March 2020
In This Issue
  • Student Health Services update
  • FAFSA reminder
  • News from the Bursar
  • Admitted Student Receptions
  • Give 4 Garnet
  • MyCarolina Alumni Association
  • Pillars for Carolina
  • University news
  • Important dates
Greetings!

At the University of South Carolina, each student's well-being, academic success, and collegiate experience are paramount. Our faculty and staff work to ensure we offer every student the unique support they require to excel both in and out of the classroom.

Every month, using the Family E-News, we strive to provide Carolina families with a central resource to assist in supporting their students. Year-round, the Parents Annual Fund provides support to programs addressing critical student needs and enhances high involvement areas. Your support of the Parents Annual Fund enables Student Affairs staff to provide immediate assistance to address challenging situations requiring financial resources. In April, the university will celebrate its annual day of giving, "Give 4 Garnet." I hope you will join me in supporting the Parents Annual Fund! You can read more about the programs supported by this important fund a little further down in this newsletter.

We are grateful for your partnership in supporting UofSC students. As always, if you have questions or concerns, please reach out to the Office of Parent & Family Programs by phone (800-868-6752) or email ( scparents@sc.edu ). We're here to help!
Anna C. Edwards, Ph.D. 
Associate Vice President for Student Life 
Student Health Services: Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)
The University of South Carolina continues to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19 caused by Novel Coronavirus, following the guidance of both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control. Since the virus is spread through human-to-human contact, we all can play a role in helping mitigate exposure and ensuring our community remains as healthy as possible.

Therefore, if any students, faculty or staff travel to a country with a CDC travel  Warning - Level 3 they are asked to self-quarantine  at their permanent residence  for 14 days before they can return to campus. Currently,  China, Iran, Italy and South Korea  meet this criteria; however, additional countries could be added to the CDC list in coming days and weeks. While this may be a personal inconvenience for some, it’s essential to minimize the risk to our entire campus community. Self-quarantine, regardless of whether an individual feels sick or not, involves avoiding close contact with others and restricting movements. If people develop new symptoms or a high fever, they should alert their healthcare providers.

If your student is planning on traveling for Spring Break, they are encouraged to visit the   CDC website  before and during their trip to ensure they can return back to campus as scheduled. We are counting on each member of our Gamecock family to remain vigilant and informed, to adopt healthy practices and avoid unnecessary travel to areas that are experiencing high levels of COVID-19.

Please note that international travelers may also be subject to airport screenings, border restrictions and assessment by state health officials upon their return.

The university remains in frequent contact with students studying abroad and will keep them updated on any changes that may affect their travel plans and academic schedules.

Last week, we shared some practical tips on how to remain healthy and avoid spreading illness if you are sick.
Financial Aid Reminder
FAFSA Deadline Approaching
Complete the FAFSA and submit all required documentation by April 1. 
News from the Bursar
Due to revisions required by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the University of South Carolina is changing the reporting method for the Form 1098-T Tuition Statement . The Form 1098-T is the information return that colleges and universities are required to issue for the purpose of determining a student's eligibility for education tax credits. 

Spring 2020 Payment Plans
If your student set up a Payment Plan for spring 2020, please remember that the next payment is due March 10.
Admitted Student Receptions
Undergraduate Admissions is hosting Admitted Student Receptions in select cities and is excited to invite current parents to attend the event to meet and mingle with prospective families. If you are interested in attending, please contact the representative below. 

Philadelphia – Monday, March 9, 2020: Contact Allie Warrick  
Cincinnati – Monday, March 9, 2020: Contact Hannah Zimmerer  
Maryland – Tuesday, March 10, 2020: Contact Amy Moffatt
Nashville – Thursday, March 12, 2020: Contact Andrew Nutt
Chicago – Sunday, March 15: Contact Rejeannda Robinson
Long Island – Sunday, March 22: Contact Kate Henchy
Give 4 Garnet: 4.22.20
If you are looking for ways to support your student, consider the Parents Annual Fund

In the past year, the Parents Annual Fund has provided financial support in two critical areas:
  • STIR (students taking initiative and responsibility to reduce high-risk behavior-alcohol and other drug use); and
  • mental and emotional health programs.
As we are all painfully aware, the challenges in these two areas are substantial. The Parent Annual Fund has been impactful by providing additional staff and resources to the Office of Substance Abuse Prevention and Education (SAPE) and Counseling & Psychiatry

Additional annual areas of support include:

We hope you'll join us April 22 as we Give 4 Garnet !
MyCarolina Alumni Association
Official Ring Ceremony
Take part in a time-honored South Carolina tradition by attending the Official Ring Ceremony on Sunday, April 5 at 2 p.m.! Learn more and register .

Future Alumni Week
Future Alumni Week will be celebrated March 23-27, as we prepare to welcome new graduates into the UofSC Alumni family! Space is limited on many of the events, so encourage your student to RSVP soon . Future Alumni Week events are open to all 2020 graduates, including undergraduate seniors, graduate students and professional school students.
  • Featured event: The Future Alumni Week Conference will be packed full of information to help students transition from life as a student to life as an alumnus.

A Night of Networking
Garnet Circle and Student Government invite your student to a night of networking with current and past student leaders. If in addition to being a parent you are also a Gamecock alumnus, we would love to have you join us for this free event! RSVP required .
Pillars for Carolina
Do you have an incoming first-year UofSC student? Are they looking for ways to get involved and make friends before they move in? Let us introduce you to Pillars for Carolina!
" UofSC announces new Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion "

The University of South Carolina announced Julian R. Williams will serve as its first Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 
"75 years later, film collection enriches history of WWII "

UofSC's Moving Image Research Collections in a partnership with the History Division of the Marine Corps is digitizing films shot by more than 50 Marine combat cameramen during the Battle of Iwo Jima, which began Feb. 19, 1945.
March 8-15: Spring break - no classes
March 28: Last day to drop a course or withdraw without a grade of "WF" being recorded
April 16: University Awards Day
April 27: Last day of classes
April 28: Reading Day
April 29-May 6: Final examinations (includes exams on Saturday)
May 8-9: Commencement exercises in Columbia
Please continue to visit the Parents & Families Gateway for information and resources at sc.edu/parents .

Office of Parent & Family Programs
University of South Carolina
Website:  sc.edu/parents  
Parents Assistance Line: 1-800-868-6752