Academic Calendar Criteria
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs date 9/17/99
Dean of the University
The University of South Carolina adopted the Early Semester Calendar in the 1970's. Fall semester begins late in August and ends in December before Christmas; Spring semester begins about the middle of January and ends about the middle of May. Students enrolled in 12 hours or more are considered full-time in a regular semester.
The distinguishing features of the Early Semester Calendars are that one ends before the Christmas holiday season, and the other ends in mid-May.
U.S.C. STANDARD FOR SIXTEEN WEEK COURSES (DAY, EVENING AND SATURDAY CLASSES MEETING ONE DAY A WEEK)
The University of South Carolina has established a standard of 70 days for classes and seven examination days for the Fall and Spring semesters with a minimum of 2100 minutes of instruction (actual time in class). The calendar standard is a combination of 28 Tuesday and Thursday classes of 75 minutes per class meeting and 42 Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes of 50 minutes per class meeting. In 1974, the Faculty Senate established a Reading/Review Day prior to the beginning of examinations for the Fall and Spring semesters; on this day, classes are not held.
Sixteen week courses meeting one day a week will need to meet for 2 hours and 45 minutes to comply with the University standard of 2100 minutes of instruction.
Summer calendars consist of two terms with multiple sessions within the terms. Generally, these sessions consist of 18 class days of 120 minutes for a total of 2160 minutes of instruction and two examination days.
The beginning date of summer sessions is coordinated as closely as possible with the ending date of the public school calendar. Summer terms of varying length may be accommodated if the minimum of 2100 minutes of instruction is met.
EIGHT WEEK EVENING CALENDARS
Evening Calendars consist of two 8-week sessions. These sessions consist of 15 Monday/Wednesday classes and 15 Tuesday/Thursday classes for Spring and 15 Monday/Wednesday classes and 15 Tuesday/Thursday for Fall with the final examinations given on the last class day. The classes consist of 165 minutes per class meeting for a total of 2640 minutes of actual instruction time in class.
The beginning date of evening classes is coordinated to where the first 8-weeks will begin along with the established date for classes for the semester. The second 8-week begins after the midpoint of the semester and ends prior to the official ending date for the semester. Students are able to complete 12 hours in two 8-week sessions.
The calendar standards for USC Sumter courses are the same regardless of the class meeting locations.
Official ending day is usually Commencement Day. However, the official ending date of the Fall semester has traditionally been December 31st. This procedure came about when the OSCAR System (On-line Registration) was implemented. Because this system was implemented, the military terms had to be eliminated because the system only supported four semesters in a years and each day in the year had to be accounted for. There was no set pattern in choosing the dates for each semester. The "Begin" and "end" dates were chosen to ensure the true dates for each term.
Martin Luther King, Jr., Service day is the second or third Monday in January.
Spring Break is the second week in March for the Spring semester.
Commencement day is set by the Office of the Dean. Normally, this date is the second Wednesday following the last day of Spring II examinations.
Independence Day holiday is July 4th (If July 4th falls on the weekend, the Friday before becomes the official holiday.)
Labor Day holiday is the first Monday in September.
Fall Break is the Thursday and Friday in October prior to the beginning of the Fall II session.
Election Day holiday is the General Election Day in November of each even-numbered year. This holiday was established by State Law (R119, 112259, May 13, 1977).
Thanksgiving holidays are the last Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday in November for students and the last Thursday and Friday for staff.
Christmas holidays for students begin after the final examination period for Fall term in December and prior to the first day of classes for Spring in January.
Calendars that are presented for providing the same total number of class minutes in shorter calendar time must be critically evaluated. Credit should never be awarded in any course when there is a ratio of less than 700 minutes of actual instruction time in a class of group work per credit hour.
One credit hour is usually assigned to a class that meets fifty minutes a week over a period of a semester, quarter, or term. In labs, fieldwork, drawing, music, practical arts, physical education, or similar type of instruction, one credit hour is assigned for a session that meets two or three hours a week for a semester, quarter, or term. Studio, the form of instruction not totally lecture or lab, but a combination of both, may have a special credit-hour ratio set midway between the two primary types of instruction.
EVENT: LAST DAY TO CHANGE A SCHEDULE OR ADD A COURSE; LAST DAY TO DROP OR WITHDRAW WITHOUT RECEIVING A "W"
16 Week Term 5th class day (excepting holidays Total # of Class Meetings X .07
8 Week Term Student must register before the second class meets.
Summer Term (5 weeks)?2nd class day (expecting holidays) Total # of Class Meetings X .07
EVENT: LAST DAY TO DROP A COURSE OR WITHDRAW WITHOUT A GRADE OF "WF" BEING RECORDED
16 Week Term 30th class day. A "WF" will be recorded for any course dropped after the first six weeks Total # of Class Meetings X .43
8 Week Term 1/3 of the total class days = 5th class day (the count starts from the second day of the term. This allows equal time for MW and TTh students to drop.) If the 2nd day of the class is a Tuesday, count only Tuesdays and Thursdays to get the 5th day. Do not count consecutive (MTWTh) class days.
Summer Term (5 weeks) 1/3 of the total class days = 8th class day (classes normally meet 5 days a week for 5 weeks.)Total # of Class Meetings X .33