Dear Cohort of 2014 Students,
Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well and that some of you are having a great first week of class so far! Please see below the important reminders and information:
As a reminder, registration for your core courses was open on Monday, July 7. The last day to register for classes and settle your student bill for the Fall 2014 semester without incurring a late fee was August 22, 2014. Please refer to your registration memo for the most updated class information for the Fall semester. You should also refer to the schedule of class website to double check room locations in case there are any changes. http://classes.usc.edu/term-20143/classes/educ
Instead of using a costly physical reader, the Ed.D. Program has moved to an online system for hosting course readings. The ARES website will be utilized by many courses throughout the Ed.D. Program. ARES can be found in the USC Library website: https://usc.ares.atlas-sys.com/
Access to ARES requires your USC Net ID and password. Your USC NetID, which is sometimes also referred to as your "username", is the first part of your USC e-mail address; the part before the "@". For example, if your email were 'firstname.lastname@example.org' you would enter 'ttrojan' in the USC NetID box. Your password is the same as the one you would use to access email using the USC email system. Once you have accessed ARES please click on Search Classes, which is located on the left side bar under Student Tools. You should search by department and enter EDUC. Please do not search by course or instructor as the system may be unable to locate the course. The course will also be under Dr. Robert Rueda, not your registered instructor name because Dr. Rueda is the Ed.D. Faculty Governance Chair so he oversees all Ed.D. Courses. Once you have added the course you will have access to the readings.
Blackboard is a web-based resource allowing faculty and students to communicate regarding their classes. Faculty may send email through Blackboard to registered students, and may post syllabi, course documents, and assignments. Students can submit assignments and participate in discussions online. It is very important to check Blackboard for your upcoming semester’s courses prior to the start of the semester so that you are aware of forthcoming assignments and class meetings, and to use Blackboard regularly throughout the semester.Remember that you will need to register for your course to receive the professor’s Blackboard emails. You can access Blackboard at https://blackboard.usc.edu/.
Student Health Insurance
USC requires that ALL students have supplemental health insurance. You are automatically enrolled in the USC Health Insurance Plan if you are taking 6 or more units at USC or are an international student. If you already have a health insurance plan, you may be eligible to waive enrollment in the USC Health Insurance Plan by providing proof of comparable coverage. Please visit the following website for more information regarding the Student Health Insurance Waiver -http://engemannshc.usc.edu/insurance/waivers/.All requests for insurance waivers for the Fall 2014 semester must be submitted online before September 12, 2014. If you have any questions related to this process, feel free to contact the Engemann Student Health Center at 213-740-0551. USC also provides services at the Engemann Student Health Center, and the separate fee for this service availability cannot be waived.
Proof of Immunization and Screening Requirements
USC requires all students receive two doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella) vaccine, or show proof of Measles and Mumps immunity, prior to their ﬁrst semester of enrollment at USC by submitting one of the following:
- Documentation (month and year) of receiving TWO doses of the MMR vaccine (or TWO doses of Measles vaccine and TWO doses of Mumps vaccine)
– OR –
- Documentation of a positive Rubeola titer and Mumps titer (laboratory blood test)
- All documentation must include an ofﬁcial signature or stamp from your physician or clinic.
- The ﬁrst dose of Measles, Mumps or MMR vaccines must be given at 12 months of age or later. A patient must wait at least 4 weeks, following the first dose, to receive the second dose.
- Students born prior to January 1, 1957 are considered to be immune and will automatically be listed as exempt from the measles and mumps immunity requirement.
How To Submit Documentation:
- Please e-mail documented proof of Measles-Mumps Immunity to the Immunization/Screening Compliance Office: email@example.com
- If you need to fax your documented proof instead, please fax to: (213) 821-2740.
- (All documents must include the student’s full name, 10-digit ID number and telephone number.)
In addition, USC requires all new, incoming International Students to receive, or provide documentation of, a tuberculosis blood test performed in the United States or Canada, within 6 months prior to enrollment at USC. You must submit all documents by September 12, 2014 to avoid late fees and registration holds. Please visit the following website for more information: https://engemannshc.usc.edu/medical/immunization-clinic/required/. Please note that a hold will be placed on your student account if you do not take care of this requirement in a timely manner.
Parking at USC
If you have questions about parking passes, daily reservations, USC transit, etc, please visit the USC Transportation website at http://transnet.usc.edu/. Many of your first year classes on the main campus will take place in Waite Phillips Hall (WPH) so the closest parking structures to the building are Parking Structure X (PSX) or Parking Structure D (PSD). We encourage you to think about the cost-effectiveness of purchasing a permit as it may make more sense to pay the $10.00/day if you are only coming to campus once a week for class. If you are taking classes in Hawaii or in Orange County, parking is free.
Your card may be ordered online at www.usc.edu/uscard or in person at the USCard Customer Service Office located in Parking Structure X (PSX) on the University Park Campus.
The USCard serves as your student identification card during your time at USC. The card identifies you as a currently enrolled student and also entitles you to privileges such as access to the University Library System, Waite Phillips Hall (WPH) during off-peak hours, the Lyon Center, and other recreational facilities. It also provides you with check-cashing privileges at the Cashier's Office and access to your USC Housing complex and computer centers located around campus. Your ID can also become a debit card that allows you to purchase a variety of products and services the university offers. The card can be used for purchases at over 40 campus locations, including the Bookstore, Ticket Office, Pharmacy, and Mail Stop.
Graduate students (domestic and international) can submit their photo online by visiting the USCard website at http://www.usc.edu/bus-affairs/admin_serv/uscard_serv/.
Please review to the photo specifications requirement before submitting your ID request to ensure that you have met the photo guidelines.
If you have any questions regarding your financial aid award or loans, please contact USC’s Financial Aid Office at (213) 740-4444 or visit them in person at John Hubbard Hall (JHH) from 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday – Friday. Please visit their website (http://www.usc.edu/admission/fa/) for more information regarding scholarships, fellowships, loans, work study and jobs, etc.
Doctoral Support Center- Contact Dr. Jimenez y West
Please contact your Writing Advisor, Dr. Ilda Jiménez y West, for any writing support. Dr. Jiménez y West can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (213) 740-8099. If you need Dr. Jiménez y West to review your paper, please provide her your paper at least 48 business hours prior to the appointment time.
If you have any other questions, please let me know. Thanks!
Cohort of 2014 Advisor