Your Student Record
As part of your first registration, you create your student record. You must provide your full legal name, date of birth, legal sex, native language, e-mail address, and postal mailing address. You are responsible for the accuracy of all biographical and contact information that you provide or another person provides on your behalf, both online and on all paper forms and applications. Honesty in all communications, including self-representation, is a requirement of student enrollment.
The Registrar has the right to cancel a student’s registration, at any point in term, upon discovery of inaccurate biographical or contact information. In addition, submission of fraudulent information can be subject to review by the Administrative Board and may be grounds for disciplinary action.
Your Biographical Information
The name that you provide when registering must match exactly the full legal name printed on your passport or other government-issued photo identification. Please check that your name and biographical information are correct in MyDCE. To report a legal name change, a birth date or Social Security number correction, or changes to legal sex or other biographical information, you must submit a Biographical and Contact Information Changes Form to the Registrar’s Office with acceptable documentation, as described on the form.
Your Contact Information
All critical school and course communications are sent via email.
To protect the privacy and security of your student records, you must provide an email address that is unique and not shared with any other person. Duplicate email addresses will be inactivated. Within two business days of registering, you are eligible to create a unique Harvard email account. Your Harvard email account will remain active throughout your term of enrollment or your degree candidacy. If you wish your Harvard email account to be used for Extension School communications, you must update your contact information in MyDCE.
You are responsible for maintaining accurate contact information (email address, postal address, telephone numbers) with the Extension School.
In pursuing higher education, you are choosing to expand your skills and challenge yourself intellectually. You are here to learn in community and receive constructive feedback from faculty, teaching assistants, and course assistants as well as peers.
Our faculty assess student performance carefully and assign grades fairly. Their feedback is meant to help you achieve to learning goals. If you find a grade disappointing, you are expected to engage with your instructors respectfully, knowing they intend to be constructive.
You may ask faculty members for an explanation of grade or qualitative feedback, but you must be careful not to harass them about their assessment. This includes repeatedly contacting an instructor about a grade, challenging an instructor’s comments, pressuring an instructor to change a grade, and stating that you need a particular grade for a certain purpose, such as to meet a program’s admission requirement.
Any of these behaviors can be considered harassment and must be avoided because they violate our student conduct policy. Such violations will likely result in disciplinary action.
See Grades for more information on grading policies.
Your Degree or Premedical Program Application
Harvard Extension School expects that a student’s application to a degree or other Extension program be accurate and complete. Honesty in all forms, including self-representation, is considered a fundamental requirement for degree candidacy.
Occasionally candidates for admission have made inaccurate statements or submitted false materials in connection with their applications. In most cases these misrepresentations are discovered during the admission process, and the application is rejected with notification to the Administrative Board, which may take disciplinary action, including permanent suspension from Harvard Extension School.
If misrepresentations are discovered after a candidate is admitted or a degree has been awarded, dismissal or revocation of the degree will ordinarily result.
Attendance and Participation
Harvard Extension School expects students to be active and engaged participants. We also expect students to behave professionally, treating others with courtesy and respect, refraining from using profanity or socially offensive language.
Students registered in a course for undergraduate or graduate credit are expected to attend all classes or participate online as a distance student, take all exams, and complete and submit all coursework by the stated deadlines from instructional staff or as noted in the course syllabus. Students registered for noncredit are expected to attend and participate in adherence to instructor expectations.
Students are prohibited from using recording devices of any kind in their courses. Students should direct their questions about this policy to the Academic Services office.
Students who are registered in Active Learning Weekend courses, or in online courses with a required on-campus weekend, must attend the entire three-day weekend to earn credit for those courses. (See course descriptions.)
Participation in Courses and Sections Using Web Conferencing
Students are expected to treat web-conference class meetings as if attending class on campus and refrain from any behaviors that could disrupt class. Students are expected to behave professionally, treating others with courtesy and respect. Students should not use profanity or socially offensive language and are required to wear appropriate clothing and avoid inappropriate surroundings.
Students must have and use a camera and microphone when attending web-conference class meetings unless otherwise specified by the instructor.
Students may not join a class while driving or riding in a car. Students are expected to join from a suitable, quiet location, with a device that permits full participation in the class activities.
Many courses include activities that cannot adequately be performed on a mobile device.
