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					2008-2009
College of Charleston Family Calendar and Handbook
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          Welcome
                                                                       Dear Fellow Parents,
Dear Families,
                                                                                                                                Dear Familie
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      We’re loo  king forward to                             the       regard the Council as one of them. If you          look forwar                    mmunity and
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      your student    to our campus                                n   want to find out more, please feel free to         you.                          this journey
                                                anything we ca                                                                                                         with
                        us  know if there’s                            contact us through the Council's Director,
       meantime, let                                                   Cathy Mahon. Cathy can be reached at the
                lp.                                                                                                      Sincerely,
       do to he                                                        Office of Institutional Advancement at
                                              the College of
       Thank you ag     ain for choosing                               (843) 953-3130 or mahonc@cofc.edu.

        Charleston.                                                    Sincerely,
                                                                                                                        Melinda Mile
                                                                                                                                      y
                                                                                                                        Assistant Vic
        Sincerely,                                                                                                                   e President
                                                                       A. J. and Susan Heath
                                                                       National Chairs of the Parent Advisory Council
                        n
         P. George Benso
         President
                 June 2008
                                               Sunday                    Monday                     Tuesday                 Wednesday                      Thursday                 Friday          Saturday
Recommended Websites
Preparing for College

College Parents of America
www.collegeparents.org
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Higher Education Center
www.edc.org/hec/parents
Information on alcohol and other
drug-prevention programs on college
campuses
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Learning Network
www.familyeducation.com
                                          • Father’s Day                                                                                                                                         • Summer begins

Good parental advice on all stages of
child development, including college
issues

Transition to College: Separation
and Change for Parents and
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Students
www.aboutourkids.org

The Healthy Student: Preparing
for the College Years
www.adolescenthealth.org/
The_Healthy_Student.pdf                                    22                         23                         24                         25                          26               27                        28
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____________________________            Dates are subject to change. Please refer to http:/www.cofc.edu/~register/courseCalendars.htm for the most up-to-date academic calendars.

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                 July 2008
                                              Sunday                     Monday                     Tuesday                 Wednesday                     Thursday                   Friday             Saturday
                                                                                                                                                                              • Fourth of July –
                                                                                                                                                                                College closed
Cougar Family Connections
Parent Listserv Instructions

The cofcparent listserv is a
communication tool providing the
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College of Charleston parent and
family community an opportunity for
discussion with other parents and
CofC staff and as a source to ask
questions.

When you post a message to be
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shared with the listserv, your email
submission is distributed to everyone
who has signed up to be included on
the cofcparent listserv.

To become a member of the
cofcparent listserv:                                      13                         14                          15                         16                           17                        18        19
1.Go to www.cofc.edu/parents
2.Click on Parent Listserv which is
  located in the box on the left.
3.Complete the online subscription
  form.
4.You will receive an email at the
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  address you entered. Follow the
  link in the email to confirm your
  subscription to the cofcparent
  listserv.


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                                        Dates are subject to change. Please refer to http:/www.cofc.edu/~register/courseCalendars.htm for the most up-to-date academic
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                 August 2008
                                               Sunday                     Monday                      Tuesday                    Wednesday                        Thursday                           Friday                         Saturday
                                                                                                                                                                                             • Begin ordering textbooks online
                                                                                                                                                                                               at www.cofc.bkstr.com
What Your Student Should
Bring Back To School

• New Student Guidebook                                                                                                                                                                                                 1                               2
• Cougar Card/ Student Identification
• Undergraduate Catalog
• Text books for class if purchased
• September 1, 2008 is the last day to
  return textbooks to the bookstore
  so be sure to send original
  bookstore receipts with your
  student
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• Convocation Reading
• Organized Chaos Packet (if living in
  CofC Residence Hall)
• The student health form should be
  completed and returned to Health
  Services before classes begin.
  Download the health form at
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  www.cofc.edu/~stuhealth/pdf/cofc_                                                                                                                                                          • Move in for all students          • Move in for all students
  health_form.pdf                                                                                                                                                                              per assigned time                   per assigned time
                                                                                                                                                                                               (Residence halls open at
                                                                                                                                                                                               noon)

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    ____________________________                              17                         18                            19                           20                             21                              22             Welcome Week      23
                                         • Move in for all students   • New Student Convocation   • Fall and Express I classes   • Residence Hall floor        • Residence Hall floor
    ____________________________           per assigned time          • Late Registration           begin                          meetings August 25-28         meetings August 25-28
                                                                      • Residence Hall floor      • Series 6: Cougar Carnival
                                                                        meetings August 25-28       at McAlister Hall
    ____________________________                                                                  • Residence Hall floor
                                                                                                    meetings August 25-28
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                                            Welcome Week      24        Welcome Week     25         Welcome Week       26          Welcome Week     27           Welcome Week     28           Welcome Week        29             Welcome Week      30
    ____________________________                                      Dates are subject to change. Please refer to http:/www.cofc.edu/~register/courseCalendars.htm
                                                                      for the most up-to-date academic calendars.
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                 September 2008
                                              Sunday                      Monday                           Tuesday                      Wednesday                       Thursday    Friday       Saturday
                                                                     • Last day to drop/add Fall and   • Center for Student Learning    • Center for Student Learning
                                                                       Express I classes                 Study Skills Seminar at          Study Skills Seminar at
                                                                     • Last day of 100% refund for
Communication                                                          full semester and Express I
                                                                                                         4:00pm
                                                                                                       • Series 6: Around the World
                                                                                                                                          6:00pm
                                                                       courses
                                                                     • Last day to apply for a           at College Lodge
Keep the lines open                                                    pass/fail grade option
                                                                     • Last day for textbook refunds
• Ask open ended questions about
  classes and assignments that
                                                                       (receipt is required)
                                                                     • Labor Day                1                               2                               3              4             5          6
  encourage a response rather than                                   • Last Day of 90% refund          • Center for Student Learning    • Center for Student Learning
                                                                       for full semester and             Study Skills Seminar at          Study Skills Seminar at
  just yes or no                                                       Express 1 courses                 4:00pm                           6:00pm
• Recognize your student’s ability to                                                                  • Series 6: Living in the
  meet certain family obligations may                                                                    Lowcountry at Hawkins
                                                                                                         Lounge
  be limited due to new
  responsibilities
• Share details regarding the cost of
                                                             7                                  8                               9                            10               11         12           13
  education and/or the financial aid                                                                   • Last Day for students to       • Center for Student Learning
  process with your student.Talk                                                                         wighdraw from Express I          Study Skills Seminar at
                                                                                                         classes with a grade of “W”      6:00pm
  about budgeting money and credit                                                                     • Center for Student Learning
  card debt.                                                                                             Study Skills Seminar at
                                                                                                         4:00pm
• Allow your student to explore                                                                        • Series 6: All You Need is
  their own interests and refrain
  from making decisions regarding                         14                               15            Love at Berry Hall
                                                                                                                            16                              17                18         19           20
  major or course selections                                         • Last day of 50% refund          • Center for Student Learning    • Center for Student Learning
• Encourage your student to                                            for full semester courses         Study Skills Seminar at          Study Skills Seminar at
                                                                     • Autumn begins                     4:00pm                           6:00pm
  participate in extracurricular                                                                       • Series 6: Things I Wish I
  activities                                                                                             Knew… at George St.
• Remind your student to register                                                                        Apts. Courtyard
  their bike, laptop and other
  personal items with public safety                       21                               22                               23                              24                25         26           27
• Ask your students how often they                                   • Rosh Hashanah                   • Center for Student Learning
  use the library. To see where your                                                                     Study Skills Seminar at
  student spends so much time,                                                                           4:00pm
                                                                                                       • Series 6: It’s All About the
  check out                                                                                              Benjamins at McConnell
  www.cofc.edu/~library/frequent/abo
  ut.html for a virtual tour of the
  Addlestone Library.                                     28                               29                               30
                                        Dates are subject to change. Please refer to http:/www.cofc.edu/~register/courseCalendars.htm for the most up-to-date academic calendars.
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                  October 2008
                                                  Sunday                         Monday                           Tuesday                     Wednesday                            Thursday                             Friday                       Saturday
                                                                                                                                              • Center for Student Learning                                                                      • Annual Family Weekend
                                                                                                                                                Study Skills Seminar at                                                                            Author Signing 10am-1pm
Keeping in Touch                                                                                                                                6:00pm

What Families Can Do:

• Keep preaddressed cards on hand –
  students love to get mail.
                                                                                                                                                                          1                                 2      Family Weekend           3      Family Weekend           4
                                                                                                             • Last day for students to       • Last day of Express I          • Express I final exams begin                                     • Express I final exams end
                                                                                                               withdraw from full semester      classes                        • Yom Kippur
• Send your student a special                                                                                  classes with a grade of “W”    • Center for Student Learning
  Halloween treat.                                                                                           • Center for Student Learning      Study Skills Seminar at
                                                                                                               Study Skills Seminar at          6:00pm
                                                                                                               4:00pm
• Pick a time and day for telephone
  conversations.                              Family Weekend            5                                6                                7                               8                                 9                           10                              11
• Use text messaging and email to          • Fall Break Holiday begins      • Fall Break Holiday (SD)        • Fall Break Holiday (SD)        • Classes Resume                                                  • Last day to drop/add for
  encourage and motivate your                (storm day makeup)             • Last day of 25% refund                                          • Express II courses begin                                          Express II courses
                                             Residence Halls remain           for full semester courses                                                                                                         • Last day of 100% refund
  student.                                   open                                                                                                                                                                 for Express II course
                                                                                                                                                                                                                • Mid Term and Express I
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  grades available to stu-
• Tell them how proud you are of                                                                                                                                                                                  dents via CougarTrail at
  them.
                                                                   12                               13                               14                              15                                16         8:00am
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• Attend Family Weekend this month         • Collegiate Alcohol Awareness   • Collegiate Alcohol Awareness   • Collegiate Alcohol Awareness   • Collegiate Alcohol Awareness   • Collegiate Alcohol Awareness   • Collegiate Alcohol Awareness   • Collegiate Alcohol Awareness
  and enjoy a visit with your student.       Week October 19-25               Week October 19-25               Week October 19-25               Week October 19-25               Week October 19-25               Week October 19-25               Week October 19-25


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                                                                                                               Study Skills Seminar at          Study Skills Seminar at
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                                         Dates are subject to change. Please refer to http:/www.cofc.edu/~register/courseCalendars.htm for the most up-to-date academic calendars.
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                  November 2008
                                                    Sunday                    Monday                      Tuesday                     Wednesday                          Thursday                       Friday                 Saturday
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            • Spring 2009 open
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              registration begins
Safety                                                                                                                                                                                                                        according to earned hours

Resources on Campus
Security Enhancements:
Visit www.cofc.edu/publicsafety for                                                                                                                                                                                                               1
more information
                                              • Daylight Saving Time ends                             • Center for Student Learning   • Last day for students to
                                                                                                        Study Skills Seminar at         withdraw from Express II
• Cougar Alert—the emergency mass                                                                       4:00pm                          classes with a grade of “W”
  notification system for the College of                                                              • Election Day                  • Last day of 25% refund for
  Charleston—used to communicate                                                                                                        Express II courses
                                                                                                                                      • Center for Student Learning
  prior to, during, and after emergencies                                                                                               Study Skills Seminar at
• Public Safety Community-Oriented
  Policing Initiative (restructure of                                 2                       3                               4         6:00pm
                                                                                                                                                              5                              6                          7                         8
  campus patrol areas – North/South                                                                   • Center for Student Learning   • Center for Student Learning
  Campus Teams that solidify manpower,                                                                  Study Skills Seminar at         Study Skills Seminar at
  maximize resources and provide a                                                                      4:00pm                          6:00pm
                                                                                                      • Veterans’ Day
  more personal approach to campus
  security)
• Community Oriented Policing and
  Crime Prevention Officers schedule
  meetings as necessary if a crime trend
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  is identified                                                                                       • Center for Student Learning   • Center for Student Learning
• Dining with students – building                                                                       Study Skills Seminar at         Study Skills Seminar at
                                                                                                        4:00pm                          6:00pm
  student/Public Safety positive
  interaction
• Joint patrols with the City of
  Charleston Police Department
• 24/7 Crime Action Line and 24/7                                 16                       17                             18                              19                              20                         21                       22
  Campus Escort Service
• Silent Witness—On-line Anonymous                                                                                                    • Thanksgiving Holiday begins   • Thanksgiving Holiday –   • Thanksgiving Holiday –   • Thanksgiving Holiday –
                                                                                                                                        (no classes)                    College closed –           College closed –           College closed –
  Reports                                                                                                                               Residence Halls remain          Residence Halls open       Residence Halls open       Residence Halls open
• Over 40 emergency call boxes and                                                                                                      open
  300 CCTV cameras around campus -
  over 60 covering public areas
• Whistle Program—Your student can
  pick up a free whistle at Public Safety                         23                       24                             25                              26                             27                         28                        29
  to use in case of an emergency                                            Dates are subject to change. Please refer to http:/www.cofc.edu/~register/courseCalendars.htm
                                              • Classes resume
• Public Safety Annual Safety Walk -                                        for the most up-to-date academic calendars.
  conducted with Student Government
  Association representatives and
  students, this walk identifies safety and
  security issues.
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                   December 2008
                                               Sunday                    Monday                      Tuesday                    Wednesday                      Thursday                            Friday                   Saturday
Change
How Families Can Adapt
to Changes

• Be open minded about changes in
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  your student.                                                      • Last day of Fall and      • Reading Day (SD) –           • Fall Semester Final and
                                                                       Express II classes          no classes                     Express II Exams begin
                                                                     • Textbook Buyback begins
• Don’t pressure your student to
  choose a major but encourage
  career exploration.

