Student Manual of University of San Carlos

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Article 1. GENERAL INFORMATION Section 1: USC VISION AND MISSION VISION The University of San Carlos sees: •

a WORLD where the darkness of sin and the night of unbelief vanish before the light of the Word and the Spirit of grace

a SOCIETY where citizens are competent, noble in character, and communityoriented o o o o

what they know, they apply justly and honestly; what they do not know, they seek to learn; what they do not have, they endeavor to acquire; what they have, they share.

MISSION The University of San Carlos is a Catholic institution of learning that embodies the principles of academic discipline of San Carlos Borromeo and the missionary charism of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD). It aims to develop competent and socially responsible professionals and lifelong learners in an environment that fosters excellence in the academic core processes of teaching-learning, research, and community extension service. Its mission is to provide timely, relevant, and transformative academic programs responsive to the needs of the local, national, and global communities in a rapidly changing world. CORPORATE VALUES The University Corporate Values are: • • • • • •

integrity excellence commitment social responsibility evangelization leadership


Section 2: THE UNIVERSITY SEAL The motto of the University of San Carlos is Scientia, Virtus, Devotio. Scientia means knowledge or learning, both as process and product; Virtus, virtue or moral character; Devotio, religious devotion flowing from a vow, or generally, dedication or faithfulness to a person, task, or duty. The initials of the motto are SVD, the same initials of Societas Verbi Divini (Society of the Divine Word), the missionary religious congregation which has administered the University of San Carlos since 1935. There are seven full laurel leaves on each side of the wreath surrounding the shield. Laurel leaves stand for excellence. The number seven refers to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. At the upper left part of the shield is the globe surrounded and topped by the cross. This is the symbol of the SVD in the world. The upper right part of the shield has Magellan’s cross, the symbol of Cebu, where USC is located. The three stars above the open book represent the three main island groupings of the Philippines: Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. The open book symbolizes knowledge and education. Below the seal is the identity of the Carolinian: Witness to the Word. Section 3. HISTORY The University of San Carlos, administered by the Divine Word Missionaries of the SVD, is a university with a very long history that parallels the growth and development of Cebu in central Philippines. The University of San Carlos is historically linked to a small colegio established in honor of San Ildefonso by the Jesuit priests Antonio Sedeño, Alonso de Humanes, Mateo Sanchez and a lay brother Gaspar Garay on 21 August 1595. The Colegio de San Ildefonso was closed in 1769 as a result of the papal expulsion of the Jesuits from Spain and all Spanish possessions in 1767. Ten years later in 1779, the ownership of the colegio and its properties was transferred to the Bishop of Cebu, Msgr. Rubio de Arevalo, who paved the way for its re-establishment as the Real Seminario de San Carlos, manned by secular priests. Following the decision of the Bishop of Cebu, Msgr. Romualdo Jimeno, the Dominicans took over as regents. In 1852, the Dominican priests renamed the school Seminario Conciliar de San Carlos. When the Vincentians took over in 1867, the school offered classes to interns (seminarians) and externs (non-seminarians) to accommodate the local residents’ petition. Thus, it became Seminario-Colegio de San Carlos. In 1894 the Seminario-


Colegio de San Carlos conferred the Bachelor’s degree to its first graduates; among them was Sergio Osmeña, later the fourth president of the Philippines from 1944-1946. At the outbreak of the Filipino Revolution against Spain in 1898, the school closed and later re-opened when American rule began. In 1911, the school was incorporated as Colegio de San Carlos under rector Jacinto Villalain. By 1922, the school was separated from the seminary although it operated on the same campus along Calle Martires (now M. J. Cuenco Avenue). In 1930, the Colegio de San Carlos transferred to its present site along P. del Rosario Street. In 1935, the Colegio de San Carlos was placed under the German religious order Societas Verbi Divini (SVD). Between 1935 and 1940, the SVD priests and brothers changed Colegio de San Carlos into a truly secular college with the addition of two new colleges aside from the existing College of Liberal Arts: Law and Commerce. The College of Education followed in 1938 and the College of Engineering in 1939. The Colegio would have been a university, were it not for World War II. Instead, the war brought the Colegio to its knees, leaving its building in ruins with many of its priests and lay killed in the run-up to Liberation. Undaunted, the Colegio was re-opened in June 1945 by Fathers Josef Jaschik and Ernest Hoerdemann. Father Arthur Dingman, the first SVD rector, returned and appointed Father Hoerdemann to oversee a ten-year reconstruction plan, 1947-1957. In 1947, the College of Pharmacy was added. On 1 July 1948, the Colegio was granted university status by the government. The new University of San Carlos became a university in the real sense of the word with a steady trickle of priest-scholars who left Fu Jen Catholic University of Beijing, China due to the communist take-over. Their research activities in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, anthropology, and archaeology raised the status of the University to a research institution. In 1956, a new campus for boys was opened along Gen. Maxilom Avenue (presently, the North Campus). In 1962, another campus for grade school boys and girls, for high school girls, and for teachers-to-be was also inaugurated on J. Alcantara Street (now called South Campus). In 1957, the University became one of the 11 (eleven) charter members of the Philippine Accrediting Association of Schools, Colleges, and Universities (PAASCU) after being judged worthy of accreditation by a separate committee formed by the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines (CEAP). With foresight, the University administrators opened yet another campus in Talamban in 1963 with the construction of the first and only Coconut Chemical Plant in the country, a joint project of the German and Philippine governments. The Talamban campus, home of the College of Engineering and Architecture, became known as the Technological Center by 1965.


The Talamban venture proved fortuitous as the congestion in downtown Cebu prodded the University to develop the nearly 100 hectares of open space into a modern campus. These edifices rose and their curricular programs and service support grew dynamically: • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Arnoldus Science Building and Talamban Campus Dormitories (1981) Retreat and Seminar House (1982) Anselmo Bustos Multi-Purpose Hall (1983) Church of Talamban (1985) later dedicated as the Church of St. Arnold and St. Joseph Science and Mathematics Education Building which is an annex edifice to the Arnoldus Science Building (1997) Maintenance and Calibration Workshop (1998) Arts and Sciences Building (1999) later named as Philip van Engelen Building Health Sciences Building for the College of Nursing and the College of Pharmacy (2004) General Services Building and the College of Architecture and Fine Arts Building (2005) Engineering Conference Center later named as the Michael Richartz Builiding (2008) Executive House (2008) covered courts (2012) new dormitories (2012) Josef Baumgartner Learning Resource Center (2012)

Currently, the campus is undergoing massive landscaping and face-lifting to enhance the academic environment. The Downtown Campus has also been going through massive infrastructure development. The Arts Division of the College of Arts and Sciences transferred to Talamban Campus in 2009. Since then, the following structures were constructed: Law and Graduate Business Building (2009), Wrocklage Yard (2010), Carolinian Inn (2011), Kolk’s Corner (2011), and Language Academy (2013). In more than 75 years of administration by the Societas Verbi Divini (SVD), the University has become a nationally-recognized institution of higher education. The University’s science and technology programs and administrative apparatus were boosted with the Netherlands’ royal government award of a nine-year joint co-financing program under NUFFIC from 1995 to 2004. Since 2001, the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) has awarded full autonomy status to the University in apt recognition of its more than 100 academic and curricular programs.


Likewise, PAASCU has conferred a Level III accreditation status on USC. In the national board examinations, the University is proud of its 55 first-place graduates and 441 other topnotch graduates, second to tenth places. The number of topnotchers in government licensure examinations in Accountancy, Architecture, Chemistry, Education, Engineering, Interior Design, Law, Library Science, and Pharmacy continues to grow each year. In research, aside from its in-house fund, the University is consistently the recipient of major research grants from local and international external agencies. The Commission on Higher Education, the Department of Science and Technology, and to a minor extent, the private industry, have funded some research projects. Two Universitygenerated inventions have patent applications filed in 2011 in the IPOPhl. For research performance in culture and literature, the University’s Cebuano Studies Center was awarded the Region VII Winner for CHED Best Higher Education Research Program in 2009. The University of San Carlos has taken the lead in central Philippines in embracing the Philippine Educational Reform Agenda: the institution of the K to 12 basic education system, the possible differentiation of higher educational institutions into five types, and the divergence of accreditation programs into those that are national and international. Section 4: SAN CARLOS BORROMEO AND THE SVD SAINTS ST. CARLOS BORROMEO (1538-1584) Although USC is owned and managed by the Society of Divine Word (SVD), its name is carved after a saint who was not a member of this religious congregation. St. Charles Borromeo, whose feast falls on November 4, was born to a noble family which had produced, among others, such persons as Pope Pius IV, during whose leadership Charles became the first Cardinal of Romagna and then, at twenty-two, the Archbishop of Milan. He was an influential churchman in his time, facilitating the final deliberations of the Council of Trent and taking a large share in the drafting of the Tridentine Catechism. He bravely attended to the sick and the dead victims of the plague, sparing no expense and avoiding no danger in an effort to assist the poor. He played a major role in the antiReformation movement. Most relevant for this biographical sketch is his series of activities toward reform of the collegiate churches, seminaries, colleges, and communities for the education especially of candidates for holy orders. At present, many Catholic schools and parishes all over the world are named after him, including the Seminario Mayor de San Carlos in Cebu, Philippines. This makes him


a Patron of Seminaries, the reason why his name was adopted when the diocese took over the school for clerical candidates in 1783. The Colegio used to be attached to the Seminario, but legal considerations necessitated that it became an autonomous entity, a secular school from which evolved the University of San Carlos. St. Charles Borromeo is rightly venerated as a saint of learning and the arts, a reformist whose opinion was sought by both sovereign and pope. ST. ARNOLD JANSSEN St. Arnold Janssen (1837-1909) is the founder of the Society which now owns and manages the University of San Carlos, the Society of Divine Word (SVD), a missionary congregation of more than 6,000 brothers and priests spread all over the world, which is now the fastest growing religious male congregation in the Catholic Church. Unlike St. Carlos Borromeo, St. Arnold Janssen came from a simple family of eleven children in the village of Goch in the Rhineland, Germany, not far from the Dutch border. Intellectually-endowed and keen on science and theology, he went through the usual formation of a priest. As a young priest, he became a school teacher of the natural sciences and mathematics in Bocholt and, as a devotee to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, he was named Diocesan Director for the Apostleship of Prayer. This devotion likewise inspired him to engage in media work as a form of missionary activity especially through the circulation of a devotional magazine, The Little Messenger of the Sacred Heart. St. Arnold Janssen is what one might call an accidental religious founder, imbued with a vision and forced by circumstances to undertake the foundation of a missionary congregation out of obedience to his Bishop, during the difficult days of the Kulturkampf in 1875. He knew that the whole project would collapse without God’s blessings. From zero, the congregation grew to its present size like the proverbial mustard seed. Today, the SVD missionary world is divided into 4 zones: Asia-Pacific (ASPAC), Africa-Madagascar (AFRAM), America (PANAM) and Europe (EUROPA). In his lifetime, too, St. Arnold became providentially the founder of two congregations of missionary sisters: the Sisters of the Holy Spirit (SSpS), fondly called the Blue Sisters, and the contemplative Sisters of the Holy Spirit of Perpetual Adoration (SSpSA), better known as the Pink Sisters. The first missionaries were sent by the Founder to China and the last missionaries, he commissioned to the Philippines, setting foot in Abra in 1909, just before he breathed his last. St. Arnold Janssen is a model not only of a missionary, but also of a leader or what is now called a manager or corporate executive officer. Definitely, he was ahead of his time in his use of communication and media; he was truly a holy and dialogical founder, leader, and father.


ST. JOSEPH FREINADEMETZ St. Joseph Freinademetz (1852-1908) was one of the first two missionaries sent outside of Germany. In fact, it was his desire to do mission in China that attracted the young priest to go to Steyl. Fr. Joseph was born in Oies, a small hamlet in the Dolomite Alps of northern Italy, in the region known as South Tyrol which was then part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. While studying theology in the diocesan seminary of Brixen, he began to think seriously of the foreign missions as a way of life. As a young priest of only three years, who had already won the hearts of his parishioners, he asked permission from his Bishop to join the missionary community in Steyl. After some years of rigorous formation, on 2 March 1879, he received the mission cross and, together with Fr. Anzer, departed Europe for China. Fr. Joseph Freinademetz was a missionary par excellence. The years in South Shantung were hard years, marked by long, arduous journeys, assaults by bandits, and the difficult work of forming the first Christian communities. He learned the lesson of inculturation the hard way and became a true model of a Witness to the Word. A missionary with a traditional outlook when he first set foot on China, thinking of himself as imbued with a call to convert a people to his own religion, he soon discovered that mission was actually a humbling experience of self-conversion. His whole life became an effort to become a Chinese among Chinese, so much so that his words are still heard today: “I love China and the Chinese. I want to die among them and be laid to rest among them.” He is reputed to have expressed the desire “to be a Chinese even in heaven.” Together with the Founder, Fr. Arnold Janssen, he was beatified by Pope Paul VI on 19 October 1975 and canonized by Pope John Paul II on 5 October 2003. Section 5: USC ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE The UNIVERSITY OF SAN CARLOS (USC) is a non-stock, non-profit Catholic educational institution. It is governed by a ten-member Board of Trustees which is vested with the corporate powers of the USC Corporation. The Board elects the President, the chief executive officer of the University, and the latter appoints the Vice Presidents, Chaplain, Deans, Registrar, Principals, and other officers of the University. In the exercise of his duties and powers, the President is assisted by three vice presidents: the Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Administration, and the Vice President for Finance. Together they constitute the President’s Cabinet. Attached to the Office of the President are the Cabinet, the University Chaplain, the Legal Counsel, the Presidential Assistants for External Affairs, Institutional


Development, and Special Projects, the Legal Counsel, the Quality Assurance Officer and Internal Auditor. A Director of Basic Education Department has been designated under the Office of the President to focus on basic education and the educational reform agenda. The Vice President for Academic Affairs (VPAA) is the chief academic officer of the University. He exercises jurisdiction over the College Deans, the Directors of the University Research Office, Community Extension Services, National Service Training Program, Cebuano Studies, and of the Library System, the University Registrar, the Curriculum Development Officer, the Manager of the USC Press, the Admission Officer and the Department Chairs. He closely coordinates with the Human Resources Management Office for concerns regarding academic ranking, classification, and promotions, and the Instructional Development Unit for faculty in-service programs. The Vice President for Administration (VPAd) is the chief administrative officer of the University. He exercises jurisdiction over the Director of Information Resources Management, Director of General Services, Curator of the University Museum, and the Director of Support Services having a direct supervision over the Head of the Office of Student Affairs, Head of Health Services, Head of Guidance Services, the Coordinator of Performing Arts, Head of Athletics and Recreation, TC Dormitory Supervisor, and Head of Security and Safety. Attached to his office are Human Resource Management Office, In-House Legal Counsel and Consultant for Administrative Affairs, Administrator of Properties, Infrastructure Development Office and Technical Assistant, and the Administrative Council. The Vice President for Finance (VPF) is the chief financial officer of the University. He exercises jurisdiction over the Comptroller, Treasurer, and Head of the Budget and Purchasing Department. Due to special circumstances, certain units may be momentarily displaced from their designated location in the organizational charts.



