Student Affairs Office

Student Affairs Office

This office is responsible for the welfare of graduate students and monitors their academic status, progress, and discipline. The office also administers leave/travel applications and readmission applications.

Garth McCavana, Dean for Student Affairs
1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, 3rd floor
telephone: 617-495-1816

Dean McCavana has general responsibility for the welfare of graduate students and monitors students' academic status, progress and discipline. He oversees the GSAS Residence Halls, the Office of Student Services, and the Office of Housing Services in Dudley House. The Student Affairs Office administers the various graduate fellowship competitions and processes, leave and travel applications, intra-Faculty of Arts and Sciences transfer applications, and readmission applications. Dean McCavana represents students in disciplinary cases before the Administrative Board and advises students on sexual harassment complaints. He also coordinates orientation and commencement activities.


Patrick O'Brien, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
1350 Massachusetts Avenue, Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Campus Center, 3rd floor
telephone: 617-495-1814

Patrick O'Brien serves as a contact person and resource for the registrar, the departments, and other Faculty of Arts and Sciences and University offices in communicating and interpreting GSAS policies and in assisting graduate students in maintaining academic satisfactory progress. He coordinates the transfer and readmission process, the Exchange Scholar Program, the non-resident applications, and the Internship Program with the Office of Career Services. He provides advice to students throughout the petitioning process including extensions of incomplete, academic and financial credit, and add/withdrawals after the deadline. He advises international students about English as a Second Language resources. He assists with registration and commencement.