• Understand that change is often
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  difficult for you and your student.                                                                                           • Fall Semester Final and   • Residence Halls close at
                                                                                                                                  Express II Exams end        6:00pm – except Kelly,
                                                                                                                                                              Warren, George, McAlister &
• Be patient, change is common                                                                                                                                all historic houses
  during the first year at college.                                                                                                                         • Begin ordering textbooks
                                                                                                                                                              online at
                                                                                                                                                              www.cofc.bkstr.com
• Remember your student is
  discovering who they are and their                        14                          15                            16                            17                          18                             19                           20
  place in the world.                    • Fall 2008 December                                    • Final grades available via                               • Christmas – College closed    • Kwanzaa begins – College   • College closed
                                           Commencement                                            CougarTrail at 8:00am                                                                      closed
                                         • Hanukkah begins
                                         • Winter begins
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 ____________________________            • College closed            • College closed            • College closed               • College closed

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                                        Dates are subject to change. Please refer to http:/www.cofc.edu/~register/courseCalendars.htm for the most up-to-date academic calendars.
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                  January 2009
                                                Sunday                    Monday                        Tuesday                     Wednesday                          Thursday                         Friday                   Saturday
                                                                                                                                                                    • New Year’s Day - College
                                                                                                                                                                      closed
Trust
What Families Can Do

• Have faith in your student’s ability
  to make the right choices.
                                                                                                                                                                                            1                            2              3
                                                                                                                                    • Residence Halls open at 12    • Orientation for New        • Orientation for New
                                                                                                                                      noon for all students           Students                     Students
• Instead of telling your student what
  to do, ask questions and offer
  advice.

• Tell your student you trust them to
  make the best decision.
                                                              4                               5                             6                               7                               8                            9            10
                                                                      • Spring and Express 1                                                                                                     • Last day to drop/add for
• Listen first without interruption.                                    classes begin                                                                                                              full semester and Express I
                                                                      • Maymester and Summer                                                                                                       classes
                                                                        Session Registration                                                                                                     • Last day of 100% refund
• Avoid rescuing your student when                                      begins                                                                                                                   • Last day to apply for
                                                                                                                                                                                                   pass/fail option
  a situation arises.                                                                                                                                                                            • Last day for textbook

• Recommend using campus                                    11                            12                            13                              14                              15                           16
                                                                                                                                                                                                   refunds (receipt is
                                                                                                                                                                                                   required)                          17
  resources to resolve problems.                                      • Martin Luther King, Jr.     • Center for Student Learning   • Center for Student Learning                                • Full Semester/Express 1:
                                                                        holiday – College holiday     Study Skills Seminar at         Study Skills Seminar at                                      Last day of 90% refund
                                                                        No classes                    4:00pm                          6:00pm                                                       on withdrawals
• Encourage your student to talk                                        Residence halls open
  with a faculty or staff member.


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                                                                                                    • Center for Student Learning   • Center for Student Learning
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                                                                                                      4:00pm                          6:00pm
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                                         Dates are subject to change. Please refer to http:/www.cofc.edu/~register/courseCalendars.htm for the most up-to-date academic calendars.

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                  February 2009
                                               Sunday                    Monday                       Tuesday                     Wednesday                       Thursday                Friday                  Saturday
                                                                     • Last day for students to   • Center for Student Learning   • Center for Student Learning                     • Last day of 50% refund
                                                                       withdraw with a “W” from     Study Skills Seminar at         Study Skills Seminar at                           on withdrawals
Tips for Students                                                      Express 1 classes
                                                                     • Groundhog Day
                                                                                                    4:00pm                          6:00pm

What Families Can
Recommend

• Use the Center for Student
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  Learning (tutors, labs, workshops).                                                             • Center for Student Learning   • Center for Student Learning                                                • Valentine’s Day
                                                                                                    Study Skills Seminar at         Study Skills Seminar at
                                                                                                    4:00pm                          6:00pm
• Use an advisor to help plan the
  semester.

• Use the ON COURSE degree audit
  to check academic progress.
                                                             8                               9                         10                              11               12                            13                           14
                                                                     • Presidents’ Day            • Center for Student Learning   • Center for Student Learning
• Manage time. Set up a daily                                                                       Study Skills Seminar at         Study Skills Seminar at
                                                                                                    4:00pm                          6:00pm
  schedule & stick to it. Prepare a
  monthly schedule of all
  commitments and plan ahead.

• Assess study habits and use those                       15                             16                           17                              18                19                            20                           21
  skills that best fit your learning                                 • Last day for students to   • Center for Student Learning   • Center for Student Learning                                                • Last day of Express I
  style.                                                               withdraw with “W” from       Study Skills Seminar at         Study Skills Seminar at                                                      classes
                                                                       Spring semester classes      4:00pm                          6:00pm
                                                                                                                                  • Ash Wednesday
• Use note cards for study and take
  them with you so you can study
  during free time.
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• Study with a group – this often
  helps memory and enhances the
  retention of the information for
  long term use.

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                   March 2009
                                                Sunday                        Monday                        Tuesday                     Wednesday                          Thursday                          Friday                    Saturday
                                          • Spring Break - no classes     • Spring Break - no classes   • Spring Break - no classes     • Spring Break - no classes     • Spring Break - no classes   • Last day for 25% refund     • Spring Break - no classes
                                            residence halls open            residence halls open          residence halls open            residence halls open            residence halls open          on withdrawals on full        residence halls open
Responsibility                                                                                                                                                                                          semester courses and
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Express 1
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Spring Break - no classes
College students can                                                                                                                                                                                    residence halls open
benefit from:

• Alternative Spring Breaks. Visit
                                                                  1                                2                            3                               4                               5                             6                            7
  http://www.cofc.edu/~servicelearnin     • Classes resume                                              • Express 1 exams end           • Express II courses begin                                    • Last day for student to
                                          • Express 1 exams begin                                                                                                                                       Drop/Add for Express II
  g/events/asb.                           • Daylight Saving Time begins                                                                                                                                 classes
                                                                                                                                                                                                      • Express II: Last day for
• Managing time and using a planner.                                                                                                                                                                    100% refund


• Exercise, vitamins, sleep, and eating
  regular meals.
                                                                  8                                9                         10                              11                             12                            13                           14
                                                                          • Mid Term and Express I      • Express II: Last day for      • Center for Student Learning                                 • Spring begins
• Participating in co-curricular                                            grades available to stu-      90% refund                      Study Skills Seminar at
                                                                            dents on CougarTrail at     • Center for Student Learning     6:00pm
  activities.                                                               8:00am                        Study Skills Seminar at
                                                                                                          4:00pm
                                                                                                        • CAB Board Elections
• Arranging a course schedule in                                                                        • St. Patrick’s Day
  consultation with an academic
  advisor.                                                    15                              16                            17                              18                              19                            20                           21
                                                                                                        • Express II: Last day of       • Center for Student Learning
• Taking responsibility for the                                                                           50% refund on with-             Study Skills Seminar at
                                                                                                          drawals                         6:00pm
  consequences of decisions.                                                                            • Center for Student Learning
                                                                                                          Study Skills Seminar at
                                                                                                          4:00pm
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                                                                                                        • Center for Student Learning
                                                                                                          Study Skills Seminar at
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                                          Dates are subject to change. Please refer to http:/www.cofc.edu/~register/courseCalendars.htm for the most up-to-date academic calendars.
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                 April 2009
                                               Sunday                   Monday                      Tuesday                     Wednesday                          Thursday              Friday       Saturday
                                                                                                                                • Last day for students to
                                                                                                                                  withdraw with a “W” from
Stay Connected                                                                                                                    Express II Classes
                                                                                                                                • Last day for 25% refund
                                                                                                                                  on Express II withdrawals
What Families Can Do                                                                                                            • Center for Student Learning
                                                                                                                                  Study Skills Seminar at
• Be aware of the support services
  available at the College of
                                                                                                                                  6:00pm
                                                                                                                                                        1                            2            3          4
  Charleston.                            • Palm Sunday                                          • Center for Student Learning   • Center for Student Learning   • Passover begins
                                                                                                  Study Skills Seminar at         Study Skills Seminar at
                                                                                                  4:00pm                          6:00pm
• Encourage involvement in new
  opportunities for growth.

• Discuss academic and career goals
  with your student.
                                                            5                              6                            7                               8                            9        10            11
                                         • Easter
• Visit the College of Charleston
  website at www.cofc.edu.

• Inquire about your student’s
  academic advisor, major, and
  involvement in student life                            12                            13                           14                              15                              16        17           18
  activities.

• Ask questions about your student’s
  academic experience.


Notes _______________________                            19                            20                            21                             22                              23        24           25
                                                                    • Last day of Spring and    • Reading Day                   • Final and Express II exams
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                                                                    • Cougarpalooza
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                                       Dates are subject to change. Please refer to http:/www.cofc.edu/~register/courseCalendars.htm for the most up-to-date academic calendars.

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                       May 2009
                                                       Sunday              Monday                        Tuesday                   Wednesday                         Thursday                             Friday                     Saturday
Summer Success Tips
Tips from CofC Career
Center
Tips from Denny Ciganovic, Career
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          1                         2
Center Director                                                                                                                    • Final and Express II exams   • All Residence Halls close at                                  • Spring 2009
                                                                                                                                     end                            6:00pm                                                          Commencement
• Enjoy the summer, relax, get rejuvenated
  for the upcoming year
• Consider volunteering with an
  organization that you find of interest-both
  you and the organization will benefit
• If you want to explore careers, check out
                                                                   3                           4                            5                                6                                7                           8                         9
  the What Can I Do With a Major In…?            • Mother’s Day        • May evening classes begin   • Final Grades available on
  link on our website                                                                                  CougarTrail on the Web at
                                                                                                       8:00am
  www.cofc.edu/~career                                                                               • Maymester classes begin
• Do some information interviewing with
  some professionals in a field you might be
  considering or are interested in
• Get some experience that will help you
                                                                  10                        11                          12                            13                               14                             15                           16
  gain skills, network and learn about a field                                                       • Last day to withdraw from
                                                                                                       Maymester classes with a
Before beginning your search for a                                                                     grade of “W”
great summer job, ask yourself:
• Where do I want to work?
• What kind of a job do I want to have?
• Do I want my job to be related to my
                                                                  17                       18                           19                             20                               21                            22                           23
  major?                                                               • Memorial Day                                              • Last day of Maymester        • Final Maymester classes        • Last day to withdraw from
• Is money an issue?                                                                                                                 classes                                                         May evening classes with a
                                                                                                                                                                                                     grade of “W”
• What environment do I want to work in?

Going home for the summer? Find a job
by:
• Networking                                                      24                       25                           26                            27                               28                             29                           30
• Searching your local paper’s job postings                            Dates are subject to change. Please refer to http:/www.cofc.edu/~register/courseCalendars.htm
• Registering with temporary employment
                                                                       for the most up-to-date academic calendars.
  agencies on the web
• Contacting your local Chamber of
  Commerce for employer lists
• Searching CISTERNonline for jobs in your
  area
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                   June 2009
                                                Sunday                    Monday                      Tuesday                  Wednesday                      Thursday                        Friday                 Saturday
                                                                                                  • Summer I classes begin

Celebrate!
College of Charleston
Alma Mater

Hail to thee, our Alma Mater.
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Hail to thy time-honored name.                                                                                                                                                         • Last day to withdraw from
                                                                                                                                                                                         Summer I classes with a
Proud tradition hover ’round thee;                                                                                                                                                       grade of “W”
May we never bring thee shame.

