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.

How will not wearing face coverings be enforced for students, faculty and staff? How are people supposed to report people not complying with the College regulations regarding COVID-19?

All members of the College campus community are encouraged to take the Cougar Pledge.

People can report non-compliance with the face covering requirement at cm.maxient.com/reportingform. For students, non-compliance will be addressed under the Student Code of Conduct Student Code of Conduct. Faculty and staff non-compliance will be addressed by HR.

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.

The below policies will be in effect beginning on Monday, March 1, 2021, until it is safe for us to make modifications. For any events that are already scheduled, please alter your plans to meet these criteria or request an exception using the exception form below.

Indoor College-Sponsored Gatherings On or Off Campus:

  • For indoor gatherings, the maximum attendance is 30 people or the COVID-19 capacity of the space, whichever is less.
  • Face coverings and a distance of 6 feet must be maintained at all times between participants.
  • Seats or spaces to stand that are at least six feet apart should be clearly marked for attendees.
  • A non-student employee of the College needs to be present to manage the event. Those managing the event are responsible for managing social distancing and the face covering requirements.
  • Eating and drinking should be very limited. Food should be pre-packaged, and we encourage providing food and drink in a “to-go” format as guests are leaving the event.
  • Events/gatherings should not include mingling or reception activities as it is difficult to maintain social distancing.
  • Please maintain a list of attendees in case follow-up is needed for contact-tracing purposes.

Outdoor College-Sponsored Gatherings On or Off Campus:

  • For outdoor gatherings, the maximum attendance is 50 people or the COVID-19 capacity of the space, whichever is less.
  • Face coverings and a distance of 6 feet must be maintained at all times between participants.
  • Seats or spaces to stand that are at least six feet apart should be clearly marked for attendees.
  • A non-student employee of the College needs to be present to manage the event. Those managing the event are responsible for managing social distancing and the face covering requirements.
  • Eating and drinking should be very limited. Food should be pre-packaged, and we encourage providing food and drink in a “to-go” format as guests are leaving the event.
  • Events/gatherings should not include mingling or reception activities, as it is difficult to maintain appropriate social distancing.
  • Please maintain a list of attendees in case follow-up is needed for contact-tracing purposes.

Requesting Exceptions to COVID-19 Gathering Policies:

  • Exceptions may be granted on a limited basis.
  • Request an exception using the exception form.
  • To request an exception, the requestor needs to have approval for the exception request from his/her/their division head (vice president or executive vice president). Students requesting exceptions will have their forms reviewed by the EVP for Student Affairs.
  • The exception form will be routed to the appropriate VP/EVP for this review and approval.
  • Final review of exception requests will be completed by Alicia Caudill, EVP for Student Affairs, and Bridget McLernon Sykes, COVID-19 Lead.
  • Those who approve space requests should not approve any exemptions to these policies without notification from Bridget McLernon Sykes or Alicia Caudill.

Information that must be included in the Exception Request Form:

  • Rationale for the request.
  • An outline including details of the event, such as check-in procedures and run of show.
  • Specific plans for enforcing face covering and social distancing, including those who are responsible for doing this.
  • If food or drink will be provided, details of the plans for distributing those items.

 

What are the plans for Spring Commencement?

Upcoming Commencement Ceremonies will be held on Mother's Day Weekend May 7 and May 8, 2021. As the College prepares for our Spring Commencement,we are following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC).With an eye to everchanging conditions,our committee is simultaneously planning possibilities and scenarios to allow for the largest,safest and most rewarding commencement possible. As the event approaches, and as public parameters are known,the committee will update this website and communicate the final plans.

As no definite plans will be announced until closer to the event, we strongly suggest that students and their families defer making travel and/or lodging arrangements unless they are refundable and/or changeable. We are committed to making Commencement meaningful and safe. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding.

All students eligible to graduate in Spring/Summer 2020, December 2020, or Spring/Summer 2021 may participate in the May 2021 ceremonies, INCLUDING those who already participated in the October 2020 ceremonies in Cistern Yard.

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 retruned, 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?

During the spring semester, student organization travel will be permitted up to 350 miles from campus and will be limited and guided by CDC and SCDHEC guidelines. Overnight travel is not permitted. Travel by air is not permitted.

Types of student travel:

 

  • Sports club (local practices and regional competitions) 
  • Intramurals
  • Internships
  • Research
  • Social and event entertainment trips (departmental or student organizations) Academic field trips
  • Academic and professional conferences
  • Fraternity and sorority educational and social trips

 

With any mode of transportation, compliance to CDC and transportation company requirements must be followed.

 

  • Buses and vans should be at 50 percent capacity, and only necessary passengers should be in the vehicle. Social distancing, face coverings and proper disinfection protocols must be maintained inside the vehicle.
  • Students should self-monitor and not travel if feeling unwell. If possible, temperature checks should be taken before boarding the vehicle.
  • Face coverings must be worn, and regular cleaning of common touch areas with a CDC or SCDHEC approved disinfectant should be conducted.
  • If possible, open windows. If not, set the air conditioner on the fresh air mode for maximum flow of outside air.
  • Meals should be picked up at drive-throughs, curbside restaurant service or stores employing no touch delivery.

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.

Decisions on attendance — and other COVID-19 safeguardsfor fans — will be made in early fall based on the health environment at that time. For more information got to https://cofcsports.com/.

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