Your First Days-Staff

Getting Oriented

Welcome to the College of Charleston Team. We have several programs to assist in your transition and some required policy information and courses.

Your First Day

On your first day, you will visit the Human Resources Office as instructed in your offer letter - as part of this visit, we'll review your onboarding paperwork, and answer any questions that you may have. In addition, we'll ask you to stop by the Campus Services office where you will get your Cougar Card, and learn about our parking options. Your Cougar Card is much more than an ID. Take a look a the Cougar Card website to see all the ways you can use it!

"Welcome to the College" Orientation

We are excited to get to know you!  Please fill out a short questionnaire and tell us about you by clicking the link below.  Your answers will be used in an article on The College Today’s Faculty & Staff New page ( to introduce you to the rest of the CofC community.  This form is completely optional.   Once you complete the form, you will receive an email scheduling a time for the College photographer to take your new professional headshot, which you can use however you like!

Every new employee will receive an online New Employee Orientation hosted through our Learning Management System (LMS), CougarED.  Once in the system, new employees will receive an email notification to take the orientation.  This orientation will introduce you to the history, programs, services, policies and benefits offered by the College.  The orientation will also include an information flyer that will have important contact information, should you have any questions or need further assistance from representatives at the College of Charleston.

Don’t forget to sign up for a campus tour hosted by our students.  What a great way to learn your way around campus!  The tours are offered on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.  Each tour is scheduled to last around an hour.  You can sign up for the Campus Tour by clicking this link.

Technology Orientation

On your first day of employment, you will be scheduled for a one hour session with a Information Technology Help Desk Representative. They will work with you to ensure that you have computer access and that you understand your responsibiilities to information security. If you are starting on a Welcome to the College Orientation day, 

Your Department Orientation

Your supervisor will be looking forward to seeing you, and we are sure you will have many questions as you get settled in your new position. Partner with your manager to identify your initial assignments and discuss the mission of your department and how your work fits into that mission. We have prepared a "First Days-20 Question Prompter" to assist you efficiently asking questions to get you information about your new job.


__ Enroll in Benefits selections utilizing our Benefits Checklist within 30 days from your date of hire (your Benefit's Counselor will schedule an appointment with you to accept paperwork and answer any questions

__ Complete all required training in CougarEd

__ Sign up for your Yammer Account, read the information and view the videos