COVID-19 Conduct in the Community: Participation in On-Campus Courses and Activities
Harvard Extension School aims to enable student learning and provide a safe place for students to learn and thrive. As such, the community expectations related to COVID-19, outlined in full under COVID-19 Updates, represent our individual and shared responsibility for safe practices among all members of the Harvard Extension School community.
Violation of any COVID-19 protocol will be considered a serious violation and will be addressed by the Office of Student Affairs (OSA).
Failure to adhere to these expectations may result in the revocation of student privileges, including your ability to access the Harvard campus and to participate in the Harvard Extension School experience. You may also be withdrawn from Harvard Extension School if the University determines that you are unable to meet the expectations of your course(s) and program.
Publishing or Distributing Course Materials
Students may not post, publish, sell, or otherwise publicly distribute course materials without the written permission of the course instructor. Such materials include, but are not limited to, the following: lecture notes, lecture slides, video, or audio recordings, assignments, problem sets, examinations, other students’ work, and answer keys.
Students who sell, post, publish, or distribute course materials without written permission, whether for the purposes of soliciting answers or otherwise, may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including requirement to withdraw from the Extension School.
Further, students may not make video or audio recordings of class sessions for their own use without written permission of the instructor.
Submission of Written Work
Students are responsible for ensuring that required written work is submitted and received on time. It is their responsibility to submit work according to instructors’ requirements and obtain proof that the submission has been delivered successfully. This includes work that is submitted in person or by postal mail, e-mail, or an electronic drop box.
Please note that submitting the “wrong document” or “the wrong version of the document” is not grounds for an extension of time, regrading, or any form of re-consideration, nor is it an acceptable defense if plagiarism is detected. Students are responsible for the version of the work that they submit.
Late work may be submitted only with instructor approval and according to instructor policies. Adding or changing courses after registration does not warrant an exception to this policy.
Permission to Engage our Community in Research
All research projects in which students, staff, faculty or other members of our community are invited to participate as subjects, whether for survey or other types of scholarly research, must be approved in advance by Academic Services and in most cases, the Committee on the Use of Human Subjects in Research.
Exclusion From a Course
A student who is consistently not prepared for class, repeatedly fails to attend class or participate online, and whose gross neglect of work is disruptive to the progress of instruction may, after written warning by the instructor, be excluded from the course. The instructor’s warning will specify the steps the student must take to be allowed to continue in the course.
If it is before the drop deadline, the student may voluntarily drop the course as an alternative to exclusion. If it is before the withdrawal deadline the student may voluntarily withdraw from the course for a WD or WN grade as an alternative to exclusion, but may no longer attend or participate. A student who is excluded from a course is prohibited from continuing with it in any way, including attending classes, participating online, taking exams, and submitting work.
The student is assigned the permanent notation EXD (excluded from course), which is equivalent to a failing grade and earns no credit for the course. A student who is excluded from a course is not eligible for a tuition refund for that course.
Administrative Withdrawal is an action taken by the Extension School to remove a student from their course or program. The HES policy on administrative withdrawal is listed below.
A student may be administratively withdrawn from the Extension School in the following circumstances (which may be without warning, if determined to be necessary by the School):
- Alleged criminal behavior: The student has been arrested on allegations of serious criminal behavior, or has been formally charged by law enforcement authorities with such behavior;
- Disruption/Risk to the community: In the School’s judgment, the student’s conduct may have violated a disciplinary rule of the School and the student’s continued presence would pose a significant risk to the safety of any person or a serious disruption to the educational environment of the Harvard community;
- Medical circumstances: (a) The student’s behavior poses a direct threat to the health or safety of any person, or has seriously disrupted others in the student’s community or environment; and (b) either the student’s threatening, self-destructive, or disruptive behavior is determined to be the result of a medical condition or the student has refused to cooperate with efforts by Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) or other health care providers to determine the cause of the behavior. The decision to administratively withdraw a student for health related reasons is made in consultation with the Accessibility Services Office (ASO) or HUHS and based on the best available objective medical evidence (which may consider information from the student’s current and/or former health care providers, if made available by the student), after an individualized assessment of all of the pertinent factors, such as: the nature of the student’s conduct; the nature, duration and severity of the risk; the likelihood of potential injury; and whether reasonable modifications of policies, practices or procedures will mitigate the risk. However, reasonable modifications do not include changes that would fundamentally alter the academic program or unduly burden the School’s resources or staffing capabilities;
- The student has not provided medical documentation as proof of required immunizations.