Proposed Organizational Chart (as of March 2014)



University Cabinet

University Chaplain

Presidential Assistant for Institutional

Presidential Assistant for External Internal Auditor Affairs

Presidential Assistant for Special Projects & Planning & Development Programs

Legal Counsel

Director, Basic Education

Quality Assurance Officer


International Student Services

Vice President for Administration Consultant for Administrative Affairs & In-House Legal

Vice President for Academic Affairs Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Council of Deans Administrative Council

Director, University Research Office

Council of Chairs Administrator of Properties

Director, Office of Scholarship, Alumni Affairs & Job Placement

Curator, University Museum

Director, Student Services

Director, General Services

Director, Information Resources Management

Infrastructure Development Officer & Technical Assistant to VP Admin

Director, Cebuano Studies Center

Athletics & Recreation Officer

Head, Guidance Services

Head, Security and Safety

Coordinator, Health Services

Coordinator, Food Services Coordinator, Performing Arts

Admission Officer



University Registrar

Manager, USC Press


Head, Office of Student Affairs



Budget Officer

Purchasing Officer

Cash Officer

University Curriculum Development Officer

Director, Library System

Supervisor, TC Dormitories

Head, Budget & Purchasing

Director, Community Extension Services

Director, National Service Training Program

Director, Human Resource Management Office

Vice President for Finance

Accounting Officer

Payroll Officer

Investment Officer

Article II. ACADEMIC POLICIES Section 1: ADMISSION Academic entrance requirements vary with the status of the prospective student, the program in which he/she desires to enroll, and the requirements of the College/School. The University reserves the right not to accept any applicant whose qualifications do not meet the standards and requirements of the program and of the College/School. Information about the specific provisions for admission to any College/School in the University may be obtained from the College/School handling the program applied for or from the University Admissions Office. Students graduating from high school who want to enroll in the University as well as college students who want to transfer to the University may take the qualifying examinations anytime. 1.1 Requirements 1.1.1 To take the qualifying examinations, the following are required: • three (3) copies of 2 x 2 ID pictures (colored with white background) • pencil • testing fee (may vary depending on program.) Note: Transferees must first secure CLEARANCE from the Office of Student Affairs before they can proceed with the admissions process. They are required to present a Certificate of Good Moral Character from the school last attended, during the interview at the Office of Student Affairs. 1.1.2 To qualify for Admission to a particular Curricular Program, the following are the requirements: HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES (New First Years) • Passing mark in the admissions and program qualifying examinations • Passing FINAL GRADE in all high school subjects (Certain programs require specific cut-off grades) TRANSFEREES • Passing mark in the qualifying examinations o Transferees are undergraduate students who wish to enroll in a bachelor’s program at the University after having been enrolled in a college course from another institution. They must start their enrollment at the University not later than the third year of a four-year curriculum or fourth year of a five-year curriculum. o Graduate students who hold the appropriate Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent are eligible for admission to the Master’s degree program. The


latter degree or its equivalent is required for admission to a Doctorate degree. However, the College/School/Department may have its prescribed admission requirements. Prospective graduate students shall present their admission requirements for evaluation to the College/School/Department handling the graduate program. Section 2: ENROLLMENT 2.1 Every prospective student must enroll during the prescribed registration period. Detailed instructions on enrollment procedures are issued during enrollment time. ENROLLMENT BY PROXY IS NOT ALLOWED. 2.2 When a student registers in USC, it is understood that he/she is enrolling for the entire term. 2.3 A student is officially enrolled after he/she has submitted the required admission or transfer credentials, has made an initial payment of school fees, and has been issued a Validated Admission Slip authorizing him/her to attend classes. 2.4 These admission credentials are required for enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES (New First Years) • • • •

Original Form 138 (High School Card) Original Copy of Birth Certificate (NSO copy) Accomplished Student’s Personal Data Sheet Other requirements where applicable

TRANSFEREES Baccalaureate/Associate Degree Programs • Certificate of Transfer Credentials (CTC) • Informative Copy of Transcript of Records • Certificate of Good Moral Character signed by the Dean or Head of School last attended • Original Copy of Birth Certificate (NSO copy) • Accomplished Accreditation Form • Clearance from the Office of Student Affairs after interview • Accomplished Student’s Personal Data Sheet • Other requirements where applicable Masters/Doctorate Degree Programs • Certificate of Transfer Credentials (CTC) • Informative Copy of Transcript of Records • Application for Admission • Accomplished Student’s Personal Data Sheet • Other requirements where applicable


2.5 Other Enrollees and Admission Requirements The University admits other enrollees such as: 2.5.1 CROSS-ENROLLEES and CONSORTIUM STUDENTS. • They are non-USC students who intend to enroll in the University for a semester. • They should submit a Permit to Study / Cross-enrollment Permit issued by the Registrar of the home institution during enrollment period. 2.5.2 SPECIAL STUDENTS • They are students admitted to the university but are not entitled to receive official credit for a course because they do not satisfy the requirements for admission. Furthermore, they are not eligible for any honors or privileges. • During enrollment they should: a.) get a written approval of the College Dean and/or Department Chair concerned; b.) go to the Registrar’s office to execute the contract in which they waive the right to receive and to demand credit for the work done; c.) pay in full the required fees at the time of enrollment; and d.) have a special Study Permit (for foreign students). • Foreign nationals who intend to enroll as Special Students should get clearance from the university’s Foreign Student Coordinator. 2.5.3 FOREIGN STUDENTS • They are those belonging or owing allegiance to a country other than the Philippines and studying in the University of San Carlos. • Those who intend to enroll should see first the Foreign Students Coordinator and submit the following documents: a.) Transcript of Records authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the country of origin; b.) Police Clearance issued by the government of the foreign student and authenticated by the Philippine Embassy or Consulate in the country of origin; and c.) photocopy of valid passport. • Those who are 18 years old and above are required to apply for a Student Visa at the Bureau of Immigration. Those who are under 18 years old are required to apply for Special Study Permit (SSP). • Those who are transferees from any college or university in the Philippines are required to submit the following documents: a.) Certificate of Transfer Credential; b.) Clearance for transfer from CHED; c.) photocopy of valid passport; d.) photocopy of valid Student Visa; e.) informative copy of Transcript of Records; and f.) Certificate of Good Moral Character. They are required to take the Admissions Test and submit themselves for interview by the university’s Guidance Counselors and respective Department Chairs.


Those who graduated from any high school in the Philippines should see first the Foreign Students Coordinator before taking the Admissions Test and submit the following documents: a.) Report Card (Form 138); b.) photocopy of valid passport; and c.) original copy of birth certificate. If the student is below 18 years old, he/she has to apply for Special Study Permit (SSP) at the Bureau of Immigration.

2.5.4 DUAL CITIZENS • According to Republic Act No. 9225, known as “Citizenship Retention and Reacquisition Act of 2003”, all Philippine citizens who become citizens of another country shall be deemed not to have lost their Philippine citizenship under the conditions of this Act. • Dual citizens who intend to enroll are required to get clearance from the Foreign Students Coordinator and submit a Certificate of Recognition as Filipino citizen issued by the Bureau of Immigration in addition to the admission requirements. Examples are natural-born Filipinos who lost their Philippine citizenship through naturalization as citizens of a foreign country and foreign-born whose parents are Filipinos or whose parents are Filipino and non-Filipino. 2.5.5 ALIENS, NATURALIZED FILIPINOS, AND STUDENTS WITH FOREIGN NAMES • Philippine-born alien students (children of foreign nationals in the Philippines) are required to submit a photocopy of their Alien Certificate of Registration I-Card (ACR I-Card) and Native Born Certificate of Registration (NBCR) which are certified by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED). During the application for graduation, the student should submit a receipt of payment for the Alien Registration Fee for the current year. • Foreign-born alien students are required to submit a photocopy of their Alien Certificate of Registration (ACR) which is certified by CHED. • Students whose parents are naturalized Filipinos are required to submit a photocopy of the Identification Certificate issued by the Commissioner of Immigration, which is certified against the original copy by CHED. • Filipino citizens whose family names are of foreign origin are required to submit an original copy of their birth certificates issued by the National Statistics Office. 2.6 A student who cannot present a Validated Admission Slip to his/her teacher at the start of the semester is not allowed to attend the class. Moreover, a student who has made no payment at all for his/her fees for the semester will be automatically deleted from the official class list two weeks after the official start of classes.


2.7 The name and other personal data and circumstances of each student as indicated in his/her birth certificate or Alien Certificate of Registration, where applicable, shall prevail. 2.8 During enrollment period, a student may change a program upon the approval of the College/School Dean or Department Chair. Changes are not permitted after the close of the enrollment period. 2.9 In general, CROSS-ENROLLMENT is discouraged. However, for valid reasons, as determined by the Department Chair and approved by the College/School Dean, cross-enrollment to another institution may be permitted to graduating students (with Deficiency Form) of not more than six (6) units during the semester and three (3) units during summer term, inclusive of the total units enrolled in that particular term. Furthermore, cross-enrollment is not allowed if it is the only remaining course, so as not to prejudice the student’s residence in the University. The last course must be taken in the University. 2.10 A PERMIT TO STUDY in another school with accredited programs may be granted upon the recommendation of the Department Chair and the approval of the College/School Dean but only for general education courses. Major, professional or technical courses required for the degree program pursued have to be taken in the University. 2.11 WITHDRAWAL OF COURSE/S is allowed even after the close of the enrollment period with the consent of a parent/guardian upon the recommendation of the Department Chair and the approval of the College/School Dean using the prescribed form and process. Withdrawal of course/s is not allowed, either after the mid-term examinations or after the incurrence of unexcused absences (20% of the total number of required school days). 2.12 TRANSFER OF STUDENTS AND TRANSFER CREDENTIALS. A student who intends to transfer to another school should apply for a Certificate of Transfer Credential at the Records Section. Such certificate with the informative copy of the Transcript of Records and other documents will be issued only after the applicant has been cleared of all financial and property liabilities and has surrendered his/her University ID Card. Section 3. FEES AND FEE ADJUSTMENTS 3.1 Payment for tuition and other school fees may be done in full at the time of enrollment or by installment (amount set by the Office of Finance). Students are required to claim their Examination Permit from the Accounting Department of the Finance Division.


3.2 Full payment of tuition and other school fees during enrollment may be done without prejudice to any additional assessment that may be applied during the term due to rate increases in tuition and other school fees the University may implement, which related information was not yet available/disseminated at the time of enrollment. 3.3 Discounts are granted on full payment of school fees during enrollment. DISCOUNT RATE 5% 3.5% 3%

DISCOUNT BASE Tuition Fees only Tuition Fees only Tuition Fees only


Tuition Fees only

PAYMENT FORM Cash Citibank Credit Card Credit Cards of other banks BPI Express Debit Card

The above discounts are applicable to all programs offered by the University from Basic Education to the Graduate School. Students who wish to avail of the discount are advised to apply at the Accounting Office within a specified time during the enrollment period; otherwise, the privilege will be forfeited. 3.4 Students who could not pay their tuition and other fees in full during enrollment may settle their account on installment basis, provided that: 3.4.1 down payment is made at the time of enrollment according to the amount fixed by the University. Information relative to this shall be duly posted. 3.4.2 the balance must be paid on a monthly basis or on scheduled examination dates. 3.5 A student who withdraws his/her enrollment shall be charged as follows: REGULAR SEMESTER Within the enrollment period (excluding the adjustment period)

TRIMESTER & SUMMER Within the enrollment period (excluding the adjustment period)

CHARGE P500.00 non-refundable

Within the 1st week of classes

Within the 1st – 3rd day of classes

Matriculation fee plus 10% of the remaining total school fees.

Within the 2nd week of classes

Within the 4th – 6th day of classes

Matriculation fee plus 20% of the remaining total school fees.

After the 2nd week of classes

7th day onwards

100% of total school fees


A refund of the amount paid (less processing charges and less non-refundable matriculation fees) shall be made if the student withdraws during the enrollment period, but prior to the opening of classes. 3.6

Children of permanent faculty members and regular administrative employees enrolled in the University on any level except Nursery, Prep, Montessori Academy, Law, and Graduate programs enjoy the following tuition fee discounts: First Child 100% Second Child 75% Third Child 50% Fourth Child 25% Children of prospective employees after the devolution of Basic Education from the Tertiary Education will no longer enjoy the above privilege.


Members of the same family, that is, brothers and sisters, enrolled during the regular academic year/semester in any of the basic education departments and/or undergraduate colleges of the University (except Montessori, Law, and Graduate programs) are granted a five (5%) percent discount each on tuition fees only. This shall be limited to just four (4) students.


Application forms for fee adjustment for children of University employees and members of the same family are available at the Office of the Vice President for Finance.

Section 4: CURRICULAR AND NON-CURRICULAR REQUIREMENTS 4.1 COURSE LOAD 4.1.1 A student enrolled in a bachelor’s or associate program is considered full-time if he/she carries the regular load prescribed in his/her curriculum for a given term. 4.1.2 The regular load of a student enrolled in a graduate program is nine (9) units in a semester/trimester/summer. However, a graduate student can take the maximum load of 12 units during a regular semester. 4.1.3 The curricular year of a student is determined by the number of units earned in the curriculum of his/her program. 4.1.4 The course load and sequence of courses shall be in accordance with the approved curriculum. Reasonable exceptions may be permitted in individual cases taking into account the best interest of the students and the objectives of the curriculum as determined by the Dean/Chair.


4.1.5 No course(s) can be taken ahead of its/their pre-requisite(s); otherwise, it/they shall be nullified and taken again even if the student is graduating. 4.1.6 Laboratory courses should be taken in the same semester with the corresponding lecture courses even though separate grades are earned. 4.1.7 Transferees must take a minimum of 50% of their curricular program requirements for graduation at the University. Moreover, professional and technical courses should be taken and passed in the University. 4.1.8 Foreign students may take nine (9) units of English language courses, over and above the required courses, in lieu of the nine (9) units in Filipino. Furthermore, they may also substitute the CHED-mandated courses with social sciences and humanities courses in consultation with the Department Chair concerned. 4.2 COURSE ADJUSTMENTS 4.2.1 OVERLOAD. A student may have an overload of not more than six (6) units in excess of the regular load under the following conditions: • he/she is graduating at the end of the term; • he/she has not incurred more than five (5) failures (a grade of 5.0) in those terms that he/she is enrolled in the University; • his/her grade point average (GPA) is at least 2.8. In computing the GPA, grades of 5.0 and NC are included but the grades of ReEd and NSTP (ROTC/CWTS/LTS) are excluded; • the excess course/s is/are not pre-requisite/s. However, repeated courses due to failures may be taken as overload if recommended by the Department Chair, the College Dean, and approved by VPAA. 4.2.2 SIMULTANEOUS ENROLLMENT. A student may be allowed to enroll in the pre-requisite course and the advanced course simultaneously in order to graduate during his/her final term. This privilege is restricted to only this two-subject peculiar load. Previous cases of simultaneous enrollment involving three or more advanced courses taken together with corresponding pre-requisites are no longer allowed, for if the student fails in the pre-requisite(s), he/she would have to retake all the advanced courses affected. 4.2.3 PETITIONED/TUTORIAL COURSE. Students may request for the opening of a course as a petitioned or tutorial class (Lecture) subject to the following conditions: • it is an off-semester course; • it is a pre-requisite course for the next semester offering;


• • •

it is the only course left for the students to graduate at the end of the term; there should be at least six (6) students for the petitioned course and five (5) students or less for the tutorial course; a laboratory course can only be requested as a petitioned class.

