MARCH 2021
IMPORTANT DATES:

3/10 Next Payment Plan
payment due

3/12 Wellness Day Holiday

3/27 Last day to drop a course or
withdraw without a grade of "WF"
being recorded

3/30 Wellness Day Holiday
Hello Families!
 
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.

Students are in full swing with academic life, and campus is coming more alive as days are longer and warmer here in Columbia. The spring time on campus is some of the most exciting as we inaugurate new student body officers and student senators, we celebrate achievements and recognition of exceptional students and we tell the story of the UofSC student experience to prospective students and families. The month of March is full of events and activities for students to serve in our community, refine a skill, get academic support, engage in important dialogues, and simply have fun! Please encourage your student to take advantage of all that is offered on campus this month!
 
An exciting announcement is Family Weekend will be held September 24-25, 2021. Please go ahead and mark your calendars. Details and registration will be shared summer 2021 at www.sc.edu/familyweekend.

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
Novel Coronavirus Updates
Spring 2021 Testing Update
In an effort to keep your student and the campus community safe, the University of South Carolina is requiring certain students to be tested once every 30 days over the course of the semester. Students who are required to test have been divided into four testing groups and will receive an email notification on the Sunday of the week their group is scheduled for testing. Your student could receive a fine or suspension if they are non-compliant with their monthly test requirement. To learn more about testing requirements, testing groups, sanctions, and exemptions, click here.
COVID-19 Dashboard
The university is continually monitoring conditions to determine what additional mitigation actions the campus community should take to keep themselves and others safer. These conditions contribute to the current campus status. The dashboard is updated Tuesday and Friday afternoons.
1098-T Tax Information
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. To read about the revisions and what this means for you and your student, read here.

The 2020 1098T form can be accessed by the student via Self Service Carolina (SSC). Instructions are provided below for printing the form from SSC. We are prohibited from emailing or faxing 1098T forms.
  1. Click on the Account Information box
  2. Click on Tax Document By Year-1098T Tuition Statement box
  3. Enter the Tax Year
  4. Click Submit
  5. Print a copy of the 1098-T

If you have been added as an Authorized User on your student’s account, you can also access the 1098T via SSC using your log-on information. You will find the 1098T form under the E-Statements tab.

If your student opted for the paper/mailed version of the form, it was mailed to the permanent address listed on the student account. Although this may have been opted by the student, the form can still be printed via SSC.

Spring 2021 Payment Plans
If your student has a Payment Plan for Spring 2021, please remember the next payment is due Mar. 10.
Virtual Career Fairs & Events
We are excited to connect your student(s) to employers looking to hire for various positions and career opportunities. All virtual fairs will take place via Handshake, the university’s career management platform, and will allow interactions to be done in a one-on-one text and video chat format.

March 16, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
UofSC Virtual Career Event: Explore & Engage Day 1
Register here.

March 17, 2021 | 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
UofSC Virtual Career Event: Explore & Engage Day 2
Register here.

Parent/Family Virtual Career Sessions
The Career Center strives to provide support for our students when it comes to their success at UofSC and beyond! We know that you (as parents and/or family members) play an integral role in our students' lives and decisions. We are excited to bring you into the fold through our live, virtual sessions this semester for information and conversation to better help you help your student. Our March workshop is entitled: “Navigating the Internship Search,” and will be held Wednesday, March 10th at 6 p.m. Learn more information and register here.
Treating Your Student with CarolinaCash
Looking to treat your student for upcoming wellness days? Deposit CarolinaCa$h as a care package gift. Family members can deposit funds 24/7 by using GET. You will need the following information: Student’s VIPID, Birthday, and Last name. Funds can also be added by calling the CarolinaCard Office at (803)-777-1708 or in person by visiting our office in the Russell House Basement.

CarolinaCa$h can be used at all UofSC dining locations, on-campus parking garages, print labs, vending machines, Center for Wellness (COVID Testing), UofSC Barnes & Noble Bookstore, concession stands at Colonial Life Arena, 40+ off-campus vendors, and much more!
Summer Session Courses
Summer Semester has always been a great way for students to get ahead with their educational goals, but it just got even better. Your student can now earn a minor in Hospitality, Retail, and Tourism or Retailing or Integrated Information Technology (ITEC) in one summer! In partnership with On Your Time Initiatives, the two colleges have put together special curriculums during Summer Semester to allow students to easily add a minor without delaying graduation. Minors help students build new skillsets for their future careers, as well as giving a competitive edge to graduate school and job applications. To learn more about summer minors check here.

