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Charleston Bridge Program Requirements

To participate in the program:

Charleston Bridge students are required to reside in a College of Charleston residence hall during the fall and spring semester (if admitted) and purchase a meal plan. This is a requirement of all students participating in the program even if the student is a resident of Charleston. Students reside in one of the four designated Charleston Bridge halls (Berry, Buist Rivers, Craig, or Liberty) and are matched with a roommate who is also participating in the program.

All fall tuition and fees (including meal plan and housing) must be paid in full to Trident Technical College. Students with a balance due pass the payment deadline will not be allowed to move into the College of Charleston residence hall and fall coursework will be dropped by Trident Technical College. Be sure to make any financial aid arrangements that may be needed before the payment due date.

Please be aware of the following items pertaining to students participating in the Charleston Bridge program:

  • Charleston Bridge students admitted for the fall 2019 semester must attend the Charleston Bridge Orientation on July 19, 2019 (the morning session will occur at Trident Technical College and the afternoon session will be held at the College of Charleston).
  • Charleston Bridge students may not participate in the summer SPECTRA program offered at the College of Charleston.
  • During the fall semester, Charleston Bridge students may not participate in ROTC, pep band, theatre or musical productions that require College of Charleston course enrollment, play varsity sports or join a fraternity or sorority.
  • Students cannot be employed on the College of Charleston campus in a job that provides a stipend payment or hourly wage or participate in activities that require College of Charleston course enrollment. These opportunities will be available to students admitted for the spring.
  • The on campus housing contract applies to the fall and if admitted, the spring semester.

Program Requirements

At the end of the fall semester, students who meet the following requirements will be considered for admission to the College of Charleston for the spring semester:

  • Earn a minimum of 12 transferable credit hours in the fall semester.
  • Earn at least a 2.6 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for the fall semester.
    • Students may use the GPA calculator at http://undergrad.cofc.edu/gpa-calculators/semester-cumulative-gpa.php to estimate the fall semester GPA. Previous grades received at Trident Technical College (if applicable) are not considered, only the fall semester cumulative GPA is used for spring admission decisions. NOTE: When using the GPA calculator please note that Trident Technical College does not award + or - grades.
  • Successfully complete the Charleston Bridge Student Success Seminar (CBSSS).
    • Successful completion includes attending seminars, submitting assignments online and meeting with the seminar instructor. The seminar does not count toward credit hours or the cumulative GPA.
  • Use the College of Charleston Center for Student Learning (CSL) services at least 3 times during the fall semester.
    • Students may attend three study skills workshops, meet with a tutor, or use the Center's walk-in lab services or a combination of the three to meet the requirement. The CSL is located on the first floor of the College of Charleston Addlestone library.
  • Complete part I and II of 3rd Millennium accessed from MyCharleston. Students must complete both exams for Alcohol-Wise, Consent-Wise, and Marijuana-Wise with a grade of 70% or higher. 
    • College of Charleston has partnered with 3rd Millennium, whose mission is to help students address critical life skills such as alcohol abuse prevention, marijuana abuse prevention and sexual assault prevention in higher education institutions across the country. As part of our comprehensive alcohol, marijuana and sexual assault prevention program, College of Charleston expects all incoming freshmen and transfer students to complete Alcohol-Wise, Consent-Wise and Marijuana-Wise. Whether a student uses alcohol and drugs or not, this course will empower students to make well-informed decisions and help all better cope with behaviors of their peers.
    • Part I of the program will be available to students in July and will be due in October. Part II is available 30 days after Part I is completed. Questions about the exam can be directed to the College of Charleston Counseling Center at 843.953.5640. Information about this requirement will be covered during new student orientation.

Fall requirement review:

Grades and other Charleston Bridge program requirements will be evaluated the afternoon of December 7, 2018. Final grades can be viewed in the TTC Express section of the my.tridenttech.edu student portal (http://nsp.cofc.edu/bridge/grades.php). During the afternoon of December 7, student records will be reviewed to determine if requirements have been met.

Students who successfully meet Charleston Bridge program requirements will receive notification sent to the CofC email account from the College of Charleston Office of Admissions extending an offer of spring admission. Admission decisions emails are expected to be sent by late Friday afternoon (December 7). Admitted students will transition as a First-Year Impact student and are expected to meet IMPACT program requirements during the spring and the subsequent fall semester.

Once students receive the spring admission decision, the Office of New Student Programs will send an email to admitted students about advising and spring course registration. Spring advising and course registration will be held December 11 & December 12, 2018. Students should plan to be on campus both days. During day-one students will be officially welcomed to the College of Charleston, learn more about academic support services, hear about IMPACT program requirements and receive information about degree requirements from the academic advising staff. On day-two, students will register for spring classes. A registration hold preventing spring course registration is placed on all student accounts until the two-day process is completed.

If you have questions about December 11 & 12, email the Office of New Student Programs at orientat@cofc.edu.

Students not meeting Charleston Bridge program requirements:

Students not meeting requirements will be receive an email from the College of Charleston Office of Admissions denying spring admission. Students must remove all personal belongings from the room and vacate the residence hall no later than noon, December 13, 2018. The College of Charleston is not responsible for items left in the room after this date.