4.3 ACCREDITATION OF COURSES shall be based on the curriculum of the courses, in particular, the topic coverage, and the number of units earned or contact hours. It should be accomplished within the enrollment period upon admission to the University, subject to the following terms and conditions: • only professional courses taken in institutions with programs having the same or higher level of accreditation as that of USC can be requested for accreditation; • only a final grade of 2.0 in General Education Courses earned from non-PAASCU and 2.5 from PAASCU accredited programs can be accredited. Validating examinations are given every first month of the term to students who do not meet the required final grade; • accredited courses are encoded in the Integrated School Management Information System (ISMIS) by the Office of the Registrar; • the approved request for accreditation of courses is subject to revocation if the records upon which the approval is based are later found to be incorrect; 4.4 EXAMINATIONS. Besides regular class quizzes, test, and other requirements, four official general examinations are given in every term: pre-midterm, mid-term, prefinal, and final examinations. Dates for these examinations are posted on the bulletin boards. Faculty members are provided with the examination schedule for their information and guidance. 4.4.1 No student is allowed to take the scheduled major examinations unless he/she presents his/her Examination Permit issued by the Accounting Office. 4.4.2 Students are advised to check their grades through their ISMIS account, print the grades, and keep a copy in a folder together with other important documents ready for reference on occasions such as advising, enrollment, graduation, and other activities when evidence of academic performance is needed. 4.5 RELIGIOUS EDUCATION. In addition to the regular curriculum requirements, every student is required 12 units of Religious Education (ReEd). Non-Catholics may substitute ReEd with social sciences and humanities courses in consultation with the Chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. These courses do not constitute an overload.


4.6 PHYSICAL EDUCATION. Students are required eight (8) units of Physical Education (PE) during their first two years. Simultaneous enrolment in two or more PE courses in a particular term is not permitted. PE units are included in the summation of the total study load for the term and in the computation of the grade point average (GPA). Students with particular medical conditions or disabilities may take adopted PE classes in consultation with the Department of Physical Education. 4.7 NATIONAL SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAM. The Implementing Rules and Regulations of National Service Training Program (NSTP) Act of 2001, states that “all incoming freshmen students, male and female, starting school year 2002-2003, enrolled in any baccalaureate program and in at least 2-year technical and vocational or associate course, are required to complete one NSTP component of their choice, as a graduation requirement.” It has the following components which the students can choose from: Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), Literacy Training Service (LTS), and Civic Welfare Training Service (CWTS). Each of these components shall be undertaken for an academic period of two (2) semesters; and shall be credited for three (3) units with 54 to 90 training hours each semester. Foreign students, however, are not required to attend the NSTP. Section 5: ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE AND GRADING SYSTEM 5.1 ATTENDANCE. A student who incurs unexcused absences of more than 20% of the prescribed number of class hours or laboratory periods during the term should be given NC or 5.0. 5.2 RETENTION. If in any term a student fails in one-third of the units for which he/she is enrolled, he/she should not re-enroll in the same program without approval from the College/School Dean and the endorsement of the Department Chair. If the student fails the second time, he/she may enroll in another program if accepted by the Department Chair concerned. A student is disqualified from the University if he/she fails the third time. A college/department may, nevertheless, prescribe its own retention policy. 5.3 GRADING SYSTEM. The grading system adopted by the University is as follows: Grade Equivalent 1.0 A+ 100-95% Excellent 1.1 A 94% 1.2 A 93% 1.3 A 92% Very Good 1.4 A91% 1.5 A90% 1.6 A89% 1.7 B+ 88% 1.8 B+ 87%


1.9 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 3.0 5.0

B+ B B B BBBC+ C+ C+ C C C-

86% 85% Good 84% 83% 82% 81% 80% 79% 78% 77% Fair 76% 75% Below 75% Failure Unsatisfactory performance or unexcused absences of more than 20% of the prescribed number of class hours or laboratory periods during the term


No Credit Final grade which does not earn credit nor indicate failure given in those cases where the student did not take the final examination in the course, and his/her performance was not satisfactory to merit a passing grade Such grade is permanent and cannot be changed subsequently.


Incomplete A grade which indicates that the student has not complied with the academic requirements for the course It must be completed within one academic year following the semester/trimester/ summer in which the course was taken; otherwise, the grade automatically becomes “NC” (No Credit). Withdrawal of enrollment from course/s with official notice



In Progress


A grade given to students who are writing their thesis/dissertation or its equivalent P

Passed A grade given to students who have successfully complied with the requirements of their thesis/dissertation or its equivalent

5.4 DEAN’S HONORS LIST. The University through each College/School recognizes superior scholastic achievement through the Dean’s Honors List. 5.4.1 Qualifications • a regular load for the semester according to the curriculum enrolled in • a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 1.70 • of good moral character and has not been found guilty of any offense 5.4.2. Students who qualify for the Dean’s Honors List are entitled to receive a Certificate of Merit during the College Recognition Day held every succeeding semester. 5.4.3. The top three students with the highest GPA in a college/school/ department/grouping of departments will enjoy the scholarship privilege. First honors

- 100% tuition fee discount privilege - GPA is not less than 1.20

Second honors

- 75% tuition fee discount privilege - GPA is at least 1.21 but not less than 1.45

Third honors

- 50% tuition fee discount privilege - GPA is at least 1.46 but not less than 1.70

5.4.4 There is no limit to the number of students who can enjoy the privilege, provided, they are within the GPA requirement for the particular category of honors. 5.4.5 The GPA shall be computed based on the final grades of all courses taken in the immediate preceding semester except ReEd and NSTP courses.


5.4.6 Students on the Dean’s Honors List who are entitled to scholarship privileges enjoy the tuition fee discount during the succeeding semester. Those who have graduated are no longer entitled to the tuition fee discount privilege which is neither convertible to cash nor refundable. 5.4.7 Students who are not on the Dean’s Honors List for a particular semester can still qualify for Graduation Honors based on the set criteria. 5.5 COMPUTATION OF GRADE POINT AVERAGE (GPA). The GPA is computed in all curricula by multiplying the number of units assigned to a course by the final grade earned and then by dividing the summation of the products by the total number of units earned for the term. Non-credit courses like NSTP and basic ReEd are excluded from the computation. Grades of 5.0 and NC of credit courses are, however, included in the GPA calculation. Section 6: ACADEMIC PRIVILEGES AND SCHOLARSHIPS The University grants scholarship privileges as grants-in-aid to students who excel in their studies as well as to those who qualify as members of USC varsity teams and USC performing arts groups, and to those who are financially-deprived. Scholarships are likewise afforded to deserving students who meet the requirements of alumni associations, government, and private scholarship benefactors. The scholarship program then at USC consists of those sponsored by the University, Alumni, Government, and Private institutions. As a general rule, scholarship grantees are not allowed to avail of multiple scholarships at any given time. But, if there are those who qualify for two scholarships funded by the University, they can be entitled to the scholarship that provides the higher financial grant, upon the endorsement of the Office of Scholarships, Alumni Affairs, and Job Placement. However, those who are beneficiaries of a scholarship grant funded by other agencies, or by private individuals are entitled to avail also of a USC tuition fee discount privilege due them because of scholastic excellence (i.e. Dean’s Honors List and Graduation Honors), and membership in varsity teams and performing arts groups recognized by the University. Application forms for scholarships can be obtained from the Office mentioned above or from their respective Coordinators/Advisers. Duly accomplished forms, together with the specified requirements, have to be submitted within the official registration period, unless otherwise specified.


University-Sponsored Scholarships 6.1 High School Graduates with Honors VALEDICTORIANS • 100% tuition fee discount (excluding laboratory and other school fees) provided they come from a class of at least 60 students • 75% tuition fee discount (excluding laboratory and other school fees) provided they come from a class of below 60 but not less than 30 students • 50% tuition fee discount (excluding laboratory and other school fees) provided they come from a class of below 30 but not less than 15 students SALUTATORIANS • 75% tuition fee discount (excluding laboratory and other school fees) provided they come from a class of at least 60 students • 50% tuition fee discount (excluding laboratory and other school fees) provided they come from a class of below 60 but not less than 30 students • 25% tuition fee discount (excluding laboratory and other school fees) provided they come from a class of 30 but not less than 15 students FIRST HONORABLE MENTION • 50% tuition fee discount (excluding laboratory and other school fees) provided they come from a class of at least 60 students. • 25% tuition fee discount (excluding laboratory and other school fees) provided they come from a class of below 60 but not less than 30 students 6.1.1 High School Graduates with honors have to apply for the scholarship privileges to which they are entitled. They must submit a duly accomplished application form attached with the following requirements: • certification from the Principal of the secondary school where the student graduated stating the graduation honor and the number of graduates in their class; • Certificate of Good Moral Character; and • photocopy of Study Load. They must comply with the following conditions: • have not availed of any other scholarship privilege granted by the University; • have not engaged in any gainful occupation; • have a regular load of their prescribed curriculum; and • have attended the Scholarship Orientation with a parent or guardian. 6.1.2 Scholarship privileges for the aforementioned honor students are given for two semesters only, provided that the grantees obtain a grade point average of at least 1.70 in the first semester of their first year in the University and do not shift to another curriculum. 23

6.1.3 After two semesters, they may avail of other scholarship privileges if they meet the qualifications for the Dean’s Honors List. 6.2

Varsity Players Qualified athletes are granted scholarships in the form of tuition fee adjustment privilege subject to the conditions laid down by the Board of Athletics. The varsity teams for men and women are for the following sports: • • • • •


• • • •

badminton basketball chess lawn tennis swimming

table tennis taekwondo volleyball soccer football

Performing Arts Groups Students with special talents who qualify for membership in the following arts groups are granted tuition fee adjustment privileges according to the conditions set by the Performing Arts Committee: • dance troupe • choristers • band • theater guild


Working Scholarship Program The University, through the Human Resource Management Office, administers a Working Scholarship Program (WSP) primarily to assist deserving students who are financially-unable to obtain a college education. Students accepted to WSP shall work for four hours a day (24 hours a week) in consideration for free tuition and other school fees and a book allowance every semester to be determined by the University Administration.


The University President’s Scholars 6.5.1 The University President provides scholarships for 10 slots, preferably to deserving students of low socio-economic status who are enrolled in any four to five–year baccalaureate degree programs. 6.5.2 Arnold Janssen Scholars 6.5.3 USC Mission and ReEd Scholars 24

6.5.4 ACUP Scholars 6.5.5 By virtue of the Presidential Decree No. 451, the University President provides scholarships to poor but deserving students at the ratio of one for every five hundred students enrolled. 6.5.6 Likewise, Presidential Decree No. 577 provides the granting of full scholarship to dependents of military personnel who died or are incapacitated while in active service. The number of grantees is at the ratio of one grantee for every two thousand students of the total enrollment. Alumni-Sponsored Scholarships College/School/Department-based alumni associations, geographical alumni chapters, alumni classes or batches, alumni groups, and individuals offer scholarships to deserving students who meet their required qualifications. Government-Sponsored Scholarships As an autonomous higher education institution in the country and with its track record of linkages with government, the University is privileged to administer scholarship programs sponsored by the following government agencies: • Commission of Higher Education (CHED) • Department of Education (DepEd) • Department of Science and Technology (DOST) • Civil Service Commission (CSC) • Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) • Provincial Government of Cebu • Local Government Units Private Institution-Sponsored Scholarships The strong partnership of the University with business and industry, professional associations, religious groups and individuals, privately-run corporations, and establishments has paved the way for the offering of scholarship grants for philanthropic and humanitarian purposes. These private agencies vary in their scholarship requirements and conditions.


Section 7: GRADUATION 7.1


7.1.1 Candidates for graduation are required to apply for evaluation of their academic records a semester/term before their graduation in order that any deficiency can be evaluated. Application forms can be obtained at the Evaluation Section of the Office of the Registrar. Dates and deadlines for evaluation are announced each semester. 7.1.2 After the evaluation of academic records, the candidates for graduation should file an application for graduation at the Evaluation Section of the Office of the Registrar. Dates and deadlines for application for graduation are announced each semester. 7.1.3 Candidates for graduation are required to accomplish the clearance for graduation before the final examinations, to clear them of financial and property obligations. They are also required to apply for the release of their official transcript of records and diplomas at the time of the application for clearance. 7.1.4 After the final examinations, application for graduation will no longer be accommodated. 7.1.5 The College of Law requires that a candidate’s application for graduation be approved by the Law Faculty and Board of Candidates for Graduation, which shall, among other things, take into consideration the ability of the candidates to pass the Bar Examination. 7.1.6 Fines are imposed for late application. 7.2 GRADUATION HONORS 7.2.1 Candidates for graduation who complete their courses with the following GPA shall receive the corresponding Graduation Honors: Summa Cum Laude 1.00 to 1.20 Magna Cum Laude 1.21 to 1.45 Cum Laude 1.46 to 1.70 7.2.2 The GPA is computed based on the final grades of all courses taken, except NSTP and the basic ReEd courses. 7.2.3 To graduate with honors a student must: • carry the required load per term as prescribed in the curriculum pursued. However, a student may qualify for honors even if he/she has been underloaded for 3 units in a semester for a maximum of two semesters,


provided the College Dean concerned can justify it and the Council of Deans approves it on a case-to-case basis. The underload may also be justified if he/she is a working scholar of the University;


have completed in USC at least 75% of the total number of academic units and have been in residence for at least three consecutive years immediately prior to graduation;

carry a minimum study load of 12 units and a work load of at least six (6) hours per day if he/she is a working student for gainful employment, provided that he/she can submit on the date of application for graduation these pieces of evidence of his/her gainful employment: (a) certification of employment by his/her employer, and (b) SSS membership documents or any other pertinent document acceptable to the Council of Deans;

possess good moral character; and

not have incurred a failing grade (including NSTP and ReEd courses) or “NC” including courses taken from previous school/s attended. Any deviation from the policies regarding an honor student’s study load disqualifies him/her from the corresponding honors, with a subsequent reduction of one rank. Article III. CODE OF CONDUCT

Section 1. General Behavior Each student of the University is expected to act as a mature Christian, to conduct himself/herself with dignity and deportment, and to uphold the moral standards, inside and outside of the Catholic University. The Code of Ethics for Students is found in Appendix 2 to guide the students to become morally upright Carolinians. When he/she enrolls and is accepted, a contract is established whereby he/she submits himself/herself and agrees to comply with the rules of the University. Upon enrollment, he/she assumes all the responsibilities appertaining to his/her status as a student, specifically, toward the administration, faculty, and the studentry. The USC school ID is issued to each student at the time of his/her initial enrollment at the university. Every student is required to wear his/her USC school ID inside its premises and to present it to any person in authority upon demand. • •

Its validity is for five (5) years subject to validation every term. It is required for the following purposes:


o entry to all university campuses; o use of university facilities including recreational facilities; o transacting business with university officers, e.g. payment and verification of school accounts at the Finance division; o admission to certain programs, convocations, fora, etc. A Carolinian is expected to: •

present a neat, clean, and respectable image at all times even outside the campus

Section 2. SCHOOL ATTIRE/DECORUM Male and female students are required to wear the proper school uniform according to the specifications and standards set by the University. See Appendix 5. Students are expected to be reasonably neat in appearance and maintain dignity in their manner of dressing, avoiding attire and decorum deemed inappropriate in a school environment. For female students, skirts must cover the knee; also, the pair of pants for both genders must be straight-cut. The P.E. uniform must be strictly worn only during P.E. classes. The guidelines to be followed in the conduct of disciplinary proceedings and the sanctions imposable are contained in Appendix 4 and Appendix 3, respectively. Section 3. Student Rights The university abides by the universal declaration of human rights which emphasizes equal privilege to any individual regardless of gender, ethnic/cultural background, socio economic status, religion, or sexual orientation. As such, the university is committed to upholding and protecting the rights and fundamental freedom of every student enrolled. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Every student then, regardless of his/her academic program, has the right to: have equal access and avail themselves of the services and facilities provided by the university; freely participate in university affairs and activities, both academic and non-academic; organize and join registered school organizations; be treated fairly and with respect by teachers, employee or staff in the university, and fellow students; be informed regarding school policies and regulations which may directly or indirectly affect them before such matters are adopted (article IV section 1, Bill of Rights, Supreme Student Council Manual); 28

6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13.


