Responsibilities and Rights

Responsibilities and Rights

As a student in the Charleston Bridge program, you'll have access resources and services at both Trident Technical College and the College of Charleston. Since you'll be navigating two systems, it's vital that you read through the responsibilities listed here.  

As a student in the Charleston Bridge Program, you will have two email addresses that you need to check frequently. During the summer, you should check in weekly. A week before you move in and throughout the semester, you should check those email accounts daily.

You can access your Trident Tech email through the mytridenttech.edu portal. You can access your College of Charleston email through the MyCharleston portal. You may find it helpful to put both email accounts on your cell phone. Students should check their TTC and CofC email accounts daily.

To automatically forward your TTC email account:

  1. On your computer, log in to your TTC Google Email
  2. In the top right, click Settings
  3. Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab
  4. In the “Forwarding” section, click Add a Forwarding Address
  5. Enter the email address you want to forward message to
  6. Click Next > Proceed > OK
  7. A verification message will be sent to that address. Click the verification link in that message.
  8. At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes.

Email about fall semester financial aid and billing will be sent to the TTC email account. Emails from the Charleston Bridge program director and assistant director, College of Charleston Office of Admissions, success seminar instructors, peer mentors and program information will be sent to the CofC email account.

As members of the college community, students are expected to evidence a high standard of personal conduct and to respect the rights of other students, faculty, staff members, community neighbors and visitors on campus. Students are also expected to adhere to all federal, state and local laws.

An honor board, a body composed of students, faculty and staff members, will hear alleged violations of the Honor Code or Code of Conduct, which are not admitted by the student.

TTC Academic Honor Code at Trident Technical College follows the Student Code for The South Carolina Technical College System. Students can view the academic policy under the Student Codes, section III of the Student Conduct Regulations.

College of Charleston Student Code

View student code (PDF)

College of Charleston Student Handbook

View student handbook

Details Regarding the College of Charleston Policy and Reporting Process

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Trident Technical College's Student Code

For violations of the CofC Code of Conduct, CofC will follow the procedures in the Student Handbook.

View student code (PDF)

Trident Technical College Student Handbook

View student handbook (PDF)

Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment

For Classroom Incidents (TTC)

The Student Code for the South Carolina Technical College System sets forth the rights and responsibilities of the individual student, identifies behaviors that are not consistent with the values of college communities and describes the procedures that will be followed to adjudicate cases of alleged misconduct. This code applies to behavior or complaints alleging acts of sexual violence or sexual harassment on college property, at college-sponsored activities and events, and to off -campus behavior that adversely affects the college and/ or the college community, and the code applies to all students from the time of applying for admission through the awarding of a degree, diploma or certificate.

View details regarding the TTC reporting process online.

For All Activities Outside the Classroom

We encourage members of the campus community who experience any form of sexual misconduct, as defined in section 3.0 of the code, to seek help and to report the misconduct. On and off-campus resources are outlined in sections 3.2 and 3.3 of the code. Students are encouraged to report sexual misconduct whether that sexual misconduct occurs on or off-campus. Resources are available for students no matter where the misconduct occurs. The College of Charleston will take appropriate steps to respond to complaints of sexual misconduct. If alleged misconduct occurs off-campus, the College will take the necessary steps to address any continuing effects of off -campus sexual harassment in the educational setting.

View details on the CofC policy and reporting process online.

In 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. It applies to all members of the residential living community and is intended to promote an atmosphere of trust and fairness in all residential spaces and in the conduct of daily campus life. Outlined in this section, we have provided the rules and regulations for campus life as well as the consequences associated with violations of the general rules of conduct.

As part of the residential living community, all students and their guests are expected to:

  • Abide by all policies and procedures as stated in the Residence Life and Housing Contract, the Guide to Residence Living and the College of Charleston Student Handbook.
  • Understand that ignorance of the policies and procedures found in the Housing Contract, the Guide to Residence Living, and the Student Handbook does not absolve students and guests from the policies and consequences therein.
  • Residence Life and Housing staff reserve the right to refer perpetrators of any alleged charges/violations to the appropriate campus authority, which may include the Department of Public Safety or the Dean of Students.

College of Charleston has policies, guidelines and conduct regulations that you will be 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 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.

You will be expected to meet all program requirements. If you do not meet the program requirements or you do not have an approved appeal, you will not be admitted to the College of Charleston for the upcoming semester. You will be expected to remove all belongings, follow all move-out protocol, and vacate the residence hall by the move-out deadline.

