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Welcome to the College of Charleston.

Please review the information provided in your appointment letter, on the New Faculty Checklist, and the New Faculty Orientation Welcome Week Schedule in its entirety (updates forthcoming). Please plan to attend each applicable session, complete your online training, and complete and submit the required employee forms to the Office of Human Resources (160 Calhoun Street, Basement Room B36). Attendance at orientation is expected; however, if you are unable to attend all or part of the orientation sessions, we strongly encourage you to review the agenda, click the links provided to review the information, and follow up with us as needed if you have any questions. 

Welcome Week

Before Orientation

  • Read the New Faculty Orientation Welcome Week Schedule and complete items listed on the New Faculty Checklist (updated information for  Fall 2018 orientation is forthcoming.)
  • Complete your E-Verification process by submitting your I-9 form and presenting your I-9 identification (e.g., your passport OR both your driver’s license AND social security card) in person to HR
  • Present your Submit New Employee Paperwork to HR on or before August 15 (for faculty starting in the Fall term) or January 1 (for faculty starting in the Spring term)  
  • Submit your academic credentials (e.g., official transcript and CV) to your department chair or program director.
  • All new regular, visiting, and adjunct faculty must submit required forms and credentials before their employee and faculty statuses can be activated (including access to classes on OAKS).

New Faculty Orientation

August 15-17, 2018 
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (breakfast and lunch will be served)
Alumni Center (1st Floor)
School of Education, Health, and Human Performance (86 Wentworth Street)

View the Fall 2017 Orientation Agenda (Fall 2018 Orientation Agenda is forthcoming. Please check back this summer.)

Our faculty orientation team has made a strong commitment to making this year’s sessions as interactive as possible.  To assist us in that endeavor, we ask that you familiarize yourself with the items on our agenda, particularly the three topics entitled: "Important Policies and Questions," "Academic Standards and Student Support Services," and "Course Administration and Academic Resources." For other items on our agenda, please review the highlights. For policies outlined in our Faculty/Administration Manual (FAM), please note that the FAM Table of Contents has active links that you can click, so you can easily locate the section that is referenced in the orientation agenda. 

Fall 2018 New Faculty Reception

August 2018 (date is TBD)
5:00 - 6:30 pm (refreshments and libations will be served)
Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library (205 Calhoun St)

All new regular, visiting, and adjunct faculty who start in 2018 are all invited to attend this reception held in your honor. Please email a brief bio and a photo of yourself to for our event program by August 10, 2018.

Mandatory Online Training for all Faculty

Please complete the following online training sessions on your own anytime before your first day of class: 

 » Online Training: Discrimination and Harassment Prevention 

This mandatory training program will provide you with crucial information about federal laws, state laws, and our obligations as College employees to help us avoid and report potentially unlawfully conduct. This session will discuss your legal obligations to ensure compliance with laws prohibiting sexual harassment/assault and other forms of discrimination and harassment, including retaliation. In addition, the training will inform you of your rights and the resources that are available to you if you experience discrimination or harassment on campus.  

To start your training, go to your COUGARS login and password to log in.

 » Online Training: Phishing Prevention and Online Phishing Quiz

In order to minimize the likelihood of disruption to College email services due to phishing, all employees are required to take a "Phishing Quiz." You may find it helpful to visit the IT webpage ( for samples and information about phishing before taking the quiz. If you start the quiz, but do not complete it, you will need to contact Helpdesk at or call 953-3375 to request that your quiz be reset.

To access the online Phishing quiz, please visit  Use your COUGARS login and password to log in.

 » Online FERPA Training and Quiz

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The Act applies to all institutions that are the recipients of federal aid administered by the Secretary of Education. Under this Act, students have specific, protected rights regarding the release of such records. FERPA requires that institutions adhere strictly to these guidelines. It is imperative that faculty and staff have a working knowledge of FERPA guidelines before releasing educational records. Please feel free to reference the Department of Education's webpage at and PowerPoint on FERPA basics at

To access the online FERPA quiz, log in to MyCharleston (, click on the Home tab, and look for the FERPA Quiz channel. Before taking the quiz, please review the FERPA Overview and Quick Tips documents. When you click the quiz link you will be prompted to sign in to the FERPA Quiz. Use your COUGARS login and password to log in. This quiz takes approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. You may take the quiz more than once. A score of 10 or better is considered passing. Additional information and forms regarding FERPA are available on the Office of the Registrar’s website:

 » College of Charleston Privacy Policy 

All College employees should read and understand the College of Charleston Privacy Policy located at If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs. 

 » State, College, and Faculty Policies

In accordance with the laws of South Carolina, you are considered a “public employee” of the State.  In that capacity, you are subject to the State’s Rules of Conduct for public employees and others who serve the interests of the public. A copy of the Rules of Conduct and information about the Rules can be found on the website of the South Carolina Ethics Commission at  If you have any questions about these ethical standards, or related conflicts of interests, please feel free to submit your inquiry to the College or to the State of South Carolina Ethics Commission. 

You are encouraged to review and become familiar with the campus wide policies contained in our Faculty/Administration Manual and on our website at, Policy List, particularly those in Section 7: Faculty and Unclassified Administrators. 

New Faculty Orientation Maps

School of Science and Mathematics Auditorium:

School of Education, Health, and Human Performance Alumni Center:

Faculty House:

Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library: