Mooseletter – October 30, 2017

From the Office of the Resident Dean
Michael Uy

Hello Meese! I know that at this point in the semester, everything seems hard and a bit of a slog. I feel it too. Don’t give up hope. There is light at the end of the tunnel and soon enough you’ll be eating platefuls of turkey and mashed potatoes, and drinking hot chocolate near a cozy fire. Stay strong! I also know that some of you may still be struggling and trying to process through Alex passing away last week. There are always people to talk with, through peer support groups, CAMHS, and other medical professionals. Please reach out to your tutors, Faculty Deans, or me. We’re here to help connect you. I’ve still got an open call for meeting with you during lunches, dinners, and office hours, so please be in touch!
Mid-Semester Blues
This is a great time to take stock of where you are with your courses, and to rally if you feel like you are falling behind or are having problems with your schoolwork. Do not hesitate—nor be afraid—to reach out to your professors, TFs, and myself.

Academic Honesty
Let me underscore how important it is to be honest about the work you submit –papers, problem sets, presentations–now that we are coming to the close of the semester, and crunch time begins. The University takes accusations of academic dishonesty very seriously, and expects that its students will always submit work of their own authorship, and not work that is done by other students, with or without their knowledge, or from the web. If you have questions about what this means, please ask me.

Michael’s Office Hours
Tuesday, October 31: 10-12 noon
Thursday, November 2: 2-4 pm
Friday, November 3: 2-4 pm

Office hours are the same throughout the semester. Feel free to come by during those times. If you wish to make an appointment to see me outside of those times, please email or call 617-495-2263. My office is at E303H.

The Harvard College Honor Code
Members of the Harvard College community commit themselves to producing academic work of integrity – that is, work that adheres to the scholarly and intellectual standards of accurate attribution of sources, appropriate collection and use of data, and transparent acknowledgement of the contribution of others to their ideas, discoveries, interpretations, and conclusions. Cheating on exams or problem sets, plagiarizing or misrepresenting the ideas or language of someone else as one’s own, falsifying data, or any other instance of academic dishonesty violates the standards of our community, as well as the standards of the wider world of learning and affairs.

Tutor On-Call
The tutor on-call from October 30 to November 6 is Andrew Chael. He resides in Dunster W-110 can be reached at 617-851-8419 in the event of an emergency.

Pumpkin Carving Event
Monday, October 30
8:30 pm, Dining Hall

Faculty-Student Dinner (Registration Required)
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
5:30 pm – Reception, Court Yard Lounge
6:00 pm – Dinner, Dining Hall
Registration Deadline: Monday, October 30th

-Space is limited, and seats are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis
-Please invite only 1 Professor/TF per group
-Only one person, the group leader should complete the registration form
-Ask the professor whether others have invited him/her before registering and, if so, form a group

From the House Administrator
Rachel Barbaris
Hello Dunsterites! Below are some quick reminders about the upcoming deadlines for winter recess housing and the spring 2018 term. Detailed information about housing deadlines, eligibility guidelines, and application information can be found below and in the email sent from my office to the House on October 3. If you plan to cancel your housing or apply for an Inter-House Transfer, set up a time to meet with me by emailing, and I can walk you through what this means for you, your roommate(s), and your future housing accommodations. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions!

Winter Recess Housing Applications
The Winter Housing Application is now open. This application is for students who have a need to remain on campus between December 20th and January 11th. All students are permitted back on campus beginning at 9:00 am on January 12th for the start of Wintersession.

Only students who are living on campus for both the fall and spring terms are eligible for Winter Housing.

Winter Housing is separated into two terms: Winter I extends from December 20-January 2 and Winter II extends from January 2-11. Additional information and eligibility requirements for each session can be found here.

The notification dates for approval/denial of Winter Housing Applications are listed below. For applications received after November 20th, a late fee will be assessed. No applications will be accepted after December 1st.

To apply, please visit the housing portal.

Please note there is no HUDS dining service during Winter Break I. HUDS will resume dining operations on January 3 at lunch-time. Meals will be served at Pforzheimer House and Quincy House.

The Winter Housing Application is managed by the Office of Student Life. If you have any questions, please email

Winter Recess Housing Application Deadlines
Application Submitted Decision Sent
On or before October 20 (no fee) Friday, November 3
October 21 – November 10 (no fee) Friday, November 17
November 11 – November 20 (no fee) Friday, December 8
November 21 – December 1 ($50) Friday, December 8

Spring 2018 Housing Cancellation Form
Deadline November 6
If you plan to cancel your spring housing for any reason, including to study abroad, move to the Dudley Co-op, move off-campus, or take a leave of absence, you will need to submit a housing cancellation form for the spring 2018 semester via the housing portal. The deadline to cancel without financial penalty is November 6th.

It is the student’s responsibility to cancel his or her housing. Receiving approval for a voluntary leave or study abroad program does not automatically cancel your housing.

Be sure to complete the Returning Student Application via the housing portal by the appropriate OSL deadline for the semester you plan to return. This form allows us the guarantee you college housing, and I would hate for you to end up on the housing waitlist!

If you intend to take a leave or study abroad be sure to notify the Resident Dean’s Office by emailing Michael at, and Diana at

Spring 2018 Inter-House Transfer Application
Deadline November 6
Spring 2018 Inter-House Transfer applications can be found on the housing portal.

The College allows current juniors and seniors to apply either as individuals or as groups of 2.

If you are granted an Inter-House Transfer after submitting an application, you are required by the College to transfer to your new House.

Applying for an Inter-House transfer does not guarantee you will be accepted in your desired House(s).
Detailed information about the application process can be found on the OSL website, here.
Upcoming Workshops & Discussion Groups at the BSC
Getting Started Writing Papers
Tuesday, November 7, 3:00-5:00 pm
Find ways to get your papers started and done (on time); from an idea to a final draft. To register, email Aurora Sanfeliz –

Learning in a Context of Loss
Wednesday, November 15, 2:00-3:30 pm
For students who have experienced the death of someone who mattered to them. Explore how your learning is influenced by your experience of loss (and vice versa). Register online at

Study @ 5 Linden
Did you know that the BSC offers a great alternative to the usual study spaces on campus? Stop by Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 am – 4:30 pm and take advantage of our quiet, cozy study space here at the Bureau of Study Counsel. Drop in for just a quick review of your notes or grab a cup of coffee and a snack and settle in all afternoon to work on that paper. Remember that during Reading Period and Exams, the study space is open Monday through Friday, 10 am – 4:30 pm

Important Dates

October 30, Monday
Students leaving the College by this date are charged one half of tuition and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged three quarters of those costs.
November 6, Monday
Deadline for students in the fall term to notify the College they are not returning to the College housing for the spring term without financial penalty.
Deadline to submit a Housing Contract Cancellation form for students who have submitted a Returning Student Housing Application for the spring term without financial penalty.

Deadline to submit a spring term Inter-House Transfer Application.
November 9, Thursday
Declaration of Concentration due for class of 2020.
November 10, Friday
University holiday: Veterans’ Day (observed for staff). Classes will be held on a regular Friday Schedule.
November 13, Monday
Final degree applications for March 2018 Degree Candidates due.
Last day to change concentration for March 2018 Degree Candidates without Administrative Board approval.
Last day upon which March 2018 Degree Candidates may submit an approved foreign language citation study plan to the Office of the Registrar.
Last day upon which March 2018 Degree Candidates may submit an approved petition for a secondary field to the Office of the Registrar.
Advanced Standing-eligible students planning to graduate after six or seven terms in March 2019, or to begin a fourth year AM program in spring term 2018, must file an Advanced Standing Activation Form by this date.

November 22, Wednesday, through November 26, Sunday
Thanksgiving recess.

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 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

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!