We are here to help you succeed! The student services section is designed to give you access to all resources and any support you will need during your time as a USI online student.
If you are a student who will NOT be coming to the USI campus, you may request an Eagle Access Card (student ID) be sent to you. To do this, please fill out the online request form below.
Online Learning Course Registration:
Students self-register for online learning courses through myUSI.
Online Learning Schedule Revision (Drop):
Online Learning students who are unable to visit campus to obtain the required signature(s) in person may obtain approval via email. The instructor/advisor/dean must send the email from their USI account and must include the student's full name, student ID#, and relevant course IDs and CRNs they are approving the student to add and/or drop. The approval email(s) should be submitted along with the Schedule Revision form (or emailed to email@example.com). A schedule revision form with the student's signature is still required.
View the tutorial below on how to successfully register for online courses.
- Academic Skills offers tutoring services and assistance developing skills you will need to succeed in your academic life. For assistance, please call (812) 464-1743 or visit http://www.usi.edu/university-division/academic-skills/
- Disability Resources coordinates services and academic accommodations for USI students with disabilities to ensure equal access to facilities, programs, services and resources of the university. For assistance, please call (812) 464-1961 or visit http://www.usi.edu/university-division/disabilities/. HI/Deaf/CD may text (812) 470-8266.
- Research Assistance is provided by reference librarians. For research assistance, please visit https://www.usi.edu/library/contact-us/. If you need assistance citing resources, please visit http://usi.libguides.com/content.php?pid=80760&sid=4805382
- The University Health Center is a full-service clinic offering medical services and health-related information to students, faculty, and staff. To make an appointment, please call (812) 465-1250 or visit http://www.usi.edu/healthcenter
- The Counseling Center is committed to making the USI a happy and healthy place for all of our students. For information, please call (812) 464-1867 or visit http://www.usi.edu/counselingcenter/
- Student Financial Assistance is dedicated to helping USI students and their families navigate the financial aid process. For information, please call (812) 464-1767, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://www.usi.edu/financial-aid
- Career Services and Internships provides a full range of career development services, internship and job search strategy, workshops, career fairs, resume assistance and mock interviews, in addition to other services. For information, please call (812) 464-1865, email email@example.com, or visit https://www.usi.edu/careerservices
The Dean of Students Office assists USI students in reaching educational and personal goals. For information, please call (812) 464-1862, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit https://www.usi.edu/deanofstudents
Students are expected to maintain complete honesty and integrity in the academic experiences both in and out of the classroom. Any student found guilty of dishonesty including, but not limited to, plagiarism and/or cheating on an examination will be subject to disciplinary action. For more information, please visit Academic Integrity Policies and Procedures.
The University of Southern Indiana embraces and celebrates the many differences that exist among the members of a dynamic, intellectual, and inclusive community, and strives to maintain an environment that respects differences and provides a sense of belonging and inclusion for everyone. Any form of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, will not be tolerated. All members of the University community are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that does not infringe upon the rights of others, and should be aware that the University is prepared to take prompt action to prevent and correct such inappropriate behavior and to remedy its effects.
For more information, please visit Sexual Misconduct & Relationship Violence and Equal Opportunity & Non-Discrimination Policies.
Class Withdrawal & Incomplete Policy
It is the student’s responsibility to officially drop/withdraw from any courses before the deadline. The university does not withdraw students from any classes. Please refer to the USI Academic Calendar for specific dates. For more information, please visit Registrar’s Office Schedule Changes.
Under special circumstances, students may petition for an incomplete grade. However, it is up to the course instructor to decide if an incomplete will be granted. Students receiving an incomplete grade will need to complete all course requirements by the agreed deadline to avoid an “F” grade.
If you have a disability for which you may require academic accommodations for this class, please contact Disability Resources at (812) 464-1961 or email Ronda Stone as soon as possible. Students who are approved for accommodations by Disability Resources should request their accommodation letter be sent to their online instructors. Due to the nature of online courses some accommodations approved for on campus courses may not apply. Please discuss this with Disability Resources to clarify as needed.