15. 16.

access one’s own academic and financial records; seek explanation of his/her own grades from his/her teachers; be informed of any complaints against him/her and to answer these in a proper forum; file complaints against a fellow student, teacher, or any employee of the university; have freedom of opinion and expression through appropriate means and medium; peaceably assemble to express legitimate concerns; have a safe and secure environment; receive competent instruction and a relevant education to insure his/her development (article IV section 1, Bill of Rights, Supreme Student Council Manual); freely choose their field of study subject to existing curricula and to continue their course therein up to graduation, except in cases of academic deficiency, or violation of disciplinary regulations; be free from involuntary contributions, except those approved by their own College/School/Department, organizations or societies; exercise such rights as are granted him/her by the Constitution, and prevailing laws.

“In the exercise of these rights and freedom, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare of all” (Article 29, UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948). Among the recognized limitations on student’s rights are the following duties and obligations of the student to: 1. exert his/her utmost initiative to develop his/her potential for service, particularly pursuing an education suited to his/her abilities, in order that he/she may become an asset to his/her family and to society; 2. uphold the academic integrity of the school, endeavor to achieve academic excellence, and abide by the rules and regulations governing his/her academic responsibilities and moral integrity; 3. promote and maintain the peace and tranquility of the school by observing the rules and discipline, and by exerting efforts to attain harmonious relationships with fellow students, the teaching and academic staff, and other school personnel; 4. participate actively in civic affairs and in the promotion of the general welfare, particularly in the social, economic and cultural development of his/her community and in the attainment of a just, compassionate, and orderly society; 5. exercise his/her rights responsibly in the knowledge that he/she is answerable for any infringement or violation of the public welfare and of the rights of others (Section 15, Education Act of 1982); 6. respect the academic freedom of institutions of higher learning as embodied in Section 5 (2), Article XIV of the 1987 Constitution.


ARTICLE IV. FACILITIES The following facilities can be availed of by all bonafide students, subject to the rules and guidelines set by the University. Section 1: Instructional Facilities a. Josef Baumgartner Learning Resource Center, Talamban Campus b. Audio-Visual Facilities: • Theodore Buttenbruch Hall • CAFA Theatre (TC) (Downtown Campus DC) • CAFA Lecture Hall (TC) • Gansewinkel Hall (DC) • Phillip van Engelen Open • Anthony Buchick Hall (South Theatre campus SC) • SMED AVR • Harold Rigney Hall (Talamban • Phillip van Engelen AVR Campus TC) • Hoeppener Hall (TC) c. Cebuano Studies Center d. USC Marine Station Section 2. Recreational and Sports Facilities The Office of Athletics and Recreation Services provides assistance to individuals and organizations in the planning and holding of various types of sports and recreational activities of the University. It also administers and manages the annual intramural games. Moreover, it is tasked to conduct the selection, training, and development of athletes for the different varsity teams of the University. Following are the recreational and sports facilities available to students: • volleyball court • swimming pool • gymnasium • soccer field • basketball court • pelota court • tennis court Section 3: Other Facilities a. Museums: • University Museum, Downtown Campus • Biological and Entomological Collections, Talamban Campus b. Covered Court (Talamban Campus) c. Dormitories (Talamban Campus) d. Enrique Schoenig Nature Park e. Butterfly Sanctuary f. Wrocklage Yard g. Kolk’s Nook h. Cafeterias 30

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Carolinian Inn Campus Internet (CNET), Downtown Campus Moot Courts School buses ARTICLE V. STUDENT ACTIVITIES

To complement and enhance the learning process, students are allowed to initiate and organize activities which may be co-curricular or extra-curricular in nature. Colleges, departments, and student organizations, in coordination with the Office of Student Affairs, manage these activities. The following are activities held within the academic calendar: • Freshmen Orientation Programs • Student Organization Fair • Student Leaders’ Congress • Affinity • SSC Elections • Dayon • USC Excellence Awards • University Days • Community Outreach Activities • Intramurals • Job Fair • Christmas Programs • Drug Awareness and Prevention • Our Noel Month • College/School/Department Days • Women’s Days • Student Organization Days ARTICLE VI. SERVICE SUPPORT UNITS Section 1. Library System As an information resource center, the USC Library System provides information, resources, and services responsive to the curricular and research needs of all sectors. It supports the goal-directed thrusts of the University of San Carlos. Spread out on four campuses are fifteen (15) libraries, seven (7) Audio Visual Centers, central acquisitions, and cataloging units supervised by professional and PRC licensed librarians. Library Location Downtown Campus / P. del Rosario Campus • Bernard Bonk Library, 2nd Floor, Arthur Dingman Building o School of Business and Economics Library o American Corner • Law Library, 5th Floor, Ernest Hoerdemann Building North Campus, Gen. Maxilom Avenue • Basic Education Library, Ground Floor, Edward Norton Hall South Campus, J. Alcantara Street • Education Library, 2nd Floor, Anthony Buchcick Building • BED High School Library, 2nd Floor, Stephen Szmutko Wing 31

BED Elementary Library, 2nd Floor, Jorge Krieger Wing

Talamban Campus • Josef Baumgartner Learning Resource Center o General Reference Library o Humanities Library o Science and Technology Library o Social Science Library o Filipiniana Library o Cebuano Studies Center Library o Serials Library o Knowledge for Development Center Hours of Service Downtown Campus / P. del Rosario Campus Bernard Bonk Library 07:30 AM - 08:00 PM Law Library 08:00 AM - 08:00 PM North Campus Basic Education Library 07:00 AM - 05:30 PM South Campus Education Library 07:30 AM - 07:00 PM Basic Education Libraries 07:00 AM - 05:30 PM Talamban Campus Josef Baumgartner Learning Resource Center 07:30 AM - 07:30 PM

Library Users The following are authorized clients of the USC Libraries: • all bonafide students of USC with validated school identification card (ID) • USC faculty members, administrators, and employees • members of the SVD Community • USC Alumni bearing the appropriate alumni identification card • other users with recommendations or referral letters from their respective librarians.


Library Services The librarians of the different libraries offer to the users proactive services. Circulation • Book Borrowing • Reserve Book Service Faculty members may place books on a particular subject on reserve. Their students may borrow the books by the hour or for overnoon and overnight use at the Reserved Book Section. • Book Reservation Administrators, faculty members, and administrative staff who have urgent processing requests are notified by phone when the books are delivered to the Circulation Counter. • Stack Service Shelvers maintain the books in accurate arrangement to ensure efficiency in searching and locating the volumes for use by different customers. Current Awareness Service Information Literacy InterLibrary Loan, Referrals Reading Advisory Guidance Reference and Information Services Storytelling and Book Talk


Library Facilities The Josef Baumgartner Learning Resource Center serves as a one-stop-information hub that responds to the demands of the users for valuable information. Each of the libraries within the LRC has a reading area. In addition, carrels are provided for graduate students doing research. Lounging areas are segregated and are specifically for newspaper and magazine readers. Microforms, microfilm, and microfiche are available at the Serials Library. The Library has the Knowledge Navigation Center (KNC) that allows the customers to discover and explore CD Stations, the Internet, digital resources, and other applications; and to access the proper resources and subject specialists. Each library is provided with Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC). Audio Visual Halls are air-conditioned and are provided with good acoustics and up-todate equipment for user comfort. (See Appendix 7: General Rules for Library Use) Section 1.1. Audio Visual Centers There are seven Audio Visual Halls located in the four campuses of the University. At the Downtown Campus at P. del Rosario St. are two audio visual halls namely, Buttenbruch Hall and van Gansewinkel Hall. The Buttenbruch Hall is dedicated to the memory of Fr.Theodore Buttenbruch, SVD. It can be a venue for cultural performances with a 240-seating capacity for theater viewing. The van Gansewinkel Hall can likewise accommodate 272 persons for theater viewing. It can also be a venue for cultural performances, seminars, forums, and other similar activities. The Norton Hall at the North Campus is available for seminars, forums, cultural performances, and other similar activities for mostly basic education classes. Fr. Anthony Buchcik Hall at the South Campus, is named after Fr. Anthony Buchcik, an SVD priest who served as the Dean of the College of Education and at the same time the Director of Music in 1956 to 1965. The entire wing of the Teacher Education Center is now called Anthony Buchcik Building. Fr. Joseph Jaschik Hall, also at the South Campus, is the audio-visual hall intended for the Basic Education, located at the north side of the building known as the Fr. Joseph Jaschik Wing. The USC Technological Center at the Talamban Campus, has two audio visual halls: Rigney Hall, and Hoeppener Hall. The former, located on the first floor of the Bunzel Building, can seat 192 persons for seminars, forums, and other activities. The latter has 130 seats. These facilities have several AV equipment and software materials.


Audio Visual Centers Service Hours Main Campus / P. del Rosario Campus Buttenbruch Hall 07:30 AM - 07:30 PM MON-FRI 07:30 AM – 05:00 PM SAT van Gansewinkel Hall 07:30 AM - 07:30 PM MON-FRI 07:30 AM – 05:00 PM SAT North Campus Norton Hall 08:00 AM – 12:00 NN; 01:00 PM – 05:00 PM South Campus Jaschik Hall 07:30 AM – 12:00 NN; 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM MON-FRI 08:00 AM – 12:00 NN SAT Buchcick Hall 07:30 AM – 6:00 PM MON-FRI 07:30 AM – 5:00 PM SAT Talamban Campus Rigney Hall 07:30 AM – 07:30 PM MON-FRI 07:30 AM – 05:00 PM SAT van Engelen AV Room 07:30 AM – 07:30 PM MON-FRI 07:30 AM – 5:00 PM SAT Hoeppener Hall 07:30 AM – 07:30 PM MON-FRI 07:30 AM – 05:00 PM SAT Audio Visual (AV) Services • Sound and Recording Service • Projection and Viewing Service • AV Material Loan • Sound System Service • Video Coverage • Photo Documentation • Booking and Reservation See Appendix 8: General Rules for AV Use 35

Section 2. Office of Research The Office of Research performs the dual task of implementing the Research as well as the Intellectual Property (IP) Policies of the university with an overall goal of making the university’s research agenda relevant to the local needs. The Office of Research facilitates the development of linkages with other higher education institutions and industry through collaborative research initiated by the academic units for faculty members, staff, and students. In promoting the culture of research in the university and in protecting the intellectual property rights of its researchers, the Office of Research also initiates capability building activities such as conducting research forums, conferences, lectures, research and IP seminars, and training workshops; and supports activities initiated by the academic departments. Section 2.1. Research Units. The University maintains the following research units to support students’ research needs: • Office of Population Studies Foundation, Inc. (Talamban Campus) • Water Resources Center Foundation, Inc. (Talamban Campus) • Cebuano Studies Center (Talamban Campus) • Kabilin Heritage Studies Center (Downtown Campus) • Conservation and Heritage Research Studio (Talamban Campus) • College/School/Department-Based Research Groups o Social Science Research Center (Talamban Campus) o Natural Science Research Center (Talamban Campus) o Marine Biology Section, Maribago, Lapulapu City o BioProcess Engineering and Research Center (BioPERC- Talamban Campus) o Architecture Computer Center (Talamban Campus) Section 3. Office of the Registrar It is primarily responsible for the following functions: 1. students’ enrollment and registration, transfer, and graduation; 2. updating and safekeeping of students’ records in strict confidentiality and maintaining other records such as government recognition and accreditation of academic programs, approved curriculum of academic programs, notarized list of graduates, and promotional reports (Form XIX); 3. enforcement of CHED regulations related to academic programs, curricular load, accreditation of courses, admission, and transfer. Furthermore, these functions are carried out through the three (3) sections of the Office of the Registrar, namely: 1. Records Section issues transfer credentials, transcript of records, diplomas, and certifications of academic documents for various purposes. 2. Evaluation Section evaluates the academic performance of students to determine


year-level and credits earned for the purpose of graduation and sees to it that CHED’s and the University’s curricular policies are enforced and properly complied with. 3. System Support Section handles tasks related to enrollment like change of curriculum (shiftees), change of grades, printing of Form XIX, enrollment data, and other structured data. Also, it checks and verifies faculty load for payroll, encodes new and revised curricula, and encodes enrollees in petition and tutorial classes. Section 4. Community Extension Services The Community Extension Service (CES) is one of the three core functions of the University of San Carlos as a Higher Education Institution along with Teaching-Learning and Research. Hence, Carolinians experience integral development by advancing their academic competencies, highly motivated by their active engagements with university partner communities, institutions, and organizations. All CES programs, projects, and activities are undertaken by students, faculty, and staff with a three-fold mandate: first, to voluntarily extend their professional and academic expertise; second, to engage in prophetic dialogue with the world guided by the Missionary charisma of SVD Spirituality; and third, to empower people and communities for social change through a transformatory or liberational approach. As an HEI settled in a particular locale and community, USC recognizes that it has an undeniable role to its context. The needs of its context must be considered of primary importance in developing a CES program and in organizing pertinent activities. Data and information must be gathered using valid and reliable tools to serve as bases for the university, through its units, to offer appropriate and relevant responses to community needs. All CES programs, projects, and activities must be contextresponsive. To create a truly appropriate and relevant response, the CES taps and mobilizes the discipline that can best provide the extension service. This strategy shall essentially provide faculty and students the opportunity to practise their profession in actual and real cases/situations. The competencies are ably executed while assisting the communities in their needs and problems. Hence, all CES programs, projects, and activities must be specialization-based. Recognizing the multi-faceted character of socio-cultural, economic, and political realities, the academic and administrative units work together in crafting comprehensive extension initiatives and in utilizing multi- and inter-disciplinary approaches. Also, to ensure the responsiveness of all extension work communities, organizations, and institutions, the CES treats them not only as beneficiaries but also as partners. This partnership is essential for making CES programs doable. Hence, all CES programs, projects, and activities must be collaborative and inclusive.


