Student Handbook 2023-2024

A Guide to Civil and Honorable Conduct

The purpose of this handbook is to assist you in understanding your rights, freedoms and responsibilities as a student. This handbook is an official publication of the College. As a student, you will be held accountable for its contents. This means that while officially enrolled at the College you are responsible for abiding by its rules, which are intended to facilitate and sustain, in an orderly fashion, the on-going business of the College. For its part, the College has committed itself to your holistic development and to the support of those regulations designed to enhance and protect your individual rights.

"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.  The latter is codified in our Honor Code and Code of Conduct - our Honor System." The College of Charleston Student Handbook.

The Honor System of the College of Charleston is intended to promote and protect an atmosphere of trust and fairness in the classroom and in the conduct of daily life.The Honor System is composed of two major components: the Honor Code and the Code of Conduct. Specific policies fall under each major component. Students at the College of Charleston are bound by honor and by their enrollment at the College to abide by the honor and conduct codes and to report violations. Faculty and staff members are strongly encouraged to report violations of the Honor Code or Code of Conduct.

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The College of Charleston reserves the right to make changes in its policies, regulations, and procedures as printed herein through normal channels. The student handbook is produced by the Division of Student Affairs.

The College of Charleston is committed to providing leadership of equal employment and equal educational opportunities for all qualified persons regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or other legally-protected classifications. This effort is in compliance with all federal and state laws, including Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 503 and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and all other laws and regulations as they pertain to equal opportunity.  For further information, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, first floor, Robert Scott Small Building, Room 112, or call 843.953.5758.

The College of Charleston is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the Artium Baccalaureatus, the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of General Studies, the Bachelor of Professional Studies, the Bachelor of Science, the Master of Arts, the Master of Arts in Teaching, the Master of Business Administration, the Master of Education, the Master of Fine Arts, the Master of Public Administration, and the Master of Science.

Contact: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of the College of Charleston.