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Programs and Services

The Office of the Dean of Students offers the following Programs:

Student Awards

The Office of the Dean of Students coordinates the following student awards that are presented during the Student Activism and Leadership Achievement (SALA) Awards Ceremony each year hosted by the Higdon Student Leadership Center.  

The Bishop Robert Smith Award 
The Bishop Robert Smith Award is the highest honor a student can receive during his/her career at the College of Charleston.  Recipients of the award are chosen on the basis of demonstrated leadership and academic excellence.

Pat Kelly Award 
The Pat Kelly Award was established in 2003 by George Hopkins to commemorate the life of his late wife, Patricia Ann Kelly.  Pat was a faculty member and graduate of the College of Charleston who earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in History and Political Science in 1989 and a Master’s in Public Administration in 1994.  She later served as an instructor in the College’s Department of Computer Science. The Nominees are to be non-traditional (23-years-old and above) junior or senior students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a demonstrated record of progressive social activism, which reflects the values exemplified in Pat Kelly’s activities as an undergraduate student, a graduate student, and a faculty member.

Alexander Chambliss Connelley
The Alexander Chambliss Connelley Award is presented to a student of the senior class who has made the most unselfish contribution(s) to the student body and the College of Charleston. It is awarded to a student of the
graduating class for special achievement. The recipient will receive a cash award and plaque.

Ted Stern Award 
The Theodore S. Stern Cup Award was established in 1975 and presented anonymously on the occasion of his 25th wedding anniversary. When Dr. Stern retired, the cup was passed to honor a member of the Senior Class of the College of Charleston who has most faithfully served the interests and ideals of the College and who by character and influence has best exemplified the ideals and qualities of Theodore S. Stern both in the College and the community.

Students of Concern (SOC) Committee

The SOC is a campus resource established to receive, collect, consider, and when it deems appropriate, act upon information regarding behavior of concern that a student or group of student is exhibiting.

An example might be:
  • behavior that presents safety issues for the student or others.
  • conduct that might be a violation of the Code of Conduct or any such conduct that might hamper the student's ability to achieve essential academic requirements or meet expected standards of conduct.
  • behavior that might be evidence of emotional distress or a health condition. 

Faculty / Staff Assisting Student in Trouble (F.A.S.T.)

Through F.A.S.T., students are identified who are having academic, financial or personal problems that might hinder their successful college experience.  A faculty member can refer a student with a problem to staff who specialize in dealing with such issues: The Office of the Dean of Students then contact each student for whom a F.A.S.T. report has been filed. 

Voter Registration

The Dean of Students and many others on campus work to make sure that young people, especially college students, are heard in upcoming elections.  We want to make sure that they are registered and can vote so that local, state and national political candidates will pay attention to college students and the issues that matter most to them.  Students are encourage to come to the Office of the Dean of Students to pick up a South Carolina voter registration form and learn about state registration rules or how to file an absentee ballot.

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges

has furthered the aims of higher education by rewarding and recognizing individual upper class students whose academic standing, leadership in extracurricular activities, and community service are decidedly above average.  To be considered, the applicant must be a full-time junior/senior or graduate student, with a GPA greater than 3.0, and having successfully completed 60+ hours. More information on the selection process. 

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