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Orientation

Welcome to the College of Charleston.

We are delighted that you are joining our campus community. We are committed to creating the best possible environment for you to conduct your scholarship, to inspire students through teaching, and to serve your discipline, our campus, and global communities. We want to make your transition to campus as smooth as possible. Please explore the information provided in your appointment letter and the links to resources for new faculty on our website. If you have any questions, please reach out to let us know at 843.953.5527 or gouldme1@cofc.edu. We look forward to meeting you at orientation and working with you throughout your career at the College of Charleston! Please plan to attend orientation, complete your online training, and complete and submit the required employee forms to the Office of Human Resources (160 Calhoun St). 

Welcome Week

Before Orientation

  • Please complete the items listed on the New Faculty Checklist.
  • 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.
  • Before you are given an email and access to your classes on OAKS, all faculty must submit required forms and credentials.

Tenure-Track & Visiting Faculty Orientation

Fall 2018 Orientation is August 15, 16, and 17
Alumni Center, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance 

As part of your arrival on campus, new tenure-track and visiting faculty members are invited to attend New Faculty Orientation. This three-day program just before Fall Semester is designed to integrate you into campus culture, and provide an overview of the policies, procedures, resources, and services available to you. You will hear from various members of the faculty, staff, and administration who will lead sessions and share experiences and insights to assist in your acclimation to the College.

The program will:

  • Provide an introduction to the campus and community, including resources and services;
  • Describe the expectations and responsibilities of faculty;
  • Outline policies and procedures that guide faculty life;
  • Orient faculty to their roles in teaching, research and service; and
  • Familiarize faculty with our technology and instructional technologists.

Click here to RSVP for the 2018 Tenure-Track and Visiting Faculty Orientation.

All sessions will be held in the Alumni Center (1st Floor) in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance (86 Wentworth Street). A light breakfast will be offered each morning. Lunch will be provided in the Alumni Center on August 16, and we will walk together on August 15 and 17 for lunch. Sessions will be held from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and we plan to conclude early after lunch on Friday, August 17. 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. Please RSVP by July 27, 2018. Included on our RSVP form, we ask that you upload a headshot and some biographical information.

View the Fall 2017 Orientation Agenda. (The Fall 2018 Orientation Agenda is forthcoming. Please check back later 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. You are also encouraged to post questions to our interactive board at slido.com #COFC prior to and during orientation. We'll do our best to answer each question. 

Adjunct Faculty Orientation

Fall 2018 Orientation is August 16 and 17 only
Alumni Center, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance 

As part of your arrival on campus, new adjunct faculty members are invited to attend New Faculty Orientation. This two-day program just before Fall Semester is designed to integrate you into campus culture, and provide an overview of the policies, procedures, resources, and services available to you. You will hear from various members of the faculty, staff, and administration who will lead sessions and share experiences and insights to assist in your acclimation to the College.

The program will:

  • Provide an introduction to the campus and community, including resources and services;
  • Describe the expectations and responsibilities of faculty;
  • Outline policies and procedures that guide faculty life;
  • Orient faculty to their roles in teaching, research and service; and
  • Familiarize faculty with our technology and instructional technologists.

RSVP form is forthcoming.

All sessions will be held in the Alumni Center (1st Floor) in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance (86 Wentworth Street). A light breakfast will be offered each morning, and lunch will be provided in the Alumni Center on August 16. Sessions will be held from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and we plan to conclude before noon on Friday, August 17. The sessions on August 17 are hosted by the Office of Human Resources and are optional for adjunct faculty who have completed their New Employee Paperwork in advance. Faculty who attend but do not wish to stay for the last session on CofC Benefits/Healthcare are welcome to dismiss early. Attendance at orientation is strongly encouraged; 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. 

View the Fall 2017 Orientation Agenda. (The Fall 2018 Orientation Agenda is forthcoming. Please check back later 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. You are also encouraged to post questions to our interactive board at slido.com #COFC prior to and during orientation. We'll do our best to answer each question. 

New Faculty Reception

Fall 2018 New Faculty Reception is August 24 from 4:00 - 5:30 PM
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 special reception held in your honor. Refreshments and libations will be served. 

Mandatory Training

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

 » Online Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Training

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 http://dhpt.faculty.legalaffairs.cofc.edu/Use your COUGARS login and password to log in.

 » Online Phishing Prevention Training 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 (it.cofc.edu/security/phishing) 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 helpdesk@cofc.edu or call 953-3375 to request that your quiz be reset.

To access the online Phishing quiz, please visit https://phishingquiz.it.cofc.edu.  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 http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/index.html and PowerPoint on FERPA basics at http://ptac.ed.gov/sites/default/files/ferpa101-slides.pdf

To access the online FERPA quiz, log in to MyCharleston (https://my.cofc.edu/), 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: http://registrar.cofc.edu/ferpa/index.php.

 » College of Charleston Privacy Policy 

All College employees should read and understand the College of Charleston Privacy Policy located at http://www.cofc.edu/policies/privacypolicy. 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 ethics.sc.gov/rulesofconduct.  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.cofc.edu, Policy List, particularly those in Section 7: Faculty and Unclassified Administrators. 



New Faculty Orientation Maps

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

Faculty House:

Marlene and Nathan Addlestone Library: