Program Policies

Letter of Understanding

Every USC Summer Program student is required to submit a Letter of Understanding that details USC Summer Programs’ regulations and standards of conduct for both residential and commuting students. The letter is signed by both the student and their parent(s) or legal guardian(s) after the student is admitted and has secured their enrollment in the program.

The link to letter above is provided for reference; the copy to sign will be available after the student is admitted and has submitted the security deposit.

Academic Integrity

USC takes matters of intellectual integrity very seriously.  It is the responsibility of the student to uphold the academic integrity of the university.  Cheating on examinations, plagiarism, and improper acknowledgement of sources in essays are considered very serious offenses and any student found in violation of this regulation will be required to leave the Program.

Plagiarism is not tolerated. Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to, submitting work done by another person or purchased from any source; failure to document ideas found in sources, whether phrases or sentences within quotation marks.

Campus Boundaries

While attending the USC Summer Programs, students have access to the academic facilities of the University Park Campus. However, in order to ensure to the students’ safety and security, some areas near campus are off limits to all students.

Students are permitted to visit select shopping areas located on the perimeter of campus, all of which are about a five minute walk from the residence halls. These include University Village, University Gateway, and Tuscany Plaza.

USC Summer Programs’ Campus Boundaries Map

Shops and places of interest at these locations include: Target, Trader Joe’s, CVS, Starbucks, Chipotle, Chick-fil-A, sandwich shops, pizzerias and several sit-down style restaurants. Bank of America & USC Credit Union ATMs are located near the USC Tutor Campus Center. There’s also a Bank of America ATM at the University Village and a Chase branch at the University Gateway.


If a student requires medical assistance during non-business hours, the parent or legal guardian will be contacted to assess the proper procedure and circumstance of the individual student. If necessary, the student will be accompanied by a USC Summer Programs staff member to the nearest emergency room.

The USC Engemann Health Center refers students to the following hospital in case of emergency:

  • California Hospital Medical Center at (213) 748-2411 is the nearest hospital.  It is located at 1401 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015.

A parent, legal guardian or an appropriate representative of the family is expected to meet the student at the hospital as soon as possible following notification to take over responsibility of the student’s care from the Summer Programs staff person.

  • Life-Threatening Emergencies: On or near the University Park Campus, student should call the USC Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 213-740-4321.  DPS response time is faster than calling 911 if a student is on or near campus.

Absences and Visitors

Commuting Students

Commuting students are required to attend all program sessions and academic field trips. If a student will be absent, the student or student’s parent must notify the Summer Programs office before the scheduled course session or academic field trip.

Residential Students

Students and their families should plan for the student to stay on campus for the duration of the program. Residential students are not permitted to have a personal vehicle on campus or to operate a motor vehicle while attending the program.

Residential students are permitted to make off campus visits if a parent or guardian submits a written request via the Absence Request Form at least 72 hours in advance of the student’s departure, and it is approved by an authorized representative of the Summer Programs office.

The Absence Request Form that must be submitted for approval at least 72 hours in advance of the student’s departure includes the following details:

  1. Destination
  2. Departure date & time
  3. Return date & time
  4. Name and relationship of the responsible adult who is signing out the student
  5. Contact phone numbers
  6. Transportation Method

Absence Request Guidelines

  • Absences cannot conflict with class times or class outings.
  • No overnight absence is permitted Sunday night through Thursday night.
  • The adult who picks up the student will be required to show a photo ID to verify that his or her identity matches the person named on the Absence Request Form.
  • Students are not allowed to use public transportation and/or car services such as: Uber, Lyft, etc. unaccompanied by an adult family member or relative.

Visiting Students on Campus: We strongly recommend that parents, relatives or friends visit students on Sundays to avoid conflicts with program activities.

Cell Phone Policy

Students are encouraged to bring their cell phones to campus. However, if a Summer Programs student uses a cell phone during class, the phone may be confiscated and returned on the last day of the program.

Dismissal from the USC Summer Programs

Certain actions may result in immediate dismissal from the program. Students dismissed from the Program at any time and for any reason will be withdrawn from their course and will not receive academic credit. Residential students will be required to vacate the residential hall immediately.

No refund of tuition, fees, room and board charges, or any other Program charges will be provided in cases where a student is dismissed.