Resources for New Faculty

Welcome to the College of Charleston. Please reference the following sites.

Resources for Faculty

Please review the College's Resources for Faculty site.

Faculty Policies and Procedures

Please review our Faculty Policies and Procedures site.

New Employee Information (HR) http://hr.cofc.edu/new-employees/index.php
IT Resources https://it.cofc.edu
"Back on the Bricks" Site for 2020-2021 Read our plans for 2020-21 academic year: cofc.edu/back-on-the-bricks.

Perks, Parking, Childcare, & Relocation Information

You’ve made a great decision by choosing to work at the College of Charleston! There are lots of resources provided by the Staff Advisory Committe linked below to help you achieve a sustainable work-life balance. They're happy to help you connect with the people who can help answer any questions about work and life at the College. Check out the offerings listed under each category below.


COVID-19 Related Resources

Student and employee safety is our number one priority. College leadership is closely monitoring the changing circumstances surrounding the spread of COVID-19 in South Carolina and in Charleston County. While we continue to prepare for the resumption of in-person classes in the fall, we are also making contingency plans and will adjust if conditions worsen.

For the 2020-2021 year, our Back on the Bricks website will serve as the official information resource for the university community. 

Additionally, for those working remotely, please visit our Campus Continuity site for resources about campus continuity:


Additionally, please view the following resources:

  • MUSC Health Virtual Urgent Care offers an easy-to-use, online virtual care service to CofC employees, allowing them to see and communicate with an MUSC provider from the comfort of work, home or on the go, without having to travel to a clinic and regardless of where they may live. No appointment. No wait. Accessible 24/7 for the whole family. 
  • CofC Office 365 - portal for outlook Email, Calendars, Teams, OneDrive, Word, and apps like OAKS, Cascade, and CougarEd (with no VPN needed)
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) - includes tips about stress management and links to sites like care.com for times when you may want to hire a babysitter in the future; see Ed Pope's email for the password
  • Student Support Services during Remote Learning Period
  • Self-Service Knowledge Base - In emergency situations, the Service Desk may be on limited hours. So it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with the self-help options.

 

Other Frequently Asked Questions

Where type of benefits do CofC employees receive? What are the healthcare options?

The College of Charleston is committed to supporting our employees by offering benefits that are comprehensive and that represent the best that we can offer in coverage and cost. Health and retirement options are only a few of the benefits provided to employees of the College. Check out the Staff Benefits | Perks page.

Does CofC offer meal plans or dining discounts to CofC staff? Where can I eat on campus?

Yes! Check out the Staff Dining page for details about our meal plans, discounted dine-in and carry-out options, and off-campus discounts.

How will I get to and around campus?

You won’t need a car to get around campus, and Charleston is a walkable/accessible city. As a CofC employee, you have free transportation options when you use your CofC ID and the option to purchase employee parking passes or discounted daily parking options. Learn more about these options, and about alternative commuting strategies like telecommuting, staggered start times, and ridesharing opportunities that may be available to you. We also include links to the campus map, guide, and information about moving to Charleston. Check out the Staff Commute | Parking page. 

I'm a parent or planning to become one. What does the College offer for parents?

Check out the Staff Parents | Caregivers page. This information is for informational purposes only. Please contact the responsible units for information. The Office of Human Resources is the definitive source of information about employee policies and procedures.

What does CofC have to promote Work-Life balance?

In addition to all the items listed under each of the SAC's Staff Resources | Perks subpages, visit HR's Life-Balance and Wellness at CofC page to learn about additional services and resources.

Connect to campus life at the College of Charleston by using your Cougar Card to access events, facilities, and services. The Cougar Card is free of charge to all College of Charleston employees. Discounts to certain services and free tickets to select events may be available. 

Where do I park or ride for orientation? 

For those of you who wish to ride a CARTA bus to campus, you may present your CofC ID Card to the driver to receive complimentary bus rides during orientation or anytime throughout the year. The Express Buses are a very popular choice for CofC and MUSC employees. These buses pick up at several park-and-ride locations in the Charleston area. Please visit https://www.ridecarta.com for route information. The nearest Express Bus drop-off spot on campus at the intersection of Calhoun and St. Philip Street. 