Students may consider continuing studies at Trident Technical College or another university. Information about requesting an official academic transcript from Trident Technical College can be found at https://www.tridenttech.edu/academics/transfer/ac_transver.htm. It is possible to transfer back to the College of Charleston in the future if transfer admission requirements are met. The Transfer Resource Center can assist students who wish to pursue a degree at College of Charleston.

Appealing the spring admission decision:

Every student who is not offered admission to the College has the right to appeal the decision. A student should only appeal if there are substantial mitigating circumstances that occurred during the semester preventing the student from meeting all of the Charleston Bridge program requirements.

The student-written appeal should be typed and a hard copy submitted by the student to the Office of New Student Programs no later than 12 noon Monday, December 10, 2018. The Office of New Student Programs is #4 on the campus map - this is the brick building behind Berry Residence Hall and in front of the entrance to McAlister Residence Hall. Late or emailed appeals will not be accepted. Please refer to the section below about the information needed in an appeal letter.

Supporting letters can be included with the appeal but must be received by the appeal deadline. The committee reserves the right to request a personal interview with the student for additional clarification about the appeal if needed.

The committee will review appeals as well as the program requirements that have been met and render a decision by the close of business on December 11, 2018. The appeal decision will be sent to the student's CofC email by the Office of Admissions. Appeal decisions are final.

Students with approved appeals or students unable to attend the December registration dates must attend orientation on January 3 & 4 to complete spring course registration.

Appeal Letter: Mitigating circumstances & use of resources

To appeal the student must provide a personal narrative explaining any mitigating circumstances and discuss the steps there were taken to resolve, change, or improve the circumstances during the semester.

NOTE: A mitigating circumstance is one that is out of the student's control - experiencing a challenging transition to college, course difficulty, failure to check email, missing assignment deadlines, not attending class, poor test grades, faculty teaching style, failure to understand course material, test anxiety, poor study skills, excessive absences from class, exceeding the course attendance policy, technology issues (TTC or CofC), no access to the course textbook or related materials, unresolved roommate conflicts or poor relationships with suitemates etc. are not considered to be mitigating circumstances.

The appeal letter should include the following details:

  1. Fully explain the mitigating circumstance(s) that occurred during the semester that prevented you from meeting program requirements.
    • If medical circumstances apply, include a statement about the need for medical attention (including prescription of medication or changes in medication) during the semester.
    • If family circumstances apply, provide as much detail as possible that would help the committee fully understand the circumstances.
  2. State reason(s) why you earned the grade you did in each course or lab below a grade of C.
  3. Describe the off campus or on campus resources that you used for support during the semester to help resolve the circumstances such as meeting with course faculty, use of disability services, working with a counselor, meeting with an academic advisor, consulting with residence life staff, seeking help from the IT helpdesk or use of academic support services offered by the Center for Student Learning etc. (there will be follow-up with campus services, faculty, or staff to verify the student use). 
  4. State what you plan to do differently and the specific steps you will take in the upcoming semester to ensure that minimum academic standards are met.
  5. In closing, include an explanation about why you wish to be admitted and continue your studies at the College of Charleston.

Supporting documentation:

Letters of support are not required but can be helpful to the appeal committee when making appeal decisions. Letters of support from a doctor, counselor, faculty, staff, seminar instructor or a Charleston Bridge peer mentor may accompany the student's appeal narrative. Individuals writing letters of support do have the option to email their letter of support to bridge@cofc.edu. Submitting documentation verifying circumstances such as medical documentation etc. is highly encouraged and should be submitted if available. Letters of support must be received by Charleston Bridge staff in the Office of New Student Programs no later than noon, December 10.

Exceptions to spring admission:

Charleston Bridge program requirements are outlined in the Fall 2018 Participation Agreement that students sign. The College of Charleston reserves the right not to admit students with reports regarding academic concerns, behavioral issues, violation of residence hall policies, involvement in illegal activities, violations of the honor code including plagiarism or submitting the work of others, or exhibit conduct that is threatening, harassing, violent, disruptive, abusive, discriminatory or causes the discomfort of others even if all program requirements are met.

At the core of the College of Charleston community are individuals from diverse backgrounds whose lives are intertwined in support of the uplifting of the human condition through comprehensive studies.  As with all communities, there is a moral code of ethical behavior that binds participants together and a body of official rules and regulations that defines personal freedoms and responsibilities. They apply to all members of the college community and are intended to promote an atmosphere of trust and fairness in the classroom and in the conduct of daily campus life.

Outstanding bill with Trident Technical College:

Students with an outstanding bill remaining at the end of the fall semester with Trident Technical College (TTC) will have their official academic transcript withheld. Although students may be eligible for admission based on the completion of all requirements, the spring admission process cannot move forward until payment has been received by TTC. The outstanding bill could be a result of not completing the financial aid process, failure to complete required paperwork, not making payments on a semester payment plan, etc. No course registration can occur until the academic transcript is received by the College of Charleston.

Please direct any questions regarding billing to the Trident Technical College account receivable area. The contact for this area is Ms. Gamellia Davis and can be reached by phone at 843-574-6117 or by email at Gamellia.Davis@tridenttech.edu. The College of Charleston would be unable to advise you regarding your account since all payments and financial aid are processed by Trident Technical College.

Students of concern:

Faculty, staff, students, friends or family can report a student of concern so the student can be referred to the appropriate campus resources. Information and instructions about reporting a student of concern can be found at http://deanofstudents.cofc.edu/fast/index.php.

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