Students who receive an accommodation letter from Disability Resources are encouraged to discuss the provisions of those accommodations with their professors before or during the first week of the semester. If you will be in an internship, field, clinical, student teaching, or other off-campus setting this semester please note that approved academic accommodations may not apply. Please contact Disability Resources as soon as possible to discuss accommodations needed for access while in this setting. For more information, please visit the Disability Resources website.
Title IX, Sexual Assault, and Gender Violence Policy
USI does not tolerate acts of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment and all forms of sexual violence. If you have experienced sexual misconduct, or know someone who has, you may seek help by contacting USI’s Title IX Coordinator, Carrie Lynn, at 812-464-1703 or at email@example.com. It is important to know that federal regulations and University policy require faculty to promptly report incidences of potential sexual misconduct known to them to the Title IX Coordinator. The University will work with you to protect your privacy by sharing information with only those who need to know to ensure we can respond and assist. If you are seeking help and would like to speak to someone confidentially, you can make an appointment with a counselor at the University Counseling Center by calling 812-464-1867.
Find more information about sexual violence, including campus and community resources at Sexual Assault Prevention and Response.
For additional information on policies, services, rights, and responsibilities; please refer to the USI Student Handbook.
- Complete and submit the Instructor Request for Exam Proctoring Services form during first two weeks of the course.
- Complete and submit an Exam Proctoring Instructions Form one week before each scheduled exam.
- Email the exam and supplemental materials to firstname.lastname@example.org at least two business days before the first scheduled exam. For paper/pencil exams, the proctor emails the completed exam to the instructor. When the exam arrives, verify the legibility of exam and notify proctor that he/she may shred original copy.
- Request permission from your instructor to utilize an external proctor for your exam(s).
- Complete the Student portion of the External Proctor Approval Request Form.
Note: If you anticipate utilizing the same external proctor for multiple exams in the course, you only need to complete the External Proctor Approval Request form once.
- Identify a potential external proctor and provide the External Proctor Approval Request Form (with Student portion completed). Potential approved external proctor may include individuals from the following list:
- a school superintendent, principal, counselor, or teacher
- an administrator or librarian of a college or university
- a workplace company executive, administrator, or senior supervisor
- a commissioned officer whose rank is higher than the student’s (military)
Please note: relatives, friends, or non-qualified individuals may not serve as external proctors. Online Learning will screen each potential proctor. Please note that some external proctors may require a fee. You are responsible for any fees.
- Instruct the individual to complete the External Proctor portion of the External Proctor Approval Request Form and have him/her email the completed form to email@example.com.
Note: The External Proctor Approval Request Form must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the proctor and from the proctor’s email address at least five business days prior to your first scheduled exam. If approved, Online Learning will notify you and your proctor.
- Contact your approved external proctor at least five business days before each exam due date to schedule your exam.
- Complete and submit the Student Notification of Scheduled Exam with External Proctor form for each exam at least five business days before the date of proctored exam to notify your instructor and Online Learning that you have scheduled your exam.
Many online courses require exam proctoring. If a student is unable to attend a scheduled proctored exam with the instructor, that individual may schedule a proctored exam on campus with Online Learning or with an approved external proctor.
Online Learning provides exam-proctoring services for students Tuesdays 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
- Complete and submit the Instructor Request for Exam Proctoring Services form during first two weeks of the course.
- Complete and submit an Exam Proctoring Instructions Form one week before each scheduled exam.
- Email the exam and all supplemental materials at least two business days before the first scheduled exam. (i.e., by Friday in the week prior if the first scheduled exam is on the Tuesday following or by Monday if first scheduled exam is on Wednesday of that week.)
- Request permission from your instructor to utilize the Online Learning to proctor your exam.
- Complete and submit your Student Request to Schedule an Exam with Online Learning form to schedule an exam proctoring session through Online Learning at least five business days before the date of proctored exam.
