Staff Wellness | Fitness

What type of no-cost health and wellness offerings College employees have access to on and off campus?

We love our employees and their health, so the College does its best to bring the convenience of healthcare to you on-campus. 

Announced annually by HR, subscribers to the State Health Plan (Standard and Savings Plans) through the State of SC only have the opportunity to receive a thorough preventive health screening on-campus. The screenings take place on-campus in the Stern Center, Room 416 Ballroom, located at 71 George Street. This screening is a $300 value in most healthcare settings and is offered FREE OF CHARGE! Options to add additional bloodwork for a fee may also be available. Appointments will be given on a first come, first serve basis. Vouchers for off-campus opportunties are also announced. This information is subject to change. 

Also, several opportunities for NO COST flu shots provided on-campus are announced annually, as well as other PEBA Perks. PEBA Perks ( are available to State Health Plan primary members at network providers and pharmacies.

State employees covered under PEBA can also access free virtual urgent care.

Starting in 2020, SC Public Employee Benefit Authority (PEBA) and MUSC have joined forces to improve health care access and reduce health care costs by offering free MUSC Health Virtual Urgent Care to state employees and their dependents. MUSC Health Virtual Urgent Care offers an easy-to-use online virtual care service to employees, allowing them to see and communicate with an MUSC provider from the comfort of work, home or on the go, without having to travel to a clinic and regardless of where they may live. No appointment. No wait. Accessible 24/7 for the whole family. 

These benefits are offered in addition to the College's health, dental, and vision benefits for eligible employees. Contact HR directly for information. 


What type of staff recreation and fitness options are there on campus?
Campus Rec Fitness Classes Free for Faculty, Staff

There are several fitness options on campus.

  • Campus Recreation offers free group fitness classes to all faculty and staff. Options include faculty/staff only classes as well as before, during (i.e., lunchtime), and after work classes. For more information please visit the Faculty and Staff Fitness Program.
  • Johnson Center workout facility is available for staff members to use on the second floor of the Johnson Center. Locker rooms and showers are available. Be sure to bring your campus ID as you will need to swipe it upon entry. The Johnson Center's hours of operation are available here: Campus Recreation Services
  • George Street Fitness Center (GSFC) is available for use by both full and part-time College of Charleston employees. To use the fitness center, employees will need to pay a non-refundable $50 fee each period. These fees will be used to enhance the equipment and operations of the GSFC. The Fall period is August 13 to December 19. The Spring period is January 4 to May 6. The Summer period is May 11 to August 14. Payment will be solely accepted online at the College’s Marketplace. Employees will use their Cougar Card to gain entry to the GSFC. Cougar Cards will be activated the business day following payment. Spouses and dependents of employees are not eligible to use the GSFC.  Please view the GSFC hours of operation. Please be aware that the hours of operation do change to reflect the College calendar.

You can also join a staff recreational sports league or walking challenge. 

Reach out to our Athletics office for information about intramural and recreational leagues. For example, we have a Faculty and Staff Bowling League. Read about how to join at

Annually, dozens of employees participate in the Annual AEX Step Challenge. Last year, 46 “CofC steppers” took a total of 91,828,522 steps, averaging 1.9 million steps each. You can join them! Feeling motivated to step it up? Sign up for the Step Challenge today!

The greater Charleston area has a lot to offer including Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commission (water parks, beaches, dog parks, etc), James Island County Park (rockwalls, dog parks, fishing, etc), City of Charleston Recreation Programming (youth and adult sports), City of Charleston Fields and FacilitiesCharleston Social Sports Club (adult kickball, dodgeball, etc), and the area Running Calendar. (sites are not affiliated with the College)

Or come watch the CofC Cougars play!

Visit College of Charleston Athletics for game schedules. Check your email and Yammer for announcements about free ticket opportunities, including the 2019-2020 free staff tickets to CofC Men’s Basketball Games initiative (restrictions apply, see details).

What type of staff morale initiatives are there at CofC?