Loyal sons and daughters love thee
Strive to conquer and prevail.
We sing thy praises ever –
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College of Charleston, hail, all hail.                                                                                                                     • Last day of T/R May
                                                                                                                                                             evening classes



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                                           • Father’s Day             • Last day of M/W May       • Final exams for T/R May    • Final exams for M/W May
                                           • Summer begins              evening classes             evening classes              evening classes
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                                                                                                    classes
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                                         Dates are subject to change. Please refer to http:/www.cofc.edu/~register/courseCalendars.htm for the most up-to-date academic calendars.
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                   The College of Charleston A-Z Parents Guide
Academic Advising and Planning Center . . . . . . . . 1                          Family Weekend . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
Academic Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1          First Year Experience . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Attendance Policy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2         The Grading System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Campus Recreation Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2                  Grade Point Average . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
Career Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2        Health Services. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Center for Student Learning. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3                 Legal Residency . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Class Rank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3   Mail Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
College of Charleston Bookstore . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3                    New Student Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Computers on Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4                Parent Advisory Council . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Cougar Alert: Emergency Notification System . . . 6                              Parking Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Cougar Card Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6             Public Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Cougar Trail on the Web . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7              Registrar’s Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Counseling and Substance Abuse Services . . . . . . 7                            Residence Life and Housing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Crisis Assistance Response and Education. . . . . . . 8                          Student Affairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Dining Services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9      Treasurer’s Office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Email for Students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9         Who Does What?. . . . . . . . . . . . . Inside Back Cover
Emergency Preparedness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

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    Academic Advising and Planning Center                                                    Academic Requirements
                                                                                             All students at the College of Charleston must have at least 122 hours to
    Lightsey Center                                                                          graduate. Courses include liberal arts and sciences general education requirements,
    phone: 843.953.5981 – fax: 843.953.4891                                                  major requirements, and additional studies in elective areas, an optional minor or
    e-mail: advising@cofc.edu                                                                concentration, a second major, etc., which, taken together, add up to 122 hours.
    www.cofc.edu/~advising/advise.htm
                                                                                                •   English – six semester hours
    New students are assigned an academic advisor in the Academic Advising and                  •   History – six semester hours
    Planning Center (AAPC). During their first academic year, students will have                •   Natural Science – eight semester hours
    mandatory advising appointments before they register for classes.They will discuss          •   Mathematics or logic – six semester hours
    course options, address academic problems or concerns, make decisions about the             •   Foreign Language – twelve semester hours
    upcoming semester, and explore major and career options. Students may e-mail                •   Social Science – six semester hours
    their advisor or call the AAPC to schedule appointments.                                    •   Humanities – twelve semester hours
                                                                                                •   Earn hours in a major (a major requires at least 27 hours in one department)
    When a student declares a major, a faculty advisor from that department is                  •   122 hours to graduate
    assigned, and advising appointments are scheduled either through that faculty
    advisor or the administrative assistant in the academic department.                      General education requirements and specific degree requirements, as well as rules
                                                                                             and regulations regarding academics at the College, may be found in the current
    After the first year, advising is not mandatory for all students. However, many          Undergraduate Catalog. Each student is responsible for becoming familiar with
    academic departments do require advising before their majors can register for classes.   these requirements. All entering students will receive a printed catalog at
                                                                                             orientation. In addition, the catalog can be accessed at
    Note: Successful academic planning is a shared responsibility between student and        www.cofc.edu/about/publications.html.
    advisor and is most successful when students maintain regular contact with their
    advisor and base decisions on that interaction. Because students are responsible
    for their own academic program and course load, advising is highly recommended           Academic Services
    to ensure that students base their academic decisions on correct information and
                                                                                             Undergraduate Academic Services
    clearly understand programs, requirements, and policies of the College of
                                                                                             Lightsey Center
    Charleston.
                                                                                             phone: 843.953.5674 – fax: 843.953.5544
                                                                                             e-mail: undergrad@cofc.edu
    Majors at the College of Charleston
                                                                                             www.cofc.edu/~undrgrad/
    The College of Charleston has more than 45 undergraduate majors to choose
    from. For a complete list of majors and minors, visit
                                                                                             The Undergraduate Academic Services office handles matters related to the
    www.cofc.edu/~advising/acprgs.html.
                                                                                             academic well-being of the College’s undergraduate student population. Students
                                                                                             having difficulty with respect to academia are encouraged to call the office to
    Declaration of Major
                                                                                             schedule an appointment. The probation system and various other matters related
    All students can declare a major as early as their freshman year. However, by the
                                                                                             to academic regulations established by the College’s faculty are coordinated
    second semester of the sophomore year, each student must declare a major. Since
                                                                                             through this office.
    the major department must advise the student concerning post sophomore-year
    courses, students should declare a major before they enroll as a junior. Failure to
    do so may result in a delay of graduation. It is easy to declare a different major
    later if need be.

    To declare a major, students should go to the department office and ask to file a
    declaration of major form. For a list of schools and departments, visit
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    Attendance Policy                                                                       Campus Recreation Services
    Absence Memo Office                                                                     Johnson Physical Education and Health Center
    67 George Street                                                                        26 George Street
    phone: 843.953.3390                                                                     phone: 843.953.5559
                                                                                            www.cofc.edu/~crsweb
    When students encounter emergencies, need to be away from campus, or become
    ill, the Absence Memo Office at 67 George Street (the white house next to the           The Campus Recreation Services (CRS) program provides a variety of activities
    Stern Student Center) provides a network to notify professors, appropriate              that contribute to the overall health and well-being of the College community by:
    campus offices and organizations.This service is available when a student has
    missed class for a variety of reasons and is an excellent resource for students to         • Offering structured competitive activities in a number of individual and team
    notify faculty as to why they are not in class.                                              sports (intramural sports program).
                                                                                               • Offering opportunities for individuals with a common sport interest to
    Examples of emergencies include: illness, hospitalization, family emergencies,               participate in an organized club activity that may be of an instructional,
    prolonged illness, medical emergencies, victimization (all cases should be reported          competitive, or recreational nature (sport club program).
    to C.A.R.E.) or serious emergencies (e.g., death of a family member).                      • Providing access to recreation facilities, equipment, and activities for
    Remember that only your professor can excuse an absence; your student should                 convenient, informal participation (open recreation program).
    be familiar with the absence policy stated in the class syllabus so that they’ll know      • Offering structured and non-structured opportunities for improving and
    what the professor’s expectations are regarding attendance.                                  maintaining physical fitness (fitness/wellness program).

    If a situation arises that qualifies as an excused absence, students should contact
    the Associate Dean of Students office at 67 George Street to report it and              Career Center
    determine the type of documentation needed. Some examples of documentation              Lightsey Center - Second Floor – Rm 216
    include:                                                                                phone: 843.953.5692 – fax: 843.953.6341
                                                                                            www.cofc.edu/~career
       • Sickness – note from health services or personal physician                         e-mail: CareerCenter@cofc.edu
       • Car trouble – copy of the bill for towing and/or emergency repairs.
       • Employment conflict – letter from employer on company letterhead.                  The Career Center provides information to students about employment
       • Illness of a parent or child – note from a physician confirming the illness and    opportunities, experiential learning, and career exploration. During the school
         stating that your parent or child depended on you for transportation.              year, seminars are offered on topics regarding resumes, internships, job search,
       • Accident on the way to school – copy of the police report.                         choosing a major and networking. Students are able to participate in several
                                                                                            career fairs that are offered during the fall and spring semester.

                                                                                            Students at every level may obtain services such as the following:

                                                                                               • On-Campus and Off-Campus Employment
                                                                                               • Jobs and Other Types of Experiences
                                                                                               • Help for the Undecided Student
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    Center for Student Learning                                                              Class Rank
    Addlestone Library – 205 Calhoun St.                                                     Your students class rank is based on the total number of semester credit hours
    phone: 843.953.5635 – fax: 843.953.5798                                                  earned.
    www.cofc.edu/~csl                                                                           • A student with 0-29 semester hours is a Freshman
                                                                                                • A student with 30-59 semester hours is a Sophomore
    Overview of Academic Services                                                               • A student with 60-89 semester hours is a Junior
    The Center for Student Learning (CSL) provides academic assistance to all                   • A student with 90 + semester hours is a Senior
    students at the College of Charleston. Services are delivered through a variety of
    models including walk in labs that require no appointment; labs that provide a           Students are required to declare a major before they advance to junior rank. A
    more limited number of hours; study groups attached to selected biology,                 minimum of 122 semester hours of credit is required for graduation.
    chemistry, and math courses; and individual tutoring by request for courses not
    covered by other academic service models.The CSL offers students assistance
    from trained and experienced staff, faculty, and faculty recommended peer tutors         College of Charleston Bookstore
    and consultants.                                                                         160 Calhoun Street
                                                                                             Lightsey Center
    Study Skills Lab                                                                         phone: 843.953.5518 – fax: 843.953.5602
    Individual professional assistance in time management and study skills is available by   www.cofc.bkstr.com
    appointment. Students learn efficient and effective methods of reading textbooks,
    taking notes, studying productively, and performing well on tests. In addition, group
                                                                                             Bookstore Hours
    study skills seminars are scheduled each semester. Students are sent email
                                                                                             Regular Semester Hours
    reminders about the seminars each week.
                                                                                             Monday – Friday: 8am – 5:30pm
    Additional Services                                                                      Saturday: 10am – 3pm
    CSL staff provide help with standardized test taking. Group and individual sessions      Additional hours for back to school, holiday and summer schedules are posted in
    are offered for MCAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and PRAXIS I.                                     store and online at www.cofc.bkstr.com.

    Walk In Labs                                                                             The mission of the bookstore is to provide excellent, friendly, efficient service and
    Foreign Language Tutoring                                                                quality products to support the academic mission of the College of Charleston.
    Math                                                                                     We are the official bookstore of College of Charleston and an integral part of the
    Writing                                                                                  College community, serving the needs of students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends
                                                                                             of the College of Charleston.
    Other Labs
    Accounting                                                                               Low Price Guarantee!
    Speaking                                                                                 If you find the same product advertised at a local retailer for a lower
                                                                                             price within 30 days of purchase, bring back your receipt and we’ll
    Supplemental Instruction                                                                 refund you the difference in cash! We are the only Bookstore affiliated
    Biology 111-112                                                                          with the College of Charleston, and our sales generate revenue for the
    Chemistry 111-112, 231-232                                                               College and student scholarships!
    Math

    Individual Tutoring by Request
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    Textbooks                                                                              Software and Computer Products
    We have the right textbooks when you need them. We have the most used                  Academically Priced Software is available online at www.cofc.bkstr.com at savings
    textbooks available, saving you 25% off of the new textbook price. The most            up to 85% off retail prices. The College of Charleston Bookstore has many
    current textbook information is available at www.cofc.bkstr.com.                       computer peripherals available including USB memory sticks, CD’s and DVD’s,
                                                                                           network cables, printer ink, laptop bags and other electronics.
    Textbook Reservation
    You may order textbooks online at www.cofc.bkstr.com and have books held at            Forms of Payment
    the store for pickup or shipped right to your doorstep. Ordering books in              Students may pay for their purchases with Cash, Debit Cards,Visa,
    advance offers the best chance of getting used textbooks.                              Master Card, American Express, Discover, or Cougar Cash (the College’s
                                                                                           pre-paid debit card). Students must present proper identification when
    Buyback                                                                                making credit card purchases. In addition, students with financial aid,
    The Bookstore buys books back for cash every day.When a textbook is ordered            grants or scholarships who have aid in excess of their tuition/fee
    by a professor for use in the upcoming term, you will receive 50% of your              charges, may charge their books and/or supplies to their account before
    purchase price back until the need is fulfilled. The bookstore offers additional       refund checks are processed for the semester.
    buyback locations at the end of each semester. Dates and times for these
    additional buyback locations will be posted in the bookstore, around campus and        Refund Policy
    on our website. Look for the guaranteed buyback sticker when you purchase              Textbooks are returnable until the last day of drop/add each term or within 2 days
    select titles and you will get 50% back, guaranteed!                                   thereafter. Original receipt is required. If your purchase is made on a credit card,
                                                                                           the card used must be present for the return otherwise a gift card will be issued.
    General Books                                                                          General merchandise is refundable within 30 days in re-sellable condition.
    To supplement students’ required texts, our general book department stocks study
    aids, dictionaries, and foreign language books. We also carry test preparation
    manuals and career and graduate school guides. We have an in-depth selection of        Computers on Campus
    local interest books, as well as books authored by College of Charleston faculty. In
                                                                                           Information Technology
    addition to general fiction and nonfiction titles, we offer bestsellers at 30% off
                                                                                           9 Liberty Street
    every day! If you don’t see what you’re looking for, we are always happy to take
                                                                                           phone: 843.953.5569 – fax: 843.953.2461
    special orders.
                                                                                           www.cofc.edu/technology
    College of Charleston Clothing and Gifts
                                                                                           Computing Centers
    Show your Cougar Pride! The College of Charleston Bookstore stocks a huge
                                                                                           All students, whether living on or off campus, can use the general-purpose student
    variety of imprinted clothing and gift items for everyone! Can’t decide what to
                                                                                           computing center located in the Addlestone Library. Some residence halls have
    get? Give a gift card.
                                                                                           computer rooms available for residents, and some academic departments may have
                                                                                           their own computer labs for students enrolled in their programs.
    Supplies
    In addition to required course materials, the College of Charleston Bookstore
                                                                                           Recommendations for New Computer Purchases
    carries a wide variety of course related supplies. We have general school supplies
                                                                                           The College does not endorse any particular brand of computer, but you can
    such as binders, notebooks, pens and highlighters as well as art, drafting and
                                                                                           obtain a College of Charleston discount if you purchase from Dell or Apple.We
    engineering supplies, calculators, and other items to help with courses.We also sell
                                                                                           offer recommended Dell and Apple laptops with specific configurations, accessories
    books of stamps and offer parcel shipping services year round. Our vending
                                                                                           and warranties as a package.These models, plus a printer of your choice, are
    machine in the Addlestone Library has many supplies for your student’s needs after
                                                                                           designed to meet the complete needs of the vast majority of our students over
    regular Bookstore hours.
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    their four years of college. Information on the above computer purchasing          Accessing the Internet from the Residence Halls
    programs is available online or you can e-mail computerinfo@cofc.edu. A laptop     Campus Technologies provides Cougar ResNet, a 24/7 high-speed Internet service
    with built-in network cards provides much more flexibility since it allows for     connection to each student bed in every college residence hall.This service can
    Cougar ResNet Internet access in any of our campus residences. Some residences     either be wired or wireless depending on the location (see above list).
    require wireless cards. Others require cards made for hard-wired Ethernet
    connections. A list of residence buildings and the type of access appears below.   Support
    You may also e-mail inquiries to computerinfo@cofc.edu                             Toll-free phone support for Cougar ResNet is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a
                                                                                       year. Just call 1.866.RESNET1. Support is limited to:
    wired residence buildings include:                                                     • Answering basic installation and configuration questions.
    Berry          Craig Union         McAlister            Warren Place                   • Diagnosing connectivity problems.
    Buist Rivers   George St. Apts.    McConnell            90, 99-107 Wentworth St.   In-room support for Cougar ResNet is available to diagnose network connectivity
    Craig          Liberty             Rutledge Rivers                                 problems Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 723-1312 to schedule
    wireless residence buildings include:                                              an appointment. Additional information is available on the Campus Technologies
    College Lodge                   Kelly House                                        website: www.campustechno.com. (Note: The use of 2.4 Ghz and 5.3 Ghz
    28, 32-38 Coming Street         Historic houses                                    cordless telephones in campus residences is prohibited.These phones are known
                                                                                       to cause interference with wireless network connections.
    Bringing an Older Computer from Home
    This may be an ideal solution because it allows you to determine your student’s    CampusWide Wireless Network
    computing needs over the first year before buying a new machine.We recommend       The College maintains a comprehensive wireless network (CampusWide) to
    that you contact us with questions regarding older computers. If your student      provide students with additional wireless access within the boundaries of its
    wants internet access in the residence hall and elsewhere on campus, the           downtown campus. Laptop computers equipped with wireless cards can be used
    computer will need appropriate network cards.                                      throughout the campus.

    Software Requirements                                                              Lab Use Eligibility
    Microsoft Office is the CofC standard for general course work. Students should     Any student possessing a
    know the basic features of their computer’s operating system and MS Word, Excel,   valid, current College ID
    and PowerPoint for optimal academic performance. MS Office and other software,     card may use the student
    discounted for academic use, can be purchased through Dell and Apple or the        computing centers.They
    CofC online bookstore (or call 800.874.9001). Students may also have               should bring a suitable
    recommended software installed when ordering a computer. Be sure to ask the        storage media (USB memory
    vendor about academic discounting.                                                 stick recommended) on
                                                                                       which to save data. Computer
    The Windows Vista operating system comes standard on just about all new PCs.       work for classes is given
    Few problems have been noted and students are using their Vista computers on       priority over games. Students
    campus, but we can only provide Vista support for CampusWide wireless and          can call the Student Support
    antivirus at this time. The Windows XP (with Service Pact 2) operating system      Desk (953-5457) with any
    recommended by Information Technology is still an available option on our          questions about computer use
    recommended Dell Latitude laptops.                                                 and etiquette.



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    Cougar Alert: Emergency Notification System                                            In an emergency, communications to the campus will be issued in the following
                                                                                           priority order:
    www.cofc.edu/emergency/cougaralert.html                                                    1. Message to the Connect-Ed Emergency Notification System (phone and e-
                                                                                                  mail).
    The College of Charleston has an agreement with the NTI Group to use its                   2. Recorded message to the College’s Emergency Information Hotline,
    Connect-ED communication software to provide an emergency notification system                 843.725.7246.
    that is capable of reaching students, faculty, staff and parents within minutes of a       3. Update to the Website.
    campus crisis.This system is called CougarAlert.                                           4. Printed update sheets to be distributed and posted on campus (if necessary).

    The CougarAlert emergency notification system allows students to select                The CougarAlert system will only be used to notify you in the event of a campus
    multiple notification phone numbers for themselves and their family members.           crisis or emergency.

     ALL STUDENTS SHOULD LOG ON TO COUGAR TRAIL AND FOLLOW THE
           INSTRUCTIONS TO UPDATE THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION.                               Cougar Card Services
                                                                                           Joe E. Berry Jr. Residence Hall
    If students do not indicate an emergency notification preference, for protection       Corner of Calhoun and St. Philip Streets – entrance on Calhoun Street
    and security the system will default to the contact numbers that are currently         phone: 843.953.1100
    listed in their online CougarTrail account.                                            Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
                                                                                           After business hours contact Public Safety 843.953.5611
    To avoid issues related to timely communication of emergency messages to the           www.cofc.edu/auxiliaryservices/cougar/
    proper places, every student must update his or her contact information in
    CougarTrail with current accurate information.                                         The COUGAR CARD is the official College of Charleston identification card.The
                                                                                           student’s first card is free. Replacement cards will be provided for a fee of $10.
    CougarAlert Display Information                                                        The card is the key to campus events, facilities and services. It is needed to access
    When you receive an emergency message from the College of Charleston’s                 the meal plan and dining dollars, check materials out of the library, use recreational
    CougarAlert System, the return e-mail address will be displayed as                     facilities, attend athletic events, enter residence halls and purchase tickets for
    cougaralert@cofc.edu, and Caller ID will be displayed as 843.725.7246 (this is the     campus events at a discounted rate. The Cougar Card also entitles students to
    College’s Emergency Information Hotline).                                              ride CARTA (Charleston Area Regional Transportation Authority) buses free of
    Testing                                                                                charge.
    Testing of the Cougar Alert System will be conducted each semester to verify all
    systems are operating properly.The campus community will be notified via e-mail        Cougar Cash is a pre-paid, declining balance account that is accessed with the
    and web page postings when testing of the system will be conducted.                    Cougar Card. It enables the cardholder to use the Cougar Card as a personal, on-
                                                                                           campus debit card to make purchases in the CofC bookstore, at all food service
    The Connect-Ed Software                                                                locations and Clyde’s Convenience Store. It is also accepted in parking services,
    Connect-ED is an emergency communication software that sends notification before,      the copy center, mail services, Addlestone Library and in selected soft drink and
    during and after an emergency.With this new system, the College will be able to        snack machines across campus.
    communicate in many modes, including voice messages to home, work and cell
    phones; text messages to cell phones, PDAs and other devices; written messages to      To start a Cougar Cash account, simply make a deposit of $10 or more in person
    e-mail accounts; and messages to teletypewriters and telecommunication devices         at Cougar Card Services. The funds will be available immediately. Web deposits
    (TTY/TDD) for the hearing impaired. In combination with our existing                   are also accepted via the payment screen of Cougar Trail using a major credit card
    communications methods and emergency response plans, this new notification             or e-check. The minimum web deposit is $50 and will be available for use in
    system will significantly enhance the College of Charleston’s ability to maintain a    approximately two hours. Cougar Cash balances transfer from one semester to
    learning environment in which students are safe, secure and comfortable.
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    the next and from one year to the next. The College of Charleston is prohibited          Counseling Services
    by law from performing banking services and therefore cannot refund Cougar Cash          The primary goal of counseling services is to help students develop the self-
    to students who are still enrolled in school. Funds cannot be withdrawn using an         awareness and personal resources necessary to overcome problems so that
    ATM. Balances greater than $10 will be refunded, upon request, to students who           students may take full advantage of the educational opportunities at the College.
    graduate, take a leave of absence, or withdraw from the College.                         Counseling services is accredited by the International Association of Counseling
                                                                                             Services.The staff consists of well-qualified mental health professionals and
    Lost or stolen cards may be replaced 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During               advanced graduate student interns with backgrounds in counseling, social work, and
    business hours, students may call or visit Cougar Card Services. At all other times,     psychology.The counselors are all licensed in their respective fields.
    Public Safety at 81-B St. Philip St. will issue replacement cards.
                                                                                             College is a time of new challenges and responsibilities. Counseling services can
    Cougar Trail on the Web                                                                  augment students’ adjustment and personal growth as well as help to ensure
                                                                                             success. Counseling is a confidential, helping relationship that helps students to
    Office of the Registrar                                                                  understand themselves and their feelings, behaviors, and relationships with others
    phone: 843.953.5668                                                                      better. Some concerns students bring to counseling are:
    www.cofc.edu/~regiser                                                                       • Poor confidence or self-esteem
                                                                                                • Finding, helping with, or ending a relationship
    Cougar Trail on the Web (http://cougartrail.cofc.edu) is a computerized system              • Getting along with others
    maintained by the Office of the Registrar by which means students may directly              • Puzzling or distressing emotional states
    monitor their records and manage their progress at the College of Charleston.               • Self-defeating behaviors
                                                                                                • Controlling the use of alcohol and drugs
    Cougar Trail on the Web also allows students to view course offerings, register for         • Determining life’s purpose and direction
    classes, add, drop, and withdraw from individual courses, obtain their grades and           • Making better decisions
    course schedules, and view their degree audits, unofficial transcripts, and transfer
    credit summaries. Students may also pay their bill online by credit card and view        Students may also be evaluated for possible learning disabilities or attention deficit
    and update personal data as well as check any holds on their records. Enrollment         disorders.
    verification and attendance validation are also available. All records on Cougar Trail
    are confidential and are accessible only by the appropriate student by means of a        Substance Abuse Services
    PIN number set by the student.                                                           Substance Abuse Services provides multiple prevention strategies that target the
                                                                                             campus environment and wider College community to foster informed decision
                                                                                             making about alcohol and drugs. On college campuses there is a clear relationship
    Counseling and Substance Abuse Services                                                  between alcohol and drug misuse and poor grades, incidents of sexual assault,
    Robert Scott Small Building – third floor                                                episodes of violence, and accidents. However, most students do not abuse alcohol
    phone: 843.953.5640                                                                      or drugs, and the College of Charleston has taken the position that students have a
    Counseling Services: www.cofc.edu/counseling                                             right to a safe and healthy environment.
    Better Things to Do: www.cofc.edu/betterthingstodo/
                                                                                             Students may be referred to on-campus counseling resources for assessment,
    Counseling and Substance Abuse Services provides counseling, assessment, and             education, and/or treatment. Informal presentations and discussions on alcohol and
    educational programming for a wide range of personal problems that confront              drugs are available for interested classes, organizations, and any student group.
    students.                                                                                Topics may include how to talk to friends about their drug or alcohol use, safe
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    Better Things to Do                                                                     made, and short- and long-term ongoing needs to be met – all related to the initial
    The Better Things To DoTM campaign was designed through a collaborative effort of       victimization. With the ongoing consent and active participation of the student,
    College of Charleston students and staff to provide an alternative to high-risk         C.A.R.E. is available to:
    drinking and drug use on campus.This initiative was developed to provide realistic          • Explain the reporting process and assist the student, if he/she chooses, in filing
    and fun alternatives to alcohol and substance abuse. The website has links to                 a report with the appropriate law enforcement agency.
    community resources, self-tests, and useful information.                                    • Serve as the spokesperson for the student within the College community so
                                                                                                  that his/her privacy and dignity are maintained in all aspects of intervention
    Check out http://wellness.cofc.edu/ for more information on counseling, alcohol               and assistance and, as necessary, to serve as liaison with individuals off
    and substance abuse prevention services, and health education. Students will find             campus.
    links to any useful resources, access to online screenings, options for alcohol and         • Work with the student to reasonably accommodate any possible disruption to
    substance-free social and recreational opportunities, and ideas for getting involved.         class attendance, class work, academic schedule, or to initiate necessary
                                                                                                  changes that may result from the victimization.
    Note: Counseling and Substance Abuse Services is open Monday through Friday,                • Offer immediate crisis intervention and initial support.
    from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.Walk-in hours are 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. For after-hours             • Assist in locating appropriate on-campus and community resources to meet
    emergencies, contact Public Safety at 843.953.5611 to have the on-call counselor              the student’s specific ongoing needs.
    paged.                                                                                      • Offer a listing of attorneys who have volunteered and are available to assist a
                                                                                                  victim with legal questions and/or concerns.

