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Substance Abuse Prevention and Education

Required Community Education

These highly interactive and engaging trainings educate students on creating a safe and healthy campus environment and are based in research around the best practices for college students. Topics include substance misuse, sexual assault and interpersonal violence, mental well-being, and belonging. Failure to complete these courses may result in a registration hold.

To Start

Log in to Self-Service Carolina and use the links under the Community Education tab or check your USC email. If you do not see an email in your university account, be sure to look in the Other folder. 



Avoid having a hold placed on your account by making sure you complete Part 1 and Part 2 of the online courses by the due dates. 


Fall 2024

Fall admits can begin July 20.

August 20:     Part 1 Due
October:         Part 2 Due


Do I need to take the required community education?

Yes if:

  • this is your first semester at USC Columbia,
  • you are a freshman, transfer, change-of-campus, Gamecock Gateway, Pathways or international student,
  • you are a returning or readmitted student who did not complete the courses when previously enrolled.
  • Note: There is no exception for age or prior professional training.


Holds After Completing a Course

If you complete Part One after the Part Two deadline, you must email to have your hold lifted for 45 days while you are in the intersession.

The hold will remove itself within 24 hours. This may mean you will have to wait to register for classes.



Contact the Help Desk if you're having trouble getting into a course from your Self-Service Carolina account. Email or call 803-777-1800.

The "Help" button in the upper right-hand corner of every course screen will take you to 24/7 online support. 

Substance Abuse Prevention and Education

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