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20102011 HARVARD KENNEDY SCHOOL student handbook

Welcome
this student handbook is a guide that will help you get from here to graduation successfully. Its purpose is to clarify everything from requirements to resources. have a great year!

office of the Registrar 124 mt. auburn street, suite 165 hks.harvard.edu/degrees/registrar

contents
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kennedy school acronyms academic calendar important phone numbers

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communIty standaRds
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dIveRsIty statement code of conduct academIc code oRIgInal WoRk code

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academIcs
7 RequIRements 8 RegIstRatIon 13 gRades and cRedIts

15 l student lIfe
15 useful seRvIces 19 beyond books 20 gettIng aRound

22 l eveRythIng else
22 the fIne pRInt 26 fInancIal matteRs

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Kennedy School acronyms


you are part of a new community now, and one of the challenges will be to learn the language. here are a few common acronyms that you will come across in this book and that you will hear in the hall, at forum events, and in your classes. abs ad board ca/tf cmo cRR dpa dRb fas gsas Inc Iop hks kssg mIt mpa mpa/mc mpa2 mpa1 mpa/Id mpp mpp1 mpp/up pac pae phd pIc RaR sat/unsat sIf sypa absent from the final exam administrative board course assistant/teaching fellow course materials office committee on Rights and Responsibilities doctorate in public administration disciplinary Review board faculty of arts and sciences graduate school of arts and sciences Incomplete Institute of politics harvard kennedy school kennedy school student government massachusetts Institute of technology master in public administration master in public administration mid-career master in public administration, 2-year program first year mpa2 master in public administration in International development master in public policy master in public policy, first year student master in public policy and urban planning policy area of concentration policy analysis exercise (mpp) doctor of philosophy professional Interest council Reading and Research satisfactory/unsatisfactory summer Internship fund second year policy analysis (mpa/Id)

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fALL 2010
aug. 2427 aug. 27sept. 1 aug. 30-31 sept. 1 sept. 23 sept. 37 sept. 6 sept. 17 oct. 7 oct. 11 oct. 18 oct. 19 oct. 2229 oct. 28 nov. 11 nov. 2526 nov. 30 dec. 3 dec. 47 dec.417 dec. 817 orientation online course registration opens 12 noon (closes 12 noon, Wed. sept. 1) shopping days full-term and module 1 classes begin hks bidding opens 12 noon (closes 12 noon, fri. sept. 3) online add/dRop opens 5 p.m. (closes 12 noon, on tues. sept. 7) Holiday, Labor Day full-term courses & module 1 courses add/dRop deadline (without notation); cross-registration deadline module 1 drop deadline (with notation) Holiday, Columbus Day module 1 ends module 2 begins January session registration module 2 add/dRop deadline (without notation) Holiday, Veterans Day Holiday, Thanksgiving recess full-term and module 2 classes drop deadline (with notation) full-term and module 2 classes end Reading period fall semester take-home exams/papers due fall semester examinations* (in-class)

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Jan. 314 Jan. 17 Jan 2021 Jan. 2126 Jan. 24 Jan. 2728 Jan. 2831 feb. 11 feb. 21 mar. 4 mar. 11 mar. 1220 mar. 21 mar. 22 mar. 31 april 1829 april 21 april 29 april 30may 3 april 30may13 may 313 may 2327 may 26 January session (optional) Holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day shopping days online registration opens 12 noon. (closes 12 noon, Wed. Jan. 26) full-term and module 3 classes begin hks bidding opens 12 noon (closes 12 noon, fri. Jan. 28) online add/dRop opens 5 p.m. (closes 12 noon, mon. Jan. 31) full-term a module 3 courses add/dRop deadline (without notation); cross-registration deadline Holiday, Presidents Day module 3 drop deadline (with notation) module 3 ends spring break module 4 begins pae deadline (mpp2s) module 4 add/dRop deadline (without notation) spring exercise (mpp1s) full-term and module 4 classes drop deadline (with notation) full-term and module 4 classes end Reading period spring semester take-home exams/papers due spring semester examinations* (in-class) commencement week commencement day

* students must plan on being on campus throughout the in-class examination period. family emergency and serious illness are the only acceptable excuses for missing an examination. this calendar is subject to change.

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Emergency Procedures and Assistance
When an alarm sounds in the school, exit the building immediately. for your own safety and the safety of others, move a safe distance from the building, avoid standing near building entrances or in the campus courtyard to allow access for emergency personnel and vehicles. kennedy school security urgent Information telephone line university police emergency non-emergency 5-1306 5-1033 5-1212 5-1215 5-5711

important phone numbers


all phone numbers prefixes are 617-49 emergencies dean academic dean alumni programs associate dean of students dean of students building services career advancement course assistants course materials distribution office financial services forum office disability coordinator health services member Information Information (hks) Information technology International students library mpa program director mpp program director mpa/Id program director mason fellows pae director phd program director Registrar Room Reservations student services student Receivables 5-1033 5-1122 6-4703 5-1394 5-1337 6-6108 5-1360 5-1161 5-8329 5-1372 5-1152 5-1380 5-0860 5-2008 5-1100 5-1344 5-1149 5-1300 6-1100 6-8382 5-7799 5-2133 5-4242 5-1190 5-1150 5-1366 5-0860 5-2739

university health services for medical or mental health emergencies

the provisions of this handbook are subject to revision by posting or otherwise published notice during the academic year.

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students from different backgrounds and perspectives bring. and it will seek to correct situations where full and open exchange of ideas has been limited. one of the John f. kennedy schools greatest assets is its wealth and breadth of talent in the community. the school is committed to doing everything it can to increase that diversity even further and to take full advantage of the opportunities for training enlightened leaders and solving critical public problems.

Read and familiarize yourself with the community standards in this section. doing so will facilitate your successful kennedy school experience. John f. Kennedy School of government Diversity Statement
the John f. kennedy school of government is committed to advancing the public interest by training enlightened leaders and solving public problems through world class scholarship and active engagement with practitioners and decision makers. this commitment, we believe, includes training our students to lead effectively across lines of difference. that requires that our faculty, students, and staff be exposed to and understand a broad array of ideas, insights, and cultures. one crucial element involves attracting superlative people from diverse backgrounds and traditions who vary by their race and ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, nationality, religion, physical and mental abilities, political philosophy, and intellectual focus. a second essential ingredient is the creation and maintenance of an atmosphere that welcomes new ideas even unpopular and controversial ones and encourages an effective and active exchange of views in an environment of mutual respect. the kennedy school will work affirmatively to recruit a highly diverse group of students, faculty, and staff. It is committed to increasing the numbers of underrepresented minorities, particularly women and people of color. It will work to ensure that our appointments and selection procedures consciously identify and evaluate a people from underrepresented groups. We will also strive to remove sources of unconscious bias. the school will also develop a curriculum that deals with issues of diversity and encourages students and faculty to talk openly and effectively about difficult and highly charged issues. the school will provide professional support to faculty on how to teach these issues effectively. It will emphasize the powerful benefit of exchange of ideas. the school will seek to enlist students in efforts to make classrooms and classmates more welcoming of the unique ideas and insights that

Code of Conduct
the mission of the John f. kennedy school of government is to train enlightened public leaders and to generate the ideas that provide the answers to our most challenging public problems. achieving this mission requires an environment of trust and mutual respect and a commitment to truth, learning, and freedom of expression. the kennedy school community has agreed upon the following principles to accomplish this mission: 1 Respect for all members of our kennedy school community and for the space we share. 2 professional excellence and intellectual and academic rigor. 3 a disciplined learning environment, respecting different opinions and cultures and contributing to the understanding of all. 4 accountability for actions inconsistent with this code of conduct. members of the community have a personal responsibility to integrate this code into all aspects of their hks experience.

Academic Code
all students are committed to: 1 doing their own work. 2 citing ideas and words that are not their own in all assignments, e.g., any fact, phrase, or sentence from the Internet. failure to do so may result in any of the full range of disciplinary actions (see page 25). 3 strictly following collaboration guidelines as set forth by instructors for each assignment.

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community standards

all faculty are committed to clarity for all work products with regard to: 1 collaboration guidelines. 2 Requirements for citation in all written work. 3 not changing assignments (numbers or due dates) previously stated in the course syllabus. please read the full academic code at hks.harvard.edu/ degrees/registrar/procedures/integrity.

Original Work Code


all work submitted to meet course requirements is expected to be the students own work, except as otherwise authorized. normally, in the preparation of papers submitted to meet course requirements unless otherwise authorized, a student should be careful to distinguish between ideas that are his/her own and those that have been derived from other sources. Information and opinions drawn from whatever source are to be attributed specifically to their respective sources and all students should learn the proper forms of citation. see Writing from Sources, available from your program director and at the harvard expository Writing program Web site. quotations must be properly placed within quotation marks and fully cited. all paraphrased material must also be fully cited. In all cases where ideas or material presented are derived from a students reading and research, the source must be indicated. a student who submits work either not his/her own or without clear attribution to the original source (including the Internet), for whatever reason, may be required by the administrative board to withdraw from the kennedy school.

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The total number of credits required is 18. A two-week, eight-hour-per-day preparatory module and a doublecredit studio course at GSD are required.

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cant figure out what is required to graduate? Interested in cross-registering at another school but dont know where to start? by now, youre well aware that theres lots to know as a student at the kennedy school. this section, filled with answers relating to academic questions, will help you stay informed.

