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General

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Students in Pforzheimer House, when they chose to drink alcoholic beverages, are expected to do so responsibly and ensure that all of their guests to do the same. As hosts, students are responsible for the behavior of their guests. We must uphold the laws of the Commonwealth and the College, and expect that students will work with the Tutors and other House administrators to maintain a fun and safe environment for all activities in the House. We are here to help you host safe social events, and wish to avoid the role of “policing” activities. We can help you plan parties and also to help you if you find that a party or activity becomes more than you feel you can handle.

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Parties can ordinarily be held on Friday, Saturday, and days immediately preceding a holiday. If you are planning a party in which you expect 15 or more guests, please read the private event regulations and have a conversation with your floor Tutor or the Tutor who will be on call that weekend.

All parties must be registered with the House Office. The forms must be submitted to the Resident Dean's Office by 12 noon on FRIDAY.

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If you are planning a party, review and complete the form below and have a conversation with the tutor on call.

We want you to have fun, but please look after yourselves and each other. Party hosts are responsible for guests and their behavior. Parties must be contained within the suite and must not overflow into the hallway. You are responsible for ensuring that guests exit the party and House quietly at closing time.

Read the party regulations carefully and discuss them with your floor tutor. The legal drinking age in Massachusetts is 21. It is a violation of state law for anyone under 21 years of age to possess alcohol and for anyone of legal drinking age to provide someone under 21 years of age. Disciplinary action will not be taken against those who ask for or receive medical help related to alcohol consumption. Do not hesitate to be in touch with any of the tutorial staff or HUPD if you have any concerns. We are here to help and want to hear about any problems from you directly.

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Pforzheimer House has many common rooms, classrooms, and practice rooms for your use and enjoyment. Several living rooms and classrooms can be reserved by Pfoho students and groups with a Pfoho affiliate. The following rooms may be reserved through Sue Watts, House Administrator, by emailing Sue at swatts@fas.harvard.edu: Comstock Living Room, Hastings Living Room, Pfojo (for dance rehearsal, martial arts, yoga, etc.), Pfoho Dining Hall, and three classrooms (Moors 1,2,&3). Refer to the Room Reservation Calendar under the Calendars section to see if your desired room is available, then email swatts@fas with your request. The Holmes Living Room is also available to Pfoho residents for rehearsals, meetings, or individual practice. There is a sign-up sheet and practice rules on the wall outside the room.

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Pfoho is located in the Quad at 56 Linnaean Street. See a google map.

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The polar bear.

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Crimson, black, and white. The crimson is from Harvard and the black and white were Radcliffe's colors.

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56 Linnaean Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

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Facilities

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Fill out this form to report broken laundry equipment.

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No, you may not paint your room. Even if you are willing to paint it back at the end of the year. Sorry.

Room Lottery

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For current Sophomores and Juniors, the room lottery takes place over the month of April. For current Freshmen, rooms will be assigned over the summer.

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This list becomes available after the Junior, Senior April lottery is complete. The following document contains the rooms available for incoming Sophomores for the 2011-2012 academic year.

Available_Rooms_2011_0.pdf

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Here is the link for the room lottery tool: http://pfoho.harvard.edu/lottery_tool/

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Descriptions of the halls along with their floor plans are available on the "About Pfoho" page under the heading "The Halls". Here is the link http://pfoho.harvard.edu/about#the_halls.

Advising

Letters of Recommendation

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Students who are interested in obtaining letters of recommendation for the files must follow the procedures detailed below:

* Contact the instructor, advisor, etc. about writing a letter of recommendation for your academic file.
* Provide each recommender with a Request a Recommendation Letter (Waiver) Form, which must be signed by you and the recommender. This form can be obtained from the Resident Dean's Office or online.
* Recommendation letters should be mailed directly to:

Pforzheimer House
Office of the Resident Dean
56 Linnaean St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Once the office receives letters they will be checked for signatures and for the required accompanying request form, and then placed in your folder. Here is an overview of the Pfoho Dossier Service.

If you need a Dean's Letter to be written on your behalf, then fill out and sign the Request for Dean's Letter form which is available in the Resident Dean's Office and online.

Request a Recommendation Letter (Waiver) Form

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You can request that a letter be sent to a third party by contacting Erin, the Assistant to the Resident Dean, at pforz@fas.harvard.edu or stopping by the Resident Dean's Office. You will need to provide the information outlined in the mailing request form. Your student files are kept in the Resident Dean's office for seven years after you leave Harvard, and in Harvard Archives for eternity.

If you have any questions about these procedures please contact Erin, the Assistant to the Resident Dean, at pforz@fas.harvard.edu, 5-8176, or stop by the Resident Dean's Office.

Instructions

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Dean's letters support applications to professional schools or fellowships. They are written by the House staff, drawing from your educational record and your experiences in the House.

Dean's Letter Request (Waiver Form)

Pre-law

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Please see the pre-law advising page for information about how and when to apply.

Pre-med

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Please see the pre-med advising page for information about how and when to apply.

Sophomore Advising

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You declare a concentration by filling out a plan of study using the Harvard Plan of Study Tool. Instructions can be found here.

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Keeping general letters of recommendation on file is a valuable service provided by the College. You can ask a professor, teaching fellow, supervisor, or mentor for such a recommendation at any time. Your letters will be kept on file in the Pforzheimer House office and can be sent out at your request to employers, graduate schools, or fellowship committees.

Here is a good description of the Pfoho Dossier Service.

