Spring 2015 semester billing due date (12/15/14)

Just a reminder that today (December 15) is the due date for the first payment of all payment plans or balance in full for enrolled students. If you have questions contact the Office of the Treasurer ([email protected]). http://treasurer.cofc.edu/billing-schedule/spring-2015-billing-schedule.php

 We highly recommend that parents receive eBills by having your son/daughter sign you up as an Authorized User on the eBill system via MyCharleston. This allows you to receive a copy of the bill/statement by email when we bill the student. All billing information is sent to the student’s campus email account – to receive the student’s bill you must be an Authorized User! To become an authorized user visit the website at http://treasurer.cofc.edu/ebill/index.php for instructions. If you have any questions email [email protected] (843-953-5572)

 Note:  All campus offices will be closed from Dec. 24-Jan. 4

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CofC Parent Weekly Updates – Dec 15-21, 2014

Important dates:

  • December 24-Jan 4 – College of Charleston departments closed
  • December 25 – Happy Holidays to all!
  • January 7 – Closed residence halls reopen at noon
  • January 8-9 – Orientation for new students admitted for spring 2015
  • January 12 – Spring classes begin
  • College of Charleston is closed January 19 for the MLK holiday – no classes

College of Charleston Academic Calendars:

http://registrar.cofc.edu/calendars/index.php

 

Problems with MyCharleston or campus email:

Students should contact HELPDESK about trouble accessing MyCharleston or campus email. Call 843-953-3375 or email [email protected] – please include name and CWID if emailing.

 

Fall 2014 Final Grades:

Students can view their final grades for the semester using MyCharleston. Final grades are not mailed. Final grades can be viewed by logging into MyCharleston and clicking on the Academic Services tab – scroll down the web page and you will see an area for STUDENT GRADES. Select the term 2014 fall term from the drop down menu to view grades. If a final grade is not posted for a course your student should contact the professor directly using their campus email and provide the student CWID in any correspondence. Include the course name and section number (or CRN) if possible.

 

Academic Standing: http://undergrad.cofc.edu/contact-us/index.php

Final grades are reviewed at the end of the semester by Undergraduate Academic Services to determine if a student meets standards and is eligible to continue. Appointments can be made by phone or online (see the contact us link posted above).  We ask that the student initiate contact with this office if they have questions regarding their current standing, academic probation status, or academic dismissal from the College of Charleston. Information is available about academic standards at http://undergrad.cofc.edu/academic-standards/academic-dismissal.php

 

Degree Works: http://registrar.cofc.edu/degreeworks/index.php

DegreeWorks is a web-based degree audit application and academic advisement tool that provides a clear and convenient method for students and advisors to track degree progress. DegreeWorks is designed to assist students in reaching their academic goals and achieving a better understanding of degree requirements. DegreeWorks provides students with access to their unofficial degree audit which lists information regarding their current program(s) of study including institutional requirements, general education requirements, major requirements (with concentration, cognate or track, if applicable) and minor requirements. When using DegreeWorks, students will be able to:

  • Learn the degree requirements for their major(s) and minor(s)
  • See how all completed courses apply to degree requirements
  • Identify courses needed to complete their degree(s)
  • View their grades and academic standing
  • View their cumulative grade-point-average (GPA) and their major GPA
  • View College of Charleston and transfer credit hours earned
  • Calculate a GPA based on their performance for the term
  • Calculate the grade combination(s) needed to achieve a goal GPA
  • Plan for registration in future semesters
  • Create What-If audits to process speculative degree audits based on current class history
  • Estimate how many semesters it will take to graduate

The DegreeWorks access channel is located in MyCharleston on the Academic Services tab. Locate the DegreeWorks channel and click the hyperlink Open DegreeWorks

 

Online resources about student grades:

 

The WA, XXF, or I grade:

If a student exceeds the number of classes they may miss during a semester the professor can give the student a grade of “WA”. WA stands for Withdrawn Excessive Absences, which is equivalent to a grade of F. A grade of “XXF” means the student failed due to academic dishonesty – for example, this can result if a student is guilty of plagiarism. A grade of “I” is a grade of incomplete – in these cases a student must work with the faculty member to have requirements usually within 60 days or the final grade will convert to a grade of F. Learn more about grades at http://registrar.cofc.edu/grades/index.php.