Master in Public Administration


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RequIRements
What are the graduation requirements for all students?
important: You are responsible for meeting all the academic requirements of your degree program. In addition, you must: l be in residence for the required number of semesters for your program. Residence is defined as on-campus and successfully completing three credits in each semester. l achieve a minimum grade point average of B l have a zero term-bill balance l have completed a degree application

Courses to fulfill these distribution requirements may not be taken Pass/faIL and must be counted as part of the eight (or sixteen) credits required for graduation. Further, a reading and research (RAR) course may not fulfill a distribution requirement. MPA2 students must also successfully complete at least two courses from one of the policy areas of concentration (PAC). MPA2s PAC and distribution courses may not overlap. Joint MPA2 students must complete 12 credits, including one approved course in each of the three areas listed above. They must be in residence at HkS for three semesters.

What about specific requirements for my program?


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MPP students must successfully complete the core curriculum, a minimum of three electives in the policy area of concentration (PAC) or concentration, one of which is the policy analysis exercise (PAE) seminar, and other electives for a total of 18 credits. Note: MPP students may not drop a core course or an approved core course substitute.

MPA/ID students must successfully complete the core curriculum, the second-year policy analysis (SYPA), and six other electives for a total of nineteen credits. Joint/concurrent degree candidates must complete thirteen credits, including required core courses and the SYPA. They must be in residence at HkS for three semesters. Students who exempt from core courses must enroll in other courses of equivalent credit.

Doctoral Degree Programs


Degree requirements for the PhD in Public Policy and the PhD in Political Economy and Government (PEG) are explained on the schools web site: http://www.hks.harvard.edu/degrees/phd/ phd-in-public-policy http://www.hks.harvard.edu/degrees/phd/peg Candidates in Public Policy must officially register and use the services of the GSAS Registrar after the first two years of the program. Candidates in PEG officially register and use the services of the GSAS Registrar upon enrolling in the program. General information and guidelines are available from the director of the doctoral programs.

Joint/concurrent degree candidates must complete a minimum of 12 credits, including the required core courses and the PAE. Students who are exempt from core courses must enroll in other courses of equivalent credit.

Master in Public Policy and Urban Planning


MPP/uP students take the core curriculum, two courses at Harvards Graduate School of Design, the PAE seminar and electives that focus on courses in planning law, real estate development and finance, and substantive areas, including housing, transportation, welfare reform, health, and environmental protection.

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Mid-Career MPA candidates must successfully complete a minimum of eight credits. Two-year MPA candidates must successfully complete a minimum of sixteen credits. All MPA students must take no fewer than three and no more than six credits each semester and are required to successfully complete (B- or above) at least one approved course (see your program intranet page for courses list) in each of the following three areas: Quantitative Methods Management and Leadership Democracy, Politics, and Institutions

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scripts regardless of whether credit will be awarded toward graduation. Regular ADD/DROP deadlines apply. please note: if you are taking one semester of a full-year language course, you must submit a Divide-With-Credit petition to FAS or you will receive a grade of withdrawn and no credit. In addition, if you are taking the spring half of the one-year language credit, you must cross-register again.

Degree requirements for the PhD programs may be viewed at www.hks.harvard.edu/degress/phd. Please consult with the director of the doctoral programs for general information and guidelines for the Doctorate in Public Administration program.

Joint/Concurrent Students
Requirements for joint/concurrent students vary according to school and program. It is only possible to do a joint degree with HkS and one other approved graduate program. Please see the Office of the Registrar for details.

What if I take a reading and research course?


RAR courses offer an opportunity to work independently on a topic of interest to you. Independent research courses are offered at the discretion of the faculty, who may accept or decline a students request to have them supervise an RAR. The usual outcome of an RAR is a major research paper, 2535 pages in length. Faculty are expected to meet regularly with the student during the term to discuss the work in progress, and are responsible for overseeing the thorough completion of the RAR contract. RARs may be supervised only by HkS faculty at the ranks of assistant, associate, full professor and lecturer. Students who wish to work with Harvard faculty outside of the kennedy School must cross-register for an independent study. Students are not permitted to complete RARs with non-Harvard faculty. RAR courses are graded SAT/uNSAT only, and are taken for a full term for one credit. Students may enroll in only one RAR course per term. Students are required to complete an RAR contract, which is a formal agreement between the student and the faculty member outlining the work the student must accomplish to receive credit. All RAR contracts must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar by the ADD/DROP deadline. When enrolling in classes, use a Placeholder for your RAR, and the Office of the Registrar will update your record upon receipt of a signed contract. Please refer to the Registrars Web site for more details. You may not be compensated for your research. Should you receive an incomplete for an RAR, its completion must be overseen by a faculty member.

The normal course load is four credits per semester or eight credits per year, except for first-year MPP and MPA/ ID students. To enroll in fewer than three credits, or more than five credits, you must get permission from your program director. Normally, additional tuition will be charged for more than six credits. All January courses count as spring credits only. Students may enroll in only one January course, including cross-registered courses.

Are there restrictions on courses taken for credit?


150-Y courses are available only to MPP2 students. No credit is granted for: l art, literature, or other general humanities courses l any undergraduate course other than languages l any course taken prior to registration in a HkS degree program, unless special permission is given at the time of admission l transfer credits l cross-registered field studies or practica All non-HkS courses must be pre-approved for credit. Check the Office of the Registrars Web site for details.

What about languages?


Credits for graduation may be fulfilled by languages courses as follows:
pROgRAm mAximum NumbER Of CREDitS tOWARD gRADuAtiON 1 1 1 0

RegIstRatIon
im a new student. How do i figure out what to study?
Note: These guidelines do not apply to first-year MPP or MPA/ID students except for those exempted from one or more core curriculum courses. During Orientation Week, you should take advantage of the numerous resources for course information available to you online. Courses for all Harvard schools are listed on the university Cross-Registration site: https://crossreg.harvard.edu. In addition, a description of all HkS courses and requirements is available online.

mpp mpa2 mid-career mpa mpa/Id

All languages for credit toward HkS graduation must be approved by your program director. Language petitions are due on or before the last ADD day of the semester. Students may also take languages for no credit. However, grades for all language courses will be recorded on tran-

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How should i determine how many courses to take per term?

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Are there registration restrictions?
You may not register in more than five credits of classes in any one semester without the approval of your program director. You may not register in two or more courses that meet at the same time, overlap in time, or have conflicting exam schedules. It is your responsibility not to register in courses with conflicting exam times. The exam schedule is included in the schedule of courses. If an instructor indicates that an exam is required, and the time does not appear on the schedule, you should notify the Office of the Registrar. It is important to check exam schedules for cross-registered courses as well as HkS courses. Enrollment restrictions are noted in the HkS Courses and Requirements publication. It is always advisable to have a back-up class choice. For details on the registration process, including bidding for over-subscribed courses, please check the Office of the Registrars website at www.hks.harvard.edu/degrees/ registrar/registration/bidding.

Course evaluations are available online at hks.harvard. edu/degrees/teaching-and-courses/evaluations.

Advising
During Orientation Week, you will meet with faculty or senior administrators who serve as advisors. Your advisor will be assigned as closely as possible to your area of professional interest. Some advisors meet their students as a group; some meet individually. The counsel provided will be one resource among many that you should consider in selecting courses.

What about international students?


If you are an international student, you must be in compliance with visa requirements and must be registered with the International Office prior to registering. Failure to observe these regulations may result in the withdrawal of registration. International students should check with the International Office periodically as immigration regulations and requirements may change.

Once ive picked a course, how do i officially sign up?


You officially register in courses online using the kennedy School SPARkS (Student Portal for Advising and Registration at kennedy School) system. You are limited to five credits for online registration, including crossregistered classes. There is a designated period during which this online process is available, and any student not registering during those hours may be assessed a late fee. SPARkS is accessible at https://sparks.hks.harvard.edu/, but you will need a Harvard PIN to access the system. Refer to the university PIN administrative site at pin.harvard.edu. You should review your course schedule online periodically to ensure the accuracy of your registration.

Human subjects research requirements


If you are involved in field work for a research project at any time during your degree program, including PAEs and SYPAs, you are required to participate in the schools human subjects review process. In most cases, this will involve a simple questionnaire available on line. If there are issues that need further scrutiny, you will be asked to complete a longer Human Subjects Application.

is there a possibility that ill be refused admission to a course?


Yes, if: l you fail to meet prerequisite requirements l you have prior preparation in the same area l the course is oversubscribed or there are limitations on class size

At what time do classes begin?


Class start and end times are printed in the schedule produced by the Academic Deans Office. Ten minutes are provided for students to move between classes. The times listed are the exact times classes are to begin and end. Students are expected to be seated in the classroom at the start time at HkS or a cross-registered school. Faculty are expected to begin teaching at the start time. Faculty are expected to cease teaching, and students are expected to vacate the room, precisely at the end time.

What is the policy for 150-Y courses?


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Available to MPPs only after the first year of their program has been completed. 150-Y courses are one-year long and earn only one credit.

What is a module and when do i register for one?


Modules are half-credit courses six to seven weeks in length, and may be taken with any Harvard faculty. HkS modules are offered during four periods indicated in the academic calendar; dates at other schools will vary. Consult other schools Web sites for information about their module periods.

How do i add or drop a course?


Refer to SPARkS for detailed instructions. Registration and ADD/DROP deadlines are listed on the academic calendar on the Office of the Registrars website.

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must also follow the same petition process as all HkS students to receive credit for courses not pre-approved.

You should register for all modules you plan to take during the term when you register online. After online registration, if places remain open in the second module period of each semester, you may submit an ADD petition prior to the module period ADD deadline. Modules may normally not be added after the second class meeting. Module ADD/DROP dates vary from full credit courses. Be sure to observe deadlines.

Is there an overall limit to how many crossregistered classes I can take?