The Morale & Wellness Subcommittee of the Staff Advisory Committee to the President (SAC) generates initiatives that bring the campus community together and to reach out and collaborate as needed with campus groups to work together towards these efforts (i.e., faculty, student, etc.).  Current Initiatives include the following:

  • Staff Drop-Ins: All staff are invited to our regularly scheduled Staff Drop-Ins.
  • Staff Wellness: The College of Charleston Staff Wellness Speaker Series will begin again in November 2019. More details are forthcoming.
  • Staff Input on Morale Issues: Email with suggestions on how to promote staff wellness and morale. 

What type of staff organizations and resources related to LGBTQ life, gender, and sexuality equity are there on campus? What about race, diversity, and inclusion?

Campus Event Aims to Welcome LGBTQ StudentsTo do our part to support you and our Cougar nation, the College of Charleston has launched Critical Conversations and expanded DiversityEDUAs a university, we have a responsibility to “advance our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion” and have outlined numerous paths to achieve this endeavor in our new Strategic Plan. Resources, conversations, and action items are shared at

Visit Safe Zone, a CofC-based site where one can feel free to talk about being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, allied, asexual or intersex without fear of criticism or hatred. Listed on this site is more information about the program, events, available trainings, and more. Get in touch with a member today!

The Gender and Sexuality Equity Center (GSEC) promotes equality that includes non-discrimination policies and equal protection for all individuals regardless of ability, race, class, gender expression or identity, sexual orientation or religion. GSEC advocates for a culture of resistance against inequality, judgment, prejudice and bias in all its forms. On this site are quicklinks to GSEC's online resource database, including available grant funding, upcoming events, campus resources, and community resources. Contact a member of GSEC today!

Check out the CofC Libraries Special Collections' LGBTQ Life in the Lowcountry electronic guide for quicklinks to campus and community resources, web resources, book resources, and article resources. This electronic guide acts as a supplement to the archival materials and oral histories collected by the Documenting LGBTQ Life in the Lowcountry Project. It provides context to the project materials by gathering secondary sources relating to LGBTQ lives and history throughout the South.

Interested in learning more about the Documenting LGBTQ Life in the Lowcountry Project? Check out the project webpage for more information, including news and events.

The entire campus community (students, faculty and staff) are invited to show their pride at the annual Charleston Pride ParadeThe CofC community in recent years has worked to increase support for LGBTQ+ students through programs, resources and social events with a goal of uplifting those students and promoting inclusivity on campus.

The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs ensures immediate response to complaints of discrimination based on age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, pregnancy, race/color, retaliation, religion, sex sexual harassment, veteran status and uniform services by students, employees, and/or applicants for employment and admission.

Does this university have a spirit day? Where can I get discounted or free CofC Cougar Spirit attire? 

Cougar Spirit Day buttonsIn an effort to promote college spirit and community, the President and the Staff Advisory Committee to the President are excited to announce that the first Friday of every month has been designated as Cougar Spirit Day. 

Don’t have anything to wear? The College of Charleston bookstore will be offering College of Charleston faculty and staff an extra discount on apparel on Cougar Spirit Days (normally 10% off, but on Cougar Spirit Day 20% off). Attend a staff drop-in event for a chance to win some CofC gear. 

We welcome staff to tag your photos with #CougarSpirit. 

Where can I join other staff for guided meditation? 

Sometimes we just need to take a break from it all and find a little time to catch our breath and clear our heads. And, this semester at the College of Charleston, that time is 1 p.m. each Wednesday. Faculty and staff are invited to join the CofC Meditation Club’s guided meditations in the Robert Scott Building, room 319. Varying in technique from week to week, the meditations last around 25 minutes and are followed by a brief discussion. No previous meditation experience is needed. Read more at

For more information about guided meditations, email Rachael McNamara or call her at 843.953.5640.

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers! Email anytime or submit an anonymous Cougar Cares: Staff Input form.