Student support at USC Gympie

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Student support at USC Gympie

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In addition to a range of resources and support services available at Sippy Downs, USC Gympie students have access to:

Student Wellbeing

USC Student Wellbeing provides a broad range of services to support your wellbeing whilst studying with the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Student access hours

Students enrolled to study at any USC Campus can access the USC Gympie building for study purposes as follows:

  • 7am to 10pm Monday to Friday
  • 8am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday, and public holidays

Students accessing the building outside of standard office hours (8.30am-4.30pm) Monday to Friday will need a current Student ID card to get into the building. If you experience problems with accessing the building after hours contact Gympie.

IT services

USC Gympie has an 20-seat computer laboratory (room GY.G.19). Students can access this room during the student access hours listed above except when classes are running, you can check on Find a PC for availability. NB: Students and staff will need to swipe their ID cards to access the computer lab GY.G.19.

Students also have access to three computers and a virtual IT helpdesk in the learning commons area opposite the student kitchen as well as an additional eight computers on level 1.

For IT assistance on campus, visit Student Central – Gympie campus Monday to Friday 8.30am-4.30pm. During Semester, there is a Student IT Support Officer on available on campus from 7.30am-1pm Monday to Friday.

Visit Information Technology Services for more information on IT support and access to online training platforms and student technology discounts.

Library services

USC Gympie students have access to the:

USC Library General Collection at USC Sunshine Coast

  • Borrow books by using the inter-site request form. Items requested via the inter-site request service will normally be delivered to USC Gympie for collection within two working days (subject to Australia Post delivery service).
  • Request a scanned chapter of a book held at USC Sunshine Coast.

Onsite Collections contain prescribed texts and required readings identified by the Course Coordinator

  • The Reserve Collection is available for a 2-hour loan for use anywhere on campus.
  • Short-term loan items (1 day and 3 days) may also be available.

For more information, see USC Gympie Library.

For information about borrowing, finding books and journal articles, see the Library.

Transport

USC currently provides a shuttle bus service for students between Sippy Downs and Gympie, with a pick up point in Cooroy. The service departs from Gympie and Sippy Downs three times daily (via Cooroy). This service does not operate during Semester breaks, nor during the examination period at the end of each Semester.

Students can purchase one way tickets for travel between Gympie and Sippy Downs at Student Central - Gympie (EFTPOS/credit card only, no cash transactions).

Textbooks

Lists of required text books can be found at:

  • Course outlines from the USC website. Visit your program information page, and a PDF document of the course outline is available under the Study Plan tab by clicking course; or Blackboard, under My Courses tab; or Co-op bookshop website. Students can place their text book orders online.
  • Students can also purchase their text books at the Gympie campus on Orientation Day for Semester 1 and 2. It is recommended to contact the Co-op bookshop and pre-order your text books for collection on Orientation Day.

You can buy second-hand text books from the following places:

  • Online through Facebook — Textbook Exchange, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Student noticeboard — Located in the Student Common area at USC Gympie or at the Uni Club, near Café J and outside the Brasserie on Sippy Downs Campus
  • USC Blackboard — Blackboard Login > USC Community Tab > Campus Life and Student Groups > Textbooks – buy and sell here
  • USC Student Guild — has a textbook hub located at the Uni Club. USC Gympie students can phone the textbook hub and purchase their books over the phone. Payment is made via EFT and the books will be available for collection from the USC Gympie Reception within 5-7 working days from the receipt of payment.
  • Online through StudentVIP Textbooks

Course readers

If your course delivers a course reader, it will be listed in your course outline. Course readers are available to order online via the MyPrint Shop.

Please view the Shop for Course Readers, Shirts and Binding items tab on the Self-serve printing instructions page, for an overview of the MyPrint Shop and detailed instructions on how to Order Course Readers online.

Self-serve printing

USC Gympie has a student colour printer (A4), laminator, binding machine and guillotine. You must have printing credit on your USC student ID card to print at Gympie.

View the Self-serve printing webpage for:

  • MyPrint overview
  • How to use MyPrint for the first time
  • How to print for the first time
  • HOW TO’s (Self-serve printing instructions)
  • MyPrint pricing

Printing assistance is available Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 4.30pm. You can also collect a MyPrint flyer from Student Central - Gympie reception.