                                                                                            What is confidential reporting and why do we offer it?
    Crisis Assistance Response and Education                                                Our mission at C.A.R.E. is to safeguard the rights of victims so that their voices
    (C.A.R.E.)                                                                              may be heard, their choices will be valued and the recovery process may become a
    67 George Street – second floor                                                         constructive reclamation of life.We understand that giving back control to a victim
    phone: 843.953.3390                                                                     who is of legal age is an essential part of the recovery process.While we strongly
    www.cofc.edu/~care                                                                      encourage victims to disclose this kind of information to their families, and we are
                                                                                            glad many decide to do so, we neither mandate that they disclose information, nor
    What is C.A.R.E.?                                                                       do we call families against the wishes of the victim.
    We understand that anyone can become a victim of a crime, and students, active in
    all facets of community life, are no exception. The C.A.R.E. program is available for   Contact Information
    our students no matter where a crime occurs – on or off campus – and no matter          For non-emergency team assistance (the incident occurred days, a week, a
    whether the student elects to file an official police report or not. Certified victim   month ago) or to request information, call 843.953.3390 during normal business
    assistance specialists are available to address the non-counseling fallout from the     hours. Please ask to speak with a C.A.R.E. specialist. Walk-ins are welcome from
    crime—that impact the college experience. Services are provided within a                9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
    framework that is confidential, attentive, sensitive and knowledgeable so that no
    matter where our students live, work and socialize, if there is ever a need, there is   For emergency assistance (an incident that has just happened), call the
    a wealth of assistance through C.A.R.E.                                                 emergency response pager at 843.724.3600.

    What Does C.A.R.E. Do?
    Whether one is the direct victim of a crime, the roommate, the best friend, or the
    witness to a crime, there is fallout each may experience related to the initial
    victimization that needs to be addressed, questions to be answered, decisions to be
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    Dining Services                                                                             Emergency Preparedness
    Robert Scott Small Library Room 115                                                         www.cofc.edu/emergency/
    phone: 843.953.5539 – fax: 843.953.4925                                                     Student Affairs – 843.953.5522
    www.cofc.edu/campusdining/
                                                                                                Student Emergency Procedure
    Dining services is committed to providing delicious food served in comfortable,             In the event of an emergency, the above website will be used to provide timely
    inviting locations. Students have many options for meals and snacks to meet any             information for all members of the college community and will be updated
    dietary requirement. Dining locations are open from early morning until late at             regularly as new information becomes available. Specific plans directing the
    night, so the hours are very convenient for the busy student. A magnetic strip on           College’s response to threats of a hurricane, fire on campus, chemical spill,
    the back of students’ Cougar Cards identifies students as a dining plan member              exposure to hazardous material, bomb threat, or any other threats to the campus
    once they have selected and paid for a plan. Students can view the menus for the            community have been developed.
    Liberty St. Fresh Food Co., Hungry Cougar, and Einstein’s Bros Bagels on the dining
    services website each week.                                                                 Students must know “what to do if.” Although any response to a catastrophic
                                                                                                incident will be directed by the appropriate officials, there are some general
    Dining Plans                                                                                responsibilities that are assigned to students. Listed below are some helpful tips
    Dining plans are available in a variety of choices to accommodate the dining habits
                                                                                                and informative websites. Remember, a cool head, flexibility, common sense, and
    of all students. Dining plans are an easy, convenient and practical way to ensure
                                                                                                thoughtful preparedness are essential components of any plan.
    students get a hot meal without the worry of shopping for it or preparing it.

    All residential freshmen are required to purchase a dining plan their first year. All       General Information
    students will be prompted to sign up for a dining plan for the fall and spring                • Keep prescription medication(s) filled.
    semesters at the same time that they sign their housing contract on Cougar Trail. If          • Have a family plan for making contact – and stick to it. Don’t wait for an
    students want to make changes to their plan after the initial selection for the fall            emergency to make plans.
    semester, they may do so online until August 12, 2008. All changes must be made               • Pick one out-of-state and one local friend or relative to call as alternate
    by September 2, 2008.                                                                           contacts. (Sometimes it is easier to call out-of-state than within the affected
                                                                                                    area.)
    Commuter Students are welcome to purchase meal plans and dining dollars also.                 • Call only when necessary. Phone communications are normally overloaded
                                                                                                    during emergencies.
                                                                                                  • To be safe, follow all instructions immediately.
    Email for Students                                                                          Residence Hall Students
    Student E-mail Account                                                                      If there is a mandated evacuation to a location outside the area, the College is
    Information Technology                                                                      prepared to transport international and out-of-state students, who often don’t
    phone: 843.953.5569                                                                         have somewhere to go, to alternative housing. Commuter students who notify
                                                                                                residence life and housing that they need assistance may also be included.
    Students were assigned an official CofC e-mail account when they were accepted.
    Since the College will use the account for official school business (such as financial      Students should look for communication posters that will be put up by residence
    aid, billing information, class cancellations, etc.), it is important that students check   hall staff.These posters will relay information regarding staff contact, specific
    the account weekly.They can access their e-mail account and set up their                    instructions, and meeting places for transport.
    password in Cougar Trail and then can access their e-mail account through Web
    Mail at http://www.cofc.edu/webmail/                                                        Students should know the name and phone number of their RA and residence hall
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     All residence hall students must make contact with either the RA or residence hall     Emergency Phone Directory
     director to:                                                                           College Emergency Line                         843.725.7246
         • Sign up for transportation to another location for alternative housing.          Residence Life and Housing Information         843.953.5523
         • Indicate where they will be if they are not to be transported by the College     Charleston Police Department                   843.577.7434
           to another location.                                                             Crime Action Line                              843.953.4998 (voice recorded line)
         • Provide a phone number where the student can be reached if not transported       Fire and Life Safety                           843.953.5611
           to an alternative housing location.                                              First Responder Unit                           843.953.5611
                                                                                            Hearing Impaired                               843.953.1419
     Students should notify family member(s) of intended location (staying with friends     Public Safety                                  843.953.5611
     or another relative) and appropriate phone numbers, if not using College               Relay South Carolina (disability access)       1.800.735.2905 (off campus)
     transportation to alternative housing.They should bring a pillow, blanket, changes     9-711# (on campus) TYY (disability access)
     of clothes, towel, prescription medication(s), a small amount of emergency cash,       843.953.5611 (off campus)
     and basic toiletry items. Note: Each student must register at the door of the bus      9-711 (on campus)
     before boarding. Students who sign up for bus transport must return on the bus.

     When alternative transportation to an off-site location is not deemed necessary
     or, due to the nature of the emergency is unavailable, students living within the
                                                                                            Family Weekend
     community who require assistance for emergency housing should inform the               www.coc.edu/~famweek
     Office of Residence Life and housing.
                                                                                            Every fall, CofC hosts Family Weekend. The entire family is invited to come to the
     Students living in Charleston-style houses will be moved to appropriately              College of Charleston campus. This year Family Weekend is scheduled for
     designated facilities and should bring a pillow, blanket, changes of clothes, towel,   October 3-5, 2008. This weekend gives your family a chance to learn a great
     prescription medication(s), basic toiletry items, and a jug of water.                  deal about the College of
                                                                                            Charleston community. Experience
     Note: Periodic meetings with students will be conducted in facilities to keep them     some of the elements of a College
     informed.                                                                              of Charleston education, take part in
                                                                                            interesting and informative activities,
                                                                                            explore our more than 200 year-old
                                                                                            campus and enjoy the charm and
                                                                                            hospitality of the city. Most
                                                                                            important, enjoy a family visit with
                                                                                            your student.

                                                                                            Register early so you don’t miss an
                                                                                            opportunity to have fun and spend
                                                                                            time with your CofC student.
                                                                                            Registration information is available in
                                                                                            August on the College of Charleston
                                                                                            website at www.cofc.edu/~famweek.
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     First-Year Experience                                                                 Grades are available on Cougar Trail on the Web at https://cougartrail.cofc.edu
                                                                                           beginning with the date set by the registrar’s office for the term specified. For a
     Lightsey Center Annex                                                                 complete academic record of their grades, students may request an official
     phone: 843.953.2017                                                                   academic transcript from the Office of the Registrar or they may view their
     e-mail: fye@cofc.edu                                                                  unofficial transcript on Cougar Trail on the Web.
     www.cofc.edu/fye