For those of you who wish to drive to campus, the Office of the Provost will distribute at orientation parking passes valid only on the day(s) of orientation to the following on-campus parking garages: St. Philip Street Garage (PG), Wentworth Street Garage (WG), and the Coming Street Garage (adjacent to CVS). Please see the campus map for directions. The WG garage at 81 Wentworth Street is the closest to your orientation sessions in Alumni Center. Parking passes will not be provided for any additional days. If you plan to purchase a parking pass for the academic year, it will be valid starting the beginning of the academic year. If you wish to park in the WG and PG garages (only) between before the activation date of your parking pass, you may use your CofC ID to receive the daily discounted faculty rate of $10.00 per day. To take advantage of this benefit, the Cougar Cash account is the required form of payment upon exit from the garage. Simply pull a ticket when entering the garage, and then present the cashier with your ticket and your Cougar Card upon exit. The parking fee will be withdrawn from your Cougar Cash account on your card. You must add at least $10 to your card prior to exiting the garages. To add money to your card, please visit Cougar Card Services or add it to your account on MyCharleston’s My Account tab. Please note that the garages do not have in-and-out privileges with the daily rate.

How will the College calculate hours worked for Adjunct Faculty in determining eligibility for healthcare coverage?

The College will credit adjuncts with 3.0 hours of work for every 1 hour of course credit taught and every 1 hour of lab contact taught.  Accordingly, full-time adjunct faculty may become eligible for employer-sponsored health insurance under the ACA if they teach at least 10 or more credit hours per semester (30 work hours/week) or combination of credit hours and lab contact hours.  In some exceptional cases, departments may need to increase an adjunct faculty member's hours of work credited to take into account non-credit labs, advising, outreach, or other departmental assignments beyond the normal expectation for adjunct faculty.  The Provost’s Office will be responsible for making all determinations related to adjunct eligibility for health coverage and for notifying Human Resources accordingly.

Ongoing adjuncts who have been employed since October 4, 2013 will be offered coverage for the initial stability period (defined above) based on their calculated average weekly hours worked during the initial measurement period of October 4, 2013 through October 3, 2014.

When calculating the average work hours for adjunct faculty, the summer break term (May 16-Aug 15) will not be included in the averaging if the adjunct does not work during that time.  Summer teaching for a given session will be included in the averaging only if it meets a specified threshold set for that session based on the length of the session.  Those thresholds will take into account the 30-work-hour benchmark and the faster pace of each summer session.

When a non-seasonal new adjunct is hired, the adjunct will be immediately eligible for coverage if they are being credited with 30 or more adjunct work hours/week, as outlined above, during their first semester.  The coverage will only continue during the first year if the new adjunct continues to earn 30 or more adjunct work hours/weekly in the following semester.  For all new adjuncts (even those offered coverage immediately), the initial measurement period will begin on the 1st of the month following their start date and will continue for 12 months.  The weekly work hours credited to the adjunct will be averaged over this initial measurement period to determine eligibility for coverage during a subsequent initial stability period. 

Once an adjunct has completed a full measurement period and is deemed eligible for health insurance coverage and the offer is extended for enrollment, if the adjunct then remains employed with the College, the adjunct will remain eligible for coverage for the full 12-month stability period going forward regardless of the number of hours worked during that stability period.  Subsequently, the adjunct will transition to the College’s standard measurement and stability periods. Please go to http://hr.cofc.edu/benefits/affordable-care-act.php for more information about the Affordable Care Act, and contact HR directly with questions about your eligibility. If you would like the College to take a second look at your healthcare eligibility, please read the Healthcare Eligibility Review Process and submit the Request for Review of Healthcare Coverage Form.

Does the College offer information for job-seeking spouses/partners of prospective faculty?

Please see the Dual Career Information at http://sac.cofc.edu/resources/new/