Since CES undertakings are intended to be programmatic, outputs and outcomes, both tangible and intangible results must come out of the program; thus, they are to be measured and gauged. These outputs and outcomes serve as guideposts in determining whether interventions have an impact on the lives of both partners. Moreover, it is essential to ensure that interventions continue to serve the purpose of benefitting as many people as possible. Hence, all CES programs, projects, and activities must be sustainable and outcomes-based. What is important to underlie all of the guiding principles of CES is the value of voluntarism to define the character of extension service. The CES office was constituted to fulfill this mandate. The office takes a major role in networking, organizing, coordinating, and facilitating the various CES initiatives of the departments, colleges, support offices as well as that of the student organizations. It also conducts monitoring and evaluation of CES programs, projects, and activities with the college-appointed coordinators. Thus, students, faculty, and staff are highly enjoined to make learning more meaningful by volunteering in the various extension initiatives of the university. All of these are envisioned to produce Carolinians with developed empathy and enkindled missionary spirit. A Carolinian is not only an expert in his/her profession, but also a truthful Witness to the Word. Section 5. Campus Ministry Campus Ministry (CM) is an essential apostolate which is an officially recognized ministry of the Catholic Church. It is considered the heart of the apostolate of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) Missionaries and its concrete response to the call of evangelical mission of the Church in the educational setting. Its services are directed to the integral growth of students, faculty, non-teaching personnel, administrators, and others, enhancing the missionary spirit and promoting the SVD vocations. It emphasizes the motto: Witness to the Word in different avenues like retreats, recollections, workshops, seminars, prayer service, Ecumenical promotion, Bible Camp, and other activities. The USC-CM operates interdependently in the four campuses according to the needs of each campus. The University Chaplain is the head of all chaplains. Each campus has an assigned chaplain and staff, referred to as campus ministers. Whereas the campus ministry in the Basic Education is attached to the academic program, those in the tertiary level operate independently from the academics, working and coordinating closely with the ReEd/CL-Values area and other internal and external linkages and the like e.g. Archdiocesan Campus Ministry.


Section 6. Guidance and Testing Services The Guidance Center shares in the realization of the USC Vision-Mission by providing opportunities for the personal growth of the University community. It is committed to facilitate the personal/social and academic development of its clients. This is realized through the provision of various services and programs made available to its clients. The Guidance Center is staffed with experienced mental health professionals. Fulltime Counselors and Psychometricians are assigned to the three campuses. When needed, referrals to external professionals are facilitated. A group of specially-trained students known as Peer Facilitators assist the Counselors in the implementation of the Guidance Program. Psychology majors undergoing Guidance internship are also available to give support to students on their needs. 6.1. Office locations Downtown Campus Counseling Office Testing Office


across Buttenbruch Hall lobby, beside the Office of Student Affairs

Talamban Campus Counseling Offices Arts and Sciences Architecture and Fine Arts Engineering and Computer Sciences School of Health Care Professions Testing Office -

2nd floor, Phillip van Engelen Building lobby of CAFA Building basement, Bunzel Building 2nd floor, Hoeppener Building basement, Bunzel Building

South Campus Counseling Office College of Education

lobby, College of Education Building


6.2. Services Available •

Counseling takes the forms of resolution, creative management, and effective coping of intrapersonal (personal life, career directions, college/academic adjustment, among others) and/or interpersonal concerns (peer relationships, family relationships among others) through individual or group counseling. In promoting personal, career, academic, and social efficacy, student follow-up and/or referral to other professionals is also done.

Appraisal is made through initial interviews (new students) and exit interviews for graduating students. Counselors also keep track of students’ development as well as the services availed of through the


maintenance of cumulative records (including test results, development programs attended, etc.). •

Psychological tests are made available to students in line with counseling, academic placement, and self development programs (personality, career interest, aptitude, emotions profile, and personality type index). Other tests are given on a case-to-case basis. Referral for testing is given by the counselor and tests are taken at the testing office. Results are then interpreted by the referring counselor. Psychometricians provide research assistance to undergraduate and graduate students on a case-to-case basis.

Information Service is given through Individual consultations or through Orientations, Personal Growth Workshops, Seminars, Forums, and Symposiums. Group programs: o College adjustment and Study Skills Enhancement o Self-Exploration and Self-Enhancement o Career Reassessment o Personal Leadership/Effectiveness (Whole Life Management, Goal Setting, and Decision- making) o Enhancement of Interpersonal Relationships o Enhancement of Human Relationships in Organizations o Work Ethics o Job Preparation o Other enhancement modules as requested by academic departments (e.g. teambuilding, leadership, basic listening, and facilitating skills) o Peer Facilitator Program o Practicum Supervision (undergraduate psychology and graduate ` Office complement and support the academic training of students through various student-related services aimed to develop academically competent, active witnesses of the Word, socially responsive and globally competitive students with a deep sense of solidarity. It also serves as the official communication link with other authorities in the University, the student body, and the general public on matters concerning student welfare and development, student activities, and student discipline. It also acts for the Administration on matters related to the implementation of university regulations concerning appropriate behavior.)

Section 7. Office of Student Affairs 7.1. STUDENT ACTIVITIES SECTION. The Office takes charge of regulating the operations as well as the activities of all duly accredited or registered student


organizations in the University. It also produces a pool of student leaders who are actively involved in their own development and that of the communities where they operate. It networks and coordinates with other service support units in the University in their regulation and supervision of student activities. Specifically, the office: • processes/approves registration of student organizations • processes/approves registration of registered student organizations’ publication • approves and issues activity permits • regulates and monitors student activities • evaluates performance of student organizations • organizes and conducts the search for outstanding graduates, leaders, and campus student organizations • organizes/conducts/facilitates leadership training seminars • provides mentoring and guidance to student organizations • screens, approves, and regulates announcements/notices and streamers/tarpaulins for posting 7.2. WOMEN AFFAIRS SECTION. This Office complements the academic departments in their concern for the total development of female students. It organizes and provides seminar-workshops, symposiums, relevant forums or activities that will hone their active, effective, assertive, and decisive potentials necessary for success in their chosen careers. It also ensures that all students adhere to and abide by the Dress Code Policy and all other pertinent policies affecting them. Specifically, this section: • designs training programs for female students • organizes symposiums/forums addressing issues and specific needs of women • oversees the implementation of rules regarding school uniform and school attire • conducts preliminary investigations on cases involving female students • facilitates participation of female students in relevant activities on and offcampus • issues uniform exemptions/special permits for students specifically those who are: o pregnant o gainfully employed o cross-enrollees o consortium students o married o second-coursers


Students enrolled in the Graduate Programs and the College of Law are exempted from wearing the school uniform. However, appropriate attire must be strictly observed. Students of courses that require special uniforms on specific days may wear their prescribed company, hospital/community or duty/ practicum uniforms with the approval of the Women Affairs Section. Since the practicum uniform takes the place of the prescribed school uniform, not wearing the former on scheduled days would mean no entry to any USC campus. 7.3. STUDENT DISCIPLINE SECTION. The Office seeks to uphold the University’s and students’ interests by implementing the established regulations related to appropriate behavior expected of a Carolinian studying in a Catholic University. Hence, the emphasis on all the programs and interventions on appropriate behavior is intended to prevent, if not, deter any misbehavior of students, to ensure upright living. Specifically, this section: • accepts filing of grievances and complaints and sending Notices of Summons to both complainants and respondents; • conducts preliminary investigations on minor and major violations of University policies; • convenes members of the Formal Inquiry Committee to conduct Formal Disciplinary Proceeding; • deliberates and recommends sanctions on students found guilty of misconduct; • coordinates with the Registrar regarding non-processing and nonissuance of credentials to students with serious violations of University policies; • releases confiscated IDs; • coordinates with the Guidance Center for counseling referrals; • represents the University and the students in cases related to student discipline; • keeps records of cases of students with confidentiality; • facilitates issuance of Certificate of Good Moral Character; • facilitates issuance of temporary permits and gate passes; • interviews transferees and returning students to the University; • implements immediate disciplinary sanctions commensurate to minor infractions; and • facilitates inquiries/ background investigation on students’ over-all performance and behavior for reference purposes. A student’s liability is not confined to the offenses specifically identified and defined in the school’s code of discipline. Some offenses may be generally worded as to encompass a number of related wrongdoings.


Section 8. Health Services The University’s medical and dental clinics make available health services as well as primary and continuing comprehensive (physical, psychological, and social) care to each student. USC Health clinics are located in four USC campuses. The Head of Health Services is assisted by qualified physicians, dentists, nurses, and student aides. All new Freshmen and Transferees are required to obtain a medical and dental clearance as part of the enrollment procedure. Students need to bring their student manual during the check-up and will have until the middle of the semester to complete this requirement. Students can avail of the following health services: 8.1. Medical • medical examinations for all First Year students and Transferees • first aid for emergency cases • medical consultation and treatment • issuance of medical certificates/excuse slips (if seen/examined by the school physician) • infirmary beds for rest to sick students • free medicines for common diseases (as starter dose only) • referrals (for certain cases which need the service of a specialist and certain procedures or facilities which are not available in the University) • counseling and guidance (family planning, nutrition education, AIDS prevention and education, drug education) • health education programs • Letter of authorization (LOA) to students who sustained accident injuries with the approval of VP Finance 8.2. Dental • dental examinations for all First Year and Transferee students, providing them with an individual dental record as prescribed by the Bureau of Dental Health Services • emergency dental treatment and consultation • prophylaxis (cleaning) once a year • temporary and permanent filling • tooth extraction • referrals (for difficult cases: impacted tooth, third molar tooth) • free medicine (pain and haemostatic) • oral hygiene education • Students can avail of one school dental procedure per visit. 8.3. Wellness Program • immunizations (Flu vaccine, Hep B vaccines)


• health education through seminars, lectures, symposiums, and bulletin board displays • nutrition counseling • physical education and fitness • smoking cessation • stress management and sleep promotion • HIV 101 • gum health 101 • men’s health • women’s health Section 9. Security and Safety Office The Security and Safety Office of the University of San Carlos is committed to create an atmosphere conducive to the pursuit of educational objectives/teaching - learning process. The Office works to develop and implement strategies and procedures that promote and ensure a secure, safe, caring, and law-abiding environment for students, employees, and visitors. It also ensures the protection of facilities of the university. See Appendix 6 for the Security and Safety Policies. Section 10. Office of External Affairs The Office of External Affairs is responsible for the following functions in the University, namely: International Linkages, National/Regional and Local Linkages, International Students, Mission Animation, University Branding and Public Image, and Resource Generation through the University's Naming Rights Program. Section 11. Office of Scholarships, Alumni Affairs, and Job Placement The Office is a support unit directly working with the Office of the President. Headed by a Director, it provides services to three major and inter-related areas. In the case of Alumni Affairs, it coordinates with the University’s alumni association in the planning and implementation of the Alumni Program. The alumni complement scholarships and job placement in the sense that they may either become the sponsors and employers themselves or provide the information or opportunities for scholarships and employment by other entities. Moreover, with the facilitation of the Office, the Naming Rights Program of the University can be realized also through its alumni. To serve better its clients, the Office is conveniently located in two of the four campuses of the University: at the Ground Floor of the Arthur Dingman Bldg. – Downtown Campus, a few steps ahead from the Main Lobby, and at the Alumni and Visitors’ Center, close to the right-most entrance of the Talamban Campus.


SERVICES The specific functions of each area are: • Alumni Affairs o assists in the requests by alumni, particularly those overseas, for school records and other pertinent documents; o facilitates, in collaboration with the concerned College(s) in tapping expertise within the University for the needs of industry where alumni are employed; o facilitates the granting of privileges, whenever possible and relates to the core functions of the University, in the use of facilities and equipment for developmental activities; o maintains the Alumni and Visitors’ Center where the alumni can meet and discuss; o maintains an Alumni Newsletter that, among others, posts announcements of milestones in the professional careers of alumni; o maintains the Alumni Web-Section on the University Website to foster links between and among fellow alumni; o assists in the establishment of formal organizations of alumni batches and chapters; o collaborates with College Alumni Relations Councils (ARCs) and Basic Education Alumni Coordinators in the planning and holding of activities by alumni batches and chapters; o assists in bringing together and finding synergy in the efforts of alumni to help address the development needs of the University; o helps identify avenues for alumni to take part in sustaining and enriching the academic life of the different sectors of the University through logistical support, among others; o collaborates with the University’s alumni association in the search for and in the recognition of alumni with outstanding achievements during the annual Grand Alumni Homecoming; and o recommends the grant of honorific academic recognitions to accomplished alumni in their chosen field of endeavor who have manifested the impact of the University on their community or country and the international arena. •

Scholarships o maintains the database of existing sponsors for maintenance or possible increase of scholarships granted and of scholars who can be tapped as sponsors in the future; o prepares and provides performance and financial reports to sponsors; o seeks out and facilitates sponsorship of scholarships by individuals, groups or institutions;


o meets regularly the scholars in an assembly to thresh out and help address academic and administrative concerns; o provides opportunities for supplementary scholarships to the Work-Study Program (the University’s Working Scholars); o maintains a pool of “Carolinian Champions” from among the scholars who will represent the University in academic competitions; and o maintains Presidential Scholarships and/or recognitions for meritorious achievements in the academic processes of research, instruction, and community extension services by faculty, administrative personnel, and students in particular. •

Job Placement o facilitates job search of graduating students and alumni by organizing Job Fairs; o maintains linkages with employment-service offices or agencies to broaden opportunities for job search and employment of graduates; o works closely with the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to help provide better opportunities for job search through its official government search-engine; o posts, on bulletin boards and on the University Website, Job Ads from partner companies or institutions; o collaborates with other University offices in the conduct of Job Preparation Symposiums; o projects a friendly atmosphere and provides assistance to companies or institutions which undertake recruitment activities within the University; o facilitates, between the College(s)/Department(s) concerned and companies or institutions, the setting up and maintenance of a “Cadet-ship Program,” particularly for fresh graduates to undergo training for a certain period, with the probability of getting hired thereafter; and o seeks out and negotiates for the offering, by companies or institutions, of special arrangements on Internship or On-the-Job Training (OJT) for enrolled students, also with the probability of getting hired after graduation. ARTICLE VIII. Other Services

Section 1. Integrated School Management Information Services (ISMIS) The Integrated School Management Information System (ISMIS) is an online portal for students to access their records such as grades, class schedules, assigned teachers, assessment, student ledger, payment history, and clearance status anytime


and anywhere at their own convenience. ISMIS supports the following processes: online enrollment, online inquiry of records through the Student Kiosk, and payment through banks. Section 2. Textbook and Mimeographing Services This section is responsible for the procurement, sale, and distribution of the required textbooks and other instructional materials, materials for school uniforms and other academic attires (P.E. uniforms and graduation toga), as well as printing needs (mimeographing, and bindery services). Section 3. University of San Carlos Press University of San Carlos Press was founded in 1964 as San Carlos Publications. That same year it began publishing a series of monographs in these areas, namely: Humanities, Natural Sciences, Social Sciences and Philosophy, and Theology. It also started the annual peer-reviewed scientific journal The Philippine Scientist. In 1973, it began publishing the Philippine Quarterly of Culture and Society (PQCS), a peerreviewed scholarly publication issued four times a year. PS is accessible online through PhilJol; and PQCS, through JSTOR. USC Press is a member of the International Association of Scholarly Publishers and the Council of Editors of Learned Journals. Its clientele includes a great many national and university libraries both in the Philippines and abroad. San Carlos Publications formally became USC Press in 2007, following wide-ranging improvements in its publishing portfolio. It continues to produce the two above-named journals plus a host of books in various academic fields. Section 4. Water Laboratory The University of San Carlos Water Laboratory, an attached unit to the Chemistry Department, serves as a research arm for students. It caters to the needs of learners as the laboratory offers quality first-hand experience on different analyses involving different types of equipment supplemental to their academic training. The Water Laboratory has widened its scope of analytical capabilities, not only to water analyses but also to soil, ore, and other special samples for testing. The Water Laboratory also extends its analytical services to external clients, from private and government entities in Cebu to other neighboring provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao. It is commercially recognized as a standard testing laboratory and is constantly accredited by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Health (DOH).