     The First-Year Experience is designed to provide students with the skills to be       Grade Point Average (GPA)
     successful at the College of Charleston. A First-Year Seminar or a Learning           The number of quality points earned for each course is calculated by multiplying
     Community will satisfy elective, general education, or major requirements. A First-   the semester-hour value of the course by the number of quality points assigned to
     Year Seminar (FYSM) focuses on topics within or across academic disciplines of        the grade received for the course. For example, a grade of “B” received in a three-
     study. First-Year Seminars are small courses (generally between 20-25 students). A    semester hour course would earn 9.0 quality points (3.0 quality points x 3
     Learning Community links two or more courses, often around an interdisciplinary       semester hours). At the end of each semester, the student’s GPA for the semester
                                                                                           is calculated.To compute the semester GPA, the total number of quality points
     theme or problem. Students participating in Learning Communities are enrolled in
                                                                                           earned for the semester is divided by the total number of quality hours carried.
     at least two classes together in addition to a weekly Synthesis Seminar.The           For instance, a student who earns 36 quality points while carrying a course load of
     Synthesis Seminar includes an hour of discussion and reflection led by a Peer         15 semester hours would earn a GPA of 2.40 for the semester. The student’s
     Facilitator who is an upper-level student at the College. Social events and class     cumulative GPA is also computed at the end of each semester.This is the grade
     trips allow students to get to know faculty and peers outside of the classroom.       point average the student has earned up to that point at the College.The
                                                                                           cumulative GPA is computed by dividing the total quality points the student has
     The Grading System                                                                    earned at the College by the total number of quality hours carried. For example, a
     Students receive letter grades for every course in which they enroll. Each letter     student who has earned a total of 180 quality points over 90 semester hours
     grade has a numerical “quality point value” as shown below.The following is the       would have a cumulative GPA of 2.0.
     grading system, with quality values as indicated:
                                                                                           For information on the S.C. LIFE
     Letter Grade           Quality Points                                                 Scholarship GPA calculation,
     A    Superior               4.00                                                      visit www.cofc.edu/finaid.
     A-                          3.70                                                      Individual student GPA
     B+   Very Good              3.30                                                      calculations for the LIFE
     B    Good                   3.00                                                      Scholarship can be found on
     B-                          2.70                                                      Cougar Trail on the Web,
     C+ Fair                     2.30                                                      accessed by student log-in.The
     C    Acceptable             2.00                                                      LIFE Scholarship GPA is not to
     C-                          1.70                                                      be confused with the College
     D+                          1.30                                                      of Charleston GPA
     D    Barely Acceptable,                                                               maintained on the degree
          Passing                1.00                                                      audit and on the academic
     D-                          0.70                                                      transcript. Students may access
     F    Failure                0.00                                                      the College GPA calculator online at
     WA Withdrawn
                                                                                           www.cofc.edu/finaid/aid/schol/state/LIFEGPA/index.php
          Excessive Absences
          (equivalent to an F)   0.00
     XF   Failure Due to
          Academic Dishonesty 0.00
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     Health Services                                                                        Services Not Included:
                                                                                              • X-rays
     Student Health Services
     181 Calhoun St.                                                                          • Pharmacy services
     phone: 843.953.5520                                                                      • After hours or weekend care
     www.cofc.edu/~stuhealth/                                                                 • Hospitalization
                                                                                              • Emergency room care
     Our mission is to support wellness – to provide early diagnosis and treatment of         • Care with specialists
     the conditions that our students have or develop while attending the College. In         • Some immunizations
     addition, we hope to develop in our students an awareness of the importance of
     regular health maintenance, and of using available health care in a timely and cost-   Care is completely confidential; students must sign a written release prior to the
     effective manner. Our ultimate and most far-reaching goal is to encourage the          disclosure of medical information. Please see our website to read the entire
     healthiest lifestyle for our students in the areas of body, mind and spirit. Student   privacy policy.
     Health Services (SHS) provides care to registered undergraduate and graduate
     students and is staffed by board-certified physicians, nurse practitioners, and        Clinic hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments can
     registered nurses who are experienced in and dedicated to providing quality health     be arranged by calling SHS or by stopping by the clinic. In case of an emergency
     care.                                                                                  after hours or on weekends, students may call public safety for transportation to
                                                                                            area hospitals.
     All students are required to complete a health form and show proof of
     immunization. Health forms are available on line at                                    Visits to SHS are included in tuition. Students are responsible for fees for referrals,
     http://www.cofc.edu/~stuhealth/forms.html or one can be mailed to you at your          laboratory tests, medical supplies and prescriptions. Students who are in
     request.                                                                               Charleston during the summer who are not taking classes can continue to be seen
                                                                                            at the clinic by paying a summer fee.
     Services include:
       • Confidential care                                                                  Medical care can be very expensive. All students attending the College are required
       • Care for minor injuries                                                            to have adequate health insurance. Students covered by an HMO should inquire
       • Care for minor illnesses, such as colds, flu, sinus infections, urinary tract      about coverage while away from home. For those students not otherwise covered,
         infections and mono                                                                an optional health insurance plan is available.This policy requires referrals from
       • Gynecological care - examination and consultation related to gyn problems,         Student health Services to health care providers in the community.
         pregnancy testing, counseling and contraceptive information
       • STD testing                                                                        Insurance information can be obtained in the following ways:
       • Certain Immunizations                                                                 • visit the vendor’s website at www.studentinsurance.com
       • Tuberculosis skin testing                                                             • Stop or call Student Health Services for more information
       • Asthma care
       • Allergy shots
       • Respiratory treatments
       • Diagnostic testing
       • Assistance with referrals to consultants as needed
       • Referrals for x-rays
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                                                                                           The delivery of mail that is not addressed as specifically stated above may be
     Legal Residency                                                                       delayed. (The second line is designed like a street address for private courier
     Treasurer’s Office                                                                    services.) Students who have received packages will be notified by campus e-mail
     170 Calhoun Street                                                                    through their Edisto accounts; notification slips will also be placed in their mailbox
     phone: 843.953.7311 or 843.953.7312 – fax: 843.953.3906                               if items are not picked up in seven (7) days.
     www.legalresidency.cofc.edu
                                                                                           If important documents must be sent through the mail, please send them certified,
     Requirements regarding establishment of legal residency for fees and tuition          insured, or Express Mail.This is the safest and best way to effectively track the
     purposes are governed by legislation set forth by the South Carolina General          piece of mail if it is lost.
     Assembly. Under the law, resident status for fees and tuition purposes may be
     established by independent citizens, military/dependents, and certain aliens.There    Students can access their student mailboxes from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., seven days
     are also provisions applicable to resident classification of dependent persons.       a week. Students can pick up parcel packages between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.,
     Physical presence in the state primarily for education purposes does not constitute   Monday through Friday.
     establishment of South Carolina residency for fees and tuition purposes.
                                                                                           An important tip from Mail Services: DO NOT SEND CASH THROUGH THE
                                                                                           MAIL!!! Mail Services cannot be responsible for lost mail containing money.
     Mail Services
     81 St. Philip Street, first floor, St. Philip Street Parking Garage
     phone: 843.953.2089 – fax: 843.953.4946
                                                                                           New Student Programs
     e-mail: mailservices@cofc.edu                                                         Lightsey Center Annex
                                                                                           phone: 843.953.2017 – fax: 843.953.5800
     Mail Services is the distribution center for all intra-campus, State Courier and      www.cofc.edu/~nsp
     USPS mail. Students may buy postage stamps or mailing supplies through Mail
     Services.                                                                             The Office of New Student Programs supports
                                                                                           students and families with the transition to the
     Mail Services accepts overnight parcels and letters from the following courier        collegiate environment by offering programs and
     services:                                                                             services that encourage the development of
        • Express Mail (U.S. Post Office)                                                  academic and personal goals that contribute to
        • Federal Express (FedEx)                                                          success.
        • Airborne
        • United Parcel Service (UPS)                                                      Provisional Program
        • DHL                                                                              For incoming freshmen who have been
                                                                                           admitted provisionally, the College provides
     All mail/parcels sent to students through the U.S. Post Office or private courier     support services through the Office of New
     (such as UPS, DHL, and FedEx) must be addressed as follows:                           Student Programs. Academic support is
                                        Student’s name                                     provided during the first year using a campus-
                                _____________ CofC Complex                                 wide network of resources. Student academic
                                  Charleston, S.C. 29424-0001                              progress is evaluated at midterm and final
                                                                                           grading, and recommendations are made
     The exact address will be given when a student visits mail services to activate a     based on the progress that has been made.
     mailbox.
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     Social and learning activities, designed especially for provisional students, are
     offered throughout the academic year. For additional details on the Provisional
                                                                                            Parking Services
     Program, visit the new student programs website and select the link to Provisional     80 St. Philip Street – Joe E. Berry Jr. Residence Hall
     Program.                                                                               phone: 843.953.7834 – fax: 843.953.1003
                                                                                            www.cofc.edu/~parking
     The Growl
     The Growl is a newsletter designed to keep freshmen informed about what’s going        Students living on campus who have fewer than 30 cumulative credit hours earned
     on around campus and how to get involved. It includes important dates and              and on file with the Office of the Registrar at the time that assignments are made
     deadlines that freshmen should note.The Growl is written by upperclassmen who          are not eligible to apply for College parking.
     share strategies that helped them be successful and enjoy their time at the
     College.                                                                               A listing of alternative parking spaces leased to students in the downtown area is
                                                                                            available in the parking services office and on the parking services website at
                                                                                            www.cofc.edu/~parking/alternative.html
     Parent Advisory Council (PAC)
     Approximately 50 couples from across the country form the Parent Advisory              Parking spaces are assigned and paid for one semester in advance. Students will be
     Council.The council works closely with President George Benson to supports the         assigned parking based on the number of cumulative credit hours earned and on
     general goals and highest priorities of the institution as well as the events and      file with the Office of the Registrar at the time that assignments are made. In the
     activities which enhance the college experience for students and families. It PAC is   event of identical credit hours earned, applications received first will have priority.
     a forum for the exchange of information concerning activities and programs at the      Students should apply for parking online via Cougar Trail. Please note that the
     College.                                                                               online parking application is available only during the open application period.

     Members meet twice a year to discuss such topics as academics, admission,              Application deadlines will be communicated via email to students’ College of
     fundraising, career development, communication, special events and student life.       Charleston email accounts, and they will also be posted at
     PAC’s committee work includes hosting admissions receptions across the country         http://www.cofc.edu/~parking/students/html. Students who miss the application
     for newly accepted students and their families as well as building a new parent web    deadline may visit or call parking services to inquire about available parking spaces.
     community.                                                                             Current student surface parking fees are $400 per semester and are based on lot
                                                                                            location. Current garage parking fees range from $250 to $600, price based on
     The Parent Leadership Drive is sponsored by the council and provides more than         location; a separate $20-refundable magnetic card deposit is required per semester.
     $250,000 annually for scholarships, faculty/staff research and development,            Fees listed with parking services are correct at time of printing, and are subject to
     community outreach, and other areas that directly benefit students.                    change.

     The enthusiasm and commitment of these volunteers help fuel the continuing             Charleston bus service: CARTA service is free to students with a valid Cougar
     success of the unrestricted fund and other special initiatives.                        Card. Express shuttle services that connect key locations throughout Charleston
                                                                                            with key locations in the downtown area are also available to the College of
     To find out more about the council, please contact Cathy Mahon at 843.953.5432         Charleston community (see www.ridecarta.com).
     or mahonc@cofc.edu.
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     Public Safety                                                                        Available 24-hours a day, seven days a week, this on-campus service is intended for
                                                                                          those who need a security escort to/from class or residence hall or college-owned
     81-B St. Philip St., first floor parking garage                                      parking lots/facilities.
     phone: emergency: 843-953-5611 · non-emergency: 843-953-5609
     fax: 843-953-5132                                                                    This program, staffed by our on-patrol officers, serves a campus population of over
     www.cofc.edu/publicsafety/                                                           10,000. Calls for escort service are dispatched immediately, however, if students
                                                                                          experience an excessive delay in response time it may be due to a high volume use
     Law enforcement responsibilities for the College of Charleston are handled by the    of the program. If this occurs, student should place call again.
     Department of Public Safety. Our campus police officers are on duty 24 hours a
     day, seven days a week to serve and safeguard the campus community. These            Critical to the success of this program is understanding that this program is not a
     officers monitor the flow of traffic, enforce parking regulations, and patrol the    substitute method of transportation for grocery shopping, doctor/dental
     grounds and buildings.                                                               appointments, a means to get to students part-time employment or to take the
                                                                                          place of students’ designated driver when out socializing. The abuse of this service
     These professionally trained men and women are assigned to provide police            dilutes the effectiveness of the program for those individuals who have a critical
     services at the College of Charleston. Campus police officers are required to        need for a security escort.
     successfully complete a nine week training program at the South Carolina Criminal
     Justice Academy.The training program courses include: criminal investigation, sex    No matter where students are on campus, off campus, on any street anywhere in
     crimes, drug enforcement and juvenile justice. Upon graduation, the officer is       the world, we encourage students to practice "street smarts" -- walk in groups, use
     certified by the State of Carolina as a police officer with full powers of arrest.   the buddy system. And, when students need to be accompanied while on campus,
     Additionally, campus police officers receive all state mandated training to remain   use our Campus Escort Service (953-5609).
     certified by the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.
                                                                                          For information on operation identification, computer registration, bicycle
     Emergency Call Boxes                                                                 registration and bicycle security, check the Public Safety website at
     Security on the College campus has been enhanced through the installation of         www.cofc.edu/publicsafety/.
     emergency call boxes.The boxes, which are orange in color, are for direct
     emergency contact with campus police. However, the boxes may be used for             For a complete listing of services, contact points, and campus crime statistics,
     routine assistance such as a flat tire, keys locked in car, etc.                     check the Public Safety website at www.cofc.edu/publicsafety/.

