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USC: Continuing Education and Conferences

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Parents Corner

Information for Parents & Guardians


We know that as a parent or guardian, there is so much to think about to prepare for your scholar to attend a program.  Read through this helpful information about cancellation and transfer policies, alerting us about scholars with special needs, and additional program guidelines.  We expect parents and guardians to take an active role in setting clear expectations with their scholars about our program rules and guidelines including health and safety policies.



Early Bird Registration


The University of South Carolina offers a special discount for any applications received prior to the stated deadline. This early bird registration encourages students to make summer plans and gives them a jump start on any materials that need to be prepared prior to the session. Emails, faxes and postmarks must be dated prior to or on the stated deadline to receive this discount.


Cancellation / Withdrawal for the Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series


Application, Deposit, and course fees are nonrefundable. Course fees are refunded only if the course is not offered by the University of South Carolina or if the applicant is not accepted. If full course payment is not received by May 22, 2016, the student’s space in the class will be released, and any prior payments will be forfeited. Balance of course fees are non-refundable, but payment may be transferred to an alternate CMS Adventures Series course. No transfers will be made less than 30 days prior to the start of each course. Please send such transfer requests in writing to: CMS Adventures Series, University of South Carolina Continuing Education and Conferences, 1600 Hampton Street, Suite 403, Columbia, SC 29208. The liability of University of South Carolina is limited to the registration fee, and the University will not be responsible for any losses incurred by registrants or their families, including but not limited to airline cancellation charges or hotel deposits. The University of South Carolina reserves the right to cancel and refund all registration fees for any course due to circumstances beyond our control, including insufficient enrollment.


Special Needs


Individuals with disabilities and other special needs including special dietary requests who anticipate needing reasonable accommodations or who have questions about physical access must contact USC’s Continuing Education & Conferences at 803-777-9444 in at least 6 weeks in advance of participation in the program.


Can we visit our students during the hours of camp?


We ask that parents and guardians visit with their students on Friday afternoons during parent presentations or for commuter students, during daily afternoon pick up. Students are given time to call families during evenings or during non-instructional time. Remember students can only be picked up by people listed on the release section of student’s consent/waiver.

Please free to contact USC’s Continuation Education and Conferences Office if you have any questions or if you need to leave a message for your student during camp hours.


Mobile Phones - Parents Please Read! 


We know that parents and students value the ability to be able to call each other at a moment’s notice. Although we do not prohibit mobile phones, all phone features, including talk, text messaging, and cameras, are not to be used during any instructional or laboratory time. 


Parents are responsible for setting clear guidelines for mobile phone use with their student.


USC’s Continuing Education and Conferences is not responsible for phone or text content, usage, or phone bills incurred while attending any activity, including loaning phones to friends or placing calls after lights out and talking all night.  





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