Services & Support

Students learn differently, develop differently and have different needs in education and in life. Whatever your circumstances, we are here to help.

Claflin University is committed to providing support for students' intellectual, career, personal, social, religious and cultural development. Our programs and services are designed to help fulfill the University's mission of developing tomorrow's visionary leaders by ensuring that all students have access to Claflin programs and that they are provided every reasonable resource to help them achieve their educational goals.

Note: If you have a student complaint/concern, please click here for the Student Complaint/Grievance Form. This form can be turned in to The Office of Student Development and Services (Layman's Hall, Room 107).

Disability Services

If you are a student with a disability, Disability Services works to make sure you are able to participate in a full range of college activities. Our goal is to provide a fully-integrated Claflin experience for every individual and to promote an environment that is barrier-free.

Student Freedom Initiative

Student Freedom Initiative is more than a finance alternative. The programs available through Student Freedom Initiative for all Claflin students are meant to provide onramps for professional and personal goals before and after graduation.

Find out about Student Freedom Initiative programs.

TRIO Programs

TRIO refers to a series of programs to help low-income students enter college, graduate and move on to participate more fully in America’s Ƶ social life. While student financial aid programs help overcome financial barriers to higher education, TRIO programs help overcome class, social, and cultural barriers to higher education. TRIO programs include GEAR UP, Upward Bound, Upward Bound/Math Science and Educational Talent Search.

Student Counseling

College life is complicated. The Claflin Counseling Center offers individual and group counseling and training to help students cope with challenges such as adjustment difficulties, academic-related stress and relationship problems.

Student Government

As the official representatives of the student body, the Student Government Association (SGA) advocates for students and offers opportunities to share concerns, express opinions, jointly participate in the resolution of problems and make recommendations to the proper Claflin officials. The SGA and its representatives on committees provide students a role in institutional decision making.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the confidentiality of student educational records. It states that the institution will not disclose any personally identifiable information from those records without the written consent of the student.

Student Complaint and Grievance Procedures

Claflin University is committed to providing an educational and work climate that is conducive to the personal and professional development of each individual. To further that commitment, the university has developed procedures for students to pursue complaints and grievances within the university community. Each complaint and grievance will be considered carefully and individually and every effort will be made to resolve issues to the mutual satisfaction of all parties.

THE student handbook

The Student Handbook outlines student information, policies, procedures and guidelines.

CU Student Handbook 2023-2024

Student Handbook for Online Learning (PDF)
Student Handbook for Online Learning

Contact Us

Claudette M. Hopkins
Administrative Assistant
Telephone: (803) 535-5341

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