Before administratively withdrawing a student, the Dean of Student Policy and Governance ordinarily will consult with the Administrative Board and other officers of the University (including the Director of the ASO, as appropriate). The student will be informed of the decision in writing and may request reconsideration by the dean of the Extension School, or by the Administrative Board. A student who is administratively withdrawn will be assigned an interim or permanent grade of WA (administrative withdrawal). Administrative withdrawal is not a disciplinary action; however, an incident that gives rise to administrative withdrawal may subsequently result in disciplinary action. Any student who has been administratively withdrawn may not register for Harvard Extension or Summer School courses and must remain away from Harvard if so instructed by the Extension School. The student must also forfeit tuition and fees. Extension School degree or premedical program candidates who are administratively withdrawn will be administratively withdrawn from their programs.
Non-Discrimination & Anti-Bullying Policy
The University has adopted new policies and procedures to address discrimination and bullying. These policies apply to all students, faculty, staff, researchers, and other members of the Harvard community across all Schools and units, including the Extension School.
Whenever a formal complaint of discrimination or bullying is investigated in accordance with the University’s non-discrimination and anti-bullying policies and procedures, and those procedures result in a finding that a policy violation has occurred, then sanctions or remedial measures will be determined by the Extension School’s Appropriate Official or designee(s), as set forth in those procedures. The Extension School Appropriate Official or designee(s) must accept the finding of a policy violation as final and non-reviewable. The only opportunity to appeal the determination of a policy violation is provided within the University’s non-discrimination and anti-bullying policies and procedures. Decisions about sanctions and remedial measures are final and cannot be appealed.
The following Local Designated Resources in the Extension School serve as a resource for receiving reports and complaints, directing community members to resources, and providing information on supportive measures:
- If you need guidance about a situation involving a student or participant, contact Shirley Greene, Senior Associate Dean of Student Affairs, at ShirleyGreene@FAS.Harvard.edu.
- If you need guidance about a situation involving a faculty member or instructor, contact Mark Lax, Director of Academic Administration, at Lax@FAS.Harvard.edu.
- If you need guidance about a situation involving a staff member, contact Danielle Farrell, Program Officer for Title IX & Professional Conduct, at Farrell@FAS.Harvard.edu or Pamela Galowitz, Program Officer for Title VI & VII and Professional Conduct, at PGalowitz@FAS.Harvard.edu.
At the Extension School, the following individuals have been designated as Appropriate Officials, who serve as the final authority to issue any sanctions under the University’s non-discrimination and anti-bullying policies:
- For situations involving students or participants, the Appropriate Official is Robert Neugeboren, Dean of Student Policy & Governance, Neugebor@FAS.Harvard.edu, or their designee.
- For situations involving faculty or instructors, the Appropriate Official is Lisa Klein Pearo, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty & Academic Affairs, LKPearo@FAS.Harvard.edu, or their designee.
- For situations involving staff members, the Appropriate Official is Scott Jordan, Dean of Administration & Finance, SJordan@FAS.Harvard.edu, or their designee.
Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment
The Extension School has adopted the University-Wide Interim Title IX Sexual Harassment Policy and Interim Other Sexual Misconduct Policy. In addition, the University’s Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment policy addresses sexual harassment and other sexual misconduct alleged to have occurred between September 1, 2014 and August 14, 2020.
In all such cases, the Harvard University Office for Dispute Resolution (“ODR”) and the Harvard University Title IX Office are responsible for implementing the University’s grievance procedures, which will determine whether a student committed a policy violation. Whenever a formal complaint of sexual harassment or other sexual misconduct is investigated and the University’s grievance procedures result in a finding that a policy violation has occurred, the Ad Board must accept that finding as final and non-reviewable. The only opportunity to appeal the determination of a policy violation is provided within the grievance procedures implemented by the ODR and the Harvard University Title IX Office. Appeals within the Extension School pertain only to the decision of the Ad Board in determining discipline.
Rights and Regulations
For information about the federal and state guidelines that Harvard Extension School—and all students—must comply with, see Rights and Regulations.