Residence Halls and Dining

Updated July 30, 2020:

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on South Carolina and the Lowcountry, the College of Charleston will delay the start of in-person classes for three weeks until Monday, September 14. Classes will begin as scheduled on Tuesday, August 25, in an online environment. Fall 2020 housing and dining plans are being updated accordingly. Please continue to visit this webpage for updates with the latest information.

Additionally, students who have been assigned to housing and/or purchased a meal plan for fall 2020 will receive an email from Campus Housing and Dining Services with further details once plans are finalized. We hope to have this completed by August 7.

  • Housing and dining fees have already posted to student eBill accounts; adjustments to these fees, once determined, will appear in the form of a credit once the residence halls reopen and dining operations resume.
  • Students who wish to cancel their housing assignment and contract may do so, without penalty, until 11:59 p.m. EST on August 21, 2020.

Move-in is no longer scheduled for August 20 – 23. All students will be required to schedule a new move-in timeslot. New move-in dates are tentatively scheduled for September 11-13. Procedures for scheduling a move-in timeslot are being finalized and will be announced soon. We encourage you to wait to make travel arrangements until you have a confirmed move-in timeslot.

We understand that some students have special circumstances and will need to move in prior to the start of classes on August 25. For those students who require on-campus housing during these first few weeks of online instruction, we have developed a process to apply for an exemption. Exemptions will be limited and granted to students who are homeless, international or have other extenuating circumstances that require them to live on campus prior to the start of classes. 

  • Students who receive this exemption must follow strict face covering and social distancing protocols as outlined in our Back on the Bricks plan (go.cofc.edu/bricks) and will not be eligible for discounted housing. Students who are allowed to move in prior to August 20 will be charged a fee for each night that they live on campus prior to that date.
  • If a student is granted an exemption, it is likely they will be placed in a room other than their 2020-2021 assignment for safety and building-access control, and they will be required to move to their assigned room prior to regular move-in. Students will also not have visitation and will be required to comply with all College policies and protocol including health and safety. 
  • Move-in for students who are granted an exemption is scheduled for August 23.
  • Students who are granted an exemption will be required to purchase a meal plan that will provide access to three to-go meals from City Bistro daily. The meal plan will be valid starting with dinner on August 23 and ending with lunch on September 11. Meal-plan pricing for exempted students will be provided before August 23.

In most cases, it is safer for students to remain where they currently are in order to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Students who wish to apply for an exemption to move in prior to residence halls opening in September, need to complete the application, via the link provided in their email, no later than 11:59 p.m. EST on August 5. They will be notified of the College’s decision to grant or deny the request no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 12.

 

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 will reduce 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 will be 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.

Housing Contracts and Assignments

With the health and safety of students and staff being our number one priority and based upon updated guidance from public health officials, the College has reduced its on-campus housing capacity in an effort to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission in our residence halls. Campus Housing is diligently working with senior leadership and campus partners to reconfigure fall 2020 housing based on these changes.

Students who wish to cancel their housing assignment and contract may do so, without penalty, until 11:59 p.m. on August 21, 2020. 

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.