College to Resume Classes Thursday, Sept. 14

College to Resume Classes Thursday, Sept. 14

The College’s emergency management team has been working this evening to complete its initial assessment of campus facilities in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Early indications are that campus fared well during the storm, which allows the College to move into its planned recovery phases. At this time,  classes will resume on Thursday, September 14, 2017.

For Faculty and Staff

TUESDAY: the College is initiating Phase One of its recovery plan – the first phase (made up of “Team One”) will include only Physical Plant’s Damage Assessment Team, the emergency management director and various members of the senior leadership team (executive vice presidents).

PLEASE NOTE: the College will update the campus community regarding its Tuesday assessment work and confirm that the following plan remains on schedule.

IMPORTANT NOTE FOR ALL FACULTY AND STAFF: Unless faculty and staff members are contacted by their division head regarding PHASE TWO, they are not to report to campus before Wednesday at 12:00 p.m. Campus offices will fully re-open at 1:00 p.m. as part of PHASE THREE.

WEDNESDAY MORNING – PHASE TWO: Based on Monday’s initial facilities assessments, the College will initiate Phase Two on Wednesday morning. Division heads will communicate with their areas to establish the make-up of Team Two. Members of Team Two will likely include (but are not necessarily limited to) the following:​​

  • Academic leadership – deans, chairs and registrar
  • IT management
  • Insurance services
  • Residence Hall staff
  • Food service staff
  • Procurement
  • Physical Plant shops
  • Grounds Crew
  • Financial services
  • Crisis communications team

WEDNESDAY, 12:00 p.m. – PHASE THREE and PHASE FOUR: Phase Three and Phase Four will be to bring back all student support staff, full food service, full RA staff, custodians, maintenance techs, etc. in order to return campus to full service. Faculty and staff members will report to work after noon on Wednesday.

THURSDAY MORNING: Classes resume, and the College is back on its normal operating schedule.

IMPORTANT: The College prioritizes the safety of its campus members. Please use your best judgment in returning to campus this week. Per the president’s and provost’s direction, faculty and campus managers are to be flexible regarding attendance for those traveling from areas where there are adverse conditions or for those who have difficulties in transportation (flight/train reservations). Please contact your direct supervisor if you have any problems in returning to campus.

For Students

PLEASE NOTE: on Tuesday night, the College will update the campus community regarding its Tuesday assessment work and confirm that the following plan remains on schedule.

WEDNESDAY (AFTER 2:00 p.m.): Residential students may return to campus and check into their residence halls.

THURSDAY: Classes resume and the College returns to its normal operating schedule. The Provost’s Office will make an announcement about the academic calendar adjustments and make-up days.

IMPORTANT: The College prioritizes the safety of its campus members. Please use your best judgment in returning to campus this week. Per the president’s and provost’s direction, faculty and campus managers are to be flexible regarding attendance for those traveling from areas where there are adverse conditions or for those who have difficulties in transportation (flight/train reservations). Please contact your professors if you have any problems in returning to campus.

Please continue to monitor local media outlets as well as your College of Charleston email and the College’s emergency website (emergency.cofc.edu).