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Division of Student Affairs

Student Affairs Mission 

The Division of Student Affairs is dedicated to the development of all students and to facilitating their cultural, social, emotional, physical, ethical and intellectual development so they may become responsible, respectful, and effective individuals. 

Student Affairs Values 

We value the holistic development of our students and their growth as globally-minded individuals through experiential learning, as well as the modeling of ethical behavior and accountability.

Our Departments focus collaboratively on addressing six overarching themes:

Student Outreach and Support 
Student Involvement and Engagement
Diversity and Inclusion 
Applied/Experiential Learning 
Student Health 
Residential Living Experience 

Our Departments

        With some accomplishments this past Spring, 2018    Points of Pride pdf

Campus Recreation Services

4 new sport clubs got off the ground: Kendo, fencing, baseball, and basketball, bringing our total to 29 clubs

Career Center

    • With the Career Fair (80), German American Business Summit (13), Hospitality Opportunities
      Fair (75) and on-campus recruiting by companies (interviews) – we had nearly 200 companies
      on campus to recruit our students between February 8, 2018 and March 8, 2018.

    • The Career Center launched our new CRM, Handshake, on March 7, 2018 and since then, more
      than 1500 new companies have registered/contacted us to post jobs and recruit our students.

Civic Engagement

    • On May 10, 2018, the Center for Civic Engagement will celebrate the Bonner program with a 10-year anniversary gala event. More than 100 guests will attend and 35 will be former Bonner students/alumni.
    • In the 10 years the Bonner program has existed at the College of Charleston
      • 74 Bonner Leaders have served more than 80,000 hours and have partnered with 36
        local organizations

      • 94% of Bonners graduate in four years and 93% are employed full-time or in graduate
        school within six months of graduation

      • 39.4% of Bonners report being first generation, 45.1% report identifying as a person of
        color, 28.2% report identifying as LGBTQ+

Collegiate Recovery Program

CRP continues to grow and held a wonderful celebration for five graduating students. The outreach efforts of the CRP Director and members reached remarkable levels this semester with over 15 presentations throughout the Lowcountry.

Counseling and Substance Abuse Services

Dean of Students

    • Just completed the second administration of our Student Health Survey designed by two of our faculty colleagues. Student respondents get to remain anonymous. Through the survey we are collecting information about the physical and health needs of our students and identifying any gaps in service. We are also gathering information about alcohol and drug use and discovering the impact of our intervention efforts.
    • Moved forward with operationalizing the strategic recommendations of the Jed Foundation. The Jed Foundation is a national program advancing a public health approach to promoting mental health and preventing suicide. Campus committee established with fantastic representation from across the campus.

Disability Services

In spring 2018 proctored exams for close to 400 students.

Leadership and Fraternity and Sorority Life

  • Student organization Charleston Miracle (formerly Dance Marathon) raised over $115,000 for the MUSC Children’s Hospital
  • Lambda Theta Phi Latin Fraternity colonized as our first culturally based fraternity

Multicultural Student Programs and Services

    • Over 140 graduating seniors will participate in the upcoming Lavender, Hispanic-Latino, Asian-Pacific Islander and NIA Rite of Passage celebrations. This is the largest number of student participants.
    • Safe Zone: Over 211 CofC faculty, staff, students, state and local communities participated in the Safe Zone trainings this year-which were conducted by Lynda Keller.

Residence Life

    • Establishment of a Resident Assistant advisory board to provide direct feedback and information to help lead us forward
    • Collaborations with campus partners including MSPS, Career Center, Campus Rec, Public Safety, OVS to train our staff and implement programs in the halls
    • Assisted in getting students to the championship game in March – Go Cougars!

Student Health Services

    • Participated in Safe Spring Break giving out sunscreen, condoms and first aid items to students.
    • Conducted successful free STI screening for 360 students in collaboration with DHEC, MUSC, the Ryan White Foundation and Lowcountry Aids Services, saving the students more than $150+ each.

Student Life

    • CisternYard News was recognized at the South Carolina Press Association Collegiate Meeting on April 20, 2018 with six state awards, including 1st Place in General Excellence for two issues of The Yard. General Excellence is highest award among college publication.
    • The Office of Student Life honored the following student organizations, and student organization leaders with its inaugural awards at the Student Activism and Leadership Achievement Awards in April.
      • Student Organization of the Year: Charleston Miracle
      • Best NEW Student Organization: Luminescent
      • Student Organization President of the Year: Catherine Payne, Volunteer Corps     

Upward Bound and Pre-College Programs

Victim Services


In partnership with multiple areas at the College, the division continued to advance the work of the Campus Climate Education Team and the Student Food and Housing Insecurity Task Force.

Division of Student Affairs Organization Chart


As members of the College of Charleston community, we affirm, embrace and hold ourselves accountable to the following core values:  

Integrity:  Adherence to the highest ethical standards in all our professional obligations and personal responsibilities.

Academic Excellence: Commitment to a dynamic intellectual community, high academic standards, strong academic programs,
                 and a high-quality faculty of engaged and engaging teacher-scholars.

Liberal Arts Education: Dedication to a liberal arts and sciences education that encourages intellectual curiosity and fosters each
                 student’s ability to think creatively and analyze, synthesize, apply and communicate knowledge from many sources.

Respect for the Individual Student: Devotion to the intellectual, ethical and social development of each student.

Diversity: Commitment to a globally-oriented and diverse academic community.

Community: Commitment to compassion, mutual trust, respect, civility, collegial shared governance, teamwork and the
                  general welfare of the institution and the individual.

Public Mission: Commitment to our social responsibilities and to serving the educational needs of the state of South Carolina
                  and our community.

        From College of Charleston Core Values:

        The College of Charleston Mission Statement