Fall 2017 Withdrawal Deadline/Advising Walk-in Hours

If your student finds that they have missed multiple classes which may result in a W/A (failure to attend – equivalent to a grade of “F”) or they are not doing well in a class they still have the option to withdraw from any fall class. The last day to withdraw with a grade of “W” from a fall semester course is Friday, October 27.

Since this is a decision that should not be taken lightly, we encourage students to speak with an advisor first about withdrawing from a class. The Academic Advising & Planning Center is offering special Drop-In Advising hours for questions or concerns about course withdrawal from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 26 and Friday, October 27. The Center is located in room 247 of the Lightsey Center (2nd floor) and all students are welcome.

Students can withdraw from a class through MyCharleston. Midterm grades will be available through MyCharleston on October 21 and these grades may give your student a good idea if they should pursue this course of action.

NOTE: The withdrawal deadline and withdrawal process differs for students participating in the fall Charleston Bridge program. Students in the Charleston Bridge program can meet with Ms. Jessica Lilly, the Charleston Bridge academic advisor, to discuss the course withdrawal process. Walk-in hours with Jessica are from 2-4pm M-F in room B66, lower level of the Lightsey Center.

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Fall 2017 Career and Internship Fair + Graduate School Expo

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CofC Family Weekly Updates – October 16-22, 2017

Important College of Charleston Dates:

  • October 21: Midterm grades available to students in MyCharleston
  • October 16-22: Career Fair Week at the Career Center (2nd floor, Lightsey Center) – http://careercenter.cofc.edu/
  • October 25: Career & Internship Fairs + Graduate School Expo, 11-2pm October 27: Last day for students to withdraw with a grade of “W”
  • November 22-26 – No classes (College departments closed November 23-26)
  • December 4: Last day of classes
  • December 6-13: Final exams
  • December 14: Students check out of residence hall by noon
  • December 16: Fall Commencement
  • December 15: Final grades available in MyCharleston by 5:00pm
  • January 3: Dorms reopen at noon
  • January 4-5: Orientation for new students and families
  • January 9: Spring classes begin

 

Family Weekend:

The weekend of March 2-4, 2018 will be this year’s Family Weekend program.  Put these dates on your calendar. Updates about the 2018 event will be posted at http://familyweekend.cofc.edu/. Questions should be directed to familyweekend@cofc.edu.

 

Career Center:

To locate part time and full time employment, students will find CougarJobLink under the “Student Services Tab” in MyCharleston. If students, alumni, or employers have any questions, they can visit the homepage at http://careercenter.cofc.edu/, where they will see the CougarJobLink icon. Additional services include career testing, career counseling, and assistance with career research, cover letters, resumes, and interviewing.

 

Office of the Treasurer:

Parents can receive eBills by having your student sign you up as an Authorized User on the eBill system.  This allows you to receive a copy of the bill/statement when we bill the student through the email system. All billing information is sent to the student’s campus email account – to receive the student’s bill you must be an Authorized User! We highly encourage parents to become authorized users! To become an authorized user visit the website at http://treasurer.cofc.edu/ebill/index.php for instructions. If you have any questions email treasurer@cofc.edu.

 

Charleston Bridge: http://nsp.cofc.edu/bridge/index.php

The Charleston Bridge program provides a unique opportunity for South Carolina residents to complete Trident Technical College coursework while residing on the College of Charleston campus. Students meeting all Charleston Bridge program requirements will be offered spring admission to the College of Charleston.

 

Charleston Bridge – fall 2017 dates:

  • October 20: Midterm grades available in TTC Express after 12noon
  • November 8: Last day to withdraw from a fall TTC class
  • November 22-26 – No classes (College departments closed November 23-26)
  • December 4: Last day of TTC classes
  • December 5-6: TTC Final Exams
  • December 8: Final grades post after 12noon/Charleston Bridge program requirement review
  • December 8 (late afternoon): Spring admission decision sent to student CofC email from the Office of Admissions
  • December 11-13: Spring advising & course registration for Charleston Bridge students meeting all program requirement (Details TBA)
  • December 11: Appeals submitted by 2:00pm/Appeal decisions late afternoon
  • December 14: Students check out for the holidays by noon/Students not meeting Charleston Bridge requirements must remove belongings and vacate the residence hall by 12noon

 

Office of the Treasurer:

Parents can receive eBills by having your son/daughter sign you up as an Authorized User on the eBill system.  This allows you to receive a copy of the bill/statement when we bill the student through the email system. All billing information is sent to the student’s campus email account – to receive the student’s bill you must be an Authorized User! We highly encourage parents to become authorized users! To become an authorized user visit the website at http://treasurer.cofc.edu/ebill/index.php for instructions. If you have any questions email treasurer@cofc.edu.