- Arrive at Online Learning (FA 029) for your exam with a photo ID and permitted exam materials.
1. Why is USI offering online proctoring?
USI cares about student learning. Online proctoring ensures fairness and levels the playing field for all students.
2. Why was Proctorio chosen?
Proctorio will provide students with a convenient option for taking an online exam without having to travel to a testing center or on campus. Students do not need to schedule exams ahead of time, simply go to Blackboard to begin the exam.
3. What about student privacy?
4. Is online proctoring required for all online exams?
No. Online proctoring for exams is an option that your instructor may or may not require for course exams. If the instructor has enabled online proctoring for an exam, then it is required of all students in the class. If you have an online exam that requires proctoring via Proctorio, a notification will be provided within your syllabus.
5. If my online exam requires proctoring, what will I need?
- Webcam with a microphone
- Google Chrome
- Dowloaded Proctorio Extension
- Student or Government Issued Photo ID
- Reliable internet connection
- Quiet, private location
NOTE: Be prepared to scan the room with your webcam.
6. What if I have a technical problem with Proctorio?
Proctorio offers 24/7 support.
7. Why is Proctorio prompting me for a password?
If you are prompted for a password, then it is likely that you do not have the Proctorio Chrome Extension installed - click here to install.
If you have the Proctorio Chrome Extension installed, then please contact Proctorio support or try these quick troubleshooting steps.
a. Turn the Proctorio Chrome Extension off and on:
i. Click on Customize and control Google Chrome icon in the upper corner of the browser window.
ii. In the drop-down menu, select "More tools" and the click on "Extensions".
iii. In the Extensions tab, click on the toggle switch in the bottom-right of the Proctorio extension box to turn off (turns gray) and then click again to turn on (turns blue).
b. Reload the page - click on the Reload this page icon in upper-left corner of browser window.
d. Click on the "Secure Exam Proctor" link in your Blackboard course.
8. What about accessibility?
Proctorio is VPAT certified, 508 compliant, and fully accessible. Students with questions or concerns about how a disability or an approved accommodation may impact the use of Proctorio should contact Disability Resources.
9. Can I see what it looks like to use Proctorio?
10. Are there other options?
Yes. If you need more privacy or a stable internet connection, the library offers space with a computer for taking your proctored tests. There are two rooms (RL1011 and RL1012) available during the library’s open hours on a first-come, first-served basis. You can reserve a room online up to 30 days in advance with our booking calendar, which is recommended given the limited availability. For more information about the Rice Library’s Proctorio/Zoom Rooms, please contact library administrators.
The links below include information about the accessibility of some of the technologies used in your online courses.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader: http://www.adobe.com/accessibility/products/acrobat.html
- Blackboard: http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Resources/Accessibility.aspx
- Cengage: http://www.cengage.com/accessibility/
- Google Apps: http://www.google.com/accessibility/all-products-features.html
- Harvard Business Publishing: https://cb.hbsp.harvard.edu/cbmp/pages/content/accessibility
- InterviewStream: https://interviewstream.com/interviewstream-prep-update-includes-section-508-compliance-2/
- Kahoot: https://kahoot.com/accessibility-policy/
- Kanopy: https://www.kanopy.com/accessibility
- McGraw-Hill: https://www.mheducation.com/about/accessibility.html
- Merlot: http://info.merlot.org/merlothelp/assets/docs/merlot_accessibility-statement.pdf
- Microsoft Office: http://www.microsoft.com/enable/default.aspx
- Microsoft: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility/default.aspx
- Panopto: http://support.panopto.com/documentation/viewing/accessibility-features
- Pearson, MyMath Lab: https://www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com/northamerica/mymathlab/accessibility/
- Pearson, MyWriting Lab: https://www.pearsonmylabandmastering.com/northamerica/mywritinglab/accessibility/index.html
- Remind: https://www.remind.com/resources/accessibility-statement
- SolidWorks: https://help.solidworks.com/2019/english/SolidWorks/sldworks/c_accessibility_feature_sw.htm?verRedirect=1
- Swank: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/accessibility
- Twitter: https://help.twitter.com/en/using-twitter/picture-descriptions
- VoiceThread: http://voicethread.com/about/features/accessibility/
- WeBWork: http://webwork.maa.org/wiki/Accessibility_Guide#.XMr7-6R7mUl
- WileyPLUS: https://www.wileyplus.com/about/Accessibility.html
- Youtube: https://support.google.com/youtube/answer/189278?hl=en
- Zoom: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/204119749-Zooms-VPAT-Accessibility-Statement
What is Netiquette?