Student ID Cards

Student ID Cards can be requested at Student Central - Gympie reception 8.30am–4.30pm Monday to Friday. Please note that you will need to bring photo identification in order for us to provide you with a Student ID card.

Lost cards can be replaced at a cost of $10 (remember that you need your Student ID Card for exams) and you should obtain a new ID card (no cost) when you change your program from part-time to full-time or vice versa.

Canteen

For information on the canteen and kitchen facilities visit Retail and eateries.

Please be aware that the TAFE Canteen is closed during school holidays.

Student Liaison Group (SLG)

The SLG provides a forum where current students can give feedback on the student experience and have input into the future development of USC Gympie. Members of the SLG meet twice a semester with the Director, Northern Campuses and Coordinator, USC Gympie.

Student members of the SLG will be present on Orientation Day and at various events throughout the year. They welcome your feedback and suggestions for items to raise for consideration. Email the group members at gympieslg@outlook.com

Tertiary Support Options (TSO)

The Tertiary Support Option (TSO) assists undergraduate students to successfully progress in their studies. Students who have undertaken one semester of full/part-time study would benefit most from this option.

The TSO uses Tertiary Pathway Program (TPP) courses to assist students to gain the academic skills and knowledge to become a more effective learner. Students will be enrolled in a TPP course(s) alongside courses required for their undergraduate program, with the Tertiary Support Option appearing on their transcript as a separate program heading. Grades for TSO courses will not count towards a student’s undergraduate program Grade Point Average (GPA).

Gympie students can collect and submit their application forms via Student Central - Gympie.

USC Gympie events

Stay up to date with events and workshops by checking our USC Gympie Facebook group page regularly. Some of these require RSVPs and it is always important to register your attendance.

For event information across all campuses, plus important dates, visit Campus life events or The Wall for your weekly information update.

Visit current students for useful links and other information.

Academic skills and Career Development

USC offers pre-semester academic skills workshops at the start of each semester. Visit Academic skills essentials for the USC Gympie workshops. For further information - academic and study support.

For career information, visit Career Development.

Student Leadership Opportunities

Giving your time to help other students can give you a sense of achievement and satisfaction, increase your confidence, and help you feel more positive about your learning. It can also help you develop valuable skills, experiences and networks that will be useful for your career. Visit Student Leadership Opportunities for more information and to register your interest.

Counselling

A range of counselling options are available from USC:
  • Free and confidential face to face and telephone sessions;
  • Group work; and
  • Liaison and referral to external services and organisations.

Contact Student Wellbeing or call us today Tel: 5430 1226, or book online at the Student Hub. Office hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Friday.

Students can also access the USC e-Counselling service, a confidential online service for students enrolled at USC. To register, please submit an e-Counselling request, or you can contact Student Central - Gympie to arrange a telephone appointment.

Disability support

Disability Services ensure equal access to all aspects of university life. If your studies are affected by a disability, learning disorder, injury or illness, or you are a primary carer for someone, Disability Services can provide assistance, advocacy, and reasonable academic adjustments. Students can contact a disability adviser by phoning our Sippy Downs campus on 5430 1226, or email disabilitysupport@usc.edu.au.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students 

Representatives from USC's Indigenous Services attend USC Gympie throughout the year to provide information and assistance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying in Gympie. All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are encouraged to contact Indigenous Services on Tel: 07 5456 5889 and utilise the support services provided.

Gympie students can also access the Indigenous Academic Mentoring program that offers additional tutoring to assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students enrolled at USC.

Ally Network

'Creating safe study and work spaces for LGBTIQ students and staff'

USC is committed to an education environment which provides equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination and harassment.

To find an Ally in Gympie or for more information visit Ally Network or contact Tel: 0497 274 996.

Off campus accommodation

Looking for a rental property? Check out our accommodation and housing information and click on rental accommodation then Gympie, or visit the Student Guild.

To book an appointment with the Tenancy and Welfare Officer, contact Student Wellbeing on Tel: 07 5430 1226 or email Student Wellbeing.

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