Residence Halls and Dining

Overview

A sense of home and community are very important to students. Students living on campus must be diligent about maintaining high standards of personal hygiene and cleaning/disinfection of their personal spaces to protect themselves and other members of the community. In compliance with CDC guidelines, the College has reduced residential density and increase the number of single bedrooms available to students. Different measures will be required in various campus locations, depending on the configuration of the building. Throughout all residence halls, there is signage addressing social distancing, proper cleanliness, face covering, hygiene, common-area usage and occupancy limits. Signs will also designate entry and exit doors, elevator capacity and distancing guidelines.

Testing

President Hsu announced a significant change in the College of Charleston's plans regarding COVID-19 testing for students living on campus. Please refer to his email, dated Aug. 20, for the required testing protocols for students who will be living in on-campus housing. You may find additional information on the testing page of the Back on the Bricks website.

The College will not pro-rate housing or meal plan fees for students whose move-in was delayed due to failure to provide test results or for students who cannot move in on time due to a positive test result.

Dining 

Most dining locations will operate as usual. Minor service adjustments may be made based on academic class schedules, College-building hours of operation and expanded cleaning procedures. 

The POD Express locations (Education Center lobby, Maybank Hall lobby and Hollings Science Center student lounge) are closed for the duration of the fall semester. Beverage and snack vending machines are available in both the Education Center and Maybank Hall. Beverage vending is available in the Hollings Science Center.

Please visit charleston.campusdish.com/ for location hours and menus.

Meal Plan Start Dates for Fall 2020

Block Meal Plans: started Aug. 23 with dinner; ends Dec. 15 with lunch
All Access and 12 Meals Per Week Meal Plans: started Sept. 11 with dinner; ends Dec. 15 with lunch

Meal Plan Addition

Should you wish to add a meal plan, you may do so by submitting a completed Upperclassmen/Commuter Meal Plan form at cougarcard.cofc.edu/meal-plans/upperclassmen-commuter to campusservices@cofc.edu or by visiting Campus Services HQ at 162 Calhoun St. Students may add a meal plan at any time, but the plan cannot longer be charged to the student eBill after Sept. 16; it must be paid for at the time of purchase with cash, check or any major credit card. 

Cleaning of Common Areas

To ensure the cleanliness of all high-touch areas and shared spaces in the residence halls, custodial staff will clean and sanitize high-touch areas and shared spaces (stairwells, hallways, etc.) throughout the day.

Use of Common Areas

All nonessential common spaces in residence halls (lounges, game rooms, community kitchens, etc.) will be closed until coronavirus transmission is no longer a concern. Essential common spaces such as laundry rooms will have limited occupancy and may require that a scheduling protocol be put in place to avoid overcrowding during times of high demand. Face coverings and proper social distancing of at least six feet are required in all common spaces.

Visitation Restrictions

Students will not be allowed to check in visitors. The Department of Residence Life is working on a comprehensive plan to identify new and creative ways for students to connect with visitors.

Residence hall staff will use virtual communications (phone or video chat) and socially distanced one-on-one interactions to stay connected with residents. Residence life staff will conduct check-ins throughout the semester as appropriate, in addition to in-person unscheduled health and safety inspections.

Roommate Changes

Requests for roommate changes will not be permitted until at least one month into the academic year and may not be feasible.