 

Treasurer Semester Payment Plan: 843-953-5572

http://treasurer.cofc.edu/payment-plan/index.php

 

Campus Directory & SEARCH feature:

Looking for a specific program, service, or personnel at the College of Charleston? Use the campus directory at http://cofc.edu/directory/. On the opening page of the http://www.cofc.edu there is a gray SEARCH box at the top right side of the page. You can enter the name of any program, department, service or information you are seeking by enter this in the SEARCH box. In most cases, it will take you to the departmental website. If you cannot find what you are looking for you may always email parents@cofc.edu and we will be happy to assist you.

 

Cougar Alert Notification System: http://emergency.cofc.edu/cougaralert/.

The College community receives two types of alerts from this system: CougarAlert and Safety Messages. CougarAlerts are used to communicate emergencies taking place on campus, with direct call to actions, such as evacuations, building closures and/or class cancellations. Safety Messages are employed for emergencies or events taking place in the greater Charleston community that might have an effect on our campus community.

 

To receive notification in case of an emergency, students should log onto MyCharleston to enter phone numbers. All students should log onto MyCharleston to review their email address and telephone information and update as needed.

To access the address and telephone information, follow these steps:

  1. Log on to MyCharleston
  2. Click on the Academic Services tab
  3. Click on the Banner Self-Service link in the third column
  4. Click on the Personal Information link
  5. Click on the Update Phones link
  6. Click on the Update Email Addresses link

 

Problems with MyCharleston or campus email:

Students should contact HELPDESK about trouble accessing MyCharleston or campus email. Call 843-953-3375 or email helpdesk@cofc.edu – please include name and CWID if emailing.

 

Websites of interest:

 

Campus E-mails:

 

College of Charleston Social Media:

You may want to check out the social media directory for the college, which has a list of campus offices and departments on many different social media platforms, at http://social.cofc.edu/social-media-directory/index.php

 

Visit the CofC Parent Website:

Listserv members are encouraged to visit the Parent website at www.cofc.edu/parents, which is updated frequently by the New Student Programs staff. The website has a variety of resources for parents of new and currently enrolled students. You may also unsubscribe or change your listserv subscription setting using the link provided on the website. Email parents@cofc.edu if you need assistance.

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Experiential learning at CofC: The ICAT program now accepting applications

Dear CofC Parents,

Consider encouraging your CofC student to participate in the ICAT program at the College of Charleston.

Regardless of his/her major and class rank, CofC students now have the opportunity to engage in an experiential learning program at the College called ICAT. The ICAT program is a unique program enabling students to design a globally-scalable, impact startup using technology. Students work in interdisciplinary teams (business, computer science, liberal arts & science) to move an idea from conception to commercialization. Rather than focusing only on the theoretical study of technology and venture creation, ICAT students get their hands dirty with the goal of walking across the Cistern at graduation as a company founder.

Want to see examples of ICAT in action? Check out stories on ICAT and a video highlighting the program.

ICAT students realize that making money and doing good are not mutually exclusive. Over the next 50 years, the greatest wealth creation on earth is predicted to happen by teams who innovate solutions for humanity and the environment. Over the same time frame, the highest and most sustainable financial returns are expected to be driven by corporate leaders who embrace the thesis of making a profit while making a difference. In the ICAT Accelerator, teams work for one-semester to create for-profit business models that actively address the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

In addition to launching a startup, students will:
* Earn 6 credit hours (ENTR 320 and INFM 360); classes are on MW 2:00-4:40 in Spring 2018
* Receive up to $10,000 in gift funding and own all intellectual property

* Be mentored by successful leaders from technology and business
* Receive 24 hour access to the ICAT Accelerator in the School of Business, with beverages and snacks provided

Motivated students should Apply Now

Applications Deadline: 11:59 PM, October 21st, 2017

For More Info: Visit the ICAT website or have your daughter/son contact me with questions.

