Academic Calendar Revised Following Hurricane Michael Closure

Academic Calendar Revised Following Hurricane Michael Closure

The following message from Provost Brian McGee regarding a revised campus calendar was shared on Friday, Oct. 12, 2018:

Dear students, faculty, and staff:

As a result of our loss of a class day on October 11, the College of Charleston now has a revised academic calendar for the 2018 Fall Semester. The revised calendar is posted athttp://registrar.cofc.edu/calendars/index.php.

Please carefully review the revised schedule.  You will see that relatively little has changed.  The Thanksgiving holidays and Fall Break will be held as originally scheduled.  Reading Day, the final examination period and the date for December commencement have not changed.

However, there are a few important changes you should note:

  • The Drop-Add date for Express II has been revised, along with a few other Express II dates to which faculty should pay attention.
  • The date for midterm grade submission has been changed.
  • A makeup day has been scheduled and will be held on Saturday, November 10.  November 10 will be treated as a regular Thursday class day.  This makeup day also applies to students in the Charleston Bridge Program.

Regrettably, the revised calendar will pose a challenge for some students, staff, and faculty in respecting religious obligations and managing work schedules.  The College is committed to using both Saturdays and Sundays for makeup days, as we know that religious observances occur on both weekend days for the members of our community.

While waiting for this revised calendar to be published, some people have asked if the College is required to make up for lost class time.  The short answer to the question is that federal and other regulations necessitate we have a makeup plan.  All members of our community can be assured that multiple options were carefully considered.  It may be helpful to know that we are reluctant to make modifications to the end-of-semester schedule at the present time, as we need to preserve those options in the event of another bout of severe weather.

I thank all members of our community for their flexibility as we adjust to the loss of a regularly scheduled class day.  I know we all hope for the speedy recovery of those communities in Florida and elsewhere that experienced the most severe weather as a result of Hurricane Michael.

 

Sincerely,

Brian McGee

Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs