Mooseletter – November 27, 2017

From the Office of the Resident Dean
Michael Uy

Dearest Meese — we are in the home stretch! I hope you had a restful and restorative Thanksgiving break. I definitely ate a lot of turkey and stuffing . Good luck to everyone during this last week of classes for the Fall semester. As you’re writing your final papers and preparing for your exams, be mindful again of the Honor Code and appropriate collaboration. If you’re unsure, then ask. I’m also happy to talk with you during my office hours this week. (You can fill me in on your exciting winter plans.) Lastly, congratulations to the newly elected Dunster House Committee, and many thanks to the outgoing team led by Jiho and Timothy! *Long live the Moose*

Final Exam Schedule
The Fall 2017 Three-Hour Exam Schedule is available on the Registrar’s website at Double-check your exam schedule so that you don’t miss an exam. It’s not true that you can miss an exam with no questions asked! If you are likely to be late to an exam, go anyway. If you miss an exam, you should talk to me ASAP.

If you plan to submit a paper to courses that are similar in content (but which still cannot be identical), this is officially known as submission of the same work to more than one course. You must get permission from the instructor(s) and from me in order to do so. Please consult the Handbook for Students about these rules.

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 (even if a professor says otherwise). This rule also applies to cross-registered courses.

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 (known as an out of sequence exam). The details for out of sequence exams will be sent mid-November, 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 the Registrar’s Office immediately, as student action is required.
Remember that no parties are allowed during reading or exam period. The tutors will be enforcing this policy. Thanks for your cooperation in making Dunster a studious space!

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, November 28: 10-12 noon
Thursday, November 30: 2-4 pm
Friday, December 1: 2-4 pm

Please 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, email Diana or me at or call 5-2263 for alternate times. My office is at E3 03H.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from November 28 to December 4 is Nihar Shah. He resides in Dunster E-206 and can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Quote of the Week
The difference between school and life? In school, you’re taught a lesson and then given a test. In life, you’re given a test that teaches you a lesson. – Tom Bodett

Flu Vaccination Clinics
Clinics are free and open to anyone with a Harvard ID, a HUGHP insurance card, or a HUSHP Blue Cross Blue Shield card.

Every Monday and Tuesday (except University holidays)
October 2 to December 12
12:00pm – 3:00pm
75 Mt. Auburn Street, Monks Conference Room, 6th Floor

Important Dates
December 1, Friday
Last day of fall term classes.

December 2, Saturday
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 fall 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.

December 2, Saturday, through December 8, Friday

December 6, Wednesday
Messiah Sing
8:00 pm, Dining Hall

December 9, Saturday, through December 19, Tuesday
See the Registrar’s website for exam times and locations for fall term courses.
December 20, Wednesday
Upperclassmen must vacate the Houses by 5 pm.

Students not continuing in residence for spring term 2018 must leave their rooms by noon.

Students transferring from one House to another must move on this day after noon. Check with your new House Administrator for a specific time.
December 20, 2016, Wednesday, through January 21, 2018, Sunday
Winter recess.
January 12, Friday, through January 21, Sunday
January 12, Friday
All Houses and Dorms open at 9 am for the spring term.
January 15, Monday
University holiday: Martin Luther King Day.

Spring Term
For specific times and locations, refer to the Registrar’s website.

January 17, Wednesday
Online check-in opens on my.harvard
January 22, Monday
Last day for all undergraduates to check-in online.
January 22, Monday
Spring term begins. First meeting of spring term classes.
Please email submissions to Diana at by Thursday at 5:00 pm for Monday publication.

Diana G. Hovsepian
Dunster House Academic Coordinator
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!