Mooseletter – December 9, 2019

From the Office of the Resident Dean, Michael Uy
Dearest Dunsterites, well, here we are! As you know, exams begin tomorrow (Dec. 10), so please triple check your exam times and locations in your gcal/diary/journal. Help each other out through this trying time. We will support one another! Selena was reading my Tarot cards yesterday and they showed that there’s a lot of anxiety and worry about exams and final projects (It was specifically, “Nine of Wands” inverted. I’m paraphrasing… but only slightly!) But I know you got this – and I know that all the time and work you’ve put into the Fall will be worth it! We’re cheering you on, so much, that we’ll have our semesterly Diana-home-made cheesecake tomorrow (Dec. 10) in the House Office (E303), at 10am! I hope you can come, take a slight pause, and share words and cake with others. This week is the last one for the mooseletter, so end-of-the-year thanks go to Diana for always making them so beautiful, filled with pictures and care, and informative! Stay strong Meece!

Different office hours this week:
Tuesday: 10 am-12 noon
Thursday: 1-3 pm
Friday: 1.30-3.30 pm

Honor Council Top Five Tips

Tip # 1
Organization when writing: Careful organization will keep you from inadvertently plagiarizing someone else’s words or ideas. Don’t assume you’ll remember which notes come from which source or which notes are direct quotes vs. paraphrase. Instead, label each source and be sure to keep any direct quotes in your notes in quotation marks.

Tip # 2
Read Your Syllabus: Collaboration policies change from course to course. So check the syllabus in each course and read the policy. If you have any questions about appropriate collaboration, be sure to ask your professor and course staff!

Tip # 3
Plan Ahead: Managing your time well helps you work with integrity:

Less stress + more time to sleep = better decision making!
Taking a few minutes now to chart out when your major assignments are coming up will also help you foresee a time crunch and reach out for support in advance.

Tip # 4
Use Resources and Ask for Help: Remember to ask for help. Harvard has many resources (see
Instructor’s office hours; Your advising network; Academic Resource Center; Writing Center; Library; Math Question Center; Accessible Ed. Office; HUHS

Not sure where to start? Ask your Resident Dean.

Tip # 5
Have an “Academic Emergency Contact”: Pick someone you trust (ideally a tutor/proctor/resident dean or family member) to contact if you’re ever in a situation where you feel like you have no other choice but to cheat. If you are panicked—contact them. Then take a break. It is ALWAYS better to turn in a partially finished problem set or paper than to copy.

If you are likely to be late to an exam, go anyway. If you miss an exam, you should talk to me ASAP.

Professors may grant extensions for papers (at their discretion) up until the end of exam period, so it is important that you finish your written assignments by this time. After that date, ONLY the Administrative Board may grant extensions of time for undergraduates to complete course work. This rule also applies to students who are cross-registered in courses elsewhere. “Incompletes” are NOT allowed for undergraduates (even if your professor says otherwise).

Illness During Exams
If illness prevents you from taking one of your exams on schedule, you may ask the Administrative Board for permission to take a makeup exam in the spring. To do this, you must be seen by a UHS physician or nurse practitioner within the 24-hour period before the exam. In addition, in some cases examinations can be administered to students who have been admitted to UHS and who feel ready to take their exam within the 24-hour period following the scheduled time. If you are ill as an exam approaches, call me or come see me to talk through the best course of action.

Study Spaces
Please note that during reading and exam periods, all common spaces will be available 24 hours a day for studying!

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from December 9 to 16 is Deborah Palmer who in case of an emergency, can be reached at 617-851-8419.

HUDS at Dunster Presents Enhanced Brain Breaks! Come & Enjoy!
8:30-9:30 pm, Dunster Dhall

Tuesday, December 10 – Sundae Bar
Friday, December 13 – Nacho Bar
Monday, December 16 – Healthy Brain Break
Wednesday, December 18 – Chocolate Fondue Bar

Move-Out Reminders:
The College move-out deadline is Friday, December 20, 5 pm for all those who have not been approved by the Dean of Student’s Office for Winter Break housing. After this date, those not approved to stay are expected to vacate the residence, and all swipe and meal pool access will be shut off by the College. Please also be sure to check your mailbox before you leave!

