Academic Calendar 2014-15

ACADEMIC CALENDAR 2014–2015

When an official deadline falls on a holiday observed by the University, the effective deadline is the next working day.


July 1, Tuesday.

  • Applications for Non-Resident Status for the fall term or academic year are due in academic departmental offices.  Students submitting after this date will be charged a late registration fee of $50 plus an additional $5 for each week thereafter.

July 31, Thursday.

 

August 11, Monday.

August 18, Monday.

See Chapter V, Registration and Enrollment, for detailed information on pertaining policies.
August 25, Monday.

  • 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., International Student Orientation, Harvard Hall 202.

August 26, Tuesday.

  • Official registration period end of spring 2014 term.
  • Deadline to submit work for Incomplete grades from the fall 2013 term.

August 27, Wednesday.

 

  • 12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m., DudleyFest, Dudley House and Boylston Hall.
  • 11:59 p.m. Deadline for all GSAS students including Special Students and Visiting Fellows to register online for the fall term . Students who fail to register will be charged a late registration fee of $50 plus an additional $5 for each week thereafter.

    November degree candidates who have not yet submitted a dissertation must register online.

    See website for information on cross-registration.

    Resident students who register late must file a Study Card within five business days of the date of their registration.  Subsequently, the late Study Card fee will be assessed.
  • Official registration period start of fall 2014 term.

August 27, Wednesday and 28, Thursday.

  • Derek Bok Center Fall Teaching Conference.  See website for more information.

September 1, Monday.

  • University Holiday: Labor Day

September 2, Tuesday.

  • Fall term and academic year begins.  First meeting of classes.

September 9, Tuesday.

  • Study Card Day.  Completed Study Cards are due between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., in the Dudley House, Common Room.  Students who fail to submit a Study Card will be charged $40 for each week late.

    Any Study Card submitted after Study Card Day requires the instructor’s signature for every course listed. 

    Resident students who register late must file a Study Card within five business days of the date of their registration; subsequently the late Study Card fee will be assessed. 

    To change courses after the Study Card has been filed, students must submit a petition to add or drop a course with the FAS Registrar’s Office, 20 Garden Street.  Special Students should file the petition at Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center 350.

September 10, Wednesday.

  • Deadline for November degree candidates to submit approved dissertations to FAS Registrar’s Office who would like fall term tuition charge and Student Health Fee and Student Health Insurance Plan removed from their termbill (retroactive to July 31).

    If November degree candidate submits approved dissertation by this date, registration for fall term will be cancelled, fall tuition charge will be removed and fall Student Health Fee and Student Health Insurance Plan will be cancelled.  Student will be billed for any medical costs incurred during the period following July 31.  See timeline for additional information.

September 11, Thursday.

  • Deadline for November degree candidates to submit approved dissertations to FAS Registrar’s Office.  Students submitting on this date will be responsible for the fall term Student Health Fee and Student Health Insurance Plan.
  • Last day on which student may withdraw from their program and cancel registration for the fall term without payment of tuition.  Students withdrawing after this date will be charged tuition pursuant to calendar in Chapter VIII, Tuition Associated with Mid-Term Withdrawal.

September 15, Monday.

  • Make-up examinations for spring 2014 term begin.

September 19, Friday.

  • Last day students from other schools may file cross-registration petitions for fall term with the FAS Registrar’s Office.  See website for information on cross-registration.
  • Deadline to add or drop a fall course without paying a fee. After this date there is a $10 fee for each petition filed.  If two petitions are filed simultaneously, only one processing fee is charged.

September 26, Friday.

  • Fall tuition charge and fall Student Health Fee and Student Health Insurance Plan will be removed from the termbills of students who are not registered for the fall term by this date.  Students who are not registered for the fall term by this date will enter Lapsed Registration status as outlined in Chapter V, Lapsed Registration.

September 30, Tuesday.

October 13, Monday.

  • University Holiday: Columbus Day

October 20, Monday.

  • Last day to add (or register for) fall courses.  After this date students may add (or register for) units of TIME only.  To add a course after this date an approved Petition to Add must be submitted to the GSAS Student Affairs office, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center.
  • Last day for graduate students to add or change SAT/UNS grading option for designated language courses.

October 28, Tuesday.

  • Last day to drop a fall course.  To withdraw from a fall course after this date an approved Petition to Withdraw must be submitted to the GSAS Office of Student Affairs, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center.  A grade of “WD” will be notated on the student’s transcript for course if Petition is approved.

November 11, Tuesday.

  • University (Administrative) Holiday: Veterans’ Day: (observed by staff).  FAS classes will be held as scheduled.

November 14, Friday.

  • Conferral date for November degrees.

November 24, Monday.

 

November 26, Wednesday.

  • Thanksgiving recess begins.

November 30, Sunday.

  • Thanksgiving recess ends.

December 1, Monday.

  • Applications for Non-resident Status for the spring term are due in academic departmental offices. Students submitting after this date will be charged a late registration fee of $50 plus an additional $5 for each week thereafter.

December 3, Wednesday.

  • Last day of fall term classes.

December 4, Thursday.

  • Fall term Reading Period begins.

December 10, Wednesday.

