House Life


Adams House Faculty Deans Announce Retirement

Adams House faculty deans Judith S. Palfrey ’67 and John G. “Sean” Palfrey ’67 will retire from their positions at the end of the academic year, they announced in a Wednesday email sent to Adams House affiliates.


Advising from Afar: Tutors Adapt to a Virtual Year

As the pandemic scattered Harvard students across the world this semester, resident and non-resident tutors alike have endeavored to preserve a sense of community that has long defined Harvard residential life.


After a Socially Distant Fall, Freshmen Will Face Blocking Process Next Semester

Despite their unusual introduction to classmates this fall, Harvard freshmen will face the process of blocking — choosing students with whom they will share an upperclassman House — this spring, administrators explained at a virtual panel Wednesday.


Quincy Dining Staff Receive Conflicting Instructions After Staff Member Tests Positive for COVID-19

After a staff member tested positive for COVID-19, Harvard University Dining Services employees and kitchen staff were immediately instructed by a manager to go home when they arrived at the Quincy House dining hall Tuesday morning.


Leverett House Welcomes Katie Daily as Resident Dean

Katie Daily, a former United States Military Academy professor and associate dean, began her appointment as Leverett House’s resident dean on July 1, according to an email sent to House affiliates by Faculty Deans Brian D. Farrell and Irina P. Ferreras.


Harvard Undergraduates Tackle Week-Long Quarantine After Arrival on Campus

The interval between undergradute move-in days and the first week of classes is usually filled with students bustling in Harvard Yard, friends reuniting over meals in the dining halls, and freshmen eagerly learning how to navigate campus.


Bagged Meals, Nose Swabs, and Quarantines: How Students Are Moving Into Harvard’s Dorms During the Pandemic

Before settling into their assigned dorm rooms and beginning their mandated period of quarantine, undergraduates had to complete a highly regimented series of tasks within two hours: undergoing testing, picking up their keys and a day’s worth of pre-packaged meals, and moving into their dorms.


Adams House Resumes Renovations After Five-Month Delay

Construction on Adams House has resumed after a five-month hiatus due to the City of Cambridge’s decision to place a moratorium on construction projects in response to the ongoing spread of coronavirus, according to an email sent to House affiliates Saturday.


Harvard to Track Affiliates’ Wi-Fi Signals as Part of Contact Tracing Pilot

Harvard began piloting Tracefi — a Wi-Fi-based contact tracing system — in Adams House this past Friday in preparation for freshmen and a select group of upperclassmen students’ return to campus later this month.


Left Out of Fall Planning, Harvard Parents Send Demand Letters to Administration

Parents of the Harvard Class of 2022 organized a group lobbying effort urging the University to reduce the College’s tuition, soften leave of absence policies, and better articulate their decision making around why only a limited number of students will be permitted to return to campus.


Undergraduates Will Have ‘Very Limited’ Access to Campus Buildings This Fall, Gay and Khurana Say

Harvard undergraduates living on campus in the fall will have “very limited” access to physical facilities, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay and Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana wrote in an email to faculty and staff Thursday morning.


Harvard’s Leave of Absence Policies, Explained

Harvard students who decide to take a leave of absence this fall will make a series of tradeoffs — sacrificing their eligibility to participate in extracurriculars, school-sponsored jobs, and campus research to buy back in-person time with friends on campus.


Just 15 Percent of Undergraduates ‘Extremely Unlikely’ to Enroll in Online Fall Semester, Per Harvard Open Data Project Survey

Seventy percent of Harvard students are at least somewhat likely to enroll for the fall semester, while 15 percent are extremely unlikely to stay on, the Harvard Open Data Project found in a survey published Sunday.


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