 

Undergraduate Catalogs:

http://registrar.cofc.edu/academic-catalog/index.php

 

Information about Majors and Minors: http://www.cofc.edu/academics/majorsandminors/index.php

 

How to become an Ebill Authorized User for your student: 

You 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! To become an authorized user visit the website at http://treasurer.cofc.edu/ebill/index.php for instructions. If you have any questions email [email protected].

 

Spring 2015 Billing Schedule:

http://treasurer.cofc.edu/billing-schedule/spring-2015-billing-schedule.php

 

Residence Life: 843-953-5523

Email [email protected] if you have questions about issues in the residence hall, roommate assignments, changing rooms, or wish to share comments with the Senior Director of Residence Life.

 

Guide to Residential Living:

You may find the Guide to Residential Living of interest. It includes contact numbers, the role of staff (resident assistants, hall directors, etc.), policies, and procedures in the halls. Check it out at http://reslife.cofc.edu/policies-and-procedures/GuideToResidentialLiving%202014-2015.pdf

 

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Fall 2014 Grade Notes and Academic Standard Information

Students will be able to view their fall semester grades today (Dec. 12, 2014 by 5:00pm EST) in MyCharleston. Final grades can be viewed by logging into MyCharleston and clicking on the Academic Services tab – scroll down the web page and you will see an area for STUDENT GRADES. Select the term 2014 fall from the drop down menu and click on the Go icon to view grades.

 

Students enrolled at the College of Charleston must earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) to avoid being placed on academic probation. These requirements are on a sliding scale based upon the total number of credit hours earned by the student.

Credits Earned GPA Required
0-19 1.50
20-59 1.80
60 and up 2.0

*First year provisionally admitted students must earn a 2.0 cumulative GPA

 

Questions about academic standing, academic probation, or academic dismissal should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Academic Services. Your student may contact Undergraduate Academic Services by phone (843-953-5674) or make an appointment online to meet with a staff member http://undergrad.cofc.edu/contact-us/index.php. Call or email this office at [email protected] if you have questions. Be sure to include the student full name and CWID in any email correspondence.

 

Additional resources students and parents may find helpful:

 

 

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Academic Planning Tools

If you are talking with your student about declaring a major over the holidays, we would recommend the academic planning tools provided by our Academic Advising & Planning Center (link posted below).

The program of study worksheets provide an overview of the courses a student needs to complete in a particular major.

The major road maps can be especially helpful in mapping out a specific major over four years (one of our favorite resources).

You will also find a listing of all the General Education Requirements. Check out all these tools and more at http://advising.cofc.edu/student-resources/index.php.

 

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Transferring Talk

The end of a student’s first semester can be stressful and your student may talk about plans to transfer to another school.  This topic is not unusual over the holidays especially with first year students. The following are a few tips for parents if you and your student have this discussion:

 

  1. Take a deep breath and listen.  Your student may just need a sounding board and not looking for you to say no or yes at the moment.  Keep your emotions in check and avoid immediate reactions of anger or disappointment or rush to take action to begin the withdrawal process.
  2. Ask your student to discuss specific reasons about why they want to transfer.  Your student may have just had a bad semester, had a poor experience in one class, or did not do as well as expected. They may be running away from a temporary problem that will resolve itself when they begin a new semester.
  3. Encourage your student to stick it out until the end of the spring semester.  Many students find that with a new set of spring semester classes and a little TLC at home during winter break they become excited about their current college and want to stay (even during the summer!).
  4. Discuss with your student what it would mean to transfer to a new college.  They may have to retake classes (some of their classes may not transfer) or lose earned credit hours by transferring. Students would also have to make the transition to a new college and figure out the way around campus, make new friends, etc.
  5. If expenses are the reason your student wants to leave, work with your student on a budget. Ask your student to list what they are spending their money on each week.  If they list all their expenses for a week, they may easily see what they could cut back on. Suggest that they visit the Office of Financial Assistance to discuss possible options.
  6. Use encouraging words when talking to your student about the challenges.  For example, “You have been through many challenges in your life and have always overcome them.  Let’s figure out a plan to help you overcome this challenge.”
  7. Students may feel classes would be “easier” at another college.  The first semester of college can often be difficult for students to adjust to the academic rigor of college.   By returning for the spring semester, a student may be more confident because they made it through their first semester.  Students can also put their college level study techniques into practice earlier in the semester.  They can use the College of Charleston’s Center for Student Learning and make it a point to visit their professor’s during office hours.
  8. Help your student create a new plan for the next semester.  If the first semester in college didn’t go well (academically, socially, roommate issues, etc.), they should write down their goals for approaching their next semester differently. They may need to connect with new student groups, get involved in campus intramurals, learn about volunteer opportunities at the Center for Civic Engagement, explore classes for a different major, meet with a counselor, etc.  If your student works, they may experience a lot of stress balancing work and student responsibilities and need to make a change to their work schedule.  Your student may need to look for another job that gives them better school/work/life balance.
  9. If your student wants to leave college because of the major for their future professional goals is not offered they should visit the Career Center. The Career Center can help them select a major that will help them learn the skills for their future professional goals. A selected major does not always define the profession a graduate may choose.
  10. Encourage your student to declare their major.  Students who declare a major can make connections with faculty in the major, meet other students interested in the same subjects, learn about internships and job opportunities, and can work on undergraduate research projects in areas that interest them. Students can declare their major online through MyCharleston by selecting the Academic Services tab for the Program of Study Management channel.
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Bicycle & Skateboarding Regulations (Jan 1, 2015)

Remind your student that starting January 1, 2015, Public Safety Officers will begin issuing citations to bicyclists and skateboarders violating the City of Charleston’s bicycle and skateboard regulations.

This includes: riding on a sidewalk, traveling the wrong way down a one way street,  disregarding traffic control devices, etc. As a reminder, bicyclists and skateboarders should ride with the flow of traffic, and follow all traffic laws that apply to motor vehicles.

If you have questions contact Public Safety http://publicsafety.cofc.edu/contact-us/index.php.

 

 

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R.A.D. classes for Spring 2015

Encourage your student to participate in the R.A.D. program this semester.

For more information about R.A.D., please visit the Public Safety website.  Below are the class dates for next semester. To sign up, students can go by Public Safety or email [email protected].

Spring 2015 (must attend all 4 dates Wednesday/Friday)

  • 3/17 5pm- 8pm
  • 3/19 5pm- 8pm
  • 3/24 5pm- 8pm
  • 3/26 5pm- 8pm
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ATHLETICS UPDATE | Ugly Sweater Contest at Men’s Basketball

MEN’S  BASKETBALL (TD Arena)

Thursday:     Charleston vs. SC State | 7:30 PM

–  Ugly Sweater contest pregame on the concourse behind the student section

– Clyde the Cougar will Tweet photos of each contestant from @ClydetheCougar

– The Tweet with the most retweets and favorites at Noon on Friday will win, with two runners up

 

MEN’S  BASKETBALL (TD Arena)

Sunday:     Charleston vs. Campbell | 2:00 PM

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Students always receive free entry to games with a valid CofC ID

Finally, please remember to get up to date information about events at:

 

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Twitter:  @ClydeTheCougar | @CofCSports | @CofCTix

Facebook:  College of Charleston Athletics | Clyde Cougar

Instagram: @ClydeTheCougar

Snapchat: ClydeTheCougar

Web:  CofCSports.com

Phone:  843.953.CofC

 

Go Cougars!

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Final Grade Information – Fall 2014

Students will be able to view their fall semester grades by this Friday (Dec. 12 by 5:00pm EST) in MyCharleston. Final grades can be viewed by logging into MyCharleston and clicking on the Academic Services tab – scroll down the web page and you will see an area for STUDENT GRADES. Select the term 2014 fall from the drop down menu and click on the Go icon to view grades.

 

FAQs:

What does my student do if a final grade is not posted?

Your student should contact the professor directly by phone or email.

 

What does a grade of I mean?

This means there are still incomplete assignments that need to be completed before a final grade is posted. Usually a student has 60 days after grades post to complete any requirements still outstanding. Please note that this time frame can vary since the time for expected completion is determined by the professor. Your student should communicate directly with the professor to ensure that the coursework is completed within the expected time frame.

 

What is a grade of WA?

If a student exceeds the number of classes they may miss during a semester the professor can give the student a grade of WA. WA stands for Withdrawn Excessive Absences and the grade is equivalent to a grade of F. Learn more about grades at http://registrar.cofc.edu/grades/index.php.

 

What is a XXF?

This is a failing grade due to academic dishonesty. Refer to the Student Handbook: http://studentaffairs.cofc.edu/honor-system/studenthandbook/index.php

 

What is the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)?

Students’ privacy protections under FERPA are very broad. With limited exceptions, FERPA protects all students’ “education records.” Protected student records include grade reports, transcripts, and most disciplinary files. College faculty or staff must uphold FERPA and would not be able to answer your inquiries about your student’s test grades, class attendance, final grades, etc. Talk to your student about sharing grades or other information. Learn more about FERPA from the College of Charleston Registrar’s website at http://registrar.cofc.edu/ferpa/index.php

 

Who does my student contact about academic standards, academic dismissal or appealing a dismissal?

Undergraduate Academic Services – Your student can contact this office by phone (843-953-5674) or make an appointment online to meet with a staff member: http://undergrad.cofc.edu/contact-us/index.php.

 

Resources students and parents may find helpful:

 

NOTE: The College of Charleston will be closed December 24, 2014 -January 4, 2015

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Upcoming Student Activities

Stern Student Center

Learn in the Stern Hours – FALL 2014

Monday, December 8: 7am-2am

Tuesday, December 9: 7am-Midnight

Wednesday, December 10: 7am-6pm

 

Group Study Spaces BEGIN TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2

  • Check-in at the Stern Center Front Desk on the first floor.
  • Sign-up for a study room (limit of 2 hour blocks)
  • You will need to leave Cougar Card at the Front Desk
  • A Stern Center Staff Member will open the room for you.
  • Check-out with the front desk when you leave!

 

Cougar Countdown

 

Cougar Countdown Study Break!

Stern Student Center Lobby – 10 AM

Take a break from studying for some free food!

 

Commencement

 

Seniors participating in the December Commencement ceremony, be sure to pick up your Commencement tickets. Tickets are available at the TD Arena Box Office during normal business hours (9AM – 5PM).

 

New Student Programs

Remember those interns you met at orientation? You can be part of the orientation intern team!

New Student Programs is recruiting talented and motivated students to be part of the 2015-2016 Orientation Intern Team!

Being an Orientation Intern is a great way to make connections on campus, meet new friends, and earn valuable work experience!

 

The internship application packet is available for summer 2015 and January 2016 at http://orientation.cofc.edu/orientation-internship/application.php

 

Interested students can complete their application online and turn in their reference form to the Office of New Student Programs no later than 5:00pm January 16, 2015.

 

Interns must be available for all training and orientation dates and are paid for training time and hours worked during orientation. Once your application is reviewed, selected students will be contacted for a personal interview.

 

Questions? Email your questions [email protected] or call 843-953-2017.

 

CofC Swimming

Reevaluate the disbandment of the Men and Women’s Swimming Teams

 

I ask that anyone reading this, sign this petition in attempt to save our pool and team. I ask that you rally behind us in demonstrating, to the Athletic department, the amount of heart, competitive sprit, and love for the team and sport embodied in this group of people. I ask that you sign this petition to extend the possibility that young athletes will, one day, be able to find the family they never knew they had as a CofC swimmer or diver.

 

https://www.change.org/p/the-college-of-charleston-department-of-athletics-reevaluate-the-disbandment-of-the-men-s-and-women-s-swimming-and-diving-teams

 

Dining Services

 

8 Days of Dining continues into the weekend. Save on Christmas shopping today and get yourself a sweet treat tomorrow! (Deals active all day.) Day 4: Friday, 12/5: Half Off All Holiday Merchandise with Holiday Drink Purchase @ Starbucks Day 5: Saturday, 12/6: Hot Chocolate Bar with Toppings @ City Bistro

 

Earn money for your organization while serving your fellow students

 at basketball games!! 

Interested in earning 15% of the concessions sales at the 

Basketball games this year?

If you want to sign your group up for working in the concession stands 

(no prior food service training needed), email Daniel Quinn at 

[email protected].

 

 

Dance Marathon 2015

 

This year, DM 2015 will be held on Saturday February 21, 2015 from 9:00am – 10:00pm at TD Arena. DM raises money to support our nearest Children’s Miracle Network Hospital. It will be an all day event full of entertainment, games, dancing, food, and families from MUSC Children’s Hospital. Come join us and help us break records and make miracles happen. To register for CofCDM, follow this link!  https://events.dancemarathon.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=register.start&eventID=593

 

For more information on registration and getting involved, please contact Madison McGhee at [email protected]

#ForTheKids

 

 

 

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