All students may cross-register for the equivalent of one credit per semester in residence for credit toward graduation. The cross-registered courses may be taken in any semester, that is, more than one can be taken at a time, but the total number cannot exceed the equivalent of one per semester of residency. Students may cross-register for additional courses, but they will not count for credit toward graduation. When courses are jointly-listed with other Harvard schools, they count as kennedy School courses for all purposes as long as the HkS course number is used in registering.

Non-HKS courses
What steps do I follow to cross-register?
1 Check to see if the course you wish to register in has been pre-approved. If not, submit a pre-approval petition (available on the Registrars website) to the registrar. Download a Cross-Registration Petition from the university cross-registration site at http://crossreg.harvard. edu. You are not permitted to take courses on a Pass/faIL basis unless the instructor indicates that all grades awarded in the course will be either PASS or faIL. If you cross-register to other schools and are given the option of being graded on a Pass/faIL or letter grade system, you must select the letter grade option on your cross-registration form. Have the instructor sign the petition prior to or at the first class meeting. Take the petition to the Office of the Registrar of the other faculty. Enter a placeholder for each cross-registered course during online registration. (The course will be entered in your record by the HkS registrar once the petition has been approved by the other school.) If you wish to drop a cross-registered course, a Drop Petition must be filed at the kennedy School Office of the Registrar. All cross-registered courses will appear on your transcript whether or not you receive credit.

If Im taking a class at another school, whose rules do I follow?


You are bound by the rules of that school, including registration, with the exception of the drop deadline which is the kennedy Schools unless the other schools deadline is earlier. A table of cross-registration deadlines can be found in this handbook. You are responsible for knowing what the guidelines are for each school. keep in mind that different schools (even within Harvard) may have different calendars, different grading procedures and different credit systems. While the credit will appear on your transcript in terms of HkS equivalency, i.e., one credit or one-half credit course, grades will appear exactly as reported by each schools registrar. The kennedy School does not compute grade point averages unless your academic standing is in doubt. In this event, the registrar will work with the other schools registrar and the professors involved to determine grade equivalency.

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Im a joint/concurrent degree student. Is crossregistration different for me?


If you are a joint/concurrent degree student in residence at a second Harvard professional school, taking courses at the HkS toward a HkS degree, you must file a crossregistration petition from your home school and register online through SPARkS if HkS courses are to appear on both schools transcripts for credit. While in residence at HkS, you may not cross-register to the other school for HkS credit.

What are the general rules about cross-registering?


Only graduate-level courses related to public policy/public administration may count toward your degree, unless otherwise specified. You may cross-register for any graduate courses in Harvards departments of economics, government, history, sociology and social anthropology. You may cross-register for any courses at Harvard Business, Law, Design and Public Health Schools and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts and the sloan school at MIT. To cross-register for all other courses, it is necessary to petition for approval. See hks.harvard.edu/degrees/registrar/ registration/cross-registration for further information. Note: MPA/ID students must receive approval to crossregister from their faculty chair or program director. They

Leaves of absence and residency requirements


After admission to HkS and until receipt of the degree, all masters degree candidates must be enrolled continuously in one of the enrollment categories described below. If you do not enroll in one of the categories by the ADD deadline in either semester, your degree candidacy automatically terminates. Enrollment categories include: Student in residence All masters degree candidates are expected to be in residence, living in the area, for the dura-

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remain as a part-time, non-degree student. Tuition for 22.5 credits is half the full tuition. pHD programs (political Economy and government, or public policy) Administration of PHD programs is coordinated between the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences and the Harvard kennedy School. Consult the program director and the GSAS handbook for information about tuition and residency requirements

tion of their programs (i.e., two-year students must be enrolled, registered in courses, and paying tuition for four semesters; one-year students for two semesters). Full-time residency requires enrollment and completion of at least three credits per semester. Exceptions to this policy must be approved by both the program director and the registrar. In rare cases when a student receives permission to attend part time, residency requires registration in, and successful completion of, two credits per semester. Normally, part-time students may not register in more than two and one-half credits per semester. Students on leave of absence A leave of absence may be granted for a semester or one year upon a formal request made to the program directors. Extensions of leaves for up to one year at a time must be requested in writing. Failure to request additional leave time or extension of leave time not approved will result in a withdrawal, and it will be necessary to request readmission in writing from the Office of the Registrar stating reasons for wishing to return as well as plans for completing the degree. Readmission is not guaranteed. If you are on leave, you will be charged an active file fee for each term, payable upon your return. Students on leave are not considered to be working toward their degree. Leave must be approved by the program director and the registrar. You will also be charged an active file fee for each additional term that this process takes, unless additional course work is required. In this instance, tuition for each additional course will be charged. The exception is May degree candidates who finish by August 15 following the May in which their degrees were expected. These individuals will not be considered to be on leave, nor charged any additional fees. If a leave is taken for medical reasons, the school may require a medical certification before reinstatement. involuntary leave of absence for medical reasons The school may place a student on leave of absence for medical reasons if in the schools view, the student is at risk of harming himself or herself, poses a risk to others, or has seriously disrupted the residential community or academic environment. Completion of degree requirements Students who do not complete their degrees within the designated time after matriculation (five years for two-year students, four years for Mid-Career students) must reapply. Readmission is not guaranteed. Non-degree students If you are admitted directly as a non-degree student without having received a prior degree from the school, you are expected to be in residence for one full year and you must pay full tuition. If you have received a masters degree from the school and were admitted as a non-degree student for additional study, you are expected to be in residence full time for one year. You will be charged full tuition per term. In some cases, with the permission of the registrar and program director, you may

Attendance
All students must be on campus through the fall and spring exam periods. According to Commonwealth of Massachusetts H6642, a bill enacted in October 1985 and effective in January 1986, any student who is unable because of his/ her religious beliefs, to attend classes or to participate in any examination, study or work requirement on a particular day shall be excused from any such examination or study or work requirement, and shall be provided with an opportunity to make up such examination, study or work requirement which he/she may have missed because of such absence on any particular day If conflicts are unavoidable and you must miss an hourly or mid-term examination for religious reasons, you will be offered an opportunity to make up the work. It is your responsibility, however, to inform instructors in ample time to make other arrangements.

Absence from classes


Students who must be absent for more than a few days should inform their program director or the Associate Dean of Students who will notify the appropriate faculty members. Extended absences may preclude receiving course credit at the discretion of the faculty member or program director. Normally, any students absent from class for more than two weeks without approval from their program director will not receive credit for that course(s). under these circumstances a grade of WD (withdrawn) will be given for each class from which the student has been absent.

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dates are subject to change. please confirm final dates with the school you are interested in cross-registering into. all drops are subject to the approval of your home school. the drop deadlines for hks students can be found on the 20102011 academic calendar. fall 2010: drop full semester course without notation sept. 17, drop with notation nov. 30 spring 2011: drop full semester course without notation february 11, drop with notation april 21.

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to the time of the exam. If you are not excused and fail to sit for the exam, you will receive a grade of ABS. This may be converted to a letter grade only if you received advance permission from the registrar or present medical documentation that you were suddenly seriously ill at the time of the exam. If you have an excused absence, you will be required to take a make-up exam, scheduled by the individual instructor. Failure to drop a course will also result in a grade of ABS. If you receive an ABS or a grade of E in two classes, you may be required to withdraw.

gRades and cRedIts


What is the HKS grading system?
HkS courses are graded A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, and E. The requirement for graduation is a B average. Courses with grades of E, uNS, INC, ABS, or AWD may not count toward graduation. The lowest grade for which you can receive credit toward graduation is D. Instructors teaching reading and research courses will award grades of SAT (satisfactory) or uNSAT (unsatisfactory). No letter grades may be awarded in these courses. An HkS grade below B- is a failing grade for any required course or distribution requirement. Individual grades will not be released to students by the Office of the Registrar. unofficial transcripts may be viewed and printed using the SPARkS system.
DEANS RECOmmENDED gRADE DiStRibutiON a ab+ b 1015% 2025% 3040% 2025%

Pass/Fail

Auditing
There is no audit option for HkS courses. Audits at other faculties will not appear on students academic records.

b(or below) 510%

Incompletes
If you have not completed required written assignments and have the instructors approval in writing by the end of reading period in that semester, you will be awarded an INC (incomplete) in lieu of a letter grade. Normally, an INC is regarded as a temporary grade with the deadline for the completion of the work no later than the last day of the reading period of the next semester. In order to extend the deadline beyond the normal due date, you must file a Petition to Extend an Incomplete (available from the Office of the Registrar) which must be approved and signed by the instructor. The instructor is under no obligation to grant either an INC or these further extensions. Once the work has been completed and a letter grade assigned, the instructor will submit a Grade Change Report form to the Office of the Registrar and the grade will be changed on your transcript. Grades or grade changes that are submitted after established deadlines are subject to approval by the registrar. If the work has not been completed by the deadline or an extension has not been granted, the INC becomes a permanent grade of Permanent Incomplete (PI), and the course may not be counted towards graduation. If you receive a grade of INC for a cross-registered course, check with the registrar at the host school for its policy on a grade of INC.

Do i need to maintain a certain grade average in order to graduate?


Yes, the requirements include:

MPP and MPP/UP students


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B- or better in all required core courses, including the PAC courses, and the PAE. B average in all courses as listed above and in all other courses counting as credits toward graduation Any grade below a B- in a core or PAC course or the PAE is a failing grade. Normally, withdrawal without the possibility of readmission will be required upon a second failure of the same core course or the failure of two different core courses.

MPA/ID students
l l l l

Absent/Failure to Drop
To obtain credit in an HkS course for which there is a final examination, you must attend the exam unless excused by the registrar for serious illness or family emergency prior

B- or better in all required courses, including the second-year policy analysis (SYPA) B average in all courses as listed above and in all other courses counting as credits toward graduation Any grade below a B- in a core or PAC course or the PAE is a failing grade. Normally, withdrawal without the possibility of readmission will be required upon a second failure of the same core course or failure off two different core courses.

