Back on the Bricks

The College of Charleston Plan for Fall 2020


As the College of Charleston prepares to resume on-campus classes for the fall 2020 semester, this website will serve as the official information resource for the university community. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, this website will be updated regularly as the College adjusts to evolving conditions and to updated guidance from local, state and federal authorities, which may include Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC) and others.

With the health and safety of our campus community as our priority and the continuity of academic instruction as our guiding principles, the College has established protocols and procedures for our students, faculty, staff and visitors based on recommendations from the CDC and SCDHEC, among other government agencies.

The components of this plan, including Housing, Academics, Campus Life and more, were developed in consultation with students, faculty, staff, deans, chairs, senior administrators, parents, trustees, alumni, health professionals, community members and other stakeholders.

While the College recognizes that this unprecedented worldwide event presents enormous challenges to our academic mission, it also provides incredible opportunities to unite our campus community around common goals and to prepare our students for obstacles they will face in their lives and careers after graduation. One of the defining hallmarks of the liberal arts education the College is known for is adaptability. The broad foundational knowledge that we impart across our curriculum is ideally suited for extraordinary times like these.

Throughout its 250-year history, the College has survived wars, hurricanes, financial calamities and other great challenges. Eventually, we will add the COVID-19 pandemic to the list of challenges we have overcome. And we will do it together, as one family, as Cougars.

Latest Developments

Update From President Hsu on Start of In-Person Classes
Posted on 11 September 2020 | 5:16 pm
President Andrew Hsu sent the following message to the campus community on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020: Dear Campus Community,  As we prepare for the first day of in-person and hybrid classes on Monday, I’m writing with a few reminders and important updates.  But first, I want to say thank you. It seems especially poignant to… Read More »
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President Hsu Announces COVID-19 Dashboard and Other Updates
Posted on 8 September 2020 | 4:49 pm
College of Charleston President Andrew T. Hsu shared the following message regarding return to campus plans with students and families on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020: Dear Students and Families,  I hope you are doing well. I’m writing to update you on a few topics as we prepare for the beginning of in-person classes just one… Read More »
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