Best regards,

Dr. Starr

 

Christopher Starr, PhD

Associate Professor of Information Management

Associate Chair, Supply Chain and Information Management

Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Applied Technology

School of Business

College of Charleston

 

+1 843 953 8150

starrc@cofc.edu

 

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CofC Major and Minors Fair on Oct 4, 2017

If your student is still undecided or is thinking about switching majors, please encourage them to stop by Cougar Mall for Majors and Minors Fair on October 4th from 10:30 am -1:30 pm sponsored by the Academic Advising and Planning Center.  Cougar Mall is the area between Robert Scott Small and Maybank Hall.

A great opportunity to meet faculty and students from various majors on campus all in one place.

 

 

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Like Clockwork: The Rhythm of College Life

You may wonder if your student is the only one with the challenges and issues they are having.  We hope this calendar will help guide you through the school year.

Like Clockwork: The Rhythm of College Life

Certain times in the academic year tend to be universally challenging for students. Parents who understand the ups and downs of the first college year are better able to help their students negotiate the challenges of transition to college life. Below are some typical examples of what they will face throughout the first year.

August/September

  • Excitement
  • Testing newfound freedom
  • Frequent calls and visits home
  • Homesickness and loneliness
  • Anxiety about roommates, professors, classes
  • First exams

October

  • Roommate problems begin to arise
  • Students question: “Do I fit in here?”
  • First test grades returned
  • Midterm exams
  • Love relationships from home remain strong
  • Consequences of decision-making experienced

November

  • Midterm grades returned
  • Roommate challenges become clearer
  • Many exams and papers due before Thanksgiving
  • Excitement and/or anxiety regarding going home for Thanksgiving
  • First series of campus-wide illnesses (cold, flu, strep, etc.)

December

  • Anxiety over preparation for finals
  • Excitement and/or anxiety regarding going home for holidays
  • Sadness about leaving new friendship and/or love relationships
  • Roommate challenges continue

January

  • “Fresh Start” mentality sets in with new term
  • Satisfaction and/or disappointment with fall term grades
  • Homesickness
  • Loneliness for love relationship back home
  • Relief at being away from home and back at school

February

  • Feelings of claustrophobia and depression set in with winter
  • Potential increase in alcohol and other substance abuse
  • Challenges with love relationship back home
  • Valentine’s Day brings out loneliness, isolation

March

  • Anxiety regarding finding roommate(s) for next year
  • Excitement and/or disappointment regarding spring break plans
  • Midterm exam stress
  • Concern over summer employment
  • Concern over winter weight gain

April

  • Excitement with arrival of spring
  • Concern over declaring major
  • End-of-semester pressure
  • Final exam anxiety

May

  • Apprehension about returning home for summer
  • Sadness over leaving new friends and/or love relationships at school
  • Realization of how college influences life decisions

In addition to these more predictable stressors, students may experience the following concerns throughout the academic year:

  • Missing family birthday and holiday celebrations
  • Missing participation in family traditions
  • Wanting involvement with family maintained, but expecting their desire for complete freedom to be respected (Blimling, 1999)

Reprinted with permission. Mullendore, R.H., and Hatch, C. Helping Your First-Year College Student Succeed: A Guide for Parents. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina, National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience & Students in Transition, 2000.

 

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Hurricane Irma Update: Recovery Plan/ classes to resume Thursday, September 14

 

The College’s emergency management team has been working this evening to complete its initial assessment of campus facilities in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Early indications are that campus fared well during the storm, which allows the College to move into its planned recovery phases. At this time, classes will resume on Thursday, September 14, 2017.

For Faculty and Staff

TUESDAY: the College is initiating Phase One of its recovery plan – the first phase (made up of “Team One”) will include only Physical Plant’s Damage Assessment Team, the emergency management director and various members of the senior leadership team (executive vice presidents).

PLEASE NOTE: the College will update the campus community regarding its Tuesday assessment/repair work and confirm that the following plan remains on schedule.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL FACULTY AND STAFF: Unless faculty and staff members are contacted by their division head regarding PHASE TWO, they are not to report to campus before Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. Campus offices will fully re-open at 1:00 p.m. as part of PHASE THREE.

WEDNESDAY MORNING – PHASE TWO: Based on Monday’s initial facilities assessments, the College will initiate Phase Two on Wednesday morning. Division heads will communicate with their areas to establish the make-up of Team Two. Members of Team Two will likely include (but are not necessarily limited to) the following:​​

  • Academic leadership – deans, chairs and registrar
  • IT management
  • Insurance services
  • Residence Hall staff
  • Food service staff
  • Procurement
  • Physical Plant shops
  • Grounds Crew
  • Financial services
  • Crisis communications team

WEDNESDAY, 12:00 p.m. – PHASE THREE and PHASE FOUR: Phase Three and Phase Four will be to bring back all student support staff, full food service, full RA staff, custodians, maintenance techs, etc. in order to return campus to full service. Faculty and staff members will report to work after noon on Wednesday.