MPA (two-year and one-year) students


An overall average of B is required for graduation. Although grades for all completed courses will appear on the students transcript, only the sixteen or eight credits

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You are not permitted to take courses on a Pass/faIL basis unless the instructor indicates that all grades awarded in the course will be either pass or fail. If you cross-register to other schools and are given the option of being graded on a PASS/FaIL or letter grade system, you must select the letter grade option on your cross-registration form.

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Normally, you will have until the end of the next semesters exam period to remedy this situation. In most cases, failure to do so will result in required withdrawal.

Cross-registered courses
You must meet the grade requirements of the faculty in which your course is offered. The lowest passing grade at The Fletcher School is B-. A grade of III is considered a passing grade at Harvard Business School but no HkS credit is awarded for a Harvard Business School grade of IV. See cross-registration section for general information on cross-registering.

in addition to a grade, how are credits awarded?


Courses are awarded one credit for a term-length course and one-half credit for a module. There are also a few courses labeled Y. These courses are equivalent to onecredit course, but they normally meet for the entire year and meeting times vary. You must complete both terms in order to receive credit for the course. Other schools at Harvard use different systems for awarding credit. Be sure that you understand how much HkS credit your cross-registered courses will earn. Refer to the table of credit equivalencies.

What if i cant maintain the required average?


You will be placed on academic probation at the end of any semester if you receive: l less than a B average in the requisite number of courses for your degree program l C+ or below in any core course or distribution requirement course

Credit equivalencies
HKS buSiNESS SCHOOL gRADuAtE SCHOOL Of DESigN DiViNitY SCHOOL gSE fAS ** LAW SCHOOL * 1 CREDit 3 credit 4 units half course or 2 modules 4 credits half course or 2 modules all courses of 2 or more credits when they meet for the entire term plus the winter term if applicable 4 credits 5 or more units 1 unit 1 semester course with total credits equal to 9 or more 2 semester course with total credit units equal to 18 or more 5 to 8 units 2 CREDitS --full course or 8 studio units full course 8 credits full course --.5 CREDit 1.5 credits (half-course) 2 units 1 module 2 credits 1 module ---

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2 or 3 credits 2.5 to 3.75 units

an Inc at hls is a permanent grade

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with the highest grades will be counted toward fulfilling the graduation requirements. A grade of B- or above is required in distribution requirements and those courses must be included in the eight or sixteen courses counted. This means if a Mid-Career student were to receive a D in one elective course out of nine, but a B average in the other eight courses, the D would be ignored in computing the average. On the other hand, if a D appeared as one of only eight grades, it would have to be offset by two As in order to achieve an overall B average. Failing grades are not computed in any averages, although they will appear on the transcript. Normally, withdrawal without the possibility of readmission is required upon failing a course fulfilling one distribution requirement twice or upon failing courses that fulfill two different distribution requirements.

grade changes
Students may not ask faculty members to review a final grade once it has been submitted to the Office of the Registrar unless there has been a mathematical miscalculation in the computation of the grade.

What if i fail to qualify for graduation?


In the unlikely event that you do not meet the academic requirements for graduation, you typically will be required to withdraw from the school for a period of at least one semester. Readmission is not guaranteed, but you may petition through your program director to be permitted to return. Should you be permitted to return, you will have only one additional semester in which to meet the academic requirements for graduation. Tuition will be charged per credit in this situation.

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information resources and programs that provide careerrelated experience. Call 617-495-1161 for further information or check out their website at hks.harvard.edu/degrees/ oca.

student life
being back in school can be overwhelming. In addition to academic decisions which classes to take and how to cross-register, for example there are lots of questions you have about the rest of what goes on in your life: where to work out, how to get involved in activities, where to park your car and who to turn to for child care resources. although this section cant tell you how many calories are burned in an hour on the treadmill, it will answer some of the other important questions in your life.

family policy and Child Care


How does the school support student parents? Where can I get information on child care?
As a matter of policy and philosophy, the kennedy School strongly supports students with children and other family obligations. Pregnancy or family obligations should not, in themselves, constrain students enrollment in kennedy School courses or participation in the normal academic and extracurricular life of the school. For further information regarding our policies and support systems for student parents, contact your program director or the assistant director of Degree Programs for Student Affairs. For information on child care and other resources for student parents, visit the student parent page on our life at HkS website: hks.harvard.edu/degrees/life/student-resources. Additionally, you may e-mail or join our student parent listserv (studentparents@lists.ksg.harvard.edu) to communicate and share ideas with fellow student parents.

Communications program
I need help with my public speaking and presentation skills!
The Communications Program was designed with you in mind. Free to students, the program works closely with faculty to identify oral and written communications competencies and offers workshops and one-on-one consultations with trained preceptors.

Academics
Where do I go if I need extra academic help outside the Kennedy School?
One place to turn is the Bureau of Study Counsel, whose services are available on a limited basis for consultation on matters relating to studies. The bureau is located at 5 Linden street and also offers tutoring in particular courses for a fee.

Computers
Where are computers for student use located at the school?
More than 120 computers are available exclusively for student use. Most are located in the computer lab (Taubman Building, ground floor), with others located throughout the campus. Additionally, five computer carrels are available for group work and can be reserved in advance. Students on campus with laptop computers may access Internet resources through the HkS wireless network.

books
Where do I buy my textbooks?
Head to the Harvard Cooperative Society (the Coop) in Harvard Square the official carrier of Harvards textbooks. It is probably best to wait until the first class meeting before purchasing books. Harvard students are eligible for Coop membership. You may want to investigate online textbook sources to compare costs.

Office of Career Advancement


How do I get career development advice?
The mission of the Office of Career Advancement is to assist students and alumni in creating comprehensive career plans and executing strategic searches for positions of leadership within the public, private and nonprofit sectors worldwide. By utilizing the Office of Career Advancements resources, you develop career-planning and job-hunting skills to employ throughout your career. Resources focus on three primary areas: human resources,

Copy services
Whats available?
You can use the coin or Crimson Cash-operated photocopy machines in the library. There are also a number of commercial photocopy services throughout the Harvard Square area. The photocopy machines in the schools public areas are not accessible to students.

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Disabilities
Where do I go for information on disabilities?
Students with physical or learning disabilities should consult upon arrival with the schools disability coordinator and their program director, both of whom will work closely with students requiring accommodation. All incoming students requesting accommodation must submit a Disability Notification Form (hks.harvard.edu/ newadmit/secure/disability%20notifiCation%20 foRm.pdf) and medical documentation from a physician or health care provider that specifies the students functional limitations and the requested accommodations. For more information, please visit hks.harvard.edu/degrees/life/ student-resources.

Counseling sources
What can I do if I need someone to talk to?
There are several places to turn if you need help, depending on whether it is academic or personal.

For academic help


Generally, problems that are specifically involved with course work (the nature of work, grades, etc.) should be addressed to the instructor of the course. Other areas of concern should be brought to the registrar or program directors who are the central source of advice and counsel for all matters related to the academic progress and success of students. There are both formal and informal procedures in place to ensure that serious grievances may be resolved promptly and equitably. Any of the following individuals may be contacted if a problem arises: Dean of Students, Associate Dean of Students, Registrar, director of MPP Program, director of MPA Programs, director of the MPA/ID Program, and director of PHD Programs. Harvard has many services for academic help. Your program director can help you to seek assistance.

E-mail and HKS intranet


E-mail accounts are given to each student and can be accessed with a Web browser through the HkS Intranet (see below). Students can also use programs such as Outlook to check their e-mail. Student e-mail addresses are permanent and are available for use after graduation. Each kennedy School student receives a customized version of the HkS Intranet, a central portal for online materials at the kennedy School. From the HkS Intranet students can check e-mail, download class materials, view school-wide announcements and calendars even check the local weather forecast. The HkS Intranet is accessible from any Internet-connected computer, anywhere in the world.

For personal help


Ombuds program The Ombuds Program provides impartial and confidential assistance to any community member who requests help in achieving resolution to a problem. The goal of the program is to improve communication, promote fairness and help identify and resolve institutional problems. A brochure describing this program is available outside L131.

Professional and peer counseling


university Health Services huhs.harvard.edu/ourservices/counselingmentalhealthsupport.aspx provides a wide range of personal counseling as does the Bureau of Study Council, bsc.harvard.edu. If you prefer talking to another student, In Common is a confidential peer support network for graduate students. See its Web site at www.digitas. harvard.edu/~incommon.

Employment
Can I earn money while Im here as a student?
If youre a first-year or Mid-Career student, you must have permission to work from the director of your program. In the second year, you may work. Many students work as course assistants (usually second-year students only). Students are assigned positions by the assistant dean for teaching support. It is recommended that students work no more than 1012 hours per week. Students are not permitted to assist in a course that they are simultaneously taking for credit. International students may only be employed by Harvard and may work no more than twenty hours per week. For further details, check the Harvard International Office Web site at www.hio.harvard.edu.

International students
International students are always welcome to consult with any of the program directors and/or Office of the Registrar staff. The International Students Office in Holyoke Center will provide sources of information and counsel.

Course materials Office


What does the Course Materials Office offer?
Commonly referred to as the CMO, this office sells materials reproduced for HkS courses. Located in Belfer G06, the CMOs hours are posted outside the office. Course materials must be charged to the term bill.

