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USC has a wealth of resources to help faculty and students navigate campus life. Here are 7 you will end up using regularly:

1. Blackboard (Bb)

Blackboard is USC’s course information system. Your course will automatically have a Bb site. Whether you use it or not is up to you. Blackboard tips and FAQs are available at

2. VIP

New faculty users of VIP should start with by setting up a PIN. Related to teaching, you will use VIP (Visual Information Processing System), you can check classrolls, enrollment and enter final grades. VIP also displays human resources and personnel information so you can check your own information 24/7.

3. The Faculty Manual

The Faculty Manual is designed primarily for faculty members teaching in undergraduate and graduate programs on the Columbia campus. It presents information concerning university regulations and procedures considered to be of particular interest to faculty on the Columbia campus. Manuals pertaining to faculty on the other university campuses are issued separately.

4. Academic Bulletins

The online academic bulletins are the official documents of record concerning undergraduate and graduate academic programs and regulations. Become familiar with your department’s programs and with the courses you are assigned to teach.

5. Registrar’s Office

Among other things, the Registrar’s page is a good source for academic calendars as you prepare your syllabus each term. There’s a calendar link in the toolbar.

6. University Libraries

Check out this library website for your teaching, research and other resource needs.

7. Sponsored Award Management (SAM)

SAM assists faculty in identifying and obtaining funding for research and other sponsored projects.

Other important links:

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