  • Deadline to submit approved Petition to Withdraw to GSAS Office of Student Affairs to withdraw from fall term course. (See Chapter V, Variations in Program).  A grade of “WD” will be notated on the student’s transcript for course if Petition is approved.
  • Fall term Reading Period ends.

December 11, Thursday.

  • Fall term examinations begin.

December 20, Saturday.

  • Fall term examinations end.

December 21, Sunday.

  • Winter recess begins. (Most University offices closed during recess.)

January 1, Thursday.

  • Winter recess ends.

January 2, Friday.

  • University offices reopen.
  • Applications from continuing students for 2014–2015 grants due in the GSAS Office of Financial Aid, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center.

January 12, Monday.

January 16, Friday.

  • Deadline for March degree candidates to submit approved dissertations to FAS Registrar’s Office.

January 17, Saturday.

See Chapter V, Registration and Enrollment, for detailed information on pertaining policies.
January 19, Monday.

  • University Holiday: Martin Luther King Day

January 23, Friday.

January 26, Monday.

  • Spring term begins. First meeting of classes.
  • 11:59 p.m. Deadline for all GSAS students including Special Students and Visiting Fellows to register online for the spring term . Students who fail to register will be charged a late registration fee of $50 plus an additional $5 for each week thereafter.

    March and May degree candidates who have not yet submitted dissertation must register online.

    See website for information on cross-registration.

    Resident students who register late must file a Study Card within five business days of the date of their registration; subsequently the late Study Card fee will be assessed.
  • Official registration period end of fall 2014 term.
  • Last day to submit work for Incomplete grades from the spring 2014 term.

January 30, Friday.

  • Study Card Day. Completed Study Cards are due between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., in the Dudley House, Common Room.  Students who fail to submit a Study Card will be charged $40 for each week late.

    Any Study Card submitted after Study Card Day requires the instructor’s signature for every course listed. 

    Resident students who register late must file a Study Card within five business days of the date of their registration; subsequently the late Study Card fee will be assessed. 

    To change courses after the Study Card has been filed, students must file a petition to add or drop a course with the FAS Registrar’s Office, 20 Garden Street.  Special Students should file the petition at Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center 350.
  • Official registration period start of spring 2015 term.

January 31, Friday.

February iu 6, Friday. 

  • Last day on which student may withdraw from their program and cancel registration for the spring term without payment of tuition. 

    Students withdrawing after this date will be charged tuition pursuant to calendar in Chapter VIII, Tuition Associated with Mid-Term Withdrawal.
  • Deadline for May degree candidates to submit approved dissertations to FAS Registrar’s Office who would like spring term tuition charge and Student Health Fee and Student Health Insurance Plan removed from their termbill.  If May degree candidate submits approved dissertation by this date, registration for spring term will be cancelled, spring tuition charge will be removed, and spring Student Health Fee and Student Health Insurance Plan will be cancelled (retroactive to January 31). Student will be billed for any medical costs incurred during the period following January 31. See timeline for additional information.

February 9, Monday.

  • Make-up examinations for fall term 2014 begin.

February 13, Friday.

  • Last day students from other schools may file cross-registration petitions for spring term with the FAS Registrar’s Office. See websit for information on cross-registration.
  • Deadline to add or drop a spring course without paying a fee.  After this date there is a $10 fee for each petition filed.  If two petitions are filed simultaneously, only one processing fee is charged.

February 16, Monday.

  • University holiday: Presidents’ Day.

February 26, Wednesday.

  • Spring tuition charge and spring Student Health Fee and Student Health Insurance Plan will be removed from the termbills of students who are not registered for the spring term by this date.  Students who are not registered for the spring term by this date will enter Lapsed Registration status as outlined in Chapter V, Lapsed Registration.

March 9, Monday.

  • Last day to add (or register for) spring courses.  After this date students may add (or register for) units of TIME only.  To add a course after this date an approved Petition to Add must be submitted to the GSAS Student Affairs office, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center.
  • Last day for graduate students to add or change SAT/UNS grading option for designated language courses.

March 10, Tuesday.

  • Conferral date for March degrees.

March 14, Saturday.

  • Spring recess begins.

March 22, Sunday.

  • Spring recess ends.

March 24, Tuesday.

  • Last day to drop a spring course.  To withdraw from a fall course after this date an approved Petition to Withdraw must be submitted to the GSAS Office of Student Affairs, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center. A grade of “WD” will be notated on the student’s transcript for course if Petition is approved.

March 27, Friday.

April 29, Wednesday.

  • Last day of spring classes.

April 30, Thursday.

  • Spring term Reading Period begins.

May 6, Wednesday.

  • Deadline to submit approved Petition to Withdraw to GSAS Office of Student Affairs to withdraw from spring term course. (See Chapter V, Variations in Program).  A grade of “WD” will be notated on the student’s transcript for course if Petition is approved.

May 7, Thursday.

  • Spring term Reading Period ends.

May 8, Friday.

  • Final examinations begin.

May 15, Friday.

  • Deadline for May degree candidates to submit approved dissertations to FAS Registrar’s Office. 

May 16, Saturday.

  • Final examinations end.

May 25, Monday.

  • University Holiday: Memorial Day.

May 28, Thursday.

  • Commencement.  Conferral date for May degrees.