Mooseletter – April 10, 2017

From the Office of the Interim Dean
Jennifer Hsiao

Issues for the Week

Submission of Similar Papers to More than One Course: If you would like to turn in the same or substantially the same paper to more than one course, you must get prior written permission from the instructors involved. Since each paper you turn in is expected to be written specifically for the assignment, failure to get written permission is deceptive, and students who do it are ordinarily required to withdraw from the College by the Administrative Board. Instructors do not always give permission, and they often expect a longer or somewhat different paper when they do give permission to do this. If you have any questions, please see me.

Final Exam Schedule
The Spring 2017 Three-Hour Exam Schedule is available on the Registrar’s website.

Conflict with Another Exam
If you have a conflict between exams on the Three-Hour Exam Schedule, we are aware of your conflict and will automatically resolve it by scheduling a separate time for you to take one of the exams within 24 hours of the original exam time (this is referred to as an out of sequence exam). The details for out of sequence exams will be sent mid-April, and no student action is needed to facilitate this process. If you have a conflict involving an exam that does not appear on the Three-Hour Exam Schedule, please email immediately, as student action is required.

Exams In Absentia
Students requesting to take an exam In Absentia must submit a petition to the Administrative Board (facilitated by your Allston Burr Assistant Dean) and an Application for In Absentia Examination. The application is due to the Exams Office at the same time as the Administrative Board petition and must be completed in its entirety before it may be submitted. You are responsible for finding a suitable proctor to administer the exam In Absentia. Contact your Allston Burr Assistant Dean or the Registrar’s Office if you have questions about finding a proctor. If you are taking more than one exam In Absentia you must submit a separate application for each course.

Jennifer’s Office Hours
Tuesday 4/11: 5-7:15 pm, by appointment
Wednesday, 4/12: 5:15-7:15 pm, by appointment
Thursday, 4/13: 8:30-10:30 am, open

Please drop by for open office hours between the times that are indicated above. To sign up for an appointment please email My office is at E303H. If these times don’t work, email for alternate times.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from April 10 to April 17 is Stephanie Charles. She resides in Dunster W-506, and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Quote of the Week

We may have all come on different ships, but we’re in the same boat now. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Housing Lottery 2017
Keep an eye out for these upcoming Housing Lottery registration and event dates!
All housing lottery information can be found on the lottery page of the Dunster House website.
Rising Seniors and Mixed Rising Senior-Junior Groups
Tuesday, April 11, 12:00 pm Registration Deadline for General Lottery
Thursday, April 13, 6:00 pm General Housing Lottery

Rising Juniors:
Wednesday, April 12, 5:30 pm Co-Ed Orientation Session
Friday, April 14, 12:00 pm Registration Deadline for Specialized Lottery
Monday, April 17, 6:00 pm Specialized Housing Lottery
Wednesday, April 19, 5:00 pm Registration Deadline for General Lottery
Thursday, April 20 6:00 pm General Housing Lottery (Note Date Change)

OSL Student Involvement is Hiring!
We are currently seeking an undergraduate student to join our team as an intern for the summer. The OSL Involvement Intern will work on specific projects related to enhancing the student experience in preparation for the start of the 2017-2018 academic year. The internship will offer opportunities to gain perspective on matters related to student life through interaction with a variety of offices at Harvard College along with exposure to broader aspects of higher education administration. Learning outcomes including developing transferable skills related to event planning, project management, benchmarking, data analysis, presentation skills, and awareness of issues and trends in higher education. ID: 11761Compensation: Summer Housing plus Stipend. Application deadline: Monday, May 15. Feel free to contact the Jennifer Vasquez, OSL Program Coordinator at

From the Bureau of Study Counsel
Please join us for Diversabilities, Harvard Faculty with Learning Disorders
Monday, April 10, 2017 from 4:30 – 6:00 pm in the Forum Room at Lamont Library.
Join a candid discussion about success, failure, resilience, and strategies for learning.
Presented by the Bureau of Study Counsel.
Open to the Harvard Community. No registration required.
Refreshments will be provided.

Important Dates
April 12, Wednesday
Declaration of Concentration due for out-of-phase members of the Class of 2019.

April 26, Wednesday
Last day of spring term classes.

Students leaving the College after this date are charged full housing/room fees.

April 27, Thursday
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.

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

April 27, Thursday, through May 3, Wednesday

May 4, Thursday, through May 13, Saturday
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for spring term courses.

May 14, Sunday
Non-graduates must vacate their rooms by noon.

May 25, Thursday
Harvard University Commencement.

May 26, Friday
Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by 5 pm.

May 29, Monday
University holiday: Memorial Day.

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Diana G. Hovsepian
Academic Coordinator
Dunster House, E303A
945 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Welcome back to Dunster! I have been the administrative assistant to the Dean since 2009: managing student records, answering your academic questions, and coordinating Commencement and other House events. 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. Every Monday, I publish the Mooseletter in the dining hall and in your inboxes with news from our offices, which includes academic deadlines, upcoming House events, and information you will find useful. If you find that you have any questions about academics, need to get in contact with the Dean or just want to chat, please stop by! When I am not in Dunster, I am spending time with my family and two Boston Terriers in Bedford, MA. I also love reading, traveling, watching movies, and I am always on the lookout for recommendations if you have any! Let's have another great year in Dunster!