Section 5. Maintenance and Calibration Workshop The Maintenance and Calibration Workshop (M&C Workshop or MCW) performs the regular maintenance, repair, and calibration of instruments and equipment of the University of San Carlos (USC) and its extension units. It also produces these instruments and pieces of equipment for educational, applied science, and research purposes. In addition, the workshop performs service orders for local industry and business. By serving the science departments, engineering departments, extension, and research units with the maintenance, calibration, and production of instruments, the workshop lends essential support to the improvement of research and the quality of educational programs, thus, shaping USC from a mere teaching University to an elite teaching and research University deserving of its status as a “flagship school” in Science and Technology, Southern Philippines. Section 6. General Services The Office of General Services is located at Talamban Campus, next to the Hoeppener building and the University Stadium. It coordinates and directs the overall operation and activities of the University auxiliary services and physical facilities. It is composed of different sections that handle the following services: carpentry, painting, tinsmith, electrical, air conditioning, plumbing, landscaping, transportation, and janitorial. Section 7. Office of Property Administrator The Administrator of Properties is accountable for all real properties and assets of the University and ensures their safety and maximum utilization. The Office oversees the acquisition, regular valuation, and disposal of real properties as well as the systematic disposal of junk assets, and the bidding process and implementation of major constructions. It also administers the optimum use of available spaces and contents, complies with government regulatory requirements, and maintains/ensures the archiving or safe keeping of all property documents of the University. Section 8. Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO; or Patent Library) The Office promotes the practice of Intellectual Property (IP) protection and facilitates the filing of patents. The following need to be protected through various forms of IP rights or IPR’s to benefit their creators and the public: copyrights, patents, utility models, trademarks/service marks, trade secrets, industrial design, geographic indications, and layout designs of integrated circuits.




Appendix 1: CAMPUS DIRECTORY TALAMBAN CAMPUS Nasipit, Talamban, Cebu City


Appendix 1: CAMPUS DIRECTORY SOUTH CAMPUS J. Alcantara St, Cebu City


Appendix 2: CODE OF ETHICS FOR STUDENTS The Code of Ethics for Students is a set of moral standards aiding Carolinians to embody the principles of Scientia (Science), Virtus (Virtue), Devotio (Devotion) as they strive for excellence in their respective academic fields and build the character needed in their personal and professional lives. The Code of Ethics aims to develop the sensitivity of students to moral issues in contemporary life, to strengthen their courage and ability to speak out and act on these issues and, thus, to hone their sense of personal identity as Witness to the Word. The groundwork of this Code is that students would achieve and maintain a level of maturity required of responsible and effective citizens of the country and the Church by the observance of this Code. CORE VALUES The Core Values of the University given in the By Laws of the Corporation serve as a frame of reference for the Code of Ethics for Students and, accordingly, afford them inspiration in complying with the Duties and Responsibilities below. Integrity. In their personal and academic lives, students display behavior congruent with the values they espouse as members of a Catholic University. They do this through a) honesty and truthfulness in dealing with administrators, faculty, employees, and other students; b) the respect afforded the intellectual property rights of others; and c) the vigilance shown in not compromising the integrity of their own work. As Carolinians, they value and nurture this integrity in all circumstances of their lives. Excellence. Students strive to achieve excellence in their academic studies and cocurricular activities commensurate with their respective gifts and aspirations. In meeting the standards of the University, they are not complacent about early successes or discouraged by occasional setbacks. Accordingly, they recognize the truth of Aristotle’s words: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.” Commitment. Students are actively engaged in the process of their own learning and in the internalization of the ideals of the University. They demonstrate these through their sincere interest, hard work, and perseverance in their studies, as well as in the maturity of their behavior reflecting these ideals. In both endeavors, they strive to bring honor to the University – the alma mater that nurtures their young adult Catholic lives. Social Responsibility. Since the contribution they make to society will be built on the social responsibility exercised during their formation, students recognize the University as a community in which to develop sensitivity to the rights and needs of others and to take effective action in responding to them. They also learn to be vigilant to social, economic, and political conditions in the real world: the need of the poor for a voice in society, the divergence of cultures and religions, and the integrity of creation.


Evangelization. Students aspire to be Witness to the Word in their academic and social lives. Under the guidance of the Administration and the faculty, they endeavor to internalize the teachings and values of the Catholic Church and the role a Catholic University plays in the evangelization of peoples and cultures, especially the poor and the marginalized in the society. Daily they strive to assimilate the Word of God and exhibit the practice of their faith, including the frequent reception of the Sacraments so that they may be examples of Christian living in their respective communities. Leadership. While respecting authority at the University, students are called to personal initiative and leadership. They exercise these through commitment to action on the grounds of concern rather than of personal advantage, on the strength of their convictions rather than of the desire for popularity. By exercising leadership roles during their formation, students build a strong sense of Christian identity and confidence in their personal effectiveness as graduates of a Catholic University. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF STUDENTS Section 1: Academic Conduct Students share with their teachers and academic heads the responsibility of maintaining a suitable environment that is conducive to their own learning as well as to the classroom management by their teachers. Students perform their part in this shared responsibility by: 1.1 faithfully adhering to the rules and regulations given in the Handbook for Students; 1.2 assuming full accountability and responsibility for their own learning and actively taking part in the learning of other students; 1.3 exerting every effort to relate what they learn in the classroom to the real world outside; 1.4 observing proper academic conduct at all times, specifically abstaining from committing plagiarism, cheating in tests or examinations, falsifying academic documents, and from abetting students to do all these immoral acts; 1.5 demonstrating sensitivity to and appreciation of the facilities provided for their learning by the University by refraining from defacing, damaging, or committing wastage and theft of institutional resources. Section 2: Student – Student Relationship As a major part of the University community, students are responsible for promoting genuine collegiality among their peers through mutual respect for each other as well as by the example of their moral behavior. This collegiality is manifested in the following actions: 2.1 respecting the rights of fellow students to learn and affording them courtesy and respect at all times; 2.2 valuing and respecting the diverse qualities and gifts of their peers, especially


those of other cultures, religions, nationalities, and social classes; 2.3 respecting each other as individuals. Under no circumstance shall they physically or psychologically harm or threaten to harm others by bullying, hazing, stalking, harassing or discriminating other students in any form; 2.4 accepting constructive criticism from fellow students. Section 3: Student – Teacher Relationship The maturity of society’s culture is assessed by the level of respect for and appreciation of its members to those who pass on to each generation the knowledge and wisdom that is its heritage. Students demonstrate this respect in the following manner: 3.1 treating their teachers with the respect due them in view of the experience, knowledge, and concern they have for the welfare and learning of their students; 3.2 actively participating and engaging in sound interaction and dialogue with their teachers and their peers without fear of intimidation or ridicule; 3.3 appreciating feedbacks or constructive criticisms from their teachers as part of the normal process of formative education; 3.4 refraining from giving personal favors or gifts, whether in cash or in kind, in return for any special consideration such as a passing grade, the granting of honors, consideration or other concessions; 3.5 being truthful in their reasons for not completing academic assignments, attending class or taking an examination; 3.6 properly elevating their concern to the Section Head, Department Chair or College Dean as the case may be should they feel they are not given a fair and reasonable hearing on an academic matter. Section 4: Student – Administrative Employee Relationship Administrative employees of an academic institution fulfill unassuming but, indispensable function in rendering support to the programs of colleges and departments. Students show recognition to this important contribution by: 4.1 treating administrative employees with respect and courtesy regardless of their administrative status or position; 4.2 being sensitive to administrative employees’ schedule and workload in dealing with them; 4.3 properly elevating their concern to the administrative employee’s immediate superior should they feel they are not given a reasonable response on a particular request, query or dispute.


Section 5: Student – Community Relationship In immersing themselves in community-related activities, the students should bear in mind that they represent the institution’s interest and involvement in establishing rapport with and support of community members. For these purposes, the students are encouraged to: 5.1 participate in community services and extracurricular activities by making active use of the knowledge and skills they have gained at the university; 5.2 support activities of other sectors, such as the civil society, government, and parochial and religious organizations, in measures possible; 5.3 refrain from involving the University in their own personal financial dealings; 5.4 conduct themselves at all times in such a way as not to cast aspersion or bring dishonor and discredit to the University or tarnish its good name and reputation. In this regard, the students should understand that the University has the right and authority to regulate their conduct and activities on or off campus, when these conduct and activities affect the good order and welfare of the University or have direct and immediate effect on the discipline or general welfare of the school. Appendix 3: TABLE OF OFFENSES AND PENALTIES Discipline in school is specifically mandated by the Constitution, which says, “that all educational institutions shall teach the rights and duties of citizenship, strengthen ethical and spiritual values, develop moral character and personal discipline.” The Constitution requires all schools to be responsible in shaping the behavior of young people under their care. The establishment of rules governing university-student relations, particularly those pertaining to student discipline, may be regarded as vital, not merely to the smooth and efficient operation of the institution, but to its very survival. Furthermore, rules and regulations are intended to promote a wholesome atmosphere conducive to the full development of the human person in the light of Christian philosophy aligned with the USC Vision-Mission. To ensure proper and appropriate conduct of the student body, the University formulates these guidelines enumerating the offenses and their corresponding penalties. They do not, however, curtail the rights of the University in any way under existing laws to pursue cases not listed hereinunder. Analogous situations and cases are also to be deemed covered by the authority of the University to enforce discipline among its students. Moreover, the Board of Discipline may impose sanctions higher than what is stipulated in this table, if the evidence and gravity of offense so warrant.


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Warning/Reprimand Suspension/Probation for Discipline Exclusion (Temporary) Exclusion (Permanent, cf.. Step 4 P. 64) Expulsion

Nature of Offenses But Not Limited To The Following 1. entering the University campus without a valid school identification card (I.D.) 2. non-wearing of school identification card on campus 3. possession of two or more school identification cards (I.D.) or gate pass by whatever means or manner 4. losing one’s ID or Temporary Gate Pass three (3) times 5. sitting on a ledge or sleeping on a bench or table 6. loitering or making excessive noise in corridors, stairways or immediate vicinities during classes 7. boisterous laughter, excessively loud conversation or argument, shouting or howling offensive to the sensibilities of the school community or disruptive of classes 8. use of cellular phones, beepers, iPods or other communication gadgets inside the classroom while classes, examination or other academic activities are going on 9. bringing in or playing with any gambling paraphernalia on or off campus sites 10. proselytizing, defined as attempting to convert others to one’s faith by attacking or denigrating the practices and beliefs of another, or by offering special inducements 11. irreverent conduct in the chapel or during angelus, Holy Mass, prayer or any other similar religious practice 12. disrespect to national symbols (e.g. making a mockery of the national anthem) and any other similar infraction 13. unauthorized use of school facilities or equipment 14. irresponsible use of school properties 15. eating and drinking in the theater, AVR or in other designated non-eating areas 16. indiscriminate throwing of waste paper, candy wrappers, chewing gums, plastic cups, etc. on campus or spitting



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Nature of Offenses But Not Limited To The Following on floors or walls 17. failure to wear the prescribed school attire or uniform 18. taking off of school uniform on campus except during class activities that require civilian attire. 19. wearing P.E. uniform on campus but outside of P.E. classes 20. male students wearing attire inappropriate to the formal school environment, like: sandals, slippers, sando/sleeveless shirts, shorts (except during intramural games, sports fest and P.E. classes), tattered pants/clothes, long hair [covering the ears and collar of the uniform], dreadlocks, outrageous hair coloring, beard and mustache, shirts with offensive and lewd prints, earrings, nose ring, lip/tongue/eyelid rings, and tattoo on an exposed part of the body. 21. female students wearing attire inappropriate to the formal school environment, like: blouses or dresses of such designs as – backless, halter cut, plunging/low cut necklines, sleeveless, tube style, narrow shoulder straps, spaghetti straps, baby shirts/blouses exposing the navel or belly - transparent attires with no proper undergarments, miniskirts and dresses, shorts of any style (bicycle shorts/culottes/city shorts/tight leggings/tight knee-length pedal pushers except during intramural games and P.E. classes), tattered pants, slippers(rubber or leather), tattoos, multiple earrings and body piercing Hemline of the skirt-uniform should cover the knee. 22. cross-dressing: male students wearing make-up/colored fingernails and wearing female designed outfit such as blouses, lady tight jeans, lady sandals/shoes, bras, etc. female students designing uniform blouse into men’s polo and wearing men’s shoes 23. violation of parking regulations 24. borrowing or lending of USC ID card, gate pass, library card, official receipt or other relevant and official school documents for whatever purpose or intention; tampering one’s own or another student’s ID card and using it to gain entry to USC premises, whether or not damage was inflicted on any member of the USC academic community 25. Possession of two or more school identification cards (ID), gate pass by whatever means or manner


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Nature of Offenses But Not Limited To The Following 26. unauthorized use of school facilities 27. plagiarism, forgery, falsification, tampering, alteration or misuse of official school records, documents or credentials, or any other acts indicating fraud or misrepresentation 28. unauthorized access of computer files like hacking and other IT-related violations 29. representing, wearing or using any uniform, insignia or other identifying marks of the University or any department or college without authorization for personal gain 30. unauthorized solicitation or selling of any goods or merchandise for fund raising 31. unauthorized collection of money, checks or any other instrumentality of monetary value and embezzlement of funds 32. extortions, unauthorized solicitations, and other similar acts committed against other students, members of the faculty, and other members of the academe 33. attempt to steal 34. stealing 35. cheating during any examination, quiz or long test (including take home examination or written reports required for submission) or any other academic requirements 36. unauthorized possession of notes or any material relative to the examination, whether actually used or not 37. copying from or allowing another to copy from one’s examination papers, assigned reports, reaction papers and other similar materials 38. letting somebody else take the examination in his/her own behalf (in which case both shall be liable hereunder) 39. communicating with others during examination without permission from the teacher or proctor 40. submitting another person’s work as one’s own 41. Campus and Public Disturbance such as: 41.1. deliberate disruption of classes, academic functions or activities within University premises 41.2. brawls, riots, hooliganism on or off campus 41.3. staging/organizing rallies, strikes, pickets, and demonstrations against the University without valid permit 41.4. instigating or participating in group activities


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Nature of Offenses But Not Limited To The Following leading to the stoppage of classes, presentations, gatherings, rallies, etc. 41.5. causing panic or confusion by harassment and picketing at University entrances and exits, loud and disturbing arguments, shouting/heckling/ unrestrained laughter/loud talking inside or outside the classroom or in the corridors/stairways and immediate vicinities 41.6. barricading, preventing, or threatening any student from entering the school campus or attending classes, and/or school personnel from discharging their duties 41.7. vandalism or destruction of properties of the University, or those belonging to any member of the administration, faculty, non-teaching staff, fellow-students or visitors while on campus 41.8. tampering official announcements on bulletin boards, posting of notices or posters in nondesignated areas or removing thereof without proper authorization 41.9. posting and displaying on campus and its immediate vicinity, posters, pictures, banners or streamers with materials that are libelous, obscene, indecent, offensive to the feeling and moral sensitivity of persons, injurious to the good name of individuals or of the university, subversive or seditious. 41.10. authorship, publication or circulation of false information about the University, its officials, members of the faculty, non-teaching personnel or students 41.11. oral defamation or slander 41.12. lying, misrepresenting, and other acts of perjury committed during the Formal Disciplinary Proceeding 41.13. grave threats, intimidation, coercion against any member of the school community: administrators, faculty, non-teaching staff, students or visitors 41.14. assault resulting in physical injury or damage to property 41.15. any act or omission punishable under the laws of the land.