As a rule of thumb, you should always ask for a recommendation from the person who best knows you and your work. If your TF is more familiar with the quality of your work than your professor, by all means ask him or her to write you the recommendation. Moreover, do not be shy about asking your recommender whether he or she feels comfortable writing you a good letter. You might also want to supply that person with a detailed resume describing your activities and how they have contributed to your personal or academic development. If you waive your right to view the letter, which is highly recommended, then the letter must be sent directly to the house office.

Letters of Recommendation

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Students who are interested in obtaining letters of recommendation for the files must follow the procedures detailed below:

* Contact the instructor, advisor, etc. about writing a letter of recommendation for your academic file.
* Provide each recommender with a Request a Recommendation Letter (Waiver) Form, which must be signed by you and the recommender. This form can be obtained from the Resident Dean's Office or online.
* Recommendation letters should be mailed directly to:

Pforzheimer House
Office of the Resident Dean
56 Linnaean St.
Cambridge, MA 02138

Once the office receives letters they will be checked for signatures and for the required accompanying request form, and then placed in your folder. Here is an overview of the Pfoho Dossier Service.

If you need a Dean's Letter to be written on your behalf, then fill out and sign the Request for Dean's Letter form which is available in the Resident Dean's Office and online.

Request a Recommendation Letter (Waiver) Form

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You can request that a letter be sent to a third party by contacting Erin, the Assistant to the Resident Dean, at pforz@fas.harvard.edu or stopping by the Resident Dean's Office. You will need to provide the information outlined in the mailing request form. Your student files are kept in the Resident Dean's office for seven years after you leave Harvard, and in Harvard Archives for eternity.

If you have any questions about these procedures please contact Erin, the Assistant to the Resident Dean, at pforz@fas.harvard.edu, 5-8176, or stop by the Resident Dean's Office.

Instructions

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Dean's letters support applications to professional schools or fellowships. They are written by the House staff, drawing from your educational record and your experiences in the House.

Dean's Letter Request (Waiver Form)

Pre-law

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Please see the pre-law advising page for information about how and when to apply.

Pre-med

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Please see the pre-med advising page for information about how and when to apply.

Sophomore Advising

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You declare a concentration by filling out a plan of study using the Harvard Plan of Study Tool. Instructions can be found here.

Website

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Click on the "Create Content" link in the gray box at the bottom of any page. If you do not see the gray box at the bottom of all pages, then you may not be logged in. See "How do I log in?".

Once you have clicked on "Create Content", click on the "FAQ" link. On the resulting page, select the appropriate "FAQ Group", enter the question, enter the answer, and click on the "save" link at the bottom of the page.

To adjust the position of your new pfaq within the group, click on the "order" link at the top of the pfaq page.

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To log in, click on the "log in" link at the bottom of any page and enter your username and password. Administrators, tutors, and some students have accounts.

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Your username is your firstname followed a period followed by your last name, all lowercase ( e.g. mark.woodward ).

The system can not remind you of your current password, but you can request a new password. To do this, click on the "Log in" link at the bottom of any page, then click on the "Request new password" link, and follow the instructions.

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Click on the "My account" link in the gray box at the bottom of any page. If you do not see the gray box at the bottom of all pages, then you may not be logged in. See "How do I log in?".

Once you have clicked on "My account", click on the "Edit" link and enter your new password.

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Click on the "Edit" link at the top of your People page. If you are adding a new person, you can copy the entry for an existing person to use as a template. Don't forget to click on the "Save" button when you are done editing.

To upload a new photo, see "How do i add an image to the site?".

If you do not see the "Edit" link at the top of the People page, then you may not be logged in. See "How do I log in?".

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Once you have chosen a picture to upload, log in and scroll down to the bottom of any page on the website and click "Create content". Then click on "Image". Give it a title (it doesn't really matter except for IDing it later) and select "Browse..." to upload your image. The rest of the page doesn't matter, just scroll down and click "Save". The page with your image should load. Look at the URL of the page, it should end in ".../node/##". Remember that number, and head back to the page where you want the image to appear. An image is included in a page with an "img_assist|nid=##" line, see the people page for examples. You need to replace the number that is there (nid=##) with the number from the new image that you uploaded. Scroll down and hit save, and the page should be updated!

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Click on the "Recent changes" link at the bottom of any page. Then filter by images and click on your image. The node id will be in the url of the page that loads. e.g. http://pfoho.harvard.edu/node/121, the node id is 121.

If you do not see the "Recent changes" link at the bottom of all pages, then you may not be logged in. See "How do I log in?".

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On the page where you want the file to appear, click on the "Edit" link at the top of the page. Scroll down to the "File attachments" section. Click on the "Browse" button and navigate to the file you wish to upload and select it. Then click on the "Attach" link. Your file will upload and will appear in the file list for the page you are on. Below the "Description" text box for you file, there will be a url that begins with "http:" You can copy this link and and use it in a "href" tag within the body of your page, like so:

<a href="http://pfoho.harvard.edu/%3Ca%20href%3D"http://THE">http://THE LINK YOU COPIED">the name of the file</a>

Note: a table with all the uploaded files for the page will appear at the bottom of the page, but this is only visible to users that are logged in, so you should put a link to your file, using an href tag, in the body of your page.

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Click on the "Edit" link at the top of your advising page. Don't forget to click on the "Save" button when you are done editing.

Some General Guidelines:

  • enclose headings with h2,h3,h4 tags for heading,subheading,subsubheading respectively
  • whenever possible try and describe content with questions and answers and place this content in your pfaq section.
  • a good rule is to look at the way others have done things and copy

If you do not see the "Edit" link at the top of your advising page, then you may not be logged in. See "How do I log in?".