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Student Affairs

What We Do

The Office of Student Affairs oversees student academic status and progress toward their degree as well as adherence to policies.  

The Student Affairs team upholds Harvard Griffin GSAS and Harvard community standards and oversees the academic calendar, administers non-resident and re-admission applications, and supports the dissertation submission process. We administer the MBTA Semester Pass program and organize a robust suite of events, including the International Summer Institute, to welcome and onboard admitted international students. We also partner with key University offices and resources such as the FAS Registrar, Harvard International Office, the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and more. We work closely with members of the Student Center at Harvard Griffin GSAS, Residential Life, Student Services, and Title IX teams to best support students. 

The Office of Student Affairs counts on the invaluable support of Harvard Griffin GSAS Local Designated Resources Seth Avakian and Stephanie Clendenin. They work together to help students address issues of discrimination and bullying in an effort to carry out the University’s enduring commitment to providing an environment where all members of the community can teach, learn, research, and participate fully in the life of the University. 

If you have a concern about something that may have happened to you or that you may have observed or heard about in the community, contact Seth or Stephanie to share your concerns. Bringing a concern to the attention of a Local Designated Resource does not automatically launch an inquiry or investigation. You may request information about the steps involved in pursuing an informal resolution or filing a formal complaint as well as supportive measures, as appropriate.

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Program Director for Nondiscrimination and Professional Conduct
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