Please read the instructions listed below prior to requesting “D” clearance
October 20, 2017 – On Campus ISE students may request D-Clearance starting at 5:00 p.m.
October 23, 2017 – D-Clearance requests will begin to be processed for approval.
November 29, 2017 – Non-ISE students will be allowed to request D-Clearance starting at
Non-ISE students will be granted a maximum of 1 D-Clearance per semester.
ISE On-Campus Students
D-Clearance Requests are managed through the myViterbi online system. Please login to http://myviterbi.usc.edu using your USCNetID. Access, the D-Clearance Request Manager.
1) ISE student are allowed to submit a maximum of 5 D-Clearance requests. Only a maximum
of 3 D-Clearances will be granted.
3) Once your request has been processed, you will receive an email notification from the myViterbi on-line “D” clearance system.
4) If you allow the D-Clearance to expire, you will be required to resubmit your request.
5) The myViterbi on-line system for requesting D Clearance(s) for ISE course(s) will be turned off starting Friday, January 19th at noon.
6) Students should obtain approval from the professor before trying to add a course after the second week of classes. To obtain D-Clearance have the professor sign the Course Schedule Change form and bring it to the Epstein ISE Department Student Services Office at GER 247.
You will receive your D-Clearance with your academic advisor during your mandatory advising sessions.
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ISE Department Teaching Assistant Job Description
Teaching assistants are responsible for assisting their assigned professors in student instruction. Exact duties can vary from class to class but may include:
- Creating solution sets for homework and examinations
- Assisting students outside of class in understanding course material and assignments
- Grading homework assignments
- Providing tutorial sessions outside of normal class hours
- Instructing students during scheduled laboratory sessions (if applicable)
All teaching assistants are expected to hold a minimum of 2 office hours per week for 25% appointments or 4 office hours per week for 50% appointments. Office hours must be held in the assigned room, according to a schedule determined with the instructor and the ISE Department.
On occasion (no more than twice per semester unless approved by the Chair), teaching assistants may act as a substitute instructor for their assigned professor.
Teaching assistants are not allowed to proctor final examinations.
The normal workload for a 25% appointment is 10 hours per week. The normal workload for a 50% appointment is 20 hours per week.
Ph.D students have priority for TA assignments over other graduate students.
ISE Department Grader Job Description
Graders are responsible for assisting their assigned professors and/or teaching assistants in grading problem sets and non-essay homework assignments. Graders are expected to meet with professors and/or TAs as needed to discuss assignment grading. Graders may also assist the professors in creating answer sheets and handouts, under direction from the course professor or TA. Graders are not responsible for grading tests, providing classroom instruction or tutorials, or holding office hours.
Workload and compensation varies from course to course depending on the number of students.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Students in the graduate programs can work off-campus full-time. The EMT program is especially geared for the full-time employee going to school part-time. Courses in the EMT program are offered in the evening. Students in the Ph.D. program are expected to pursue the degree full-time.