Course & Classroom Procedures
Time in front of your classroom is just a fraction of your time and preparation. We're
here to help you create your syllabus, prep classroom materials, calculate final grades
Preparing to Teach Your Course
Faculty Orientation Guide
The First 100 Days Faculty Orientation Guide [pdf] is the most comprehensive guide for faculty new to the University of South Carolina
Columbia campus. Find information about where to park, how to set up your email, where
to find syllabus templates, tenure support and much more.
You will receive an email with specific information about what should be included
in your syllabus. Submit your syllabus to Megan Ellison at email@example.com prior to the start of classes.
Direct questions about textbooks and academic guidelines to your academic department.
Contact the textbook department about textbook orders at 803-777-4270.
Classroom Assignments & Changes
Please visit your classroom assignment before your class begins to check for technology
Complete a change request form with specific information about your course, its location and the problem with your
current classroom. Classroom change requests will be made by the Office of On Your
Time Initiatives to the Registrar’s office on your behalf.
Any override requests from students for On Your Time (Y sections) courses should be submitted online or
by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The instructor's approval plus the student's name and VIP ID are required.
Once the override is processed, the student will receive an email and will be able
to register for the course through my.sc.edu. Please allow 24 hours from the time of the request for the override to be entered.
Cancelling a Class Meeting
If an emergency or illness prevents you from meeting your class, please post a cancellation
message on Blackboard for students and also notify Megan Ellison at 803-777-9850 or email@example.com. A cancellation sign will be placed on the classroom door.
In the event that you must cancel, you can request that the Student Success Center
cover your class by facilitating a workshop. Submit a request two weeks in advance
here: Cover Your Class Request.
You can submit a request for copies of classroom materials to our office.
Submit film requests to the The Educational Films Collection at Thomas Cooper Library. The library has an extensive collection of DVDs, videotapes,
and 16mm films for classroom and educational use.
Exams, Grades and Course Evaluations
Handing Back Graded Work
Graded exams and papers should be returned to students promptly whenever possible.
As a general rule, you should allow students to examine their graded work, even if
you do not allow them to keep it. You should review graded exams and papers personally
with students if they request it. Check with your academic department for other regulations
How Long to Keep Grade Information
Instructors should retain final examinations and all grade records for courses for
one academic year.
USC policy requires that your students evaluate your course each semester. Evaluations
are administered online to your students through our office. You'll receive an email
from the office with more specific information close to course evaluation time.