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Office of New Student Programs Mission Statement

The mission of orientation is to assist all new and readmitted students to the College of Charleston and their families through educational programming and services that support and enhance the overall curricular and co-curricular experience.  Services will include the development of diverse learning opportunities which facilitate student engagement and personalized peer education experiences.

Updated December 2012

Office of New Student Programs Ethical Standards 

(Adapted from the Council for the Advancement of Standards in Higher Education)

The Office of New Student Programs staff members are professionals who provide services in higher education. We are dedicated to quality standards of practice that exemplify professional integrity, dedication to our institutional mission and a commitment to student learning.

 Principle I - Autonomy

We take responsibility for our actions and both support and empower an individual's and group’s freedom of choice.

• We strive for quality and excellence in the work that we do

• We respect one’s freedom of choice

• We believe that individuals, ourselves and others, are responsible for their own behavior and learning

• We promote positive change in individuals and in society through education

• We foster an environment where people feel empowered to make decisions

• We hold ourselves and others accountable

• We study, discuss, investigate, teach, conduct research, and publish freely within the academic community

• We engage in continuing education and professional development

Principle II – Work for the common good

We pledge to do no harm.

• We collaborate with others for the good of those whom we serve

• We interact in ways that promote positive outcomes

• We create environments that are educational and supportive of the growth and development of the whole person

• We exercise role responsibilities in a manner that respects the rights and property of others without exploiting or abusing power

Principle III - Kindness

We engage in altruistic attitudes and actions that promote goodness and contribute to the health and welfare of others.

• We treat others courteously

• We consider the thoughts and feelings of others

• We work toward positive and beneficial outcomes

Principle IV - Justice

We actively promote human dignity and endorse equality and fairness for everyone.

• We treat others with respect and fairness, preserving their dignity, honoring their differences, promoting their welfare

• We recognize diversity and embrace a cross-cultural approach in support of the worth, dignity, potential, and uniqueness of people within their social and cultural contexts

• We eliminate barriers that impede student learning and development or discriminate against full participation by all students

• We extend fundamental fairness to all persons

• We operate within the framework of laws and policies

• We respect the rights of individuals and groups to express their opinions

• We assess students in a valid, open, and fair manner and one consistent with learning objectives

• We examine the influence of power on the experience of diversity to reduce marginalization and foster community

Principle V - Loyalty

We are faithful to an obligation, trust, or duty.

• We maintain confidentiality of interactions, student records, and information related to legal and private matters

• We avoid conflicts of interest or the appearance thereof

• We honor commitments made within the guidelines of established policies and procedures

• We demonstrate loyalty and commitment to the institution that employs us

• We exercise good stewardship of resources

Principle VI - Honesty

We seek and convey the truth in our words and actions.

• We act with integrity and honesty in all endeavors and interactions

• We relay information accurately

• We communicate all relevant facts and information while respecting privacy and confidentiality

Principle VII – Affiliation

We actively promote connected relationships among all people and foster community.

• We create environments that promote connectivity

• We promote authenticity, mutual empathy, and engagement within human interactions

Updated Sept 2010


Kitchner, K. (1985). Ethical principles and ethical decisions in student affairs. In H. Canon & R. Brown (Eds.), Applied ethics in student services, New Directions in Student Services, No. 30, pp. 17-30. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Council for the Advancement of Standards (2010). Retrieved 8-16-2010 from

New Student and Family Orientation Learning Outcomes - Summer 2014

New Student Orientation – Advising

The students will be able to identify two graduation requirements of the College of Charleston curriculum.

New Student Orientation - Intern Small Group Meeting (Day 1)

The students will be able to describe the importance of the information in the FIRST book and identify one key resource or office on campus.

New Student Orientation - Intern Introductions

The students will be able to identify a member of the intern team that will serve as a resource during orientation. 

New Student Orientation - Respecting Individual Differences

The students will be able to describe the importance of living and learning within a diverse campus.

New Student Orientation - Cougar Nation Conversations (MyCharleston overview section)

The student will be able to identify two tasks they can complete from the student services tab of MyCharleston.

New Student Orientation – Organization Fair

The students will be able to identify two opportunities or offices that relate to student involvement and engagement.

New Student Orientation – Residence Life

New Student Orientation – Residence Life

The students will be able to state one way to get involved in their residence hall.

New Student Orientation – Campus SaVE Act 

The students will be able to recall three bystander interventions.

Family Orientation – Overall Outcomes

The participating family members will be able to define three responsibilities and expectations of family members of college students.

Family Orientation – Public Safety

The attendees will be able to identify two Public Safety resources that may be utilized to prorect their students’ wellbeing.

Family Orientation – Business of College of Charleston

The attendees will be able to list two services that the Student Health Services, Treasurer’s office, Dining Services or Bookstore offer to students. 

Family Orientation – Family Small Group Discussion

The participating family members will be able to describe two questions or issues that were discussed during the session.