Academics

If a Fall 2021 class is scheduled as in-person, will I be able to attend it remotely?

If you have enrolled in an in-person class, you should plan to attend every class period in the classroom. You should not assume that you can attend remotely, nor should you assume that instructors will record their lectures. Consult with your instructors for the policy for your specific courses.

If you would like a fully-online schedule, you should choose courses marked as Exclusively Online or Exclusively Online + Online Scheduled Meetings. Keep in mind that not every course is available online. Students who need assistance should contact the department offering the course.

Will the College allow study abroad in the upcoming academic year?

Given the continuous uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the College of Charleston has suspended all faculty-led study abroad programs for the Fall 2021 semester. Students who have been accepted to an on-site affiliate or exchange Fall 2021 semester program are required to submit a COVID-19 Safety Plan to the Center for International Education (CIE) for review. Additionally, their participation in the program is pending final approval by their host university/partner organization and permission to enter that country by the host government.

All scheduled spring 2022 study abroad programs (spring break and semester) will continue as planned, to include those sponsored by the College as well as affiliate and exchange.  The College will continue to assess global conditions for all our international programs, and related questions should be directed to the Center for International Education: studyabroad@cofc.edu.

Will study abroad be available in spring 2022?

All scheduled spring 2022 study abroad programs (spring break and semester) will continue as planned, to include those sponsored by the College as well as affiliate and exchange. The College will continue to assess global conditions for all our international programs, and related questions should be directed to the Center for International Education: studyabroad@cofc.edu.

Is a laptop required for students attending the College of Charleston?

Yes. More information about the laptop requirement and other technologies can be found by visiting IT Servicese.

Where can I find the Fall 2021 academic calendar?

Please visit https://registrar.cofc.edu/calendars/index.php for information about the Fall 2021 academic calendar.

Given the rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant, will there be an updated absence policy?

Yes. The Academic Planning Task Force and the Provost have updated the absence policy.

If I test positive or have to quarantine, will I be allowed to Zoom into my classes so I don't get behind?

Please consult with your professor directly to determine available options for such circumstances.

Will there be a PS/NS option in Fall 2021?

No. The PS/NS grade mode is only used in a semester that is impacted by a significant disruption. If the semester is significantly disrupted, the president and provost have the authority to invoke the PS/NS grade mode.

Will there be Zoom spaces available in Fall 2021?

Yes. The College has created several spaces throughout the campus for students to participate in Zoom sessions for synchronous online or the online portion of in-person classes. These spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis. If a space is at maximum capacity, students will need to find another location.

Students who utilize these areas must comply with the following:

    Earbuds are required in all spaces
    Face masks are required in all indoor spaces
    Students may not exceed the capacity for the designated area
    Students may not alter the configuration of the designated area

Please check out the listing of the designated student Zoom spaces.

It seems that most classes are moving to an online format. Is this the case?

For the Fall 2021 semester, our plan is to return to our pre-COVID-19 mix of in-person and online classes. If a student is struggling to get an in-person class, they should contact the course’s department chair/program director, who manages scheduling.

Are there plans for final exams to be offered online so that out-of-state students can limit travel between Thanksgiving and Winter break?

At this time, the College plans to operate as normal. However, as the College continues to monitor circumstances related to the pandemic, if deemed necessary, professors may make adjustments to the administration of final exams. Students should communicate directly with their professors regarding possible changes with final exam administration.

Will in-person classes have an online option built in for when a person is sick?

Each professor will be responsible for making the determination about offering an online component to an in-person class.

Is the College making plans to ensure that there is a smooth transition from in-person to virtual if students are sent home this semester due to COVID numbers rising?

Yes, there is a plan in place, but the College's goal is not to move to an online environment.

Will faculty office hours be offered remotely?

Yes. Some faculty will opt to provide office hours remotely. There may also be some who choose to offer in-person hours, but there will be flexibility.

Will there be any additional breaks during the fall semester beyond what is published on the academic calendar?

At this time there are no plans to add or remove any breaks from the fall semester.

Is it possible that students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving, like last year, depending on COVID-19 numbers?

This is currently not the plan, but the College will continue to monitor circumstances and announce any changes when/if they emerge.

Do students have the option of moving their face-to-face class online?

No. If a student signed up for an in-person class, the class must be attended in person unless the student has an illness or is required to isolate or quarantine. In that case, the student should work with the faculty member about how to best engage with the class.