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Nature of Offenses But Not Limited To The Following 42. Acts of Immorality such as: 42.1 adultery, concubinage, bigamy, and other immoral relationships which are against the laws of the land and/or teachings of the Catholic Church. 42.2. scandalous sexual acts and/or immoral acts including but not limited to public display of affection committed inside the school campus, or outside the school premises when the name of the school will be tarnished 43. manifesting vulgar or perverted behavior between students whether of the same or opposite sexes 44. bringing, viewing, displaying or distributing pornographic materials on campus (either acting as a model/subject, agent, sponsor, or technical crew) or sending foul messages to anybody (student, faculty, employee) 45. sexual harassment (please refer to IRR on the AntiSexual Harassment Bill of 1995) 46. subverting or defying policies and guidelines of any college department, office of the University, and CHED 47. initiating or participating in activities contrary to law or public order 48. desecrating Religious Images and Practices 49. disrespecting any member of the USC Community and its guests resulting in ridicule, embarrassment or humiliation or besmirched reputation, by and through any means and medium, such as but not limited to Facebook, social networking sites, or other sites on the internet 50. displaying publicly intimacy/affection that tends to offend the sensibilities of the school community 51. smoking on campus and its immediate vicinity 52. entering the campus or off-campus sites under the influence of alcohol and prohibited substances 53. bringing of intoxicated beverage in whatever amount on campus 54. engaging in an unrestrained drinking of alcoholic beverages with schoolmates or friends in school uniform outside the campus during school hours.


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55. possessing firearm without license/authorization of, sharp-bladed weapons, tear gas, firecrackers, pyrotechnics, explosive or miniature bombs, or threatening to use any to harm anybody 56. hazing as defined in RA No. 8049 or the Anti-Hazing Law as an initiation rite or practice as pre-requisite for admission into membership in a fraternity, sorority or organization by placing the recruit, neophyte or applicant in some embarrassing or humiliating situations such as forcing him/her to do menial, foolish tasks or activities or otherwise subjecting him/her to physical or psychological suffering or injury 57. any act or omission punishable under the rules and regulations of the University or laws of the land even if the act was committed outside the school campus. 57.1. possession of marijuana or drugs 57.2. smoking marijuana or using drugs 57.3. seriously assaulting another person 57.4. trespassing a private property and refusing to leave when requested to do so 57.5. conviction for contempt of court for disobeying a restraining order 57.6. being drunk and disorderly in the streets in violation of an ordinance 57.7. unauthorized use of the name of teacher/s, school official/s as co-author of an article to assure its publication 57.1. posting of lewd, defamatory, indecent or libelous remarks or comments on the internet 57.2. commission of violations of existing laws and/or ordinances





The University’s right to take action on the condemnable act or omission of a student is not limited to what is listed or mentioned in this Manual. Whatever is actionable in court or quasi-judicial body is also actionable in the administrative tribunal of the University. If there is no written complaint, the Administration, on its own initiative, will be the complainant and will start the investigative proceeding. Other disciplinary sanctions which may be meted out to erring students are the following: 1. written apology to the aggrieved/offended party 2. payment of the value of the property destroyed/damaged/lost or its replacement


3. regular rehabilitation counseling by the Guidance Services 4. oral or written warning from the person in authority (Discipline Officer, Faculty Member, University staff) 5. disciplinary probation with automatic suspension for the rest of the term in case of any violation of the conditions imposed 6. exclusion for a semester/s 7. disqualification from receiving honors at graduation 8. non-issuance of Certificate of Good Moral Character 9. disqualification, suspension or withdrawal of privileges (discounts or scholarships) 10. payment of fines 11. other penalties which may be set forth by the University Appendix 4: GUIDELINES ON DUE PROCESS AND CORRESPONDING SANCTIONS GRIEVANCES AND COMPLAINTS Any student or a group/class of students may file a written complaint against any administrator/s, member/s of the faculty, and non-teaching personnel of the University for any acts which violate any of the University policies. Grievances and complaints related to sexual harassment, unauthorized solicitations, proselytizing, and extortion of money or goods in exchange of a service rendered, or the granting of passing grades and the like, must immediately be reported to the appropriate authorities, to prevent further abuse and other complications resulting therefrom. For the ample protection of the complainant, he/she may report this in person, or may write directly to either the University President, or to any of the Vice Presidents, or to the Office of Student Affairs, so that immediate and appropriate action can be done to correct the situation. Composition of the Disciplinary Board The USC Disciplinary Board is composed of the following: • • •

VP for Administration VP for Academic Affairs Dean of College to which the respondent belongs

The Board shall impose the appropriate sanctions and render a decision on cases in a manner herein provided. The Formal Inquiry Committee (FIC) which conducts the formal investigation of all disciplinary cases involving students is composed of the following: • •

Head of the Office of Student Affairs Student Discipline Officer who acts as Chairman


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Chair of the Department to which the respondent belongs (or his or her designated faculty representative) Student Organization (S.O.) President or his/her representative to which the respondent belongs

JURISDICTION The USC Disciplinary Board and the Office of Student Affairs have jurisdiction over all cases involving the discipline of students. The fact that the misconduct was committed outside the University premises is neither a defense nor a deterrent to an investigation by the University, for as long as the misconduct involves his/her status as a student which can affect the good name or reputation of the University. The proper discipline shall be imposed by the Board and the Office. A student who is charged with an offense and refuses to heed the summons to appear before the investigating body set up by the administration, is deemed to have waived his or her right to present evidence(s), and the case shall then be decided on the basis of the complaint and evidence(s) presented. In case of subsequent enrolment of such student, he/she shall have to answer the charges filed and lodged against him/her. HEARING PROCEDURES A formal charge or written complaint shall be filed by the aggrieved party or any person having direct and personal knowledge of the commission of the act charged against the student. In the absence of a written complaint, the University, on its own initiative, shall be the complainant against the erring student. In the event that the University shall be the complainant, the aggrieved party (the victim, if any) shall be the principal witness. The University shall uphold its right to investigate cases even in the absence of a formal complaint by any aggrieved party, provided that these cases do not involve immorality and its related cases thereto, where a complainant is necessary to shed light and to give testimonies as well as to provide acceptable and verifiable evidence(s) thereof. DUE PROCESS The Procedure on the matter pertaining to SERIOUS OFFENSES by erring students which are investigated and deliberated on by a Formal Inquiry Committee is as follows:


Step 1: The Office of Discipline shall strictly comply with the minimum requirements of due process that entails the imposition of an administrative penalty as severe as suspension, exclusion or expulsion, such as: • the students must be informed in writing of the nature and cause of any accusation against them; • they shall have the right to answer the charges against them, with the assistance of counsel, if desired; • they shall be informed of the evidence against them; • they shall have the right to adduce evidence in their own behalf; and • the evidence must be considered by the investigating committee or official designated by the school authorities to hear and decide the case; • if the student involved is a minor, the parents and/or legal guardian shall be duly notified of the charge/s. Step 2: The Office of Discipline, while respecting the respondent’s right to “due process”, shall convene a Formal Inquiry Committee to investigate, hear, deliberate, and render a decision on the case. Step 3: The Formal Inquiry Committee, after the investigation and deliberation on the case, shall formally submit a written report of its FINDINGS, COMMENTS, CONCLUSION, and RECOMMENDATION(s) to the Board of Discipline for approval or disapproval. STEP 4: The Board of Discipline shall make the final disposition/judgment on the case after studying and evaluating the Findings, Comments, Conclusion, and Recommended Penalty as submitted to them by the Formal Inquiry Committee. The Vice President will make the final disposition/ judgment including cases recommended for any of the following penalty: • • •

suspension from classes for three (3) or more days dismissal and exclusion from the University expulsion.

In the above cases, the Board of Discipline shall forward all the papers to the Office of the Vice President who shall make the final disposition of the case. A student may file an appeal to the University President within five (5) working days from his/her receipt of the judgment or decision from the Office of the Vice President. The action of the University President is final and executory. The Documents of Disciplinary Proceedings are confidential and are the exclusive property of the University of San Carlos. These cannot be used by anybody as a material for purposes of litigations in court proceedings, unless there is an order by a


judge of Court. Furthermore, only the President of the University can decide for any release of such documents. SANCTIONS. Pursuant to the Manual of Regulations for Private Higher Education, the following disciplinary sanctions for serious offenses or violation of school regulations may be applied on an erring student: •

Suspension is a penalty in which the school is allowed to deny or deprive an erring student of attendance in classes for a period not exceeding 20% of the prescribed class days for the term.

The decision of the school in every case involving the penalty of suspension which exceeds 20% of the prescribed school days for a term shall be forwarded to the CHED Regional Office within 10 days from the termination of the investigation of each case. •

Exclusion is a penalty in which the school is allowed to exclude or drop the name of the erring student from the school rolls for being undesirable, and transfer credentials shall be immediately issued. A summary investigation shall have been conducted, and no prior approval by CHED is required in the imposition of the penalty.

The decision of the school in every case involving the penalty of exclusion from the rolls, together with all the pertinent papers therefore, shall be filed in the school for a period of one year in order to afford CHED the opportunity to review the case in the event an appeal is taken by the party concerned. •

Expulsion is an extreme penalty on an erring student consisting of his/her exclusion from any public or private school in the Philippines and which requires the prior approval of CHED. The penalty may be imposed for acts or offenses constituting gross misconduct, dishonesty, hazing, carrying deadly weapons, immorality, selling and/or possession of a prohibited drug such as marijuana, drug dependency, drunkenness, hooliganism, vandalism, instigating or leading illegal strikes or similar concerted activities resulting in the stoppage of classes; and other related serious school offenses such as assaulting, threatening, or preventing a) a student from attending classes; b) an employee from entering the school’s premises to discharge his/her duties; c) forging or tampering school records or school forms; and d) securing or using forged or tampered school records, forms, and documents.


The decision of the school in every case involving the penalty of expulsion,together with the supporting papers, shall be forwarded to the CHED Regional Office within ten (10) days from the termination of the investigation of each case. In cases not covered by the foregoing rules, the USC Disciplinary Board shall determine the kind of penalty to be imposed, which may include, among others, the following: reprimand, suspension, expulsion, dismissal or expulsion from the University. The factors which may be taken into account in the determination of the imposable penalty are: • • • • •

previous record of the student (recidivism) gravity of the offense character and position of the aggrieved person established precedents other aggravating or mitigating circumstances accepted and appreciated by the Formal Inquiry Committee and by the Board of Discipline

The other disciplinary sanctions which may likewise be meted out to any erring student are the following: • • • • • • • • • • •

written apology to the aggrieved/offended party payment of the value of the property destroyed/damaged/lost or its replacement regular rehabilitation counseling by the Guidance Services oral or written warning from the person in authority (Discipline officer, Faculty member, University staff) disciplinary probation with automatic suspension for the rest of the term in case of any violation of the conditions imposed exclusion for a semester/s disqualification from receiving honors at graduation non-issuance of Certificate of Good Moral Character disqualification, suspension or withdrawal of privileges (discounts or scholarships) payment of fines other penalties which may be set forth in the University regulations.

Preventive suspension of the accused may be imposed even before the hearing of his/her case has commenced. The respondent shall not be allowed to enter the school premises if the evidence of guilt is strong, and the school head is morally convinced that the continued stay or presence of the accused during the period of investigation constitutes an obstruction to the moral operation of the school or his/her presence poses a risk or imminent danger to life and property in the school. The preventive suspension shall not exceed 10% of the prescribed class days.


Appendix 5: Specifications for School Uniforms Uniform for Males


Uniform for Females


Appendix 6. SECURITY AND SAFETY POLICIES The following policies and procedures are provided to ensure security and safety on campus as a commitment to the Carolinian family in particular and the community in general: A. Entry of Persons in the Campus A.1. General Provisions A.1.1. Any person who wishes to enter the school must present his/her ID card to the Security Guards. A.1.2. Those who fail to present their ID will not be allowed to enter the campus. A.1.3. USC employees, students, and guests are required to wear the USC I.D. on campus. A.1.4. Any person deemed undesirable shall be barred from entering the campus under the following circumstances but not limited to: A.1.4.1. bringing of alcoholic beverages and prohibited substances A.1.4.2. being under the influence of alcohol and prohibited substances A.1.4.3. carrying deadly weapons such as firearms, sharp bladed weapons firecrackers, etc. A.1.5. Body searches for students, employees and visitors may be done during special school events. A.1.6. Inspection of boxes, luggage or any container shall be done upon entry and exit. A.2. Students A.2.1. Students are required to wear their ID card on campus. A.2.2. If a student has no ID card, the Security Personnel must determine the reasons for failing to present one. A.2.2.1. If a student has misplaced his/her ID card, he/she will secure a Violation Slip from the Security Department. This Violation Slip is valid only for a day. This slip will be used by the student in lieu of his/her misplaced ID card.