     Locations of the call boxes can be found at http://www.cofc.edu/~parking/map.html    Fire Safety on Campus
     Any questions regarding the emergency call boxes should be directed to campus        The Division of Fire and Life Safety promotes fire prevention and occupational
     police at 953-5611.                                                                  safety through a program which combines comprehensive facility inspections and
                                                                                          training classes for employees and students. Two Resident State Fire Marshals are
     Campus Escort Service                                                                assigned to the campus to implement the above programs. First Responder and
     The Department of Public Safety is committed to providing quality service and        initial hazardous material response is also managed from this office.
     working with the members of the College of Charleston community to build an
     environment that promotes the safety and well-being of each individual. In an        Additional information on fire safety programs and services can be found at
     effort to encourage personal safety, the Campus Escort Service Program was           http://cofc.edu/publicsafety/firesafety or call us at 953-5499.
     initiated for those times, especially during the hours of darkness, when students
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     Registrar’s Office                                                                       website under forms and requests. For a complete academic record, students may
                                                                                              request an academic transcript from the registrar’s office or view an unofficial
     Lightsey Center – second floor                                                           transcript on Cougar Trail.
     phone: 843.953.5668 – fax: 843.953.6560
     www.cofc.edu/~register/                                                                  Parental Access to Student Information
     registrar@cofc.edu
                                                                                              According to the Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, also
     Grades, Academic Records and Registration                                                known as the Buckley Amendment, parents have certain rights with respect to
     The registrar’s office (RO) maintains student academic records, organizes                their dependent children’s records. However, once children reach the age
     registration for courses, and coordinates students’ direct access to their own           of 18 or attend a school beyond the high school level, the rights transfer to 18-
     records through Cougar Trail on the Web. It is important for students to check           year-olds, and they are referred to as “eligible students.” The federal law allows
     their campus e-mail account daily and use this e-mail address to request services        colleges and universities to determine their own policies concerning the release of
     from the registrar.                                                                      information to parents for eligible student. The College of Charleston has a long
     Students can find course listings, academic calendars, transcript information, and       standing policy of requiring the prior written consent of the student to give any
     graduation information on the RO website.                                                (oral or written) student information, such as grades and class schedule, to parents,
                                                                                              along with other third parties. In other words, the College of Charleston must
     The most commonly used student procedures on Cougar Trail are described                  have written permission from an eligible student in order to release any
     below.                                                                                   information from the student’s education record to anyone other than the student.
                                                                                              Notice of this law is provided annually in the Student Handbook.
     Address Updates Using Cougar Trail on the Web
     Students should keep both their permanent and local mailing addresses updated.           A student may grant parents or guardians access to his or her academic records
     Current addresses are required to ensure that students may be reached by faculty         by filling out an access form available in the RO.The form is specific to a single
     and staff when necessary.To view information, or to change it, log onto Cougar           release of information by the registrar’s office on a particular date to a particular
     Trail on the Web. Go to “Personal Info” on the main menu, and click on “Addresses
                                                                                              individual or individuals.The parental release of information filed with the
     including Emergency contacts and Next of Kin.” Please note that C of C Complex
                                                                                              registrar’s office covers only the grade and address information on the date of the
     addresses are for on-campus students only and are assigned by Mail Services.This
     address cannot be updated on Cougar Trail.                                               request. Information regarding other services such as advising, disciplinary actions,
                                                                                              or progress in coursework can only be released when the student has completed a
     Note: In many cases, if an address is not current, the registrar’s office will place a   release form from that specific office.
     hold on that student’s account.The student will be denied access to
     add/drop/withdraw from courses. Students with such a hold are able to update             The registrar’s office suggests that family and students discuss a plan regarding
     address information directly on Cougar Trail. Holds should then be released              family receiving grade information. Students may want to share their Cougar Trail
     automatically. If students have any problems or questions, please contact the            PIN with their family for continuous access to academic records.
     registrar’s office by phone or e-mail.
                                                                                              Proof of enrollment
     Student Access to Grades                                                                 Enrollment Verification letters are used as proof of attendance at the College of
     Midterm and final grades are available on the Web after each grading period. A           Charleston.Verification letters are normally requested for insurance companies,
     student will need his or her student identification number (SID) and personal            potential employers, and loan companies.
     identification number (PIN) to use Cougar Trail.
                                                                                              Students may obtain certification of enrollment (or proof of full-time enrollment)
     Grades will not be mailed. However, students may request to have final grades            by logging onto Cougar Trail of the Web and following the directions listed below.
     mailed to their permanent address by completing a grade mailing request form             Verification is available immediately following the drop-add deadline for Spring and
     before the last day of classes each semester.The form can be found on the RO
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     Fall terms. Questions should be directed to the office of the Registrar.                Computer Services
     The process for obtaining proof of enrollment is as follows:                            All computers that access the Cougar ResNet service must have the approved
                                                                                             virus protection programs installed before students can access the system. During
        • Log onto Cougar Trail.                                                             move in days in August, students may not be able to use the computers in their
        • On the main menu, click on “Enrollment Verification” under the “Student            room immediately as their computers will have to be configured for the system.
          Records” heading.                                                                  Students can use the computer labs in the residence halls, and the Addlestone
        • This will take you to the National Clearinghouse’s website. Please follow the      Library. The configuration process should be complete by the end of the second
          instructions for obtaining your proof of enrollment.                               week of classes.
     College of Charleston has authorized the National Student Clearinghouse to
                                                                                             Maintenance
     provide Degree and Enrollment Verification.
                                                                                             The Work Orders Online (WOOL) system is the fastest, most expedient way to
     National Student Clearinghouse may be contacted at:                                     address each student’s maintenance concerns. Students may submit Work Order
     Web: www.studentclearinghouse.org or www.degreeverify.com                               Requests via their CougarTrail account at any time during the academic year.
     Phone: (703) 742-4200                                                                   Instructions on how to complete a work order are available on the Residence Life
     Fax: (703) 742-4239                                                                     and Housing web page at http://reslife.cofc.edu. For maintenance emergencies
     E-Mail: service@studentclearinghouse.org                                                during normal business hours (8:30 am – 5:00 pm Monday -Friday), students should
     Mail: National Student Clearinghouse: 13454 Sunrise Valley Drive, Suite 300             immediately contact our Maintenance Customer Service Desk at (843) 953-3700.
     Herndon,VA 20171                                                                        For maintenance emergencies after normal business hours, they should
                                                                                             immediately contact the front desk of their Residence Hall, and the on-call staff will
                                                                                             be notified.

     Residence Life and Housing                                                              Access to Student Rooms by Staff
     40 Coming Street                                                                        Residence Life and Housing reserves the right to enter a student’s room
     phone: 843.953.5523 · fax: 843.953.6590                                                 at any time when acting in an official capacity on
     e-mail: reslife@cofc.edu                                                                behalf of the College.
     http://reslife.cofc.edu                                                                 This applies whether
                                                                                             or not the student is
     Residence Life and Housing’s mission is to provide a living and learning                present at the time of
     environment that engages students in community development and in the practices         entry. Staff members
     of positive citizenship. Activities and events are provided by Residence Life and       for Residence Life and
     Housing to help our residents meet new people and become active members in
                                                                                             Housing are required to
     the residence hall community.
                                                                                             conduct inspections of
     The Guide to Residence Living provides important information on Residence Life          the rooms/halls
     and Housing staff, programming, general rules of conduct, disciplinary actions, fire    throughout each
     and life safety violation assessment, policies, and services. The guide can be viewed   semester.
     on the Residence Life and Housing website at http://reslife.cofc.edu.




