Academics

Will the College allow study abroad in the fall?

A decision for Fall 2021 study abroad programs will be made by April 30, 2021.

When will the Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 course schedules be visible to the campus?

The Summer 2021 schedule is available now. Current students can begin registering for summer courses on March 18, 2021.

The Fall 2021 schedule will be available to the campus on Monday, March 1, 2021. Students register according to their earned hours (does not include the hours they are currently taking).

Visit the Office of the Registrar for more information.

Will the College offer PS/NS (disruption grade mode) for the spring semester?

The College will allow students the PS/NS option for one course of their choice in Spring 2021. This provision underscores the College’s commitment to ensuring students’ continued progress toward their degrees even under these stressful circumstances. More details about this PS/NS option can be found at the Office of the Registrar.

What is Pass-Not Pass (P/NP) and how is it different from PS/NS?

The Pass-Not Pass (P/NP) option is provided to encourage students to enrich their educational experience and to venture outside their major areas of concentration or competence. Pass-Not Pass is not a Pass-Fail option, and it is available under limited circumstances. Please see the catalog for more information.

PS/NS (disruption grade mode) was created in spring 2020 in light of the disruption caused by the global pandemic. It is only available when the president and provost determine it is needed. In spring 2021, students will be allowed to choose PS/NS for one eligible course. For more details, visit the Office of the Registrar.

How are book orders going to be managed?

The College of Charleston Bookstore is open and ready to assist. Please continue to visit cofc.bncollege.com. New, used, rental and an expanded selection of digital books are available through the bookstore. Students can easily order books via tinyurl.com/CofCBooks or through MyCharleston.

In MyCharleston, students will click Reserve/Order Books in their Concise Student Schedule or add their courses into the bookstore's course materials tool.

Required course materials will be preloaded upon faculty submission to the bookstore.

Choose to Rent or Buy your new, used or digital course materials.

Select your preferred shipping option and proceed to checkout. We'll email you when your order has shipped to your home or in store, both for FREE.

How is Addlestone Library operating?

Subject to prevailing conditions Addlestone Library will be physically accessible during the hours posted at library.cofc.edu/hours. In addition to physical access, virtual access to library services will continue to be available, including research assistance from our librarians/archivists via Zoom and pick up/return of Addlestone Library circulating materials in the Addlestone Library parking lot.

Library capacity and access will be limited. The only entrance to Addlestone Library will be the Rivers Green entrance. To prevent crowding, building access will be limited initially to persons with College of Charleston and Friends of the Library IDs as well as Special Collections and South Carolina Historical Society Reading Room appointments.

All library visitors must wear a face covering, present proper identification, practice social distancing and follow all the directions of College officials. Tables will be spaced six feet apart with one chair per table. Those who do not observe College health and safety protocols will either not be allowed to enter or will be required to leave.

High-touch areas – including the entrance/exit, stair railings, elevators, tables, chairs and restrooms – will be regularly cleaned throughout the day. Deep cleaning and sanitation of all surfaces will be completed each Saturday.

Sanitizing wipe stations will be set up around the library so that patrons can wipe down frequently touched surfaces and objects on their own.

College Libraries' hours for all locations are continuously updated on the library website at library.cofc.edu/hours.

Visit the library website at library.cofc.edu for more details.

Checkouts

Books - Patrons will check out circulating items themselves using a mediated self-service station at the Access & Instruction Desk. Employees will be six feet from the station in order to give instructions; however, they will not be handling the materials.

Reserves - There will be no physical reserves in the fall semester.

Laptops - Sanitized laptops will be available for authorized individuals by pickup appointment scheduled through the library website at library appointments. These items will have an extended checkout period of one week to reduce handling.

Returns

Quarantining Books - Per Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) recommendations, returned library books will be quarantined for 72 hours in a designated area. At the beginning of the quarantine period, all materials will be clearly marked with the date/time.

Sanitizing Returned Laptops - Upon return, laptops will be sanitized with Purell(R) wipes or with another CDC or SCDHEC approved product. Once sanitized, the laptops will be put back into circulation.

How is Information Technology supporting students?

For the spring 2021 semester, all students will be required to have a laptop. The College will supply laptops to those students who do not have access to one.

The laptop requirement will reduce the possible spread of germs by limiting the need for shared public computer stations. It will ensure continuity in the event of school closures, evacuations and other possible emergencies. It will also give students the means to manage the blended classroom format and access school software.

Campus computer labs will be offered on a limited scale at the Addlestone Library. Providing an alternative to computer labs, IT will furnish students with the necessary software so that they can conduct their computer lab assignments on their personal computers.

To facilitate outdoor study and remote class attendance, the College will establish outdoor spaces around campus with sufficient Wi-Fi access and network bandwidth.

AppsAnywhere

To support a successful hybrid and distanced learning semester, AppsAnywhere is now available to all faculty, staff and students to access and use any software application the College has licensing for, wherever they are, from any computer.

For a list of available software packages, visit cofc.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/software. Please note that the list of software packages will continue to be expanded over the coming days and weeks, so be sure to check in regularly to see what new software packages are available.

To request software be added to AppsAnywhere, go to cofc.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/request. For information on how to install AppsAnywhere, visit cofc.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/information and to learn more about the platform visit cofc.teamdynamix.com/TDClient/platform.

Information Technology help.cofc.edu

IT Service Desk: 843.953.3375 Email: itservicedesk@cofc.edu

If I want to stay at home for the spring semester, can I take all my classes online?

Based on course availability, any student may enroll in online course sections designated as Exclusively Online (ONL) or Exclusively Online + Online Scheduled Meetings (ONL/OSM). You will need to adjust your schedule to make sure all of your courses are being delivered online. Keep in mind that not every course is available online. Students who need assistance should consult with the department chair in their major or contact the department offering the course.

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 Services.

Where are the locations for Zoom sessions?

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 (hybrid) 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.

For a listing of the designated student Zoom spaces, please visit the Office of the Registrar.

Will the music practice rooms be open this spring?

Yes. The music practice rooms will be open for the fall semester. Please note that at this time winds/brass are not allowed to rehearse in practice rooms but may rehearse in outdoor tented spaces. The rules for the practice rooms are as follows:

*Students are on the honor system for following posted guidelines.

* Face coverings are to be worn at all times in practice rooms, even for singers.

* Practice room use is limited to one musician at a time.

* Practice rooms must be left unoccupied for 20 minutes between uses.

* Students should wipe all touched surfaces before and after they use them.

* Please only use disinfectant wipes to clean.

Where can I find help with OAKs and technology tools my faculty will be using this spring?

Student Instructional Technology Services (SITS) workshops are open to all current CofC students. Register at blogs.cofc.edu/sits/technology-workshops/ to attend a workshop related to navigating OAKS or setting up the Pulse app, using Zoom, accessing and navigating VoiceThread, using LinkedIn Learning, tech sessions and more.

Is in person attendance mandatory for hybrid classes?

The attendance policy for hybrid classes is articulated by each professor. Special circumstances related to a student will be considered. The student is responsible for speaking with each professor.

For additional FAQ please visit:

Financial Aid https://cofc.edu/back-on-the-bricks/tuition-and-financial-aid/financial-aid/index.php

Health and Wellness https://cofc.edu/back-on-the-bricks/health-and-wellness/faq/index.php

Residence Halls and Dining https://cofc.edu/back-on-the-bricks/residence-halls-and-dining/faq/index.php