Netiquette refers to the social expectations and behavior norms for online interactions and communications. In the online learning environment, we should follow common social standards. Developing awareness of netiquette will help you succeed in online communication activities (emails, discussion forums, chat, etc.) and to get the most out of your online courses.
General Netiquette Rules
- Be friendly and civil with each other
- Be forgiving of other people’s mistakes
- Avoid abbreviation
- Avoid “text messaging” language (examples; LOL, NP, TY, emoji's, etc…)
- Avoid “ALL CAPS” (IT’S LIKE YELLING)
- Respect others’ privacy and your own (be careful of personal or confidential information)
- Stay on topic, and write clearly and concisely
- Run a spelling and grammar check before posting anything publicly
Netiquette for Discussion Board
*You can also view the video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwdqQjCfWSc
- Read other’s posts before making your own
- Post early in a thoughtful manner
- Post relevant information and contribute to a civilized debate
- Refer to others’ posts when replying
- Cite information correctly
To learn more about citing information correctly, please visit the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) by clicking on the following link; https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/
Netiquette for Email
- Use clear and specific subject lines ( include the class information, section #, class assignment, etc.)
- Include a proper greeting and closing
- Be professional
- Don’t forward or copy another’s email without permission
As you interact with other people in the online environment, please remember that "The University of Southern Indiana embraces and celebrates the many differences that exist among the members of a dynamic, intellectual and inclusive community and strives to maintain an environment that respects differences and provides a sense of belonging and inclusion for everyone. Any form of discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual misconduct, will not be tolerated."Civil Rights & Sexual Misconduct, University Handbook (2017).
Questions about the University's Civil Rights and Sexual Misconduct Policies or Procedures can be directed to:
Ms. Carrie Lynn, Title IX Coordinator
Wright Administration Building Forum Wing
The links below explain how a particular company will be using your information whenever an account is created. Take this into consideration when using this tools in your online courses.
- Blackboard: http://www.blackboard.com/Footer/Privacy-Policy.aspx
- Cengage: http://www.cengage.com/privacy/
- Educreations: https://www.educreations.com/privacy/
- Google Apps: https://support.google.com/a/answer/60762?hl=en
- Harvard Business Review: https://hbr.org/corporate/privacy-policy
- InterviewStream: https://www.rivs.com/privacy/
- Kahoot: https://kahoot.com/privacy-policy/
- McGraw-Hill Connect: http://connect.mheducation.com/classwareweb/branding/en_US/default/html/privacy.html
- Merlot: http://info.merlot.org/merlothelp/topic.htm#t=Policies_and_Practices.htm%23MERLOT_Privacy_Policy
- Microsoft: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/privacystatement/EnterpriseDev/default.aspx
- Panopto: http://panopto.com/privacy/
- Pearson: https://www.pearson.com/us/privacy-statement.html
- Remind: https://www.remind.com/privacy-policy
- SAP Privacy Statement: https://www.sap.com/corporate/en/legal/privacy.html
- Screencast O Matic: https://screencast-o-matic.com/privacy
- SolidWorks: https://www.solidworks.com/privacy-policy
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/en/privacy
- Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/privacy
- VoiceThread: https://voicethread.com/privacy
- WeBWork: http://webwork.maa.org/wiki/WeBWorK:Privacy_Policy#.XMr7a6R7mUl
- Weebly: https://www.weebly.com/privacy
- WileyPLUS: https://www.wiley.com/en-us/privacy
- Xilinx: https://www.xilinx.com/about/privacy-policy.html
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/static?template=privacy_guidelines
- Zoom: https://zoom.us/privacy
What hardware & software do you need for taking online courses?