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     Student Affairs                                                                           The Code of Conduct
                                                                                               Under the Code of Conduct, students are expected to act civilly at all times.
     Stern Student Center, third floor                                                         Essentially, this means that students may be held acceountable for any behavior that
     phone: 843.953.5522 – fax: 843.953.5403                                                   might adversely affect oneself, others, or the mission of the College.The Code of
     www.cofc.edu/studentaffairs                                                               Conduct can be applied to off-campus incidentsl Examples of inappropriate actions
                                                                                               include, but are not limited to:
     The Division of Student Affairs provides constructive learning environments that              • Acts of dishonesty: furnishing false information, forgery, misuse of any college
     augment our strong academic curriculum. Staff members are committed to creating                 document/identification, or other form of identification etc.
     opportunities to teach skills that enable students to develop personal value                  • Physical abuse: threats, intimidation, harassment, sexual harassment, sexual
     systems, explore and build healthy interpersonal relationships, discover the                    assault, coercion, hazing, etc.
     obligations of community membership, realize their physical potential, and accept             • Disruption or obstruction of teaching or college operations, failing to comply
     responsibility for their own development.                                                       with directions of College officials or law enforcement, vandalism, computer
                                                                                                     misuse, breach of peace, conduct which is disorderly, lewd, or indecent, etc.
     Academic Integrity and the Honor Code                                                         • Attempted or actual theft, illegal or unauthorized possession of firearms,
     The complete College of Charleston Student Handbook is available only online and                explosives, other weapons, or dangerous chemicals, etc.
     is located at www.cofc.edu/studentaffairs/general_info/studenthandbook.html.                  • Using, possessing, intending to distribute or distributing drugs or alcohol,
                                                                                                     except as expressly permitted by law; violating published college policies,
     Integrity is a fundamental value of the College of Charleston. Our honor Code,                  rules, and regulations; violating federal, state, or local laws; disturbing the
     written by students, faculty, and staff, is the College’s statement on academic                 neighborhood; etc.
     integrity. It articulates the College’s expectations of students and faculty in
     maintaining the highest standards in academic work.The honor Code of the                  Adjudication of Violations Within the Community
     College specifically forbids lying, cheating, stealing, and plagiarism.                   Students may be accountable to both outside authorities and the College for acts
                                                                                               which constitute violations of law and of the honor Code, Student Code of
                                                                                               Conduct, Alcohol Policy, or Drug Policy. Disciplinary action at the College may
        • Lying: Knowingly, furnishing false information, orally or in writing, in an effort
                                                                                               proceed while criminal proceedings are pending, and will not be subject to
          to deceive in matters relating to academic work (e.g., fabrication of citations,
                                                                                               challenge on the grounds that criminal charges involving the same incident have
          etc.)
                                                                                               been reduced or dismissed.The College of Charleston Office of Student Affairs has
        • Cheating or attempting to cheat on any academic assignment (including                discretion to exercise jurisdiction over conduct which occurs off campus and
          unauthorized collaboration and recycling work when not approved by the               which violates student conduct and discipline policies and regulations if the
          professor)                                                                           conduct occurred on campus.
        • Stealing or attempting to steal another’s academic work
        • Plagiarism:The verbatim repetition, without acknowledgement and quotation            The Office of Student Affairs may choose to exercise jurisdiction over off-campus
          marks, of the writings of another author; borrowing without acknowledging            incidents where alleged misconduct involves disturbing the neighborhood, sexual
          the source; paraphrasing the thoughts of another without acknowledgement;            assault, threats of violence against any person, stalking, sexual harassment,
          or allowing any other person or organization to prepare work which one               possession of weapons, possession, manufacture, sale, intent to distribute or
          then submits as his or her own.                                                      distribution of controlled substances, hate crimes, hazing, disorderly conduct, or
                                                                                               conduct which would constitute felony, burglary, robbery, theft, damage to
     The sanction applied to a violation of the honor Code depends on a variety of             property, etc.
     factors including, but not limited to, degree of deceit, amount of premeditation,
     year in school, previous offenses, and acceptance of responsibility.The sanctions of
     “XF” (transcript notation) and suspension are generally applied when dealing with
     serious plagiarism. Suspension means temporary removal from the College.
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     Drug and Alcohol Violations                                                             Authorized Users
     Any student found responsible for any form of distribution of illegal or controlled     If anyone other than the student (a parent, trust fund, bank, for example) is to
     substances will be expelled from the College. Expulsion means permanent removal         make payments toward the balance due, we strongly recommend that they be
     from the College.                                                                       designated an authorized user and that their e-mail address be added to the eBill
                                                                                             system.We cannot release eBills to anyone who is not specifically authorized by
     Any drug-related and/or second alcohol violation on or off campus will be referred      the student to receive this information.
     to the Office of the Dean of Students. If found in violation, the student will face     Please see www.treasurer.cofc.edu/eBillInstructions.html for more information
     disciplinary action that results in the suspension of enrollment, housing, and all      about adding authorized users.
     other privileges, for a specified period of time.
     Companion drug and alcohol polices can be found in The Guide to Residence Life          Semester Payment Plans
     and The Compass (Handbook for Student Organizations).                                   GENERAL INFORMATION
                                                                                             The College of Charleston is pleased to offer students enrolled at the College, a
                                                                                             payment plan of four equal installments, over a period within a semester, to finance
                                                                                             the cost of Academic fees (including labs), Housing and Meal Plans. Excluded from
     Treasurer’s Office                                                                      the plan are parking fees and fines, bookstore charges , Cougar Card deposits, late
                                                                                             fees and other miscellaneous costs.
     170 Calhoun Street
     phone: 843.953.5572 – fax: 843.953.5573                                                 HOW DOES THE PLAN WORK?
     http://treasurer.cofc.edu/                                                              The plan requires a payment of 25% of the total amount due, without the
                                                                                             exclusions, not later than the last regularly scheduled day to pay fees.The
     The Treasurer’s Office handles the processing of billing and payments.The College       remaining balance is payable to the College in three additional monthly installments
     of Charleston is a state-supported institution whose tuition and fees are based         (approximately each 30 days).The College does assess an administrative charge of
     upon appropriations granted by the South Carolina General Assembly. Accordingly,        $25.00 each semester to offset the additional cost of record keeping and billing.
     the fees charged by the College will be directly affected by the action of the
     legislature, and are therefore subject to change without notice.                        FINANCIAL AID
                                                                                             Any financial aid received or awarded through the College must be used toward
     Online Billing                                                                          the outstanding fees. Only the balance remaining after financial aid has been applied
     All billing is done electronically and emailed to the student’s on-campus Edisto        can be financed through the installment payment plan.
     accounts and other student-authorized e-addresses. eBills have replaced the paper
     version and are available for viewing at:                                               Validating Attendance
     https://cougartrail.cofc.edu/ebill/web/admin/login.jsp.                                 Each semester students validate attendance at the Treasurer’s Office or by using
     Balances can also be viewed on the Cougar Trail https://cougartrail.cofc.edu/ and       Cougar Trail on the Web.You MUST validate your attendance each semester you
     will include charges and payments incurred since the last eBill was issued.             are a student at the College of Charleston. If you do not validate online, financial
                                                                                             aid refunds will not be processed timely.
     Remember, the Cougar Trail website is available extended hours to make bill paying
     more convenient.The student should use their ID and PIN to log in. Once logged          Cancellation for Non-Payment Policy
     in, students can select Payment Plan, Meal Plans and Debit Card additions.              It is important that payments are received on or prior to the due date as indicated
                                                                                             on the eBill. Anyone who has not paid the requisite amount by the due date will
     Students can pay their bill using a credit card (MasterCard,Visa, Discover and          receive a notice on their Edisto email account only indicating that the schedule is
     American Express) or checking account. Each on-line payment by credit card will         subject to cancellation unless payment is received. If there are third party payers,
     have an additional $30.00 fee attached. There is no additional fee to pay by check      such as state tuition plans, military tuition benefits, social services, etc. involved in
     on-line. Payments made by credit card, in person, at the Treasurer's Office will have   paying any portion of the bill, it is imperative that the Treasurer’s Office is notified
     no additional fee attached. Credit card payments can not be accepted by phone, fax      of such well prior to the bill’s due date.
     or mail.
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Who Does What?
Note: Off campus, dial 843-95number
Topic                                Office                            Physical Location                        Phone #    Topic                                 Office                               Physical Location                        Phone #
Address changes                      Registrar or Cougar Trail         Lightsey Center, Suite 281                 3-5668   Pass/fail request                     Registrar                            Lightsey Center, Suite 281                 3-5668
Advising – declared major            Academic Departments                                                                  Payment plan – tuition                Treasurer                            170 Calhoun Street                         3-5572
Advising – SNAP alternatives         Advising Center                   Lightsey Center, Suite 247                 3-5981   Pell Grants                           Financial Asst. & Vet. Affairs       Lightsey Center,                           3-5540
Advising – students on leave         Advising Center                   Lightsey Center, Suite 247                 3-5981                                                                                Opposite end from the bookstore
Advising – undeclared students       Advising Center                   Lightsey Center, Suite 247                 3-5981   Personal Computer Registration        Public Safety                        81 B St. Phillip Street,                   3-4980
                                                                                                                                                                                                        1st floor parking garage
Advising – Adult Students Services   Advising Center                   Lightsey Center, Suite 247                 3-5981
                                                                                                                           PLUS loans – parent                   Financial Asst. & Vet. Affairs       Lightsey Center,                           3-5540
Calendars – academic                 Registrar                         Lightsey Center, Suite 281                 3-5668                                                                                Opposite end from the bookstore
Career counseling and testing        Career Center                     Lightsey Center, Suite 216                 3-5692   Probation                             Undergraduate Academic Services      Lightsey Center, Suite 101                 3-5674
Computer questions and problems      Information Technology            Addlestone Library, IT Helpdesk            3-5457   Provisional Program                   New Student Programs                 Lightsey Center Annex                      3-2017
Conduct, Student Code of             Student Affairs                   Stern Student Center, 3rd floor            3-5522   Refunds – check pickup                Controller                           Lightsey Center, Basement                  3-5570
Cougar Card                          Cougar Card Services              Joe E. Berry Residence Hall,               3-1100   Refunds – housing fees deposit        Residence Life & Housing             40 Coming Street                           3-5523
                                                                         Calhoun Street Side
                                                                                                                           Refunds – meal plan                   Campus Dining Services               Robert Scott Small, Suite 115              3-5539
Cougar Trail                         Registrar                         Lightsey Center, Suite 281                 3-5668
                                                                                                                           Refunds – parking                     Parking Services                     Joe E. Berry Residence Hall,               3-7834
Counseling & Substance               Counseling & Substance            Robert Scott Small Building, 3rd floor     3-5640                                                                                Calhoun Street side
  Abuse Services                       Abuse Services
                                                                                                                           Refunds – tuition                     Treasurer                            170 Calhoun Street                         3-5572
Course listings                      Registrar                         Lightsey Center, Suite 281                 3-5668
                                                                                                                           Refunds – vending machine             Campus Dining Services               Robert Scott Small, Suite 115              3-5539
Declaration of major                 Academic Departments
                                                                                                                           Refunds – withdrawing from CofC       Business Affairs                     Randolph Hall, Suite 104                   3-5574
Degree audit                         Registrar                         Lightsey Center, Suite 281                 3-5668
                                                                                                                           Registration information              Registrar                            Lightsey Center, Suite 281                 3-5668
Drop/add                             Registrar or Cougar Trail         Lightsey Center, Suite 281                 3-5668
                                                                                                                           Residence hall fine payment           Residence Life & Housing             40 Coming Street                           3-5523
E-mail account                       Information Technology            Addlestone Library, IT Helpdesk            3-5457
                                                                                                                           Residency status (legal)              Treasurer                            170 Calhoun Street                         3-5572
Enrollment, proof of                 Registrar                         Lightsey Center, Suite 281                 3-5668
                                                                                                                           Room signup, residence halls          Residence Life & Housing             40 Coming Street                           3-5523
Family Weekend                       Student Life                      Stern Student Center, 4th floor            3-5726
                                                                                                                           Schedule of courses/course listings   Registrar                            Lightsey Center, Suite 281                 3-5668
First-Year Seminars                  First Year Experience             Lightsey Center Annex                      3-2017
                                                                                                                           Scholarship checks                    Treasurer                            170 Calhoun Street                         3-5572
Learning Communities
  Peer Facilitators                                                                                                        Scholarships                          Financial Asst. & Vet. Affairs       Lightsey Center,                           3-5540
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Opposite end from the bookstore
Foreign language tutoring            Center for Student Learning       Addlestone Library, 1st Floor              3-5635
                                                                                                                           Special enrollment                    Academic Department
Grades – student access              Registrar or Cougar Trail         Lightsey Center, Suite 281                 3-5668
                                                                                                                           Standardized test preparation         Center for Student Learning          Addlestone Library, 1st Floor              3-5635
Graduation application               Registrar                         Lightsey Center, Suite 281                 3-5668    (GRE, etc.)
Graduation – degree audit            Registrar                         Lightsey Center, Suite 281                 3-5668   Student bill                          Treasurer                            170 Calhoun Street                         3-5572
Graduation fee payment               Treasurer                         170 Calhoun Street                         3-5572   Student employment                    Career Center                        Lightsey Center, Suite 216                 3-5692
Greek life                           Greek Life                        97 Wentworth Annex                         3-6320   Student Handbook                      Student Affairs                      Stern Student Center, 3rd floor            3-5522
Grievances                           Student Handbook                                                                      Student information release form      Registrar                            Lightsey Center, Suite 281                 3-5668
Health Issues                        Health Services                   181 Calhoun Street                         3-5520   Student health insurance              Health Services                      181 Calhoun Street                         3-5520
Honor Board/Code                     Student Affairs                   Stern Student Center, 3rd floor            3-5522   Student organizations                 Student Life                         Stern Student Center, 4th floor            3-5726
Housing/room assignments             Residence Life & Housing          40 Coming Street                           3-5523   Study abroad                          Center for International Education   207 Calhoun Street                         3-7661
Identification (Cougar) cards        Cougar Card Services              Joe E. Berry Residence Hall,               3-1100   Study skills                          Center for Student Learning          Addlestone Library, 1st Floor              3-5635
                                                                         Calhoun Street Side
                                                                                                                           Substance Abuse Prevention            Counseling & Substance
Independent studies –                Academic Departments                                                                                                         Abuse Services                      Robert Scott Small Building, 3rd floor     3-5640
authorization
                                                                                                                           Summer jobs
Internships                          Career Center or                  Lightsey Center, Suite 216                 3-5692
                                                                                                                           Summer school registration            Registrar                            Lightsey Center, Suite 281                 3-5668
                                     Academic Departments
                                                                                                                           Supplemental Instruction              Center for Student Learning          Addlestone Library, 1st Floor              3-5635
Jobs                                 Career Center                     Lightsey Center, Suite 216                 3-5692
                                                                                                                           Transcript – payment                  Treasurer                            170 Calhoun Street                         3-5572
Learning disabilities, ADD, ADHD     Center for Disability Services    Lightsey Center, Suite 104                 3-1434
                                                                                                                           Transcript – request                  Registrar                            Lightsey Center, Suite 281                 3-5668
Learning Strategies                  New Student Programs              Lightsey Center Annex                      3-2017
                                                                                                                           Tuition - information & payments      Treasurer                            170 Calhoun Street                         3-5572
Leave of absence                     Undergraduate Academic Services   Lightsey Center, Suite 101                 3-5674
                                                                                                                           Tutoring                              Center for Student Learning          Addlestone Library, 1st Floor              3-5635
Legal counseling                     Student Life                      Stern Student Center, 4th floor            3-5726
                                                                                                                           V.A. educational benefits             Financial Asst. & Vet. Affairs       Lightsey Center,                           3-5540
Loans and grants                     Financial Asst. & Vet. Affairs    Lightsey Center,                           3-5540                                                                                Opposite end from the bookstore
                                                                         Opposite end from the bookstore
                                                                                                                           Victim assistance                     C.A.R.E.                             67 George Street                           3-3390
Lost and found                       Public Safety                     81 B St. Phillip Street,                   3-4980
                                                                         1st floor parking garage                          Volunteer work                        Service Learning                     Lightsey Center, Suite 203                 3-5838
Maintenance – halls and houses       Residence Life & Housing          40 Coming Street or Cougar Trail           3-3700   Withdraw – from class during
Math tutoring lab                    Center for Student Learning       Addlestone Library, 1st Floor              3-5635   regular withdrawal period             Registrar or Cougar Trail            Lightsey Center, Suite 281                 3-5668
Meal plans                           Campus Dining Services            Robert Scott Small, Suite 115              3-5539   Withdraw – from class after the
                                                                                                                            withdrawal deadline                  Undergraduate Academic Services      Lightsey Center, Suite 101                 3-5674
Minority student programs            Multicultural Student Center      207 Calhoun Street                         3-5660
                                                                                                                           Withdraw – from the College           Undergraduate Academic Services      Lightsey Center, Suite 101                 3-5674
New students                         New Student Programs              Lightsey Center Annex                      3-2017
                                                                                                                           Withholding of                        Registrar                            Lightsey Center, Suite 281                 3-5668
Off-campus housing resources         Residence Life & Housing          40 Coming Street                           3-5523    student information
Override into a course               Academic Departments                                                                  Writing lab                           Center for Student Learning          Addlestone Library, 1st Floor              3-5635
Parking                              Parking Services                  Joe E. Berry Residence Hall,               3-7834
                                                                         Calhoun Street side


                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Who Does What?
New Student Programs Office
College of Charleston
66 George St.
Lightsey Annex Building
Charleston, SC 29424

843.953.2017 (phone)
843.953.5800 (fax)
parents@cofc.edu (email)
www.cofc.edu/~nsp (website)
www.cofc.edu/parents (website)
www.cofc.edu/~orientat (website)




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