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Program Requirements

Requirement Review Process

At the end of the fall semester, the following program requirements will be reviewed to determine your eligibility to be admitted to the College of Charleston for the spring semester:

  • Earn at least a 2.6 cumulative grade point average (GPA) for the fall semester.
  • Earn a minimum of 12 transferable credit hours.
  • Completion of all four modules of the Charleston Bridge Student Success Seminar accessed from OAKS, the College of Charleston’s learning management system (the seminar does not count toward credit hours or GPA).
  • Completion of 3rd Millennium accessed from MyCharleston (you must complete each exam for Alcohol-Wise, Consent-Wise, and Marijuana-Wise with a grade of 70% or higher). This is required of all new students. Students will not be able to register for spring classes until all exams are completed.
  • Attendance at fall semester workshops and events designed specifically for Charleston Bridge participants (Study Skills workshop by the Center for Student Learning, Campus Save Workshop, and a Strengths Workshop).

Adherence to College Policies

College of Charleston has policies, guidelines, and conduct regulations that students are expected to comply with both on and off campus. Any behaviors or situations that are found to be violations of college policy may result in termination from the Charleston Bridge program. Violation of residence hall policies, being an involved party in an incident, or violation of fire and life safety policies may result in termination from the bridge program. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests. If a guest violates the alcohol or drug policy, or other residence hall policies, the resident may be subject to the conduct process and sanctions and may be terminated from the program.

All forms of academic dishonesty, including but not limited to cheating on tests, plagiarism, collusion, and falsification of information, may result in termination from the program. Requirement review in December will include reports from faculty or staff regarding academic concerns, behavioral issues on or off campus, illegal activity occurring on or off campus, and any activities that cause damage to property or harm to others.  

During summer orientation, students participating in Charleston Bridge sign a participation agreement stating that they understand the requirements and agree to adhere to institutional policies at Trident Technical College and the College of Charleston.

After final grades are posted (December 8, 2017), students satisfying ALL of the program requirements will receive an email notification of acceptance for the spring semester from the Office of Admissions. On December 11 or 12, 2017 eligible students will meet with academic advisors from the Academic Advising & Planning Center. Specific details about the date and time will be sent to students meeting program requirements once a student is officially admitted to the College of Charleston. Students should be prepared to spend one of these two days on campus to complete the advising and spring course registration process.

Failure to meet Charleston Bridge program requirements

Students not meeting Charleston Bridge program requirements (2.6 GPA, 12 earned hours, AND completion of required activities & workshops) will be notified by email by the Office of Admissions that they are denied admission for the upcoming semester. This email will be sent to the student's College of Charleston assigned email account. Students not admitted to the College of Charleston must remove all belongings, follow move-out protocol, and vacate the College of Charleston residence hall no later than 12 noon December 14, 2017. The College of Charleston is not responsible for belongings left in the room by students not admitted after December 14. ID access to the residence hall and room, meal plan, and use of the Cougar Card (the College of Charleston ID card) at campus facilities will no longer be active after 12 noon on December 14.

Charleston Bridge Appeal Process

An appeal for spring admission to the College of Charleston will only be considered if a student experienced significant mitigating circumstances during the fall semester that affected the student’s ability to meet program requirements. Mitigating circumstances are defined as situations that were neither created by nor able to be controlled by the student. Please note that an appeal for admission to the College of Charleston is unlikely to be approved if a student is significantly below a 2.6 cumulative GPA or earns fewer that 12 hours during the fall semester. The appeal process is a one-time opportunity to provide a strong case for admission to the College of Charleston.

To appeal the admission decision the following information must be provided:

1. An appeal narrative written by the student explaining the mitigating circumstances that led to an inability to complete one or more of the program requirements. The narrative should include how the student has taken steps to resolve this issue, adapted new approaches, or changed behavior to avoid future occurrences.

2. A minimum of two recommendations from TTC faculty, CofC staff, and/or the Charleston Bridge mentor commenting on the student's ability to be successful at the College of Charleston and/or steps they have taken to improve (a minimum of 2 recommendations is required - do not include personal recommendations). The recommendation letter should include how student and the recommender know each other, explain how the student has attempted to be successful and used campus resources, and how the  student would be an asset to the College of Charleston student body. Recommendation letters should be emailed directly to mileym@cofc.edu and must be received by the 2:00pm, December 11 deadline. Personal recommendations on the student's behalf will not be accepted.

3. Documentation (if available) of significant mitigating circumstances beyond the student’s control that affected the ability to meet requirements or participate in activities. This may include medical records, police records, immediate family death notices, documentation of illness/injury, family emergencies, natural events that caused displacement, etc. Documentation is helpful if it helps support or verifies the situation described in the student narrative. If there is no documentation available you may choose to submit the narrative and recommendation letters. NOTE: Poor performance alone is not considered a mitigating circumstance.

