Faculty Information & Resources

Updated 08/20/2019

Provided below are a few frequently viewed websites and resources for faculty. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, but we hope it will help introduce faculty to various resources and information about the area and the College. Faculty are encouraged to save or bookmark this address.

  1. Academic Policies and Guidelines
  2. Academic Standards and Student Support Services
  3. High Impact Experiences
  4. Faculty Policies and Procedures
  5. Teaching Technology
  6. Library Services and Resources for Faculty
  7. Additional Faculty Groups and Resources
  8. Employee Benefits and Policies
  9. Public Safety, Weather, and Campus Closures
  10. Community and Civic Engagement
  11. Additional Quicklinks for Employees

1. Academic Policies and Guidelines

  • FERPA - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.
  • Final Exams - Final exam schedules are announced by the Office of the Registrar. No major test or final examination may be given during the last week of classes (seven days prior to the designated last day of classes). A major test is defined as an examination worth 20% or more of the final course grade. No test, exam, or other assignment of any weight may be given on or due on Reading Day. Other assignments, such as semester-long projects, quizzes, homework and papers may be due during the last week of classes or during the regularly scheduled final exam period. This policy does not apply to final laboratory examinations, oral examinations, portfolio or exhibition critiques, individual or group in-class presentations, performance courses, activity classes, bachelor’s essays, tutorials, and/or independent study projects. In exceptional circumstances, the Provost (or Provost’s designee) may waive these restrictions. Students may request a change in their final exam using the form provided below.
  • Accommodation of Religious Practices(PDF) - Faculty members are expected to reasonably accommodate individual religious practices. Please see the calendar of religious observations.
  • The College strives to transform our campus community into an inclusive living, learning and working environment where students, faculty and staff are affirmed regardless of their ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, ability or place of origin. Please view the Inclusive Learning Environments Presentation (PPT) and Pointers for Professors (DOC) for examples on how to create inclusive living and working environments. 
  • Privacy Policy - governs the security and confidentiality of personal information 
  • Policy on Peer-to-Peer File Sharing - to effectively combat the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material by Users of the College's Computer Network and Information Technology Resources, without unduly interfering with the legitimate educational and research use of the Network; and to provide for annual disclosures to students on the College's policies and sanctions related to unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (the "HEOA").
  • Ethics Policy (PDF) - All members of the College Community act in a manner that, at a minimum, is consistent with all controlling laws and to otherwise conduct themselves with honesty, fairness, transparency, and respect for the rights of others.
  • Intellectual Property Policy (PDF) - addresses the ownership, disposition, and use of Intellectual Property which includes, but is not limited to, patents and/or inventions, copyrights (including computer software), and trademarks/services marks relating to the College.

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2. Academic Standards and Student Support Services

  • Academic Advising and Planning Center (AAPC) prepares undergraduate students to navigate all aspects of academic planning by promoting an atmosphere that encourages self-exploration and resource utilization in support of academic success, as well as the timely and informed pursuit of an academic major.
  • Program of Study Management (POSM) system is an electronic workflow that allows undergraduate students to manage their degree program(s) online.  The POSM channel is located on the Academic Services tab in MyCharleston.  Students can use this system to declare/add/undeclare majors and minors; change, add, or remove a cognate, concentration, or track; change degree (BA, BS, or AB); update a major/minor catalog year; declare/add/undeclare an undergraduate certificate. 
  • Degree Works is a web-based degree audit application and academic advisement tool that provides a clear and convenient method for students and advisors to track degree progress. It is intended to assist students in reaching their academic goals and achieving a better understanding of degree requirements.   
  • Center for Student Learning (CSL) provides comprehensive academic support programs for College of Charleston students as they strive for excellence in learning, while promoting student leadership and development through peer education experiences. Annually, 45 percent of the student population uses CSL services.
    • CSL's Walk-in tutoring labs are available to students for Accounting, Spanish, Math, Writing, Science, Business Statistics, Computer Science and Speaking. By appointment, individual tutoring is available in select courses, including but not limited to Foreign Languages other than Spanish, Economics, Psychology, and General Studies. A series of study skills workshops is offered each semester that covers various study skills topics to help students learn effective study techniques, in addition to one-on-one study skills appointments with a CSL staff member.  Supplemental Instruction (SI) is also available through study groups led by trained student leaders who schedule study sessions to help students in historically challenging introductory courses.
  • Center for Academic Performance and Persistence (CAPP) handles matters related to the academic well-being of all undergraduate students and enforcement of standards/policies in the Undergraduate Catalog. CAPP can assist with Academic probationDismissal Due to Academic DeficiencyAcademic StandardsWithdrawing from courses including Petitions for Late Withdrawal and Leave of Absence and Complete Withdrawal requests; First Year Impact Programs; Conditional readmission and the STEP Program; and Three-year transfer option for readmitted students.