Students who do not meet program requirements will not be admitted to the College of Charleston for the spring semester. These requirements include a 2.6 cumulative GPA at the end of fall, earning 12 hours and completion of the Student Success Seminar. An appeal will only be considered if a student experienced significant mitigating circumstances during the fall semester.

The appeal and required documentation must be received by the Charleston Bridge program director by the appeal deadline. Students are encouraged to send in the appeal as soon as possible and not wait until the last day to submit the appeal. NO late appeals will be accepted.

Information about the appeal process and the deadline will be posted on the Charleston Bridge website.

A decision regarding a student’s appeal will be emailed to the College of Charleston-issued email account. If an appeal is denied, students must vacate the residence hall. Information related to the status of an appeal will not be provided over the phone.

If an appeal is approved you must attend 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 your College of Charleston email account. A registration hold will be placed on your account preventing course registration until you attend.

TRIDENT TECHNICAL COLLEGE STUDENT COMPLAINTS

Academic Complaint

A student with a concern about a grade, the availability of textbooks, course content, the classroom environment or instructor should follow the Academic Complaint process in the TTC Student Handbook by submitting the Academic Complaint form to the academic dean responsible for the course or fax to 843.574.6789.

Discrimination Complaint

A student with a complaint about alleged discrimination on the basis of age, gender, race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, marital status, veteran status, disability or pregnancy can submit the Student Services - Discrimination Complaint form.

Title IX Complaint

A student with a complaint about any aspects of sexual violence, sex/gender harassment, sexual discrimination or sexual misconduct can contact by email the Title IX Coordinator, or call 843.574.6208.

To submit a completed complaint form by U.S. mail to Trident Technical College:

Trident Technical College
Attention: (Complaint type; academic complaint - include academic dean)
P.O. Box 118067
Charleston, South Carolina
29423-8067

Financial Aid Probation Ineligible

A student with a financial aid ineligible status can submit an appeal for review by the TTC Appeal Committee. Visit the Financial Aid Appeals website for instructions and deadlines about the appeal process and requirements for providing required documentation.

Enrollment History

Federal regulations limit the availability of Federal Title IV aid for students with unusual enrollment patterns at multiple institutions. Students in this situation receive notification about enrollment history on the Student Aid Report (SAR). TTC’s Financial Aid office must review all transcripts from previously attended colleges to assess overall academic progress.

Go to my.tridenttech.edu > TTC Express > Financial Aid > Financial Aid printable forms.

LIFE Scholarship

A LIFE Scholarship recipient who did not meet academic requirements to continue receiving the LIFE Scholarship because of an extenuating circumstance may file an appeal by the annual deadline directly to the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education or call 1.877.349.7183 to request an appeal packet. Students appealing continuance of the LIFE Scholarship must mail their completed appeal to:

South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

1333 Main St, STE 200

Columbia, SC

29201

Or, you may fax it to 803.737.2297

Special Circumstances for Financial Aid Awards

A student who experiences a change in their financial status can request consideration for financial aid award adjustments when special circumstances occur that change the financial information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Examples include layoffs and wage/hour reductions, costly medical situations, changes in dependent status, or losing a home to foreclosure. Contact the TTC Financial Aid Office for details at 843.574.6110.

Residency 

A student’s residency classification occurs during the admission process. To appeal residency classification, submit the required Residency Appeal form to the Admissions office at any campus or fax to 843.574.6483 or mail to Admissions Office, Main Campus at the TTC mailing address below.

South Carolina Tax Commission Debt Collection

The South Carolina Department of Revenue supports state agencies by collecting on outstanding accounts through the garnishment of state individual income tax refunds. Annually during the fall semester, TTC’s Finance division mails a letter to all TTC students with delinquent balances about the tax garnishment program. The letter includes instructions for students to appeal in writing by U.S. mail to the college’s hearing officer within the 30-day deadline stated in the notification letter.

Student Discipline

A student placed on a disciplinary sanction for student misconduct may appeal the sanction and request a hearing by filing a written appeal within the timeline outlined in the S.C. Technical Colleges Student Code - SBTCE Procedure 3-2-106.1.

Extenuating Circumstances - Non-Academic Only

To appeal a TTC policy or procedure due to an extenuating circumstance as described above, complete the Student Services Policy Appeal for Extenuating Circumstances form with relevant documentation and submit to the Registrar’s Office on Main Campus or the Admissions Office at Berkeley, Palmer and Mount Pleasant campuses or fax to 843.574.6696. To appeal an academic matter, follow the appropriate academic appeal processes.

To submit a completed appeal form by U.S. mail:

Trident Technical College

Attention: (Appeal type and division/office name)

P.O. Box 118067

Charleston, South Carolina 29423-8067