Health services
Am I required to carry health insurance?
Yes. All full-time Harvard students must subscribe to the university Health Services. This is mandatory and cannot be waived. Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance is charged to all students, but may be waived under certain circumstances. Refer to the university Health Services Web site

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Lockers
Will I be assigned a locker?
Small lockers are available at no charge on a first-come first-served basis. Normally, requests for lockers exceed the number available, so students are expected to share lockers. Lockers are assigned by the Office of the Registrar, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 165. Note that anything (notices, posters, etc.) affixed to the outside of the locker will be removed. Occasionally, the school is required by federal security regulations to have all lockers emptied. This usually happens only when a head of state visits the school for a public event. In such instances, students are given ample notice to empty their lockers. When these security sweeps are conducted, the school is required to open and empty all lockers that remain closed. Note: There is a $10 fee for replacement of lost locker keys.

(www.uhs.harvard.edu) for further information. Waivers are only good for one year. Health coverage begins August 1 and ends July 31.

What health services are available?


If you are ill, severely upset or distressed, you should go to the university Health Services, Holyoke Center, where you will receive professional advice and counsel on medical and personal problems. In addition, the following medical and psychiatric services are currently available for students who are referred for drug- or alcohol-related problems: l inpatient detoxification in Stillman Infirmary l individual psychotherapy through the Mental Health Service l individual and group educational programs provided by the health educator l referral through the Mental Health Service to rehabilitation and reentry programs The members of the Mental Health Service are available at all times on an emergency basis to respond to acute situations.

publications
Besides this handbook, are there other souces of informationI may find helpful?
Yes! They include: Harvard Kennedy School course information up-todate information about all HkS courses is available in the kennedy School course pages online at hks.harvard.edu/ degrees/teaching-and-courses. tell Someone Distributed at registration, tell Someone provides information about sexual harassment policies. Hearing officers are listed in the publication. the unofficial guide to Life at Harvard Written by Harvard students, this guide offers a comprehensive and opinionated evaluation of everything from restaurants to laundries and supermarkets throughout the greater Harvard-Cambridge area. Copies can be purchased at the Coop. Harvard Kennedy School magazine Harvard kennedy School magazine keeps alumni and friends up to date on the events and activities of the schools alumni, students, and faculty. The award-winning magazine is published two times a year.

Id cards
How do I get my Harvard ID card?
Your Harvard student picture ID card will be issued at registration. You should carry it with you it is needed to access a number of buildings and libraries at the university and for evening and weekend access to the school. You will be required to swipe your ID through card readers at those times. Lost ID cards should be reported immediately to the university ID Card Office in Holyoke Center. Graduating students ID cards expire on June 30.

Library
The kennedy School library is part of the Harvard university system of nearly 100 libraries and should be your first resource. However, students may need to visit other Harvard libraries to use the broader, historical collections for in-depth research. The HkS library supports the current teaching and research of faculty and students and provides most of the readings required for courses, as well as collections of the most useful current materials relating to public policy, management and current affairs. Access to a broad range of electronic information resources is available from the librarys Web site hks.harvard.edu/library. The library offers periodic orientations. In addition, reference staff are available to provide research assistance to individuals Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For library hours, see hks.harvard.edu/library/about_hours. htm.

Enrollment Services
Enrollment Services is comprised of the Office of the Registrar and Student Financial Services.

Office of the Registrar


Besides registration, what does the Office of the Registrar do?
In addition to registering students, the Office of the Registrar at 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 165, can answer questions regarding academic rules, regulations and procedures including tuition payments, course registration, grades, course ADDS and DROPS, changes of address,

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enrollment in the school. Generally, the student files contain: the admissions application (essays, previous transcripts, letters of recommendation, and general correspondence); correspondence with the student; and information related to disciplinary matters for those students who have had matters before the Administrative Board or Committee on Rights and Responsibilities which become part of the record. Financial aid records are maintained in the Student Financial Services Office. Student transcripts are maintained for all past and present students in the Office of the Registrar. All other alumni records are stored in university archives.

degree requirements and student records. The office also coordinates commencement.

Student financial Services


Where can I get information on financing my education?
The Student Financial Services Office, 124 Mt. Auburn Street, Suite 165, serves as a resource for exploring means of financing ones education. Student eligibility for federal and institutional aid is based on financial need as determined by federal and/or institutional guidelines. Institutional support is very limited. Therefore, students are encouraged to make a conscientious effort to obtain financial support from outside fellowships, private sources, or from their employing agencies before seeking funds from the school because of limited institutional aid resources (see Financial Matters in this handbook).

How do I access my student records?


Students can view their file by filling out a request form in the Office of the Registrar. The file will normally be available in 24 hours. The Office of the Registrar does not copy transcripts or diplomas from other colleges or recommendations for student use. upon reviewing records, a student may seek an amendment to their file if they believe it to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of their privacy rights. Requests for amendments must be in writing detailing the information in question and submitted to the registrar for review. Complaints regarding alleged violation of rights of students under FERPA may be submitted in writing within 180 days to the Family Policy Compliance Office, u.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4605.

How do i plan an event or conference?


For detailed guidelines and policies regarding planning student events and conferences, please refer to the student event and conference page on our student services Web site: hks.harvard.edu/degrees/life/event-planning. Contact the Director of Student Affairs with requests for additional information.

Security/student escort service


If I study late at night, is there an escort service?
Yes. If you would like an escort to another Harvard building or a Harvard parking lot, call the Student Escort Service of the Harvard university Police at 617-495-1216. Depending on how many people they need to escort, you may have to wait up to 45 minutes.

What is FERPA?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) dictates what student information is, and is not, considered private. The purpose is to protect access to student records and restrict the conditions under which information may be released. The information given below is consistent with the terms of FERPA. To ensure your information is not published in the Harvard University directory, you must submit a request for a FERPA block by September 30.

Weather
In the event of a snow storm or other serious weather advisory, the executive dean of the kennedy School will determine whether or not classes will be cancelled at approximately 6:00 a.m. (If you are concerned about your own personal safety due to bad weather, please do not travel to school even if classes are not cancelled.) You may access this information in the following ways. 1 617-495-1033 2 from the emergency information footer on the HkS homepage (hks.harvard.edu/emergency) 3 radio station closing announcements

What is considered public information?


The following information is treated as public information and will be given to anyone on request unless a student stipulates otherwise: l name
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program degree received or date anticipated date of attendance at HkS

Student records
Who maintains official student records and what do they include?
Official records of current students are maintained in the Office of the Registrar. This includes the admissions file as well as information accumulated during the students

Any student may request that this information be treated confidentially. Ordinarily, it would still be made available to a faculty member or officer of the school on request.

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Forum events
Where can you see President Felipe Calderon, Nobel prize winner Muhammad unus, Stephen Colbert, Elizabeth Edwards, and Mikhail Gorbachev all in one semester? The Forum, of course. The focal point of activity at the kennedy School for more than 20 years, the John F. kennedy, Jr. Forum in fact means two things at the school: the physical space that serves as cafeteria and meeting place by day and the location for often-heated speeches by night; including discussions by heads of state, political leaders, labor organizers, academics and community activists.

Are my student records open to the public?


No. In appropriate cases, educational records are disclosed without a students knowledge or consent to Harvard officials with legitimate educational interest in the records. School officials include faculty, administrators, clerical, professional employees, and agents of the university such as independent contractors performing functions on behalf of the university. Examples of legitimate educational interest include situations where an employee or agent of the university has a need to provide advice to or about the student or former student, or to evaluate or assist with the students or former students standing with the university. Other examples of legitimate educational interest include situations where disclosure is required to operate or manage a university-sponsored academic or administrative program, or to perform student-related administrative, security, disciplinary, or other service.

Brown Bags
More intimate than Forums, Brown Bag discussions take place as often as every day at the school. Hosted by experts in various fields, Brown Bags are often sponsored by the HkS research centers. Participants are encouraged to bring lunch. Notices about Brown Bags are posted on HkS Today and on bulletin boards.

transcripts
How do I get a copy of my transcript?
You will receive, free of charge, one official transcript, mailed upon completion of your degree. Current students and graduates can submit additional transcript requests through the National Student Clearinghouse, our authorized transcript provider. There is a small fee per order. No additional transcripts will be released to you or a third party if you have a student bill balance. Transcripts issued directly to you will be stamped Issued to Student. Transcripts will not be released either to you or to third parties without your written authorization. Neither faxed nor telephone requests will be honored; all requests must go through the National Student Clearinghouse. The purpose of this rule is to protect you from any unauthorized use of your student record. For more information on how to order a transcript through the Clearinghouse, please visit www.hks.harvard. edu/degrees/registrar/forms/transcripts.

How can i get more involved with other students at the school?
Student government
The kennedy School Student Government (kSSG) is one of the main focal points of the student community. Every year, you and your fellow students will elect officers and class representatives who along with club and caucus leaders form the main body of the kSSG. This body is charged with a number of responsibilities including: representing student concerns to the administration, allocating funds to student groups, and planning social and academic events throughout the year. For more information about the kSSG, visit www.kssg.org.

Student clubs and caucuses


Clubs and caucuses are groups comprised of students who share similar interests or backgrounds. Supported by the kSSG, club and caucus members convene to discuss important societal issues, sponsor events, help bring influential speakers to the school and work with the HkS administration to ensure that their interests are integrated within the school community. Clubs and caucuses are not necessarily political in nature.

beyond books
i know that the school offers a lot of ways to enrich my education outside the classroom. What are they?
IOP study groups
Hosted by the Institute of Politics each semester, noncredit, extracurricular study groups on politics and public policy issues are held at the school. Led by men and women active in public life, including resident IOP fellows, the study groups cover topics on local, state, national and international politics and vary in scope. Well-known guest speakers frequently participate. Study groups are informal. Participation in discussion is encouraged, as is weekly attendance, but neither is mandatory.

The Citizen
the Citizen, the kennedy Schools student newspaper, is written, edited and staffed completely by current students. For more information on becoming involved, e-mail the_ citizen@ksg.harvard.edu. The paper is published biweekly and is free-of-charge.