THURSDAY MORNING: Classes resume, and the College is back on its normal operating schedule.

IMPORTANT: The College prioritizes the safety of its campus members. Please use your best judgment in returning to campus this week. Per the president’s and provost’s direction, faculty and campus managers are to be flexible regarding attendance for those traveling from areas where there are adverse conditions or for those who have difficulties in transportation (flight/train reservations). Please contact your direct supervisor if you have any problems in returning to campus.

For Students

PLEASE NOTE: on Tuesday night, the College will update the campus community regarding its Tuesday assessment/repair work and confirm that the following plan remains on schedule.

WEDNESDAY (AFTER 2:00 p.m.): Residential students may return to campus and check into their residence halls.

THURSDAY: Classes resume, and the College returns to its normal operating schedule. The Provost’s Office will make an announcement about academic calendar adjustments and make-up days.

IMPORTANT: The College prioritizes the safety of its campus members. Please use your best judgment in returning to campus this week. Per the president’s and provost’s direction, faculty and campus managers are to be flexible regarding attendance for those traveling from areas where there are adverse conditions or for those who have difficulties in transportation (flight/train reservations). Please contact your professors if you have any problems in returning to campus.

Please continue to monitor local media outlets as well as your College of Charleston email and the College’s emergency website (emergency.cofc.edu).

 

 

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Hurricane Irma Update: College Continues to Monitor Storm (September 10, 2017)

Dear Campus Community,

At this time, the College of Charleston emergency management team continues to closely monitor Hurricane Irma and its potential adverse effects on the Lowcountry for Monday, September 11.

In a perfect scenario, the College would reopen campus on Wednesday afternoon for students and resume its normal classroom schedule on Thursday, September 14.

However, due to the expected above average high tides on Monday, made more problematic by Hurricane Irma’s effects (possible power outages, heavy rains, flash flooding and high winds), the College will need to assess its facilities after tomorrow’s high tide (approximately 1:00 p.m.) before finalizing its schedule to reopen.

We appreciate your patience throughout this process. Even though Hurricane Irma has continued a more westerly track, there is still the very real possibility of a negative impact on Charleston.

The College’s emergency management team will send an update on Monday afternoon regarding the College’s schedule for reopening once its facilities assessment is completed.

In the meantime, please continue to monitor local media outlets as well as your College of Charleston email and the College’s emergency website (emergency.cofc.edu).

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Hurricane Irma Update: College’s Recovery Plan (September 8, 2017)

Campus Community,

As Hurricane Irma approaches and the College braces for its possible impact on campus and throughout the Southeast, the Emergency Management Team would like to share its hurricane and recovery plan.

STAFFING DURING THE HURRICANE

There will be two operational units that will remain staffed and on campus throughout the duration of the hurricane:

  • Public Safety (two shifts led by Chief of Police Robert Reese)
  • Central Energy (rotating crews)

Please Note: Any students, faculty or staff found to be on campus by Public Safety will be ordered to leave.

RECOVERY: PHASE ONE
Following the hurricane, the College will implement a phased/staged return for employees.

The first phase (made up of “Team One”) will include only Physical Plant’s Damage Assessment Team, the emergency management director and the senior leadership team (executive vice presidents).

Team One members are to return as soon as they are able and it is safe. If there is no power at the College, no one is to return to campus after dark, and campus will be “closed to all employees” (except Central Energy and Public Safety) after dusk.

The emergency management team will update the campus of a possible operational schedule once they have completed a full campus condition assessment. Staffing will then grow from there. Phase Two will constitute the repair/rehabilitation phase.

NOTE: The duration of PHASE ONE will depend on the severity of the hurricane.

RECOVERY: PHASE TWO
Once Team One members have assessed the situation and begin necessary repair/rehabilitation work, plans will be made to bring back some employees for Phase Two (“Team Two”).

Division heads will communicate with their areas to establish the make-up of Team Two. Members of Team Two will likely include (but are not necessarily limited to) the following:

  • Academic leadership – deans, chairs and registrar
  • IT management
  • Insurance services
  • Residence Hall staff
  • Food service staff
  • Procurement
  • Physical Plant shops
  • Grounds Crew
  • Financial services
  • Crisis communications team

The College will focus on getting the residence halls/food services up and running as soon as possible.

