Mooseletter – September 8, 2014

From the Office of the Resident Dean
Carlos E. Díaz Rosillo

Why and When You Need My Signature and What to Do About It

Add-Drop or Withdraw from Courses, Independent Study, Change of Concentration, Foreign Language Citation, Leave of Absence.

All of the above, some of which are accomplished by way of a trusty form, require that you talk to me and/or get my signature. These forms are available from my Assistant’s Office (225B) Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm. All of them are described in the Handbook for Students, which you should consult for details.

The following is a general rule of thumb to follow when you need to do one of the following:

Cross-Register: If you are planning to cross register for a class at one of the Harvard professional schools or at MIT, please go to and click on the “Cross-Registration” tab. For a class at any of the schools, except for MIT, you need to fill out the form online and all the required signatures can be obtained electronically. For a class at MIT, you need to print out the form and obtain all signatures in person. Please be aware that the host school’s cross registration deadline might be earlier than our deadline, which is September 20. Be sure to complete all transactions by the earliest deadline. If you have any questions, feel free to stop by my office.

Add-Drop: get other required signatures first, drop off in 225B for my signature.

Independent Study: set up appointment to see me.

Change of Concentration: download form online, meet with concentration adviser from new concentration, set up appointment so see me.

Foreign Language Citation: pick up form in Room 225B, get signatures from Department, drop off for my signature.

Leave of Absence: set up appointment to see me.

Any other issues: I’d be happy to meet with you!

Dropping/ Adding Courses: Students may add a course until the fifth Monday of the term (with the permission of the instructor). Students also may drop a course from their record only until the fifth Monday of the term.

Dunster House Seniors please note: if you are out of sync you should meet with me asap to make sure that you have fulfilled all the requirements to graduate.


Monday, 9/8: 3-7, by appointment
Tuesday, 9/9: 3-5, open
Wednesday, 9/10: 2-5, open
Friday, 9/12: 3-5, open

To sign up for an appointment, please see the sign-up sheet on the 2n floor, 225B. Prior to your appointment with Carlos, please see Diana in 225B.

The Tutor on-call from September 8 to September 15 is Kenneth Skinner. He resides in Hampden Hall 45 and in the event of an emergency can be reached at 857-312-6026.

September 9, Tuesday

Any study card filed after the deadline will require the instructor’s signature for every course listed.

Completed study cards for all students (upperclassmen, freshmen, visiting undergraduates and new transfer students) are due between 9 am and 5 pm.

Upperclassmen and new transfer students turn in study cards at the Houses.

Last day undergraduates may register late for the fall term in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Last day undergraduates may cancel their registration for the fall term without payment of tuition.

September 10, Wednesday
Plans of Study/Declaration of Concentration due for transfer students who entered in fall 2013 with second-semester Sophomore or Junior class standing.

September 15, Monday
Makeup Examinations for 2013-2014 begin.

September 19, Friday
Last day upon which undergraduates may submit cross-registration petitions. Note that some schools have earlier deadlines; check with the relevant school.

Final degree applications for November 2014 degree candidates due.

September 22, Monday
Last day undergraduates may drop or add any course without a fee.

October 1, Wednesday
Applications for degree credit for study out of residence for the spring term are due at the Office of International Education.

October 3, Friday
Students leaving the College by this date are charged one quarter of tuition and the Student Services Fee. After this date, students will be charged one half of those costs.

October 6, Monday

No course may be dropped from or added to a student’s record after this date.

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

October 13, Monday
University holiday: Columbus Day.

October 15, Wednesday
Deadline for applying for spring housing if you were not living in student housing during the fall term.

October 20, Monday

Last day students may withdraw from a fall term course. After this date students are responsible for all courses in which they are enrolled.

October 31, Friday
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.

AY14-15 Dental Enrollment Deadline is September 30
HUHS has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts to offer dental insurance for students. Enrolling in or renewing dental coverage for AY14-15 is not automatic.

AY14-15 HUSHP Dependent Enrollment Deadline is September 30
Adding or renewing a dependent to your HUSHP coverage is not automatic. You must act to enroll or renew dependents for AY14-15.

HUHS Flu Vaccination Clinics Begin September 15
Mondays and Tuesdays, 12-3pm, Monks Library, Second Floor of Harvard University Health Services in the Smith Campus Center. No appointment necessary.

Immunization Compliance and Records
Log into the Harvard University Health Services: to check compliance and print your immunization records. Compliance is necessary to register for the fall term. Contact HUHS Medical Records at 617-495-2055 with any questions.
Deadline for Dunster House newsletter submissions is Thursday at 3:00 pm for Monday publication. Email your notices to Diana at

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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!