Student journals
There are several ongoing publications produced by students at HkS, including the Journal of Hispanic policy, the Journal of african-american public policy, the asian

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The Harvard Coop bookstore has a variety of Boston tour books. l The Harvard Information Center on the street level of Holyoke Center is a good starting point for those wishing to become more familiar with the Harvard campus. l Local newspapers are great. Every Thursday, the Boston Globe includes a supplemental calendar of local activities and performances for the upcoming week. Free papers, such as the improper Bostonian and Stuff@nite, and metro are available around the Square. The Boston phoenix also provides calendars of events, focusing heavily on the art and music scene. The Harvard Gazette lists all university events. l Boston.com is a comprehensive Web site on Boston arts, transportation, the media, maps, neighborhood profiles, real estate, and more. l Harvards homepage includes a useful link to places of interest in the area including nearby restaurants, maps, and taxi cab phone numbers. Go to www.harvard.edu/ about/harvardsquare.html. l The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce Web site offers a host of information at www.cambridgechamber.org.
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american policy Review, the Womens public policy Journal, and the Kennedy School Review.

Community service
Get involved! Community and public service are central to the HkSs mission of preparing students for future leadership roles. The Office of Public Service (OPS) organizes volunteer opportunities for students, staff, and faculty in and around Cambridge and Boston. The office offers onetime service opportunities and has also established several ongoing partnerships with schools and nonprofits. Stop by the office in Belfer Town Hall or contact ops@ksg.harvard. edu for more information.

What about life beyond the Kennedy School?


Athletics
If youre interested in working out, there are extensive athletic facilities and programs available at Harvard. Popular athletic facilities include Blodgett Pool (617-495-1789) adjacent to Harvard Stadium, an Olympic-sized pool with showers and saunas; Weld Boat House (617-495-2226) diagonally across from the kennedy School (requires passing a 100-yard swimming test prior to taking out boats); Harvard Sailing Pavilion (617-495-3434) at Memorial Drive and Wadsworth Street (also requiring a swim test); the Indoor Track and Tennis Center featuring an indoor running track, Nautilus, weights and tennis courts. Onehour reservations can be made for tennis courts in person no more than one day prior to the desired date. Detailed information about athletics, including undergraduate varsity schedules, is available at the Harvard Athletic Office, 60 JFk Street. To buy tickets for varsity games, stop by the Harvard Ticket Office in Harvard Yard.

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Harvard
Being a kennedy School student also means you are a Harvard student. With eight museums, four theaters, and numerous libraries at Harvard, there is an abundance of resources to turn to. In addition, each school opens its doors to the university community, sharing courses, lectures, and other social and professional development events. Good ways to keep informed include the Harvard Gazette and scanning the Harvard Web site at www.harvard.edu. The university-wide Graduate Student Council promotes the interests of all Harvard graduate school students. There are three HkS representatives on the Council.

gettIng aRound
i dont have a car. How can i get around?
Count yourself among the lucky. Parking in and around Harvard is very limited and often expensive. In addition, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts requires all graduate students to register their cars in Massachusetts, which often means high insurance rates and excise taxes. university parking facilities are also limited. No fear there are alternatives.

The subway
Referred to as the T and officially called the MBTA, the nations oldest subway system is extensive and very accessible to Harvard from most destinations. Buses cost $1.50; the subway is $2.00. Details about routes are available from token counters at the Harvard Station in Harvard Square and on the MBTA Web site or call 617-222-5000 and request the Information Line. Daily commuters should consider a Charlie Card, which is a monthly pass.

Cambridge and Boston


Both Cambridge and Boston are vibrant cities, offering lots to do for students (often at discounted rates) and families. A variety of publications provide lists and reviews of the various attractions and services throughout the area, including: l the Unofficial Guide to Life at Harvard (see page 17).

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Any student-group stationery that uses the kennedy School name must identify itself on the letterhead as a student organization. Individual students may use the schools official letterhead only with permission from the registrar. While a student always clearly identify your student status by saying: Candidate for the Degree of [name of your degree].

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Harvard shuttle bus


Operated by the university free of charge, the shuttle service runs to and from the various regions of the Cambridge campus. Drivers will request that you present your Harvard ID when boarding the bus. Bus stops are marked with special crimson and gray signs. The schedule can be found at www.uos.harvard.edu/shuttle.

Bikes
Many students ride bikes to the HkS. Bike racks are situated around the school grounds. A strong lock is a necessity. Please wear a helmet.

What are my parking options?


Parking can be purchased in Harvard garages about eight blocks away from HkS. Harvard parking stickers cost about $880 per academic year for commuters and about $1,710 for 10 months for those living in Harvard residence halls. The parking spots are unreserved and not guaranteed. There is little street parking in the vicinity of the kennedy School and the Harvard Square area. Commercial parking lots are very expensive and Cambridge police ticket, tow and/or boot illegally parked cars regularly. Remember, as mentioned above, you are required to register your car in the state. Failure to do so may subject you to steep fines if you are stopped by the Massachusetts police. You should check with the Harvard Parking/Police Office upon your arrival for further information.

pets
No pets are allowed on school grounds, except for guide dogs.

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Control advisories: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/ cis_pa_tw_1168.html and http://www.cdc.gov/travel. All students are provided with an ISOS card (International Travel Insurance Card) for medical emergencies and emergency evacuations which can be used by individuals conducting student business (i.e., PAE research, student internship work) overseas. Students should register their ISOS International Insurance card prior to traveling. For more information on the ISOS cards and services visit: vpf-web.harvard.edu/rmas/4_insurance/ intlsosdesc.html.

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Alarms
In the event of an alarm sounding in any kennedy School building, immediately leave through the nearest exit, and proceed to the John F. kennedy Park to await further instructions.

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missing persons policy
As required under federal law, the Harvard kennedy School immediately will refer any missing persons report involving a student to the Harvard university Policy Department. If HuPD determines that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours, then, within the 24 hours following this determination, the School, working with HuPD as necessary, will: (1) attempt to contact the student using any confidential contact information that the student may have provided to the School; (2) notify an appropriate external law enforcement agency; (3) contact any person the student has identified to the Registrar as an emergency contact; and (4) notify others at the university, as appropriate, about the students disappearance. Students are reminded that they may provide the Registrar with emergency contact information and/or confidential personal contact information if they have not already done so.

Academic policies
What are my responsibilities as a student?
The kennedy School has a commitment and obligation to produce graduates who are ethical professionals. To this end, all students are expected to abide by the regulations described below. They address the expectations that the school has concerning both the academic and social behavior of its students.

Exams
No communication is permitted between students during an examination and no student is permitted to keep any books or papers with him/her during an examination except with the express permission of the instructor.

Original work
As stated in the Original Work Code, it is expected that all work submitted must be researched and written by the student whose name appears on the document, unless otherwise authorized. Explicitly, this means: It is acceptable for a student to ask others to read written assignments and provide responses. Acceptable forms of feedback/response are: 1 tutoring or actual instruction This should come from faculty, course assistant/teaching fellows (CA/ TFs) and/or preceptors. While such instruction may give students direction for improving their writing and, using examples from the work itself, specifics for revisions, students should not expect that this instruction will provide extensive editing or the correction of errors. feedback from classmates This should take the form of asking for general responses to the ideas expressed and/or the clarity of presentation. Classmates may make suggestions about how to improve the assignment, generally, but should refrain from making specific revisions or corrections.

Student gifts
Gifts from a student to a faculty member are strongly discouraged while enrolled in a class taught by the faculty member, and at no time, should the value of the gift to faculty or staff exceed $50 u.S.

Safe travel
All students traveling with financial support from the kennedy School, as well as those students expecting some form of academic credit following research or internshiprelated travel, will be required to sign an Assumption of Risk and General Release Form prior to traveling internationally. The school reserves the right to withhold funding for travel to countries where you might be placed in serious danger. Take the time to assess risk before you travel and consult the State Department and Centers for Disease

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physical abuse (including, but not limited to, rape or sexual assault), verbal abuse, harassment, coercion or other conduct which threatens the health or safety of any person; theft of or damage to property; violation of published university rules or federal, state or local law on university premises or at university-sponsored activities; and misuse or abuse of library or computer facilities. Additional behavior that may violate the social norms of the kennedy School or Harvard university may be subject to disciplinary sanctions.

It is not acceptable for students to ask someone, either paid or unpaid, to: 1 rewrite an assignment; 2 extensively edit or correct a written assignment to improve either the contents or the presentation; 3 translate any part of a written assignment. It is the expectation of every course that all work submitted to it will have been done solely for that course. If the same or similar work is submitted to any other course, the prior written permission of all instructors involved must be obtained. Work used previously for another school or professionally also requires prior written permission.

Hazing
Hazing in connection with initiation of new members into student organizations is prohibited by state law. If you fail to comply with the law, you will be subject to disciplinary action by the schools Committee on Rights and Responsibilities ranging from admonition up to and including expulsion.

Collaborative work
kennedy School students must also recognize the ethical obligations that arise out of the assignment of collaborative work in some HkS courses. Work of this sort is frequently an integral part of the teaching process in this school, for the school expects students to further the learning and competence of their colleagues. Students should be careful to meet the conditions specified in a collaborative assignment. Permission to collaborate in one assignment does not presume authorization for collaboration in all assignments. Any student uncertain about those conditions should obtain clarification from the instructor. In general, students must fully disclose the contribution of others, including other students, to an assignment. Failure to comply carries an academic penalty and subjects a student to disciplinary action. A student who at any time has a question about these procedures should consult his/her instructor or the program director.