NOTE: The duration of PHASE TWO will depend on the severity of the hurricane.

RECOVERY: PHASE THREE
Phase Three will be to bring back all necessary student support staff, full food service, full RA staff, custodians, maintenance techs, etc.

RECOVERY: PHASE FOUR
Residential students return to campus, and the College is back on its normal operating schedule, with all faculty and staff reporting to work.

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Hurricane Irma: Class Cancellation for Friday, September 8, 2017

Due to Hurricane Irma, the College is cancelling all classes and College events beginning Friday, September 8. Information regarding when classes will resume will be provided at a later date.

 

FOR STUDENTS

Students must make plans to leave campus by 6:00 p.m., Friday, September 8. For those students planning to leave Charleston after 6:00 p.m. on Friday, please go to the Stern Student Center if you need to wait for your ride. For those students needing College-provided transportation/shelter, see below for more instructions. Residence life staff will follow up with more details regarding shelter and transportation logistics for these students.

 

For students living in on-campus housing, if you do not have transportation with a friend or family member and do not have an evacuation location, please check in to your residence hall’s front desk or fill out the Hurricane Irma Evacuation Needs Form (which is in addition to the MyCharleston form) by 10 a.m., Friday, September 8. A follow-up message regarding residence hall departures/closures will come from President Glenn McConnell and Executive Vice President of Student Affairs Alicia Caudill.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Only fill out the Hurricane Irma Evacuation Needs Form if you need College-provided transportation and shelter. You will be signing up for a bus transporting you to the College’s designated emergency location. Note: students on these buses will not be choosing a destination. And students will not be allowed to leave that location until the College organizes the return trip to Charleston. Students needing transportation will assemble Saturday morning at Stern Student Center. Those who indicated a transportation/shelter need will receive a communication on specific time for when they will need to arrive at the Stern Student Center for pick-up on Saturday.

 

IMPORTANT: For those students riding College-provided transportation, please bring the following:

  • your student ID
  • a pillow
  • blanket
  • changes of clothes
  • towel
  • prescription medication(s)
  • a small amount of emergency cash
  • basic toiletry items
  • laptops/computers
  • textbooks
  • course materials.

 

Students signed up for bus transport must return on that bus.

 

For students living off campus, if you do not have transportation with a friend or family member and do not have an evacuation location, please check in to a residence hall’s front desk or fill out the Hurricane Irma Evacuation Needs Form (which is in addition to the MyCharleston form) by 10 a.m., Friday, September 8.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Only fill out the Hurricane Irma Evacuation Needs Form if you need College-provided transportation and shelter. You will be signing up for a bus transporting you to the College’s designated emergency location. Note: students on these buses will not be choosing a destination. And students will not be allowed to leave that location until the College organizes the return trip to Charleston. Students needing transportation will assemble Saturday morning at Stern Student Center. Those who indicated a transportation/shelter need will receive a communication on specific time for when they will need to arrive at the Stern Student Center for pick-up on Saturday.

 

IMPORTANT: For those students riding College-provided transportation, please bring the following:

  • your student ID
  • a pillow
  • blanket
  • changes of clothes
  • towel
  • prescription medication(s)
  • a small amount of emergency cash
  • basic toiletry items
  • laptops/computers
  • textbooks
  • course materials.

 

Students signed up for bus transport must return on that bus.

 

For any student-related questions, please call the Division of Student Affairs at 843.953.5522 or refer to http://emergency.cofc.edu/studentpreparedness/.

 

For updates, please monitor your College of Charleston email and the College’s emergency website (emergency.cofc.edu).

 

FOR FACULTY AND STAFF

As a state institution, the College must follow state protocols in any closure scenario. College officials will have more information this afternoon regarding any changes to work schedules and the College’s operations moving forward.

 

In the meantime, starting this afternoon, please follow your individual department/office hurricane plans in securing your offices and work spaces. The Division of Information Technology has provided guidelines for data protection/computer here: http://it.cofc.edu/emergency-preparedness/index.php.

 

RESUMPTION OF CLASSES

Additional information will be provided at a later time about the resumption of classes. Our only priority at present is the safe evacuation of our students.

 

Depending on the duration and the severity of the storm, faculty and students may receive instructions about resuming instructional activities online. Such instructions would be provided only after ample time has been provided for a safe evacuation. Information on classroom instruction will come from Provost Brian McGee.

 

The College will continue to provide you updates as more information becomes available.

 

 

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