About Campus Clarity
At USC Aiken, we are very concerned about the safety and well-being of our students. We believe in educating students about the potential pitfalls or risky situations sometimes associated with college life. In compliance with Title IX Federal regulations and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination (SaVE) Act, we have adopted a policy that stipulates that all first-time freshmen, transfer students, and readmitted students, age 30 and under, will complete an online training program about healthy relationships, alcohol use, and sexual assault.
Useful Information Regarding the Training
- Think About It by Campus Clarity is an engaging and informative online program which helps empower students to make safe and healthy choices around intimacy and substance use..
- All first time freshmen, transfer students, and readmitted students 30 years of age and under are required to complete the course.
- For Fall students, the course will be available in June. For Spring students, the course will be available in December.
- The deadline to complete the Campus Clarity training will be the first day of classes.
- An invitation to take the training will be sent to the email address listed on your application for admission. The invitation will come from the Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Life and Services. This will be your access to the online training. You will need your VIP number and password to log into the training.
- The course takes approximately two to two and a half hours to complete.
- You may work at your own pace, leaving and returning as needed.
- This course may be taken anywhere on or off campus. The Computer Lab (Business & Education Building, Room 231) on campus is available to use for this training. Please bring your headphones to do the training.
- Internet Explorer is the recommended browser.
- The program is NOT compatible with Mac computers, mobile devices or Safari.
- Failure to complete the Campus Clarity training will result in a hold being placed on your student account, making you ineligable to register, add/drop, change or withdraw from your courses.
If you have any questions about Campus Clarity, please contact:
Director of the Counseling Center
For Technical Difficulties:
ON CAMPUS: Call the HELP DESK at 803-641-3391
OFF CAMPUS: Call Campus Clarity at 800-652-9546
Immunization requirements in order to register for classes at USC Aiken
All students born after 1956 are required to provide proof of immunization. A registration hold is in place until this information is received. An immunization form was sent to you in your acceptance packet or you can find the form by clicking on the link below. This form has to be submitted before you can register for your classes. The University requirement is for two MMR shots (mumps, measles, and rubella). Student should have received the first shot after their first birthday and the second one before they went to school or shots are given 30 days apart if you receive them as an adult. Or a positive blood titer that shows immunity to the mumps, measles and rubella (has to show all three) can be submitted (see form).
All freshman students living in housing are required to choose one of three options listed on the form regarding Meningococcal Disease (menactra). Information about the disease is found on page 2 of the form.
Acceptable Records of your immunizations may be obtained from any of the following: (be sure that your name and date of birth are on all forms and copies are legible).
- High School Records - attach copy to the form
- Health Department - attach copy to the form
- Personal Shot Record - must be verified by a doctor's stamp or signature or by a clinic or health department stamp - attach copy to the form
- Military shot record - attach copy to the form
- Previous College or University - your records do not transfer automatically, you must request a copy - attach copy to the form
- Doctor can fill out the information on the form and sign, stamp and date the bottom of the form.
- Laboratory/serologic evidence of immunity (positive titer) - attach a copy to the form.
Mail to the address on the form or you can fax to 803-641-3727.
Effective January 1, 2009, USC Aiken must verify the citizenship or lawful presence in the United States of every student before they may enroll.
This policy has been adopted in order to comply with section 59-101-430 of the South Carolina Code of Laws, as amended, which requires that lawful presence in the United States is verified before enrollment at any public institution of higher education.
The University will do all it can to verify citizenship using other means. For example, a student's citizenship may be checked by the federal government when applying for financial aid. If a student's citizenship can not be verified through other means a citizenship verification form will be mailed to the student. It must be completed and returned with one of the following documents before the student will be allowed to enroll. Documents that may be used to verifiy citizenship are:
- REAL ID issued by any of the United States of America or territories
- Copy of South Carolina driver's license (if student was born after January 1, 1986)
- Certified Birth Certificate indicating the student was born in the United States or a territory of the United States.
- Current U.S. Passport or U.S. Passport that has not expired more than 10 years.
- Certificate of Naturalization - USCIS Form (N-550 or N-570)
- U.S. government issued Consular Report of Birth Abroad
- Certificate of Citizenship (N-560 or N-561)
- Unexpired U.S. Active Duty/Retiree/Reservist Military ID Card (DOD DD-2)
NOTE: If a name has changed since birth, the student must present all legal documents (i.e., adoption records, marriage certificate, certificate of naturalization, and court ordered name change) supporting all name changes from the name which appears on the birth certificate or proof of citizenship to the present.
The Universty can accept photocopies of birth certificates and other citizenship documents, however, we reserve the right to demand production of the certified original in the event we have any questions about whether the copy is true and accurate, or in the event any of the information on the copy is unreadable.
The University of South Carolina Aiken has established a differential in tuition and fees between in-state residents and non-residents, and must therefore determine the resident classification of applicants and students in accordance with South Carolina Code of Laws (59-112-10 et seq.).
Determination of residency status occurs after admission to the university and after the student completes the Certification of South Carolina residency form in Self Service Carolina. The determination made at that time, and any determination made thereafter, prevails for each subsequent semester until information becomes available that would impact the existing residency status and the determination is successfully challenged. Residing in South Carolina and being a resident for tuition purposes are separate issues. The burden of proof rests with the student to show evidence as deemed necessary to establish and maintain their residency status.
Legal Residency Requirements for Fee and Tuition Purposes
How to Certify In-State Residency Status:
All students wishing to pay in-state tuition will need to complete the online Residency Certification.
Once you have been admitted to USC Aiken, complete the online residency form by signing into Self Service Carolina at https://my.sc.edu/. You will need to log in with your VIP ID and password. Instructions on how to find this information, if you do not know your VIP ID and password can be found at http://my.sc.edu/vipid/.
After you sign into Self Service Carolina, click on the box labeled admissions, then click on the box labeled South Carolina Residency Certification. Complete all sections and submit. If additional information is needed, an e-mail will be sent to your UofSC Aiken email account.
Richmond and Columbia County Residents
Persons who are legal residents of Richmond County or Columbia County, Georgia, may qualify to pay in-state tuition. Note: the reciprocal agreement for in-state tuition for Richmond County and Columbia County residents applies only to USC Aiken undergraduate or graduate courses taken at the Aiken Campus. If you believe you qualify for in-state based on your residence in Richmond or Columbia county GA, follow the directions above (How to Certify In-State Residency Status) to certify your residency.
Any person, following a decision on his or her resident classification, may appeal the decision to the USC Aiken Legal Residency Appeals Committee. This committee, however, is bound by the same laws and regulations as the residency officer, so it's purpose is only to review the facts and details of any case and to evaluate the correctness of the decision made by the campus residency officer. Neither the committee nor the residency officer may waive the provisions of the law or regulations.
Persons wishing to appeal a residency decision must provide a letter to the Legal Residency Officer informing the officer that they want to appeal the decision. The letter must also include a summary of the person's situation and a statement which specifies the residency provision under which the person feels he or she qualifies to pay in-state fees. The residency officer will then schedule a meeting of the appeals committee as soon as possible to hear the appeal.
Newly Admitted Students
Congratulations again on your admission to USC Aiken and welcome to our campus community! There are a few steps before you begin classes. You can begin working on the following items: