Back on the Bricks

The College of Charleston Plan for Fall 2020

The College of Charleston will delay the start of in-person classes for three weeks until Monday, September 14. Classes will begin as scheduled on Tuesday, August 25, in an online environment. Please read President Hsu's message for more details.

As the College of Charleston prepares to resume on-campus classes for the fall 2020 semester, this website will serve as the official information resource for the university community. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, this website will be updated regularly as the College adjusts to evolving conditions and to updated guidance from local, state and federal authorities, which may include Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and others.

With the health and safety of our campus community as our priority and the continuity of academic instruction as our guiding principles, the College has established protocols and procedures for our students, faculty, staff and visitors based on recommendations from the CDC and SCDHEC, among other government agencies.

The components of this plan, including Housing, Academics, Campus Life and more, were developed in consultation with students, faculty, staff, deans, chairs, senior administrators, parents, trustees, alumni, health professionals, community members and other stakeholders.

While the College recognizes that this unprecedented worldwide event presents enormous challenges to our academic mission, it also provides incredible opportunities to unite our campus community around common goals and to prepare our students for obstacles they will face in their lives and careers after graduation. One of the defining hallmarks of the liberal arts education the College is known for is adaptability. The broad foundational knowledge that we impart across our curriculum is ideally suited for extraordinary times like these.

Throughout its 250-year history, the College has survived wars, hurricanes, financial calamities and other great challenges. Eventually, we will add the COVID-19 pandemic to the list of challenges we have overcome. And we will do it together, as one family, as Cougars.

Latest Developments

College to Delay Start of In-Person Classes Until Sept. 14
Posted on 28 July 2020 | 1:56 pm
President Andrew Hsu sent the following message to the College of Charleston community on July 28, 2020: Dear Campus Community,     I am writing to you today with an important update regarding our plans to have students return to campus this fall.     Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on South Carolina and the Lowcountry, the College… Read More »
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Update on Gradual, Phased-In Return-to-Work-on-Campus Plan
Posted on 2 July 2020 | 1:00 pm
President Andrew Hsu sent the following message to the College of Charleston community on July 2, 2020: Dear Faculty and Staff: As you have seen in the news lately, the number of positive COVID-19 cases in South Carolina has risen sharply. In light of those increased numbers, the State of South Carolina’s Department of Administration… Read More »
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