I understand that I must arrive in Los Angeles by Sunday evening, August 18, 2024.    

I understand that I must attend the mandatory Newhouse LA orientation meeting on Monday, August 19  at the Syracuse University Dick Clark Los Angeles facility, the Welcome Dinner, and various other mandatory events during the week and/or semester.   

I will attend all class meetings and arrive on time.  I understand perfect attendance is expected of me. If I am unable to attend class due to unforeseen circumstances, I will notify the professor immediately to seek permission to be absent from class and ask how I may make up missed classwork.  

I will make every effort to attend Newhouse LA events and programs throughout the semester.   If I have rsvp’d “yes” to an event, I will honor my commitment to attend.


I understand that while I am in Los Angeles, I remain accountable to the Syracuse University Code of Student Conduct and the Office of Community Standards, as well as the Newhouse LA Professional Protocols. 

I will act in a professional manner while working at my internship.  This includes being on time, dressing in appropriate attire, being respectful of colleagues and the company workspace. 

I will treat the Los Angeles administrators, instructors, alumni, guest speakers, field trip hosts, fellow Los Angeles participants, and my roommate & apartment mates with courtesy and respect. 

I will treat conflicts with empathy, flexibility, maturity, and effective verbal communication. 

I understand that the program administration can suspend my participation in the s program if they believe I am a threat to myself or other students in the program, the internship, or the Kapi residential community.  Such suspension or termination is in addition to, and not in lieu of, disciplinary action that may be imposed by Syracuse University’s applicable policies and procedures.

In connection with Covid-19, I understand that I must comply with all policies and procedures dictated by the Newhouse LA program which is also relying on recommendations by the Los Angeles Department of Public Health.

Financial Responsibility

I understand that my bursar account will be charged for Syracuse University published per credit tuition rates, a $1000 program fee, and Kapi Residence base rent housing charges associated with the program (if this is requested by the student via a Housing Accommodation Form)

Refunds for tuition and fees will be made in accordance with the current refund policies of Syracuse University, relating to involuntary withdrawals, as stated in Syracuse University’s publication Tuition, Fees, & Related Policies in effect for the corresponding semester. 

Should I decide to withdraw from the Newhouse LA program, I must notify the program in writing. Failure to supply written notice with reason for withdrawal will result in Syracuse University continuing to bill me as an enrolled student.

Intent to Register

I intend to register for Newhouse LA spring classes at my Syracuse University appointed registration time.  

Registration of the Entertainment Industry Practicum (internship) is required. Students should also register for a minimum of five (5) additional Los Angeles based credits.


Students participating in internships with external companies/organizations must comply with all health and safety rules, including those related to COVID-19 prevention, set by the external companies/organizations. For example, external companies/organizations may have different masking or vaccination rules than the University, including in some instances stricter rules, and students must comply with those rules, in addition to the Syracuse University rules. 

Failure to comply with a company/organization’s health and safety rules may prevent a particular placement or result in the loss of a placement.  If you have any questions about requirements for companies/organizations, please let us know.

Important Program Dates  

Fall 2024

Kapi Residences Move In:  August 17 & 18 

MANDATORY Orientation Meeting:  Monday August 19 @ 9:30 a.m. 

Classes officially begin for LA students:  Monday, August 26

Internships officially begin for LA students:  Monday, August 26 or later

MANDATORY Welcome Dinner:  Exact date TBA

MANDATORY Alumni Event:  Exact date TBA 

Labor Day – University closed, no classes:  September 2

Last day to add a class: September 3 (this is a hard deadline)

Drop deadline: September 16 (after this date, classes dropped will be a withdrawal)

Fall break (University open/no classes):  Oct 14-15

Registration for Spring 2025:  Begins Nov 6

Withdrawal deadline:  Nov 22

Thanksgiving Break (University open/no classes):  Nov 25-27

Thanksgiving Holiday (University closed/no classes):  Nov 28-29

Last day of classes: Dec 10

Kapi Move out:  December 12

Final grades due from faculty:  Dec 30

It is expected that you will attend all mandatory events during the semester. Do not schedule any personal appointments or internship duties during orientation.  If you have a conflict, please contact the director or assistant director immediately.  


I release Syracuse University and its trustees, officers, employees, and agents from, and agree not to sue them for any and all claims and causes of action for loss of or damage to property, bodily or personal injury, loss of companionship or support, or death sustained by me (the student participant) or third parties arising out of any activity or travel conducted by or under the Syracuse University Dick Clark Los Angeles program unless the loss, damage, injury, or death is caused by the negligence of Syracuse University.

I understand that I am financially responsible for my personal health and medical expenses during my participation in the program.

I understand that occasionally a student may require hospitalization or other medical treatment. In the rare instance that I am unable to give my consent to receive medical treatment, I authorize the representative of Syracuse University to contact my parents, guardian, and/or emergency contact person to relay necessary, urgent, and/or life-threatening information regarding my circumstances to them.

I understand that Syracuse University program administrators may revoke my acceptance for any series of reasons including, but not limited to poor academic performance, disciplinary sanctions, misrepresentation of my academic record or misconduct on my part.

S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications reserves the right to cancel the Newhouse LA program or any course associated with the program at any time when deemed appropriate due to unforeseen circumstances.

Photograph/Video Release

For promotional purposes, Syracuse University has my permission to use photographs and/or videos taken of me in public places during my experience in Los Angeles. I understand these photographs and/or videos may appear on the Syracuse University, SU in LA, and Newhouse LA website and brochure, as well as official social media sites including but not limited to: Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter feeds.

Telus Health

Syracuse University Dick Clark Los Angeles program students have access to TELUS Health while participating in their Los Angeles semester. TELUS Health connects students with free, confidential emotional health and well-being support conveniently available 24/7 via app, telephone, and web.  

I understand that this engagement is for my convenience, that TELUS Health is a third party for whom Syracuse University is not responsible, and that I have the choice to seek such services from any resource I so choose.  


I have read and understand the above, and consent to the terms of this agreement.

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