Photo Release Policy
As a public university, USC Aiken often uses photographic and electronic images of public campus life, events, ceremonies and other activities to advance the mission of the institution. By visiting, registering at, or being employed by USC Aiken and being present in public settings, you authorize the use and reproduction by the university, or anyone authorized by the university, to any photographs taken while at USC Aiken, without compensation. All photo files are university property, solely and completely.
Use of University Photography
All photographs taken with the consent of University Marketing and Communication staff are the property of USC Aiken and are available for non-commercial use by university students, faculty, and staff, and with prior approval, off-campus media outlets and publications.
The marketing department utilizes a digital asset management (DAM) platform. This online photo collection includes a wide range of images such as campus scenes, university buildings, events as well as classroom and laboratory environments. Images may be downloaded for free to use on the web or in reports and presentations. To access the DAM, visit www.pickit.com you'll need your university network credentials to log into your Microsoft account.
We appreciate at least 3 business days' notice for shoots occurring Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 2 weeks' notice for evening and weekend shoots.
Although our office is unable to accommodate all the photography requests we receive, we utilize freelance photographers with whom we have relationships. In many cases, UMC will book and pay for a freelance photographer based on the availability of internal resources and the scale of the event. Please note that we do not provide photographic services for organizations external to the university.
Also, be aware that people being photographed must sign a release form and a sign must be posted at events informing attendees that they are being photographed.Make a request