To learn more about Summer Semester and find out how your student can get ahead or stay on track for graduation, visit sc.edu/summer.
Student Involvement
The mission of the Department of Student Life is to advance student success by serving as the catalyst for student involvement. We provide opportunities for every student to define a unique involvement story that prepares them to lead and serve as an engaged global citizens.

Campus Recreation
Do you have a Gamecock that is looking for more opportunities to become physically active, or engage in a new activity during the Spring 2021 semester? Campus Recreation has so much to offer this spring:
  • Group X passes are on sale, with over 50 classes offered each week, including virtual & live-streamed classes
  • New Year, New Deal packages, which include fitness assessments, personal training, work-out designs & more
  • Intramural Team Registrations are open for 4v4 sand volleyball, 6v6 dodgeball & golf
  • Outdoor Rec Adventure Trips for mountain biking, hiking, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding

Gamecock Entertainment
Encourage your student to follow Gamecock Entertainment for FREE and FUN activities!

Gamecock Pantry
Support South Carolina students experiencing food insecurity by helping the Gamecock Pantry stock their shelves! Running to the grocery store to pick up some food to stock your student's residence hall room? Consider throwing a few extra items in your cart to donate to the Gamecock Pantry. Visit the Gamecock Pantry website for details.

Leadership and Service Center
The Leadership and Service Center has two service opportunities for students coming up in March and April. Encourage your students to register for Service Saturday on March 20th and The Big Event on April 3rd. Both events are exciting and convenient ways for students to get out and serve the Columbia area community.

Does your student want to get more involved on campus? The LSC is currently recruiting peer leaders for the 2021-2022 academic year for their leadership, service, and civic engagement programs. More information about each position and application details can be found here. Applications are due Friday, March 5th.
Talking with College Students About Alcohol
The Office of Parent & Family Programs has partnered with South Carolina's Substance Abuse Prevention and Education team to provide an in-depth guide to talking with your student about alcohol use during their time in college. Backed by comprehensive research, this conversation guide is available to download for University of South Carolina parents and family members. Use code "UofSCfamily" as the username and password when logging in to access the guide. 
 
If you feel concerned at any point during your student's time at South Carolina about alcohol or drug abuse, you can refer them to receive assistance through the STIR coaching program as part of Substance Abuse Prevention and Education's many initiatives to assist students in making good and healthy choices during college.
Ring Ceremony
Take part in a time-honored South Carolina tradition by attending the Official Ring Ceremony on Sunday, April 11 at 2 p.m.! Hear from University of South Carolina President, Bob Caslen, UofSC Alumni Association President, Robin Roberts, and Garnet Circle leadership during this special ceremony. Please note the format of the Ring Ceremony (virtual or on-campus) has not yet been determined. A decision will be made by mid-March 2021 and communicated here.

The Spurs Up Sprint
The Spurs Up Sprint is a virtual race with all proceeds going to benefit student scholarships. Register before March 31 to run or walk a 1-mile fun run, 5K, 10K, or half marathon. Family-friendly and open to everyone, you can run anytime during the month of March and submit your mileage and time.
Parents Impacting Student Lives
What Is the Parents Annual Fund?
Families who are eager to demonstrate their support for the university their students chose to attend can give to this tax-deductible fund. Your gifts contribute to programs and services that directly impact University of South Carolina students and families.
 
Your Involvement Is What Matters Most
Your participation in the Parents Annual Fund is more important than the size of your gift. Whether your gift is $25, $250 or $25,000, we appreciate your support. Your gift means we can offer important resources to enhance the college experience and improve educational opportunities for students.
Download the Award-Winning UofSC Parent and Family Programs Mobile App
Access university resources when you need them — compiled just for you in one easy-to-use mobile app!

Download the app by searching "University of South Carolina Parents" in the app store or text the link to your phone and find out why it has been accessed more than 210,000 times by UofSC families!

This 24/7 resource is the winner of the 2020 Outstanding Parent and Family Relations Institutional Initiative Award from NASPA, Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, and a recipient of the 2019 Award of Excellence from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
We Want to Hear from YOU
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Academic resources
Commencement
COVID-19 updates
Mental health resources
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The University of South Carolina’s Student Health Services will soon widen its mission to better serve the entire university community and beginning July 1, it will be known as University Health Services. The goal of the change is to expand health and wellness services available to all students, faculty and staff on the Columbia campus.

Student artists at the University of South Carolina are combining their creativity with business smarts to earn money for themselves and their favorite charities. We caught up with three of these talented “makers” to see how they got started and what they are doing with their new source of income.
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