Campus Life

Is the College offering campus tours?

The College offers a wide array of options to tour our campus including virtual tours, self-guided tours and group tours. Please visit admissions.cofc.edu for more details.

Where can I find out information about upcoming student organization meetings or events?

Visit cougarconnect.cofc.edu and select organizations to explore more than 200 registered student organizations at the College of Charleston.

What are the requirements for indoor and outdoor student activities and events?

Note: These policies do not apply to scheduled academic classes. For the remainder of the current semester and for the beginning of the spring semester, the College will continue to require face coverings in our classrooms, laboratories, libraries, Student Health Services, the Counseling Center and public transportation.

  • Face masks will not be required for students during physical activities, performances or rehearsals indoors. 

  • Face masks are strongly encouraged but are not required inside other areas of campus facilities, such as hallways, offices, lobbies and common areas. 

  • Face masks will continue to be required for large, non-academic indoor gatherings of more than 150 people.  

  • The capacity limit on non-academic gatherings will revert to the fire-code capacity of the space. 

  • Having an advisor present is encouraged but not required.

How can I reserve space on campus for my registered student organization?

Registered student organizations can reserve spaces managed by the Office of Student Life.

ALL RESERVATIONS REQUIRE A REQUEST FORM, which can be found at CougarConnect. Student organization requests MUST be submitted by a student member of the group.

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS: IF YOU NEED TO REQUEST A CLASSROOM, PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM ON THE REGISTRAR'S OFFICE WEBSITE: registrar.cofc.edu/forms/student-room-request

How can I reserve a table for my registered student organization?

Tabling for student organizations will be permitted, provided that student organizations follow the regulations set by the Office of Student Life. Locations will be marked in Cougar Mall, Rivers Green and Stern Center.

Instructions will be laminated, disinfected regularly and secured to tables along with the reservation confirmation. When a table is returned, it must be properly disinfected and wiped down with a CDC or SCDHEC approved disinfectant.

Student organization fundraisers or events that involve food will need to use PREPACKAGED FOOD ONLY. Food that is homemade or distributed from common containers is not permitted..

Visit sterncenter.cofc.edu/reservations/request-form for more details.

Are there designated spaces for commuters to relax between classes?

Yes. The commuter lounge located on the first floor of Lightsey will be open to one student at a time this fall starting next week. The kitchen will allow one student at a time (mask on), and there will be a sign-up sheet for students to use the study room individually for one-hour at a time (mask off if door is closed). In addition to that space, the Stern Student Center has common lounge space on each floor that students can use. All areas are first come, first serve and are set up for social distancing.

You can also visit registrar.cofc.edu/course-offerings/zoom-spaces to learn about spaces to Zoom sessions.

What are the requirements for student organization travel?

The below guidelines are for College-related student travel effective January 4, 2022.
  • Students traveling for any reason, including academic-related activities, are encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 within 2-3 days prior to the planned travel event. 
  • Do not travel if: 

    • You feel unwell 

    • You are unvaccinated and have been identified as a close contact 

    • You have tested positive and have not completed a 10-day isolation period 

    • You are awaiting COVID-19 test results 

  • Students traveling for any reason are also encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 soon after travel, preferably within 3-5 days. Self-monitor for COVID symptoms for 14 days following travel. 

  • While traveling in cars, please ensure all are masked and the windows are open at least a little to ensure adequate and constant circulation of fresh air.  

  • When traveling by bus or other public transportation, face coverings are recommended in accordance with CDC and SC DHEC guidance. 

  • If travel involves overnight stays, limit the number of people to a hotel room (e.g. one person per bed) to help minimize transmission of infection should someone become positive unknowingly during the trip. 

  • Consult with CDC guidance to ensure maximal safety while traveling: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html  

  • Faculty/staff advisors, team captains and student organization leaders are required to keep a roster of College of Charleston students who are participating in travel related to events, practices, scrimmages or matches/games. These lists should be maintained for EVERY event affiliated with the College. If contact tracing is necessary, these lists must be given to Student Health Services at a moment’s notice should contact tracing be necessary. 

    • If travel participant rosters are not kept per event, all unvaccinated students exposed to positive cases as part of the traveling event will be required to quarantine per CDC, SC DHEC and CofC guidance. 

  • Professors who wish to travel with students when vaccine validation is required should reach out to Lee Penny pennyll@cofc.edu in Student Health Services to obtain FERPA forms and information about the protocol to verify vaccine status of those traveling. 

Is the Cougar Food Pantry currently operational? How can I access the Pantry?

Yes! The Cougar Food Pantry is operational please contact Jill Caldwell, caldwellj@cofc.edu to make an appointment M-F between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., unfortunately, at this time we are not able to offer weekend appointments.

Once in-person learning has resumed, please visit the Cougar Food Pantry website at studentlife.cofc.edu/cougar-food-pantry for more information about how to access the pantry.

What's happening with athletics?

With the continued focus on the health, safety and well-being of its student-athletes, coaches and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, College of Charleston Athletics has suspended fall sports competition.

Men’s soccer, women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s cross country and women’s cross country will continue to train and practice for an expected spring season. Year-round sports of men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, sailing and equestrian will also not compete during the fall portion of each team’s schedule.

All of CofC’s winter and spring sports teams, including men’s basketball, women’s basketball, baseball, softball, beach volleyball and women’s indoor and outdoor track & field, remain on schedule.

For more information go to https://cofcsports.com/.

What activities are in place for incoming first-year students?

First-year students should have received a packet in the mail outlining everything that the Student Affairs team has planned during the Weeks of Welcome. Students should also check out Cougar Connect, which is the portal for all of the Weeks of Welcome and other events throughout the year.

What activities are planned for second-year students?

The Student Affairs team has a wide variety of events and student engagement activities specifically for second-year students, starting with the events for Weeks of Welcome. Students should also check out Cougar Connect, which is the portal for all of the Weeks of Welcome and other events throughout the year.

How will the College ensure/model tolerance for students' personal choice around masking and vaccination?

We are working to have a balance of respecting choices and doing what is recommended by CDC and S.C. DHEC to protect the health and safety of our campus community.

In support of our College values of respect and inclusions, we hope our students will recognize choices others are making and support them. Certainly, we hope we will have healthy discussions around choices.

Is there still going to be a parent's weekend?

We held Cougar Family Fun February 18-19, 2022. Details can be found on our website:

https://studentlife.cofc.edu/family-fun-day/index.php