Residence Halls and Dining

Fall 2021

Are you returning to full density for housing in the fall? What about residence life programming?

President Hsu announced the Colleg's plan to resume a normal academic and campus life by the time school begins on August 24. For Campus Housing and Residence Life, that means returning to full density in the halls (minus some rooms for potential quarantine and isolation) and a return to things like social programming, open common kitchens, visitation and generally enjoying our full sense of community again – which we’re all craving. We’re dedicated to providing you the best on-campus experience possible. Please let us know if you have any questions about Campus Housing at housing@cofc.edu or Residence Life at reslife@cofc.edu.

What are plans for residential student parking? I had fewer than 60 credit hours and was allowed to apply for parking; do I need to have 60 for the fall?

We were able to expand parking eligibility this past year due to the unusual circumstances related to COVID, but, starting in the fall, students living on campus will again need to have earned 60 credit hours at the time assignments are made. Read more about parking for students at parking services.

Will the COVID-19 vaccine be required of all students this fall?

The College strongly encourages all members of the campus community to get vaccinated but is not requiring vaccinations for students or employees at this time.

The College currently has three vaccines that are required if you are a student. These vaccines are required because an outbreak of measles, mumps, pertussis or meningitis would have significant impact on our campus community as we saw last fall with the mumps epidemic. In the case of the mumps, we were grateful that almost all of our students were vaccinated against mumps, including those who acquired the illness. However, having most of the population vaccinated meant the cases we did have in our community were mild and not very contagious.

The College strongly encourages all members of the campus community to get vaccinated but is not requiring vaccinations for students or employees at this time.

Will COVID-19 testing be required to move into campus housing for 2021-2022?

Students moving into College of Charleston campus housing must provide one of the following.

Submit your COVID-19 Vaccine Documentation.

  • Please use your campus (CofC) email address to complete the form, you can upload a picture of your vaccination card or a print out from your doctor’s office/vaccine site. 
  • This form is kept strictly confidential but will help with contact tracing purposes on campus. 

Submit documentation of a COVID-19 positive test result after May 22, 2021 using the following link https://forms.office.com/r/AkjnxmLVk3

Submit documentation of a PCR or Antigen test taken between August 12 and 19, 2021 at least 24 hours before move-in using the following link https://forms.office.com/r/AkjnxmLVk3/a> https://forms.office.com/r/AkjnxmLVk3

Will we know if roommates are vaccinated?

The College of Charleston is unable to share medical information including vaccination status of students per HIPPA and FERPA guidelines. We encourage roommates to speak with each other about expectations about their room and living environment, and they may seek guidance from their RA as they do this.

If my roommate is not vaccinated, can I change roommates?

The room change request process is now open should you wish to request a different space with someone you know to be vaccinated.

Students who are interested in changing rooms may submit a request via the MyHousing/Dining portal. Click on the Change Room button to start the process. A Campus Housing staff member will then contact you by email or phone with availability in your requested residence hall(s). We will keep your request on file until the end of the fall semester or until we offer you a room. If you requested a room change prior to this semester and still wish to change rooms, you will need to fill out your request again.

Campus Housing staff will contact you as soon as a space in your desired location opens; however, we appreciate your patience as this process can take some time.

Is there a chance that students living on campus will be sent home if COVID-19 numbers get too high?

Just as with last year, our plan is to keep students on campus, which we were able to do. However, we will also respond to the conditions on campus. As President Hsu said, we will do what we have to do to keep your student and our campus safe.

What do parents need to do for move-in? Show proof of vaccination card? And what about unvaccinated parents - will they have access to move-in?

We do not have a requirement for proof of vaccination. Two family members/ friends can help with move in, but we strongly encourage wearing face coverings while indoors.

Are dorm bathrooms and high touch dorm areas sterilized before move-in day and on a regular basis? Classrooms, dining and common areas also?

We have deep cleaned the residence halls and classrooms prior to move-in and classes resume. High-touch areas will be cleaned on a regular basis. We have enhanced cleaning plans for classrooms, and we will continue to provide hand wipe stations at all classrooms. We will continue to follow the CDC recommended cleaning protocols.

Will visitors be allowed in the residence halls?

For the first two weeks there will be in-hall visitation only in order to provide time for residents to work through roommate/suitemate agreements and talk about parameters around visitation.

On September 1st visitation will be opened up to allow College of Charleston students to be signed into residence halls under our 24/7 guest visitation policy.

Dining Services

Which dining locations will be open in the fall?

All residential dining locations including Liberty Fresh Food Co., City Bistro and Marty's Place will be open and providing a full complement of meal choices. Retail dining choices are available across campus and include Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Einstein Brother’s Bagels and Market 159.

Mobile ordering is available for the campus Chick-fil-A, Starbucks and Marty’s Place. Download the Transact app and select College of Charleston to use mobile ordering at these locations. The app accepts Cougar Cash, Dining Dollars and the meal plan at Marty's Place, in addition to Visa and Mastercard.

Please visit College of Charleston Dining Services at charleston.campusdish.com for location hours, menu offering and service adjustments. You can also follow us on social media @cofcdining to stay up to date with special events and other happenings.

Does the College offer mobile ordering for its dining locations?

Mobile ordering is available for CofC students and employees at the campus Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks and Marty's Place. Download the Transact app and select College of Charleston to use mobile ordering at these locations. The app accepts Cougar Cash, Dining Dollars and the meal plan at Marty's Place, in addition to Visa and Mastercard.

How do I add or change my meal plan?

Information about meal plans can be found at cougarcard.cofc.edu/meal-plans.

Will we be able to eat inside the dining facilities in the fall?

President Hsu announced the College’s plan to resume a normal academic and campus life by the time school begins on August 24. For Dining Services, that means returning to normal operations in our dining facilities, including indoor seating in our residential and retail locations.

How will activities in the dining halls be conducted? Will it be normal capacity, or is there a limit that will be enforced?

Overall, dining operations and capacities will be as normal. Minor tweaks have been made to dining services operations, for example the elimination of self service at the salad bar and hot bars. Seating has been scaled back in some areas to allow for safer distancing and traffic flow. Dining services continues to monitor CDC and SC DHEC guidelines and will make adjustments as necessary.

I thought that there was a meal plan that provided more 'off campus' purchase options. However, when I looked online, I didn't see this option. Did I miss it? What's the name of that particular plan?

We do offer a variety of meal plans, but we do not have one that includes off-campus merchants.

How are dining facilities being cleaned?

Dining Services will be following operational and cleaning procedures as recommended by the CDC and SC Department of Health and Environmental Control.