Selling items in the school


There are several rules relating to selling items on the premises of the kennedy School, including: l Anything sold on the school premises must benefit the school or an organization recognized and/or supported by the school. Solicitations and subsequent donations for charitable organizations or relief drives will be considered on a case-by-case basis, provided that they are sponsored by a recognized HkS organization or member of the HkS community. l No one may sell an item which profits only that individual, even if that individual is associated with the school. l Clearance must be obtained through the registrar before setting up a sale. l Graduation tickets may not be sold.

Copyright laws
Laws prohibit the duplication of copyrighted manuals and software. Individuals found to violate copyright laws and restrictions may be subject to disciplinary action and/or prosecution under federal law.

Sexual harassment and sexual misconduct


The kennedy School seeks to maintain an environment for learning and work that is free of sexual harassment or misconduct. Sexual harassment and sexual misconduct are incompatible with the purposes of Harvard university. Sexual harassment may occur when either: 1 submission to or rejection of unwelcome sexual conduct is used as the basis for decisions affecting the terms, conditions or privileges of education or employment; or 2 unwelcome sexual conduct is so severe or pervasive that it alters the terms and conditions of a persons education or employment by creating an intimidating, hostile, humiliating, or sexually offensive educational or working environment. Sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and rape, is considered to be criminal behavior and any such acts committed by a student would subject the student to prosecution by the courts as well as to disciplinary sanction by the school (see page 54 for a description of the disciplinary process).

Forgery
Students may not in any circumstance sign any other persons name or initials on course work, a registration card, plan of study, change-of-course petition, any other official form or petition, or any other document official or unofficial. Students may not change any official petition after it has been approved by the faculty adviser, instructor, registrar or other official whose approval is required.

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Misconduct
The following misconduct may be subject to disciplinary sanctions: cheating, plagiarism, forgery or other forms of academic dishonesty; furnishing false information to university officials; and disruption or obstruction of teaching, research or other university activities, including occupation of a university building. In addition, any of the following behaviors are also grounds for disciplinary sanctions:

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Further, it expects students and employees to create and maintain an environment for learning and working that is safe and healthy and encourages responsible conduct. The use of illicit drugs and the misuse of alcohol are potentially harmful to health. In particular, synthetically produced drugs, which are readily available in the Boston metropolitan area, often have unpredictable emotional and physical side effects which constitute an extreme health hazard. In addition, students are encouraged to weigh the seriousness of potential loss of function that may come from ingesting illicit drugs or too much alcohol. Because of the considerable health hazards involved in drug and alcohol use, administrative, medical and psychiatric services for students having drug problems or difficulty controlling their use of alcohol are available on a confidential basis from the university Health Services. Any member of the university may make use of the Health Services on an emergency basis, day or night. Attention is directed to the fact that Harvard university is not, and cannot be considered as, a protector or sanctuary from the existing laws of the city, state or federal government. Students are reminded that there are heavy penalties, including imprisonment, for possession or distribution of illicit drugs and for selling or delivering alcohol to, or procuring alcohol for, someone under 21. There are also serious penalties for anyone under the age of 21 who purchases, attempts to purchase or arranges to procure alcoholic beverages or to misrepresent his or her age or falsify his or her identification with the intent of purchasing alcohol; anyone, regardless of age, caught falsifying a drivers license, selling or distributing false IDs; and anyone, regardless of age, who operates a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or drugs or with an open container of alcohol.

Any member of the kennedy School community who believes that he or she has been subjected to sexual harassment or sexual misconduct is encouraged to bring the matter to the attention of an appropriate officer of the school. Problems, questions, and grievances can be brought to the attention of and discussed with anyone in a supervisory position at the school. However, some officers of the school are particularly well-informed and well-placed to help with these issues. These officers, including student services officers and program directors, may be especially useful in advising and aiding efforts to resolve a problem. Anyone reporting a case of sexual harassment or sexual misconduct should be assured that these cases are handled confidentially in consultation with the universitys Office of the General Counsel. Information about sexual harassment policies and the hearing officers are listed in the tell Someone publication, which each student receives at registration.

Personal attacks
Personal attacks on the basis of race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, mental or physical disability, social or economic class, and political beliefs are inconsistent with and offensive to our norms of tolerance, respect, and free and open discourse. The school will promptly investigate any actions that may constitute hate crimes or acts of intimidation against individuals. Such acts will be pursued to the full extent of the law and the university Resolution on Rights and Responsibilities. Although it is tempting to try to set norms to regulate speech, any intellectual community must be sensitive to the boundaries of free speech. The school will censure when necessary and appropriate, but will never censor. Though Harvard university is a private institution, it accepts the guidelines of First Amendment jurisprudence that apply to public universities.

See www.uhs.harvard.edu/Resources/ HealthinformationBytopic/alcoholand drugs.aspx. Harvard university promotes the health and wellbeing of its students and employees through its Health Services and other agencies. The unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on Harvard property or as part of any Harvard activities are violations of university rules as well as the law. Possession, use or distribution of certain nonprescription drugs, including marijuana, amphetamines, heroin, cocaine and nonprescription synthetics; procurement or distribution of alcohol if anyone is under 21 years of age; and provision of alcohol to anyone under 21 years of age are violations of law and Harvard policy. The university holds its students and employees responsible for the consequences of their decisions to use or distribute illicit drugs, or to serve or consume alcohol.

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Alcohol and drugs

Does the City of Cambridge policy differ from Harvards?


The City of Cambridge (as does the City of Boston and the Division of Conservation and Recreation) prohibits consumption of alcohol on public property or on property open to the public. The school may take disciplinary action when cases of this type come to its attention consistent with the legal sanctions for the inappropriate use of drugs and alcohol. Officers of the school may initially respond to the use of illicit drugs, underage possession or consumption of alcohol, serving of alcohol to underage individuals, and over-consumption of alcohol with warning and/or referral to health or counseling services. A pattern of behavior in violation of these rules may lead to disciplinary action by the Committee on Rights and Responsibilities ranging from admonition up to and including expulsion. The committee will take serious actions, in the probation and requirement to withdraw range, in any case involving the possession in quantity or the sale or distribution of drugs, or when cases of drug and alcohol use involve danger to individuals or to

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AD Board or CRR. New information in any situation is grounds for reconsideration. Legal representation is not permitted at any disciplinary hearing The AD Board or the CRR may take the following actions:
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the community at large. The Committee on Rights and Responsibilities will take serious action also in cases in which a student falsifies his or her identification with the intent of obtaining alcohol; ordinarily the response for the production and distribution of false identification cards or drivers licenses is probation or requirement to withdraw.

Dangerous weapons
There is a criminal statute prohibiting persons (other than law enforcement officers), regardless of whether or not they have a license, from carrying a loaded or unloaded firearm or any dangerous weapon in a university building or on the grounds of the university without written authorization of the office in charge of the university. A maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine or one year in jail can be imposed.

Disciplinary actions
All students are obligated to be familiar with the academic honesty policy of the kennedy School. Academic dishonesty without intent is not an excuse for misconduct. Violating school rules and behavior norms other than academic can also lead to disciplinary action.

What happens if Ive been charged with an act of misconduct?


Information about the act and any evidence associated with it is presented to the chair of the Disciplinary Review Board who will review this information and evidence with you. You will then have the opportunity to examine the information and/or evidence and to present your version of the event. All of this information is then presented to the Disciplinary Review Board (DRB), composed of appointed school faculty members and officers. The DRB examines the charges. If it finds sufficient reason to believe that you engaged in misconduct, it refers the case to either the Administrative Board (AD Board) or the Committee on Rights and Responsibilities (CRR), depending upon the nature of the misconduct involved (see right). Otherwise, it dismisses the charge. If the DRB is uncertain about which group the case should be referred to, the decision will be made by the chair. The AD Board is composed of school faculty members and officers appointed by the dean. It hears cases forwarded by the DRB involving academic misconduct, such as cheating or plagiarism. The CRR, also appointed by the dean, is composed of faculty, staff and students. It hears charges forwarded by the DRB involving violations of school rules and behavioral norms other than cases of academic misconduct. Students do not usually appear in person before the AD Board or the CRR, although if required to withdraw for disciplinary reasons (i.e., any reason other than academic deficiency), you may request reconsideration in person. You should submit written materials to the DRB,
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charge dismissed admonition A formal rebuke which does not become part of the students official record. a reprimand A formal rebuke which does become a permanent part of the students official record. probation Notification to a student that she/he is in serious danger of being required to withdraw from the school. No student on probation may be recommended for a degree. A student on probation may be required to withdraw by vote of the AD Board or CRR at any time, and, except in very unusual cases, will be required to withdraw if she/he fails to observe strictly any school regulations. The duration and terms of probation are set by the AD Board or CRR. requirement to withdraw Normally effective immediately upon vote of the AD Board or CRR. The students transcript will show a permanent notation that the student was required to withdraw. Students who have been required to withdraw may apply for readmission under terms stipulated by the AD Board or the CRR. dismissal Effective immediately upon a vote of the AD Board and a 2/3 vote of the faculty, a student will be dismissed from the school. A second 2/3 vote of the faculty is required in order to return. Pending the vote of dismissal, or if the 2/3 vote of the faculty is not reached, the student is required to withdraw. (See above.) expulsion Effective immediately upon vote of the AD Board or CRR followed by a 2/3 vote of the faculty. A student who has been expelled may not be readmitted.

Occasionally candidates for admission will make inaccurate statements or submit false material in connection with their application. In most cases, these misrepresentations are discovered during the admission process and the application is rejected. If a misrepresentation is discovered after a candidate is admitted, the offer of admission usually will be withdrawn. If a misrepresentation is discovered after a student has registered, the offer of admission usually will be revoked and the student will be required to leave the school. If the discovery occurs after a degree has been awarded, the degree will usually be rescinded. The determination that an application is inaccurate or contains misrepresentations rests with the Admissions Office and the Office of the Dean of Students, and will be resolved outside of the student disciplinary process. If an act of academic dishonesty is discovered after a student has received a degree, the case would be referred to the DRB.

