Mooseletter – 3/28/2016

From the Office of the Dean
Carlos E. Díaz Rosillo

Today, March 28th is the last day upon which May 2016 and November 2016 degree candidates may file a foreign language citation. The form must be received at the Registrar’s Office by 5 pm.

Please remember that Final Degree applications for May 2016 degree candidates are also due today, Monday, March 28th (go to my.harvard and look under “my programs” tab). ADVANCED STANDING students who are graduating this May also must fill out a degree application.

Carlos’s Office Hours
Monday, 3/28: 9-11 a.m., open
Tuesday, 3/29: 10-noon, open
Wednesday, 3/30: 2-5 p.m., open
Thursday, 3/31: 10-noon, by appointment

Please drop by for open office hours between the times that are indicated above. To sign up for an appointment please email Diana at My office is at E303H. If these times don’t work, email me: or call the House office 5-2263 or for alternate times.

Final Exam Schedule
The Spring 2016 Three-Hour Exam Schedule is available on the Registrar’s website, and exam locations will be added shortly.

Conflicting Exams
If you have a conflict between exams on the Three-Hour Exam Schedule, the Registrar’s Office is aware of your conflict and will automatically resolve it by scheduling a separate time for you to take one of the exams. Details for rescheduled exams will be sent by mid-April, and no student action is needed. If you have a conflict involving an exam that does not appear on the three-hour exam schedule, please email the Registrar’s Office immediately.

Exams In Absentia
Students requesting to take an exam in absentia must submit a petition to the Administrative Board (facilitated by Resident Dean) and an Application for In Absentia Examination. The form must be completed in its entirety and you are responsible for finding a suitable proctor to administer the exam. If you are taking more than one exam in absentia you must submit a separate application for each course.

Request for Out-of-Sequence Exam due to Religious Observance
If you must reschedule an exam because of religious observance, please complete the Religious Out of Sequence Exam Form by Tuesday, April 5th so the Registrar’s Office may reschedule your exam and notify your instructor well in advance.

Seeking Academic Accommodations
Students already registered with the Accessible Education Office (AEO) and currently receive accommodations will receive final exam information from the Registrar’s Office by mid-April. If you are not currently registered with AEO but anticipate needing disability-or health-related accommodations for final exams, contact AEO by Friday, April 1st or exam accommodations will not be possible. Only newly acquired injuries or unanticipated illnesses may be accommodated after April 1st. Please contact AEO with any questions.

Plagiarism: Academic dishonesty in written work is a serious offense. Be sure you understand and follow all the proper rules of attribution and citation in writing term papers. When in doubt, consult with someone about use of sources, but don’t place your career at Harvard in jeopardy by cutting corners.

Tutor on-Call
The tutor on-call from March 28 – April 4 is Patty Smith. She resides in Dunster W-103, and can be reached at 203.962.3853 in the event of an emergency.

Quote Of The Week
Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. – Joshua J. Marine

Guess the Riddle
I am a protector. I sit on a bridge. One person can see right through me while others wonder what I hide. What am I?

Housing Lottery 2016
Keep an eye out for these upcoming Housing Lottery dates!

Rising Seniors, Rising Senior Groups, and Mixed Senior-Junior Groups

Wednesday, March 30, 12:00 pm Registration Deadline for Specialized Lottery
Friday, April 1, 6:00 pm Specialized Housing Lottery
Monday, April 4, 12:00 pm Registration Deadline for General Lottery
Wednesday, April 6, 6:00 pm General Housing Lottery

All housing lottery information can be found on the lottery page of the Dunster House website.

Important Dates
March 28, Monday
Final degree applications for May 2016 Degree Candidates due.

Last day to change concentration without Administrative Board approval for May 2016 and November 2016 Degree Candidates.

Last day May 2016 and November 2016 degree candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.

Advanced Standing-eligible students planning to graduate after six or seven terms in May 2017 or November 2017, or to begin a fourth year AM program in fall term 2017, must file the Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.

Last day upon which May 2016 and November 2016 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.

April 1, Friday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the summer are due at the Office of International Education.

April 27, Wednesday
Last day of spring term classes.
Students leaving the College after this date are charged full housing/room fees.

April 28, Thursday
Last day in the spring term upon which undergraduates will ordinarily be granted a leave of absence from the College.

Students leaving the College by this date are charged three quarters of tuition, and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged the full amount of those costs.

April 28, Thursday, through May 4, Wednesday

May 5, Thursday, through May 14, Saturday
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for spring term courses.

May 15, Sunday
Non-graduates must vacate their rooms by noon.

May 26, Thursday
Harvard University Commencement.

May 27, Friday
Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by 5 pm.

May 30, Monday
University holiday: Memorial Day.

Please submit your news for the Dunster House Mooseletter. Deadline is Thursday at 3:00 pm for Monday publication. Submit notices to Diana at

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About hovsep

Hi everyone, my name is Diana Hovsepian and I am the academic coordinator in Dunster House. I have been working here since 2009: helping with your academic questions and issues, managing student records, organizing and helping with House events and Commencement. I also am here to aid you in coordinating your medical school application process and getting your recommendations in order, so please visit me if you have any questions. I also serve as a sophomore academic adviser in the House. Every Monday, I publish the Mooseletter in the dining hall and in your inboxes with news from our offices, which include academic deadlines, upcoming House events, and information from the Registrar’s office. If you find that you have any questions about academics, need to get in contact with the Resident Dean or just want to chat, please email me or stop by my office at E303A! When I am not in Dunster, I am spending time with my husband, our children, and our Boston Terrier in Bedford, MA. I love traveling, reading, watching movies, and I am always on the lookout for recommendations if you have any. Let’s have another great year in Dunster!