Wintersession begins on Friday, January 17, 9 am, at which point all Meese are warmly welcomed back to the House!

Winter Break Residential Dining Closing Schedule
Closed after Lunch on Wednesday, December 4 – FlyBy

Closed after Dinner on Monday, December 16 – Cabot

Closed after Dinner on Thursday, December 19 – Adams, Annenberg, Currier, Dunster,
Eliot, Hillel, Kirkland, Leverett, Lowell, Mather, Pforzheimer, Quincy, Winthrop

For information on the Winter Break and Spring Dining Hall Re-opening Schedule, please visit the HUDS website.

2019 House-Life Survey
Please take 10-15 minutes out of your schedule to complete the 2019-20 House Life Survey!!
As you know, Dunster House is the best House! This is your opportunity to tell us why (and how it can be even better!) The feedback from the HLS helps each House evaluate their sense of community, social support, overall satisfaction, and programming – and review suggestions for future improvement. 70% Dunster participation wins the House a sushi study break! House Life Survey 2019-2020 (All responses confidential).

At the ARC
Harvard College students may reserve an ARC accessible, distraction-free space at 1414 Massachusetts Avenue, floor 3R. Rooms can be reserved for group or individual study.
• Study rooms are for the use of current Harvard College and GSAS students.
• Rooms may be reserved for a maximum of 2 hours at a time.
• Rooms may be reserved no more than 14 days in advance.
• Reservations for consecutive, concurrent, or recurring meetings are not permitted.
• Rooms are available during ARC open hours, Monday – Friday, 9 am – 5 pm, excluding holidays.

Interested in booking a study space at the ARC? Visit:

Academic Calendar
Last day of Reading Period

Final Examination Period begins

Last day of Final Examination Period

Spring Online Check-In Opens

Wintersession begins

FAS Course Registration (Crimson Cart) opens – to allow shopping for courses.

Last Day of Wintersession

Spring term begins. First meeting of spring term classes.

Spring Online Check-in Deadline

FAS Course Registration Opens – to allow enrolling in courses

Spring Full Term – Course Registration for all students due.

Spring Full Term – After this date students must obtain permission from all instructors to enroll in courses.

Spring Full Term – Students must submit enrollments for their minimum course load – typically 16 credits. Students who do not submit enrollments by this time will be charged a fee.

Last day upon which undergraduates may check-in/register late for the spring term in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Spring Session 1 – Course Registration Deadline

Spring Full Term – Last day upon which undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.

Make-Up Examinations for Fall Term

Spring Session 1 – Add/Drop Deadline – no fees

Spring Session 1 – Course Withdraw Deadline – no fees

Spring Full Term – Last day upon which a course may be dropped from or added to a student’s record.

No course may be changed from letter-graded to Pass/Fail or from Pass/Fail to letter graded status for the spring term after this date.

Last day upon which students may petition to divide a year-long indivisible course with approval.

Spring Full Term – Last day upon which students may withdraw from a spring term course.

Last day upon which students may withdraw from a year-long course.

Spring Session 1 Ends

Spring Recess begins

Last Day of Spring Recess

Spring Session 2 Starts

Spring Session 2 – Course Registration Deadline

Spring Session 2 – Add/Drop Deadline – no fees

Final degree applications for May degree candidates due.

Last day to change concentration without Administrative Board approval for May and next November degree Candidates.

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

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

Spring Session 2 – Course Withdraw Deadline – no fees

Declaration of Concentration due for off-cycle students expected to declare in spring.

Lady Day of Spring Full Term Classes

Spring Session 2 Ends

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

Reading begins
Final Examination Period begins

Final Examination Period ends

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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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!