Current Students

D-Clearance Process



Please read the instructions listed below prior to requesting “D” clearance.


October 19, 2018 – On Campus ISE students may request D-Clearance starting at 5:00 p.m.

October 22, 2018 – D-Clearance requests will begin to be processed

November 26, 2018Non-ISE students will be allowed to request D-Clearances starting at
9:00 a.m.

November 27, 2018 – D-Clearance requests will begin to be processed.  If you are a non-ISE student and submit a D-Clearance request prior to November 26, 2018, your request will be deleted and you will need to submit it again beginning on November 26, 2018. 

Non ISE Studcnts – Are allowed to submit a maximum of 2 D-Clearance requests. Only 1 D-Clearance will be granted.

ISE On-Campus Students
D-Clearance Requests are managed through the myViterbi online system. Please login to using your USCNetID. Access, the D-Clearance Request Manager.

1) ISE students are allowed to submit a maximum of 5 D-Clearance requests. Only 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 18, 2019 at noon.

6) On the third week of classes, students must obtain approval from the professor before trying to add a course. 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.

ISE Off-Campus DEN@Viterbi Students
D-Clearance Requests are handled through DEN Tools
If you have any problems, please email


You will receive 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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