When taking online courses, there are some additional materials that students need to make sure they have access to before committing to taking such a course.
Students taking one or more online courses should have dedicated access to a computer using a modern operating system such as Windows 7 or Mac OS X. They should also have access to a backup computer in case of equipment failure.
A high-speed Internet connection (e.g. DSL or Cable) is required for online students. Sometimes a wireless connection can be unstable or have poor signal quality. Check your Internet Connection Speed by clicking here.
A minimum of two web browsers (e.g. Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari) is required for online students. Please note Internet Explorer is not compatible with Blackboard.
Make sure your computer has Microsoft Office Suite installed to enable you to view the word documents, powerpoints, etc. The University of Southern Indiana offers a free version of Microsoft 365 that can be installed on up to five computers. For more information, please visit https://www.usi.edu/it/software/
Java is a programming language and computing platform first released by Sun Microsystems in 1995. Lots of applications and websites won't work unless you have Java installed.
Adobe Acrobat Reader
Adobe Acrobat Reader enables users to view and print PDF files but has negligible PDF creation capabilities. Most research articles and online journals are saved in PDF format.
Anti-virus software is a computer program that detects, prevents, and takes action to disarm or remove malicious software programs, such as viruses. To avoid the most current viruses, students must update their antivirus software regularly. Students can set up most types of antivirus software to update automatically. For on-demand protection, the Microsoft Safety Scanner allows students to scan their computer for viruses and other malicious software for free.
If you are using Windows 8 or 10, please turn on Microsoft Defender. Additional instructions can be found at https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/17464/windows-defender-help-protect-computer
If you have Windows 7 or older version, you may download Microsoft Security Essentials https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=5201
Other antivirus software:
Additional items that may be required for some courses are:
- Headset: A headset/earphone can separate the audio input (microphone) and output (speaker) to avoid feedback/echo.
- Webcam: A webcam either attached or embedded in your computer.
1. What's VoiceThreading?
2. How do I log into VoiceThread (VT)?
3. How do I create a VT?
4. How do I comment on a VT?
5. How do I share a VT?
6. How do I edit a VT?
7. How do I watch a VT presentation?
8. How do I submit a comment on VT?
9. How do I submit a VT presentation?
10. How do I submit a VT to a Threadbox?
1. How do I access Zoom?
a. Log into https://my.usi.edu/
b. Click on the Zoom Icon under Eagles Apps
2. How do I download Zoom?
To download zoom on your computer or mobile device, please go to https://usi.zoom.us/download
For desktop download:
a. Click the "Download" button under "Zoom Client for Meetings."
b. The Zoom file will be downloaded automatically. Run the downloaded file to install the app.
Note: if you have trouble finding the downloaded file, please go to the "downloads" folder on your computer, look for the "zoominstaller" or "zoomlauncher" file, and run it by double-clicking it.
c. Open the new application and click on "Sign In"
d. Click on "Login with SSO"
e. Type "USI" as the company domain
f. Login using your USI username and password
3. How do I join a Zoom meeting?
4. How do I schedule a Zoom meeting?
5. How do I start a scheduled Zoom meeting?
To start a scheduled meeting, you can do ONE of the following options.
a) Go to https://usi.zoom.us/meeting, find the meeting and click "Start."
The meeting link could be your personal meeting room, or a meeting previously scheduled (as seen in the picture below)
b) Or you can start the meeting from your zoom client app. Select "Meetings," locate the meeting and select "Start."
6. How do I access Zoom meeting controls?
7. How do I screen share on Zoom?
8. How do I record a Zoom meeting?
For additional Zoom tutorials, please go to the Zoom Help Center.