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Are there other fees I should know about?
Additional fees such as the student activity fee are charged in full on the first term bill. These charges are not prorated if you change your status during the course of the year. If you take a leave of absence or withdraw, your student activities fee will not be refunded. Your student health insurance fee will be refunded only if you withdraw within 90 days of the start of each six months of coverage. From that time until the end of coverage one-half of the fee may be recovered. See the uHS Web site for further details.

Keep the Kennedy School professional


1 Come to school each day ready to interact and learn in a manner respectful of classmates, administrators and faculty. Show up to class on time, do not leave early, and be prepared. utilize the computer lab as a work site, not a social center. Adhere to the rules and norms of the community.

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fInancIal matteRs
Are there fees i should know about?
See http://www.hks.harvard.edu/degrees/sfs/prospectivestudents/tuition for current tuition.

Student bill
Who sends my bill to me each semester?
The Student Receivables Office (SRO) in Holyoke Center. The first bill is e-mailed in July. If you have failed to pay all charges from the previous year as well as fall bill charges by the date of September registration you will usually not be permitted to enroll. Normally, you are not permitted to register for the spring semester if you have a balance. You will receive your monthly E-bill by way of an email notification linking you to a secure site where you will be able to view your bill using your Harvard ID and PIN. Payments may also be made electronically. Harvard university has instructed banks to redeposit any returned checks received for payment of students bills. There is a $50 charge assessed for the first dishonored check and $75 for the second and subsequent checks. If your account indicates a history of dishonored checks, the university may also require that future payments be made in cash or by certified bank check.

Fees
student activity fee active file fee: students on leave of absence and joint degree students late fees: per day for late submission of forms and documents application fee: non-refundable fee submitted with application (all applicants applying during 20092010) acceptance fee: non-refundable tuition deposit applied to your term bill deferral fee: non-refundable tuition deposit applied to your term bill $175. $300. up to $250. $100. $750. $750.

University Health Services fee


Individual: mandatory for all students family university health services: mandatory for all families of students electing blue cross Insurance coverage. optional for others.
l student and spouse (health fee and bc/bs combined) l student, spouse, and one child (health fee and

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$1,126.

$3,726.

bc/bs combined)

$5,402.

blue cross Insurance: mandatory for all international students. optional for u.s. residents who have alternate coverage.
l student l student and spouse l student, spouse, and one child

What about third-party billing?


Harvard will send a bill to a third party only after the following: l If tuition bills are to be paid by a sponsoring agency, you should complete the sponsor verification process via the Student Financial Services Office Web site hks.harvard.edu/degrees/sfs. l Students will continue to receive monthly billing statements regardless of payment arrangements. Students are responsible for managing their bills. l The first bill lists all charges. In paying the bill, pay only those charges which your sponsor is not covering. Your sponsor will be billed in August and your bill will be credited as soon as payment has been received. If your

$1,714. $3,866. $5,106.

for further information on benefit rules and eligibility visit huhs. harvard.edu or contact member services at 617-495-2008.

Miscellaneous charges
Replacement for student Id card phd students registering at gsas should check with gsas for 20092010 tuition and fees. $20.

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Yes. A monthly payment plan is available for a fee of $35 per term. If you are on financial aid and choose the monthly payment plan, you can deduct the amount of your anticipated loans and scholarships/fellowships for the term and pay one-quarter of the balance plus the $35 payment plan fee. If your scholarships/fellowships and loans are greater than the amount of the bill, you will receive a refund check for the credit due after the loans have been disbursed.

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permanent residents of the united States are not eligible for federal educational loans. under certain circumstances, however, they can be considered for institutional aid. International students may apply for private educational loans with an approved U.s. citizen co-signer. Limited borrowing is also possible thorough the Harvard HELP loan program. For more information, see the Student Financial Services Web site shown above. If you are an international student, you should anticipate that your annual expenses might be higher than standard estimated budgets due to long-distance travel and summer expenses. Employment in the united States for international students and their spouses is difficult to find, although part-time work at the university is usually available and permissible under the terms of your visa.

sponsor fails to pay the agreed-upon amounts, you will be responsible for paying these charges. If you occupy Harvard-owned housing, you will be billed through the Student Billing Office; if the organization is paying for rent and if you are renting Harvard housing, sponsors cannot be billed for housing. It is the students responsibility to arrange housing payments directly with the sponsor.

Estimated expenses
Does the financial aid award take into account more than just tuition?
Yes. Financial aid awards are made on the basis of projected educational expenses during a nine-, ten-, or elevenmonth academic program. Budgets are estimated yearly and include tuition, fees, health insurance, books, transportation, personal and living expenses. Budgets may be adjusted for certain other education expenses (e.g., computers and daycare expenses). You may review the student budgets at hks.harvard.edu/degrees/sfs/tuition.

Veterans
Veterans receiving GI benefits should report to the Veterans Affairs Office, Holyoke Center. An Enrollment Certification Form should be requested through the National Student Clearinghouse, our authorized provider of enrollment and degree verifications. Please visit www.hks.harvard.edu/ degrees/registrar/forms/certifcations-of -enrollment-anddegree-verification for information.

How is financial aid money disbursed?


Kennedy School scholarships and fellowships
Scholarships/fellowships for the fall term will be credited to your bill as stated on MYFAID. Funds are available on or after registration day of each term. Before any funds can be disbursed, you must accept your recommendation offer of financial assistance on the MYFAID Web site and submit all requested documentation. Friends of the school (donors, alumni, Visiting Committee members, Deans Council and various advisory boards) are potential sources of support for all HkS students. The Student Financial Services Office distributes such financial support among students equitably and in keeping with the schools objectives. Students are prohibited from directly soliciting the schools supporters.

Leave of absence or withdrawal (required or voluntary)


If I decide to take a leave of absence, how much tuition will I owe for that semester?
if YOu LEAVE: fALL tERm after the first day of class but before the add/drop deadline after the add/drop deadline but before october 15 after october 15 but before november 5 after november 5 but before the final drop deadline after the final drop deadline SpRiNg tERm after the first day of class but before the add/drop deadline after the add/drop deadline but before march 15 after march 15 but before april 5 after april 5 but before the final drop deadline after the final drop deadline 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% 0% 25% 50% 75% 100% pERCENt tuitiON

Loans
A signed promissory note for each loan is required. The Student Financial Services Office will notify you when promissory notes are available for signature. Additionally, plan on attending an entrance counseling session during orientation before any aid can be disbursed. Schedules for entrance counselings will be announced. If the proceeds of the loan exceed the balance due on your bill, a refund check will be prepared for you in the first week of classes. For more information, please refer to the financial aid Web site.

Note: course withdrawals after the drop without notation deadline will be noted on your transcript.

international students
Generally, international students are expected to fund their study at the school through employer, government, or grant agency sponsorship, supplemented by personal and family resources. International students who are not

If you are receiving any form of financial aid, are entitled to a refund, and withdraw from school, a portion of that refund may be returned to a financial aid fund. Specific refund rules apply to federal loans. For more information, contact the Student Financial Services Office.

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counseling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 academic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 alcohol/drug abuse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 peer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 sexual harassment and sexual abuse . . . . . . . . . . . .23 course credit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 evaluations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 load . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 materials office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 150-y rules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 descriptions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 credits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 credit equivalencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 restrictions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 cross-registration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 credit equivalencies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 deadlines . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 grade requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 joint/concurrent degree . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 restrictions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 degree requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 disabilities, students with . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 disciplinary actions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 diversity statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 e-mail and hks intranet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 emergency procedures. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 employment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 restrictions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 exams . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 expenses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 family policy and child care. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 feRpa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 financial aid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 services office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 fire alarms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 forgery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 forum events . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 grades . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 average. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13, 14 graduation requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 harvard coop (official bookstore). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 shuttle bus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 hazing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 health fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 insurance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 human subjects research requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Id cards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Incompletes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 International students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9, 27 Job hunting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Joint/concurrent students . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Journals, student . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 language policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

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absence exam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 leave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10, 11, 27 academic calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15, 19 policies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10, 13, 22 probation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7, 8 acronyms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 add/drop courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 modules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 administrative board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .55 alcohol and drugs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 athletics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 attendance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 auditing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 automobiles/parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 bikes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 brown bags . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 Harvard Kennedy School Magazine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 cambridge and boston . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 alcohol policy (cambridge) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 getting around . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 career services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 caucuses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 child care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Citizen, The (student newspaper) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 codes academic . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 conduct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 diversity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 original work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 collaborative work . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 commencement student bill requirement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 communications program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 community service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 computers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 confidentiality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 copy services . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 copyright laws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23

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leave of absence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 letterhead policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 library . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 loans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 lockers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 misconduct . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 modules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 ombuds program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 original work. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5, 22 parking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 peer counseling . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .16 personal attacks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 personal conduct policies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 pets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21 phd program . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 degree requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 advising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 professionalism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 probation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14 public information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 public transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 publications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17, 19 Reading and research courses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 office of the Registrar. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Registration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 cross-registration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 Religious holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Residency requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 Room reservations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 security/student escort service. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 selling items in the school . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23 sexual harassment and sexual misconduct . . . . . . . . . .23 shopping days . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 student financial services office . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 government (kssg) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 records (access to) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 work (original, collaborative) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22,23 student bills . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 payment plan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 third-party billing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 textbooks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 transcripts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19 transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 tuition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 veterans . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27 Weapons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25 Weather . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .18 Withdrawal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

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