A.2.2.2. If a student has lost his/her ID card, he/she will secure a Violation Slip from the Security Department. The Violation Slip is valid for only three days to give the student time to look for his/her ID card. This slip will be used by the student in lieu of his/her lost ID card. A.2.2.3. If a student can no longer find his/her ID card, he/she will execute an affidavit of loss. This document shall be submitted to the Office of Student Affairs (OSA) for the student’s ID replacement. A.2.3. Students are required to be in their prescribed school uniform when entering the campus; otherwise, they shall be denied entry. (Please refer to Article III, Section 2 of this Manual for the specification of prescribed uniform.) A.2.4. Students may be exempted from wearing the school uniform provided they secure a uniform exemption pass from OSA to be obtained a day before seeking entry on campus. A.2.5.During wash days, students must wear the prescribed civilian attire; otherwise, he/she shall be denied entry. A.3. Parents/Visitors A.3.1. They are required to present their valid Identification Card (ID) to the security guard. A.3.2. They shall then be asked to log in and deposit their ID card. A.3.3. Subsequently, they shall be issued a visitor’s ID that they should wear while inside the school. A.3.4. When their transaction is done, they shall log out at the security guard on duty, return the visitor’s ID, and ask for their ID card. B. Entry of Motor Vehicles on Campus B.1. All vehicles are subject to inspection by the security personnel upon entry and exit in all USC campuses. B.2. All USC Administrators, faculty, employees, students, parents, canteen concessionaires and regular suppliers of the USC canteens, who are vehicle owners and who wish to gain entry and/or avail of a parking space privilege shall apply for a Motor Vehicle Pass Sticker (MVPS) in the Security Office. B.3. An applicant is entitled to one (1) sticker privilege only. However, those applicants with special concerns may be issued an additional sticker after being


evaluated by the Head of the Security Office. B.4. A temporary Vehicle Pass may be issued to the following: • • •

teachers pursuing masters/doctorate degrees and other special programs in the University part-time teachers students, parents, and visitors with legitimate transactions in the University

B.5. USC MVPS holders are expected to follow the guidelines stipulated in the application form, uphold the rules and regulations of the University, and observe traffic rules. B.6. Any violation committed by a Motor Vehicle Pass Sticker (regular or temporary) holder shall be dealt with accordingly. B.7. Taxicabs hired by faculty, employees, and students may be allowed entry to the Talamban Campus only. However, USC guidelines and traffic rules must be observed. B.8. In the South, North, Downtown, and Montessori Campuses, taxicabs are not allowed entry, except for special requests from employees and administrators. B.9. Student MVPS are issued only for the Talamban Campus. C. Materials/Equipment C.1 Taking out and returning USC Materials/Equipment C.1.1. Any equipment/property owned by the university that will be taken outside the campus must be recorded by the Security Guard on duty. C.1.2. A gate pass duly accomplished and signed by the Department Head or any authorized issuing person must be presented to the Security Guard before such items can be taken outside the campus. C.1.3. Upon the return of the said items back to the university, the gate pass shall again be checked by the Security Guard to make sure that the equipment/property brought in by the personnel matches that which was taken out. C.2. Bringing of Personal Property/Equipment/Gadgets Inside the School


C.2.1. Any student, employee or visitor bringing a personal property/equipment/ gadget inside the school must present this item to the Security Guard on duty for recording. C.2.2. The owner shall be issued a Certification Form certifying that the item(s) belong to him/her. Only then shall he/she be allowed inside the school with the personal property/ equipment/gadget. C.2.3. Upon exit, the owner shall present the Certification Form to the Security Guard. C.2.4. The Security Guard shall check the listed items in the Certification Form if they are the same items brought inside before the student, employee, or visitor will be allowed to take the items out of the school. D. Other Policies D.1. Curfew – The curfew hour is set at 9:30 p.m. on all campuses. Anyone who needs to stay beyond the curfew hour must secure a permit from the Vice President of Administration two days before the planned extension. D.2. Sundays and Holidays – Any person who wishes to enter the school must present his/her Campus Entry Request Form and other permits such as Classroom Utilization Form and Facilities Utilization Form to the Security Guards. D.3. Overnight Parking on USC Campuses – Only SVD- and -USC-owned vehicles are allowed to park overnight inside any USC campus. However, vehicles owned by USC Personnel may be allowed to park overnight provided permission is secured from the Vice President for Administration. The university shall not be held liable for any loss or damage to the vehicle or its contents while on campus. D.4. No Smoking Policy – Smoking on campus and the immediate vicinity of USC is strictly prohibited. Anybody caught smoking will be warned and/or reprimanded. This shall be documented for future reference. D.5. Policy on Sales Persons, Solicitors, Peddlers/Hawkers, Transient Vendors, and Canvassers – The university facilities may not be used for commercial, personal/private financial gains, or for commercial advertising unless authorized by USC Administration. Sales persons, solicitors, peddlers/hawkers, transient vendors, and canvassers are generally not permitted to operate in any of the University campuses.


E. Guidelines E.1. Entrance/Exit in USC-TC Dormitories - Dormitory occupants must present their Dormitory Identification Card and school ID to the Security Guard at the USC-TC entrance gate. F. Safety and Preventive Consciousness for Fire Hazards and other Untoward Incidents: F.1 For safety purposes, teachers, officer in-charge, students or whoever is the last user of the room or office facilities during the day should see to it that lights, air conditioners, etc. are securely switched off before leaving the room or office. F.2 It is not the primary duty of the security guards to switch off electrical appliances and lights. They are only to double check to make sure that all rooms and offices are properly locked. F.3 An incident report on any violation of the policies will be submitted by the guard on duty to the Supervisor of the Campus Security, who in turn will make an official written report to the Vice-President for Administration. Appendix 7: General Rules for Library Use A. General Rules 1. SILENCE should be observed. 2. Eating, smoking, and sleeping are prohibited. 3. Books in the reading areas should not be returned to their shelves but left on the tables (to avoid their being misplaced). Exception: Individual volumes belonging to a set, such as encyclopedias, should be returned to their proper places. 4. Students have unrestricted access to thousands of volumes for reference and browsing. They may also request stack service for books which they cannot find. 5. A properly validated ID must be presented at the various counters wherever a library material is needed. This card is non-transferable. 6. The University ID will be confiscated from a student who fails to observe library regulations and procedures and shall be referred to the Department Chair/Dean or Office of Student Affairs for disciplinary action. B. Control Procedures 1. Library clients should wear their ID upon entry and all throughout their stay in the library 2. Upon leaving the library, users are required to pass through the correct exit security portal. If the exit triggers the alarm, they should follow these steps: • 1st Alarm Ring – Step aside and pass through the security portal again.


2nd Alarm Ring – Approach the circulation desk and verify if the material is properly checked out. Wait for the library security guard or the librarian to approach and check the handbag, briefcase, etc. for any materials that may have triggered the alarm. 3. During brown-outs, users must: • Open and show contents of bags, folders and/or envelopes. • Show date due slips of every library material taken out to the exit checker. C. Rules of Borrowing Materials 1. Reference and Browsing books may be borrowed for two (2) weeks renewable for another two (2) weeks, unless needed by another student or administrative employees whereas faculty and administrators may borrow the material for a semester. 2. A maximum of ten (10) books may be borrowed at a time by students or administrative employees. Faculty and administrators may borrow 20 books at a time. 3. Reserved books are issued for an hour for use within the library or for photocopying. Overnight use for selected titles is allowed. 4. Duplicate copies of the CD ROM may be borrowed by faculty and administrators for overnight use. The Library System complies with all the provisions of RA 8293: An Act Prescribing an “Intellectual Property Code”, and strictly observes the country’s copyright law and Fair Use Guidelines. D. Fines and Other Penalties 1. For overdue books, the following fines are imposed: 1.1 Reference books and Browsing books: Php 5.00 per day per book excluding Sundays and holidays 1.2 Reserved books: Php 2.00 for the first hour, Php1.00 for the second hour and succeeding hours, and Php10.00 for each full day including Sundays and holidays if these are service days. The Library reserves the right to change rate of fines without prior notice. 2. When a book is lost, the borrower should report the loss immediately to the librarian. Otherwise, the book becomes overdue and the borrower will pay the overdue fines incurred until the day the loss is reported, in addition to paying for the current replacement cost of the book. 3. Stealing and mutilating books are serious offenses and will be dealt with strictly as these acts are grave offenses incurring disciplinary actions and fines. 3.1 For the theft, a fine of Php 1,000 will be imposed in addition to the current cost of acquiring a replacement. 3.2 For the mutilation, a fine of Php 500 plus the current cost of acquiring a replacement. 74

Appendix 8: General Rules for AV Use 1. Eating, smoking and sleeping are not allowed in any AV Hall/Room. 2. Setting of cell phones on silent mode must be followed. 3. Using pointed objects that can damage the stage, walls, and backdrop is not permitted in the AV Halls/Rooms. 4. Resting one’s feet on the backrest of the chairs is prohibited. 5. Damaging any of the facilities of the AV Hall is subject to charges against the organizing group/users. 6. Cleaning of the hall after use is the responsibility of the organizer/s. 7. Bringing of personal equipment such as laptop, LCD, lapel microphones, lights, etc. should be referred to the AV coordinator/AV services librarian/AV technician for guidelines in its appropriate use and for charges, if any. 8. Vandalism or any damage done intentionally or maliciously on any part of the hall shall be dealt with accordingly.


Appendix 9: Academic Program Offerings AY 2013-2014 BACCALAUREATE AND CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology • Bachelor of Science in Information and Communications Technology • Associate in Computer TechnologyMulti Media Technology

COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE AND FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE • Bachelor of Science in Architecture • Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture • Bachelor of Science in Interior Design

DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and Literature • Bachelor of Arts in Applied Linguistics • Bachelor of Arts in Literature

DEPARTMENT OF FINE ARTS • Bachelor of Fine Arts major in: o Advertising Arts o Fashion Design o Painting Arts o Cinema • Certificate in Screenwriting • Certificate in Illustration • Certificate in Multimedia Design • Certificate in Advertising Design • Certificate in Advance Drawing • Certificate in Advance Painting Technique • Certificate in Studio Art

DEPARTMENT OF LIBRARY SCIENCE • Bachelor of Library and Information Science (Enhanced Program)

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY • Bachelor of Science in Biology • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science • Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS • Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics


DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY • Bachelor of Science in Psychology

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY, ANTHROPOLOGY AND HISTORY • Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology o Archeology and Cultural Heritage Management Track o Development Track

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science


• Bachelor of Arts in Sociology • Bachelor of Arts in History

• Bachelor of Science in Accounting Technology


DEPARTMENT OF HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT • Bachelor of Science in Hotel and Restaurant Management w/ Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) • Bachelor of Tourism Management • Diploma in Culinary Arts • Certificate in Cruise Line Service Operations and Management

DEPARTMENT OF NURSING • Bachelor of Science in Nursing • Associate in Paramedics • Certificate in Emergency Medical Technician-Basic • Certificate in Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate • Certificate in Traditional Birthing Attendance “Hilot” • Diploma in Midwifery

DEPARTMENT OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION • Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship • Bachelor of Science in Real Estate Management • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in: o Executive Resources Management o Financial Management o Human Resource Development Management o Marketing Management o Operations Management

DEPARTMENT OF PHARMACY • Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy • Bachelor of Science in Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences SCHOOL OF LAW AND GOVERNANCE COLLEGE OF LAW • Bachelor of Laws • Juris Doctor DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science major in: o International Relations and Foreign Service o Law and Policy Studies o Political Theory and Systems o Public Management and Development minor in : Economics

DEPARTMENT OF ECONOMICS • Bachelor of Science in Economics tracks : o Business o Law and Politics o Social Science o Statistics COLLEGE OF EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OF TEACHER EDUCATION • Bachelor of Elementary Education • Bachelor of Education in Early Childhood Education with focus on Montessori Education



• Bachelor of Education in Special Education • Bachelor of Secondary Education major in: o Communication Arts (English) o Religious Education-Values Education

major in: o Computer Networks o Digital Systems Design o Software Engineering • Certificate in Systems & Network Administration • Certificate in Computer Technology Specialization in: o Software Development o Systems and Networks Administration

HOME TECHNOLOGY SECTION • Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics


DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICAL EDUCATION • Bachelor of Secondary Education major in Music, Arts, Physical Education

• Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering • Bachelor of Science in Electronics Engineering

DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS EDUCATION • Bachelor of Secondary Education major in: o Biology o Mathematics o Physics-Math o Physics-Chemistry o Biology-Chemistry

DEPARTMENT OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering (6-yr Bridged Program) DEPARTMENT OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (Ladderized Program) • Bachelor of Science in Manufacturing Engineering Major in Metalworking (Ladderized Program) • Bachelor of Mechanical Technology (Ladderized Program) • Preparatory Course for Mechanical Engineering

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT OF CHEMICAL ENGINEERING • Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING • Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER ENGINEERING • Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering


GRADUATE PROGRAMS COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE AND FINE ARTS DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE • Master of Architecture major in: o Architectural Science o Landscape Architecture o Urban Design • Master of Fine Arts in Cinema Studies

DEPARTMENT OF LIBRARY SCIENCE • Master of Science in Library and Information Science DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS • Master of Science in Mathematics DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES • Doctor of Philosophy in Philosophy • Master of Arts in Philosophy

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY • Doctor of Philosophy in Biology o Track A: Bioscience o Track B: Marine Biology o Track C: Environmental Science

DEPARTMENT OF PHYSICS • Doctor of Philosophy in Physics o Regular Program o Straight Program • Master of Science in Physics DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology • Master of Arts in Psychology with concentration in: o Industrial/Organizational Psychology o Developmental Psychology o Social Psychology • Master of Arts in Guidance and Counseling

• Master of Science in Biology • Master of Science in Environmental Science • Master of Science in Marine Biology DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY • Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry o Regular Track o Straight Track • Master of Science in Chemistry

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY AND ANTHROPOLOGY • Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology • Master of Arts in Anthropology • Master of Arts in History • Graduate Certificate in Cebuano Heritage Studies • Certificate Course in Community Development

DEPARTMENT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE • Master of Science in Information Technology DEPARTMENT OF LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE • Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics • Master of Arts in Literature


o Montessori Education • Certificate in Professional Education • Certificate in Teaching Montessori Education • Certificate in Teaching Special Education

SCHOOL OF BUSINESS and ECONOMICS GRADUATE ACCOUNTANCY PROGRAM • Master of Science in Accountancy major in: o Internal Audit (thesis) o Management Accounting (thesis) o Taxation (thesis) • Master of Internal Audit (non-thesis) • Master of Management Accounting (non-thesis) • Master of Taxation (non-thesis)

DEPARTMENT OF SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS EDUCATION • Doctor of Philosophy in Science Education major in: o Biology o Chemistry o Physics • Master of Arts in Mathematics Education • Master of Arts in Science Education major in: o Biology (thesis & non-thesis) o Chemistry (thesis & non-thesis) o Physics (thesis & non-thesis)

GRADUATE BUSINESS PROGRAM • Doctor of Philosophy in Management • Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration • Master in Business Administration GRADUATE ECONOMICS PROGRAM • Master of Arts in Economics • Master in Economics (non-thesis)


COLLEGE OF EDUCATION DEPARTMENT OF NURSING • Master of Arts in Nursing Major in Clinical Supervision

DEPARTMENT OF TEACHER EDUCATION • Doctor of Philosophy in Education area of specialization: o Curriculum & Instruction o Educational Administration o Research & Evaluation • Master of Arts in Education (thesis) major in: o Educational Management o English Language Teaching o Physical Education o Special Education o Montessori Education o Religious Education • Master in Education (non-thesis) major in: o Special Education



Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Master of Engineering major in Chemical Engineering

• Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering: o Control Systems Option o Energy Management Option

DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL ENGINEERING • Master of Engineering Program • Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering • Master of Science in Civil Engineering specializing in: o Water Resources and Environment o Structural and Geotechnical



Master of Engineering in Computer Engineering: o Computer Network Option o Digital Systems Design Option o Software Engineering Option


• •

Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering Master of Engineering in Engineering Management


Master of Engineering in Electronics and Communications Engineering: o Computer and Communications Option o Control Systems Option o Microelectronics Option


Master of Political Science (non-thesis) Master in Public Management and Development (non-thesis)

Appendix 10: USC Hymn To USC we sing Our song shall always ring You, who set the mind astir Of our learning the harbinger Our Alma Mater dear We pledge our love sincere Firm do we stand and true Glory to God, to man and you We promise faith and love And laud the Lord above To God we shout our song of praise To Him our voice we raise Your aim’s to lead us to the Lord Be now forever blessed! (Composer: Prof. Ricardo G. Narciso, Jr. +)


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