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Program Requirements

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.

Students will sign a participation agreement at the summer orientation program. 

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 11-12, 2017 eligible students will meet with academic advisors from the Academic Advising & Planning Center and complete advising and registration for spring coursework. Specific details will be sent to students in December.

Failure to meet Charleston Bridge program requirements

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.

Students not meeting all of the program requirements (2.6 GPA, 12 earned hours, AND completion of required activities) will not be admitted to the College of Charleston for the upcoming semester. Students will be expected to remove all belongings, follow move-out protocol, and vacate the College of Charleston residence hall no later than noon December 14, 2017.

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. These circumstances must be out of one's ability to control or resolve during the semester. The appeal process is a one-time opportunity to provide a strong case for admission to the College of Charleston.

To be considered the student appeal narrative and supporting documentation must be received by the Charleston Bridge program director no later than 2:00pm EST Monday, December 11, 2017. 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 appeals will be accepted. The appeal committee will consider class attendance, disciplinary records, 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. Students should submit all of these documents for an appeal to be considered. Incomplete appeals will not be accepted:

  1. An appeal narrative explaining the circumstances provided by the student. 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, staff, and/or the Charleston Bridge mentor commenting on the student 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).
  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. NOTE: Poor performance alone is not considered a mitigating circumstance.

Also considered:

  • Successful completion of some of the components of the program (i.e. academic standards, completion of Charleston Bridge Student Success Seminar, workshop attendance, meetings 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, Center for Student Learning, Counseling, 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

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 shared 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 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.

The appeal narrative and related documentation can be submitted in person, by fax, or sent as an email attachment by December 11, 2017 to:

Mindy Miley, Asst. Vice President First Year & Bridge Student Services

College of Charleston, Office of New Student Programs
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424

mileym@cofc.edu

Fax: 843.953.5800

NOTE: If an appeal is denied, the student must remove all belongings and vacate the residence hall no later than noon December 14, 2017. The College of Charleston is not responsibile for items left in the room after December 14, 2017.

Appeal Approval

If an appeal is approved, students must attend parts of orientation in January to register for spring classes. Information about the January date and time for your academic advising and course registration 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. A decision regarding a student’s appeal will be emailed to the College of Charleston-issued email account by December 12, 2017.

If an appeal is approved an Appeal Contract will be issued and the student will be required to sign the contract. A registration hold will be placed 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 Skills Seminars
  • Use of the Center for Student Learning (CSL) accounting, foreign language, math, speaking, and/or writing lab(s)
  • Registration and successful completion of EDLS-100 (Learning Strategies) in the spring. EDLS-100 does not count toward GPA or earned hours.
  • Regular meetings with a certified Center for Student Learning tutor for any course not covered by supplemental instruction or CSL walk-in labs
  • Consistent use of various student or academic support services on campus