Mooseletter – April 2, 2018

From the Office of the Resident Dean – Michael Uy
Dearest Meese, I want to start off by saying a huge “thank you” to Senior Tutor Jennifer Hsiao for standing in my place while I was away. She certainly had her work cut out for her, and she did an amazing job. I am grateful to her for letting me spend time with my family during a difficult time. Alrighty, yes, believe it because we’re now in April and just four weeks away from the end of classes. I don’t know what on earth is going on with the predicted snow and rain storms this week. I was really looking forward to Spring with the courtyard chairs and hammocks out. But at least the sun is staying out close to 7pm these days? Good effort and good luck to you as you finish the semester out strong. Please remember to reach out to your professors, TFs, resident tutors, and Dunster team if you need help. Especially now, I hope you’re indeed blessed with the joy and wonder of learning. *Smart Moose*

Conflicts with exams on the Final Exam Schedule:
You do not need to take action. 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 within 24 hours of the original exam time (Out of Sequence Exam). You will be notified of the alternative time in mid-April, and no student action is needed to facilitate this process.

Conflicts with exams that are not on the Final Exam Schedule:
Please the Registrar’s Office immediately.

Make sure you take any necessary actions to receive AEO accommodations or to reschedule exams due to religious observance before the April 3rd deadline.

Students who are already registered with AEO and currently receive accommodations will receive final exam information from the Registrar’s Office in mid-April. Please contact AEO with any questions.

In Absentia Exams are not automatically granted, so you must petition the Administrative Board if you need to take an exam in absentia. Petitions needed to have been filed by 4/1. Please see me if you have any questions.

Extensions: An extension beyond the end of Exam Period for the completion of written work can be granted ONLY by a vote of the Ad Board. There is no such thing as an “incomplete” for written work for Harvard undergraduates.

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.

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, please ask your professors or teaching fellows about proper use of sources, but do not place your career at Harvard in jeopardy by cutting corners.
Interested in Taking Some Time Off? Please speak with me about this, as we must file this information with the Registrar’s Office.

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, April 3: 10-12 noon
Thursday, April 5: 2-4 pm
Friday, April 6: 2-4 pm

Please feel free to come by for open office hours between the times that are indicated above. To sign up for an appointment please email Diana at If these times don’t work with your schedule, please email Diana for alternate times. My office is at E303H.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from April 2 – April 9 is Jennifer Hsiao. She resides in Dunster W-414, and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Attention Graduating Seniors!
University Prizes and Awards – In the House Commencement Program, we publish Graduate fellowships and prizes you have received here at Harvard. To get recognition for your hard work throughout your academic travails, please email Diana at about any awards or prizes you’ve received. We can’t guarantee that all prizes will be included, but we will do our best.

Important Dates
April 11, Wednesday
Declaration of Concentration due for out-of-phase members of the Class of 2020.

April 25, Wednesday
Last day of spring term classes.

April 26, 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.

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

April 26, Thursday, through May 2, Wednesday
May 3, Thursday, through May 12, Saturday
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for spring term courses

May 11, Friday
Deadline to submit a fall term Inter-House Transfer Application (Round 2).

Deadline to submit a Housing Contract Cancellation form for the fall term without financial penalty.

May 13, Sunday
Non-graduates must vacate their rooms by noon.

May 24, Thursday
Harvard University Commencement.

May 25, Friday
Graduating seniors must vacate their rooms by 5 pm.

May 28, Monday
University holiday: Memorial Day
Please email submissions to Diana at by Thursday at 5:00 pm for Monday publication

Diana G. Hovsepian
Dunster House Academic Coordinator
Harvard College
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!