  • Student Health Services (SHS) is available to students 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and information about additional hours and services is provided online.

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3. High-Impact Experiences

  • The College Reads! is our freshman book program. Convocation is an annual celebration at which students and faculty gather to celebrate the official opening of the scholastic year.
  • Study Abroad is offered through the Center for International Education. View the Faculty Resources including the Faculty Handbook, Financial Handbook, and guidelines for proposing new programsThe Honors College expands on partnerships between faculty and student by creating a vibrant living-learning community where personal attention gives the support students need to reach their goals during and after college. The Honors College curriculum is rooted in the liberal arts tradition and challenges students to view the world from multiple perspectives. Honors students take about one-third of their courses through the Honors College – courses that are small, seminar style, and led by preeminent faculty members whose work is well known and respected among their peers.
  • Nationally Competitive Awards (NCA) helps students identify and apply for scholarships and fellowships for undergraduate and graduate study, independent research projects, and a variety of study abroad opportunities.
  • The Graduate School (The University of Charleston, South Carolina) offers over two dozen graduate programs that leverage the abundant natural resources found throughout the South Carolina Lowcountry to enrich our students’ experiences.

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4. Faculty Policies and Procedures

Visit Faculty Policies and Procedures for information and deadlines related to the following:
Visit the New Faculty Information page for information about on-boarding, orientation, and online training. 

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5. Teaching Technology

For ongoing training and professional development, TLT provides a series of training sessions through out the year. The College has several additional applications available to faculty (e.g. PollEverywhere, Voicethread, Kaltura, Blogger, Prezi, Google Apps for Education), and you can view the list of CofC campus-wise software licenses. The TLT Tutorials and Apps Blog is an excellent resource for these campus-wide software applications and has detailed OAKS instruction. You are also welcome to review the Top 10 questions from New Faculty and visit the Faculty Technology CenterFor other general IT questions, please contact IT via the College's Helpdesk.

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6. Library Services and Resources for Faculty

The College of Charleston Libraries are here to assist you in your academic pursuits.  The library has over 600,000 books and provides access to 60,000 print and ejournals, 300,000 ebooks, 139,000 videos and DVD’s both physically and through our streaming services, and over 9.2 million books through PASCAL. Please explore the faculty services portal and don’t hesitate to “Ask Us” if you have questions. Additional services include:

  • Faculty Services
  • Proxy card service – which allows your graduate assistant to check out materials and perform other library functions on your behalf.
  • Firm orders – explains the process for ordering library materials that you may need so that they are added to our collection.
  • Campus Delivery – explains the process for having library and interlibrary loan materials delivered to your departmental mail box.
  • iPad program – provides up to 30 iPads for your students to check out for 3 weeks to work on a special project.
  • KIC scanners – fast scanners that allow you and your students to scan to multiple storage mediums such as USB drive, email, Google Drive and One Drive in multiple formats including pdf, searchable pdf, jpeg, and mp3.
  • Faculty Resource room – room 338 in the library is dedicated for use by faculty as a place to meet, research, write, study and is equipped with a Scantron, computer, and printer.
  • One Button Studio – enables students to practice and record presentations and video projects but inserting a USB drive and pressing 1 button.
  • OER resource guide/program – help provide your students with learning materials at little or no cost.
  • Information Literacy modules – licensed content from Credo Education provide supplemental instruction in the area of information literacy.
  • Academic Integrity guide – a collection of resources to help guide students to behave ethically while conducting their academic pursuits.

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7. Additional Faculty Groups and Resources

The Faculty Senate is the primary legislative body of College faculty supported by a wide range of 24 standing senate and College committees. The senate makes recommendations on any matter under its purview to the president and is concerned with all matters relating to academic programs, the curriculum, admissions and continuation standards, the grading system, degree and certificate requirements and the utilization of the intellectual resources of the College. 

The Faculty Club is is an informal, non-profit association of faculty members from the College of Charleston that provides access to the "Faculty House" (first floor of 20 Glebe) and morning coffee. 

The Office of Institutional Diversity strives to transform our campus community into an inclusive living, learning and working environment where students, faculty and staff are affirmed regardless of their ethnicity, gender, sexuality, religion, ability or place of origin. Please view the Diversity Resources and our Inclusive Learning Environments Presentation (ppt) and Pointers for Professors (doc).

The Office for Institutional Effectiveness provides leadership on institutional effectiveness. 

The Office for Institutional Research enables the success of students, faculty and staff, the College, and the local community by providing accurate data reporting and insightful analyses.

Faculty are encouraged to participate in and attend our Athletics events. 

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8. Employee Benefits and Policies

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9. Public Safety, Weather, and Campus Closures

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10. Community and Civic Engagement

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11. Additional Quicklinks for Employees

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