Deadline for appeal submission

The narrative, two recommendations, and any supporting documentation must be received by the Assistant Vice President of First Year & Bridge Student Services (Melinda Miley) no later than 2:00pm EST Monday, December 11, 2017. Recommendation letters from faculty or staff should be emailed to mileym@cofc.edu. The student narrative and related documents can be delivered to the Office of New Student Programs (#4 on the campus map) or emailed from the student's College of Charleston email address to mileym@cofc.edu. An emailed narrative/attached documentation will only be accepted from the student's College of Charleston email - this will not be accepted from any other email account.

Students are encouraged to submit the appeal and related documentation as soon as possible and not wait until the last day to submit the appeal. The appeal decision is FINAL and no late or incomplete appeals will be reviewed. If a complete appeal is not received by the deadline or the appeal is denied, the student must remove all belongings and vacate the residence hall no later than noon December 14, 2017.

The appeal committee will consider class attendance, disciplinary records, incident reports from faculty or staff, and use of campus resources (Center for Student Learning, Academic Advising, Counseling, Charleston Bridge Mentor, etc.) when making appeal decisions. The committee will heavily weigh the following information when determining whether an appeal is approved.

• Successful completion of some of the components of the program (i.e. academic standards, 3rd Millennium, completion of Charleston Bridge Student Success Seminar assignments, workshop attendance, meeting with a Charleston Bridge Mentor).

• Meeting the cumulative GPA and earned hours requirement but not meeting other requirements (the appeal should provide a detailed explanation for not meeting requirements).

• Use of campus resources (includes meeting with course faculty members, using the Center for Student Learning, Counseling, and Academic Advising etc.). Student use of campus services will be verified with the appropriate department. Trident Technical College faculty may be contacted to verify one-on-one meetings.

• Midterm and final grades

• Class attendance

• Disciplinary records/Student of Concern-Incident reports

Information related to the status of an appeal will only be shared directly with the student participating in the Charleston Bridge program. The appeal decision or information about the appeal committee discussion will not be shared by phone. The appeal decision will be sent by email to the College of Charleston student issued email account by December 12, 2017 (no later than 2:00pmEST). Submitting supplemental documentation or an updated appeal after a decision has been made will not be accepted for consideration for admission. The content of the appeal committee discussion is confidential and transcripts of these discussions will not be available.

Appeal Approval

If significant mitigating circumstances are evident, the committee could recommend admission for spring which will then be discussed with the Office of Admissions to determine approval. If an appeal is approved, information about academic advising and course registration on January 4 & 5 will be sent to the College of Charleston email account. A registration hold will be placed on the student account preventing any spring course registration until attending the January course advising and registration.

Students with an approved appeal must sign an Appeal Contract. A registration hold will remain on the student’s account until the signed contract is completed. As part of the appeal contract, the student may be obligated to meet conditions as determined by the Appeal Committee. Such conditions could include:

• Regular meetings to discuss academic progress with a peer academic coach

• Regular meetings with an accountability partner

• Regular meetings with a professional staff member in the Center for Student Learning

• Meeting with an academic advisor, career counselor, or staff member 

• Enrolling in a specific number of credit hours

• Limiting employment hours

• Attending Study Strategies Workshops

• Use of the Center for Student Learning (CSL) accounting, foreign language, math, speaking, and/or writing lab(s) or services provided by the Center for Disability Services

• Registration and successful completion of EDLS-100 (Learning Strategies) in the spring. EDLS-100 does not count toward GPA or earned hours.

• Consistent use of various student or academic support services on campus

Appeal Denial

An appeal committee will review the student narrative, recommendations, and any related documentation. Incomplete or late appeals will not be reviewed. In addition to the materials submitted, items of review by the committee may also include midterm and final grades, the student's cumulative GPA, earned hours (a minimum of 12 earned hours), disciplinary records, student of concern reports, completion of the Student Success Seminar modules and assigned activities, attendance at required workshops, completion of part I and II of 3rd Millennium, use of campus resources, faculty meetings, and mentor meetings. If mitigating circumstances are not evident in an appeal case, the student will not be admitted to the College of Charleston for the spring semester. The decision by the appeal committee is final. Students with denied appeals will be notified by December 12 or earlier if an appeal is not approved. Students will be expected to vacate the residence hall by noon December 14. Students with denied appeals must vacate the residence hall and remove all belongings. Students may consider continuing their studies at Trident Technical College or another college of choice for the upcoming semester. Transferring to the College of Charleston in the future may be possible if courswork is completed elsewhere and transfer admission requirements are met.