information. Further, you have authorized Midlands Technical College to forward your
academic transcript to USC for transfer admission purposes, and you have authorized the University of South
Carolina to forward your USC transcript to MTC in order to facilitate your attainment of an Associate Degree at
MTC on route to a Baccalaureate Degree at USC. MTC and USC will share your input on surveys and interviews in
order to assess and improve the Gamecock Gateway program. If you seek accommodations for a disability, you
will sign a separate authorization allowing your documentation to be shared and evaluated by both colleges.
The University of South Carolina and Midlands Technical College adhere to the Family Education Rights and
Privacy Act (FERPA) and will not share protected information under the Act with a third party without your
permission or use the information for purposes other than those outlined here.
Discrimination/Harassment Complaints
Discrimination and harassment are against the law and University policy. The university will enforce strictly
campus policies which prohibit acts of discrimination against or harassment of students based on:
 age,
 race,
 color,
 sex,
 gender,
 religion,
 national origin,
 disability,
 genetics,
 sexual harassment,
 sexual orientation,
 or veteran status,
Any student with a complaint of discrimination or discriminatory harassment should contact the University's
Office of Equal Opportunity Programs. Students can file complaints against faculty, staff, other students, student
organizations, or any entity affiliated with or doing business with the University. If you feel that you have been
subjected to discrimination or harassment, based on any of the above protected bases, contact the Office of
Equal Opportunity Programs at (803) 777-3854 for assistance, or submit your information to the University's
Office of Equal Opportunity Programs using the Complaint Form found at http://www.sc.edu/eop/students.html.
EOP complaints should be filed no less than 180 days from the date of the alleged incident(s).
Title IX Coordinator
Any student who experiences sexual harassment (including sexual misconduct, sexual assault or sexual violence),
harassment or discrimination on the basis of sex is encouraged to contact Bobby D. Gist, the USC Title IX
Coordinator or the University's Student Complaint Coordinator/Deputy Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Carl
Wells. Their office is located at 1600 Hampton Street in suite 805 and they may be reached (803) 777-3854.
Students are also encouraged to contact the USC Police Department, USC Legal Office or the USC Office of Student
Affairs to report alleged sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, sexual violence, or sexual assault or any other
criminal behavior based upon their sex.
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“Nobody can go back and
start a new beginning, but
anyone can start today and
make a new ending.”
–Maria Robinson
www.sa.sc.edu/gateway
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