Friday, May 1, 2015

Study Spaces During Reading and Finals Weeks for Spring 2015

Tuesday, May 05, 2015
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM Study Rooms             Barnard 403 AND 407  

Wednesday, May 06, 2015
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM Study Rooms             Barnard 404 AND 405  

Thursday, May 07, 2015
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM Study Rooms            Barnard  404  and 405  

Friday, May 08, 2015 thru Sunday, May 10, 2015
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM Study Rooms           Diana 308 and Diana 502- Financial Fluency Seminar Rm

Monday, May 11, 2015
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM Study Rooms           Altschul 303 and Diana 502-Financial Fluency Seminar Rm

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM Study Rooms          Diana 308 and Diana 502-Financial Fluency Seminar Rm

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM Study Rooms          Diana  203 and Diana 502-Financial Fluency Seminar Rm

Thursday, May 14, 2015
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM Study Rooms          Diana 308 and Diana 502-Financial Fluency Seminar

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Community Gathering--Friday, May 1

Dear Barnard students,
These are heavy days. 
Baltimore has also been shaken, by the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody - yet another lost life in a city that has long struggled with racism, mistrust, and economic hardship. Unfortunately, the news of another death in a Black community may be unsurprising after the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Walter Scott, and many more, but it is no less tragic. 
Nepal has also been shaken by earthquakes and aftershocks, and they now have the daunting task of healing and rebuilding. The scope of destruction and lost lives is difficult to fathom, with over 5000 deaths and many more people are displaced, injured, and grieving.
It is difficult to know what to do in the face of disaster and trauma. As a responsible community, we examine historical roots and political contexts, and we grapple with social issues, seeking better solutions and deeper change. As a global community, we recognize opportunities for giving aide and resources.  And as a caring community, we listen, offer support, and create space for anger, pain, and sadness. 

Incidents such as these can bring up many strong emotions. For those of you who are hurting or having difficulty, please know that support is available in many forms, from Furman Counseling Center and your class deans to RAs and other student leaders. 

Student Life will provide a space for listening, care, and action from 4-6pm on Friday, May 1st in 302 Diana Center

SGA and other student groups are organizing fundraisers, processing spaces, and collective actions to offer support to the people of Nepal and Baltimore, and to communities impacted by tragedy and injustice everywhere.

gather with staff and other students to share and support each other.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

End of the Semester Procedures

As the end of semester draws near, the Office of the Dean of Studies would like to go over several  important pieces of information that will help you make it through the next few weeks. With the flurry of exams and papers looming, we want to be sure that everyone is aware of college policy and practice, so that if something should come up to impede your progress towards finishing the semester, you won't be taken by surprise. One of the most important things to remember: if you are experiencing any kind of difficulty, whether it be academic or health-related, don't hesitate to contact our office at 854-2024, and we will direct you to the help you need.

FINAL EXAMINATION INFORMATION: All instructors and students are expected to stick to the official exam schedule, unless a student finds herself scheduled for three exams within a 24-hour period or four within 48 hours (or, of course, if she is somehow scheduled for two exams at the same time). In the event that your situation appears to meet one of these criteria, your first step should be to go to the Barnard Registrar's Office (107 Milbank), where you will receive further guidance as to how to proceed.

DEFERRAL: If it appears that you will be unable to take a final exam because of illness or emergency, contact your instructor AND the Dean of Studies Office (854-2024) on the day of the exam, before the scheduled start of the exam. If the instructor and a dean approve your request, the dean will explain next steps. Deferred final exams for the fall term will be administered in September, at the end of the first week of classes, by the Registrar's Office. Your eventual final grade for the course will be joined on your transcript by an "X," which signifies that you deferred the final.

ILLNESS during an exam: If you become ill during an examination, inform the proctor, hand in the exam, and go directly to Health Services. If you've completed less than 40 minutes of a two-hour exam or less than one hour of a three-hour exam, you should qualify for a deferred exam (see above.) If you leave the exam more than 40 minutes into a two-hour exam or more than an hour into a three-hour exam, you'll be graded on the basis of the work you've completed to that point.

INCOMPLETES: Incompletes are to be given only in cases of illness, personal emergency, or other compelling circumstances. If you need to request an incomplete, and the instructor is amenable, pick up a copy of the incomplete form at the Registrar's Office, or online at the Registrar's site, and proceed from there. (Please note that incompletes apply only to coursework exclusive of the final examination. For information about deferring exams, see above.)

GRADES: Final grades are indeed final. Grades may be changed only in cases of clerical error or in the event that for some unusual reason the instructor needs to reevaluate the work of the entire class. Grades may not be recalculated on the basis of reexamination or the submission of additional or revised work.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY: As you write papers or complete exams, whether in a proctored environment or in the comfort of your residence hall, keep the College's Honor Code in mind. Under pressure, it can sometimes be tempting to make a regrettable decision, such as using untrustworthy and undocumented sources, collaborating on an exam, not following proper citation methods on a paper, or claiming someone else's work as your own. Keep in mind that doing something that might violate the Honor Code is never, ever the way to respond to a  difficult or pressured academic situation. There's always a better choice. Also, as members of a community of scholars, we must appreciate that truthfulness and integrity in the pursuit of knowledge are essential to the successful functioning of that community. While violating the Honor Code can have serious repercussions for individual students, it can also do real damage to the ties that hold us together as an academic community.

ACADEMIC PROBATION or SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS WARNING: Please be advised that if you are on academic probation or SAP warning, incompletes or deferrals may have an impact on your academic standing. To discuss your probationary status, please contact the Dean of Studies Office at 854-2024.

If anyone has any questions about any of these issues, please let us know, and we can help direct you to available resources and get you the help you need.  I hope that while you're studying hard, you'll also be sure to get rest, take care of your health, and keep in mind that summer is just around the corner. 

Good luck with your exams and papers, and best wishes!

Friday, April 24, 2015

Economics Help Room

The Economics Help Room will be open for the following hours during Reading Week:

Monday, May 4: 7-9 PM
Tuesday, May 5:  7-9 PM
Wednesday, May 6:  7-9 PM
Thursday, May 7:  7-9 PM

Thursday, May 7 will be the last day of the Help Room for the year.

Good luck on exams, have a great summer, and we'll see you in the Fall!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Meatless Monday

At dinner on Monday April 27th, Hewitt Dining Hall will be hosting a Meatless Monday to promote a greener campus! Though there will be a few meat options for those who cannot participate (turkey burgers and grilled chicken at the Grill Station and gluten free chicken at the Action Station), challenge yourself to go meatless if possible. Here are some facts about how going meatless every once in a while can make a difference for the environment: 

Over one year:
- If you eat one fewer burger a week, it's like taking your car off the road for 320 miles or line-drying your clothes half the time
- If your four-person family skips steak once a week, it's like taking your car off the road for nearly three months
- If everyone in the U.S. ate no meat or cheese just one day a week, it's like not driving 91 billion miles or taking 7.6 million cars off the road

Here's more information about Meatless Monday:
Sponsored by Hewitt Dining Services and supported by EcoReps.

Monday, April 20, 2015


Schwarzman Scholars is pleased to announce the application is now open for exceptional students, recent alumni and young professionals to apply for its inaugural class.
Inspired by the Rhodes Scholarship, Schwarzman Scholars is a highly selective international scholarship program designed to prepare future leaders for success in a world where China plays a key global role.

The program will give the world’s best and brightest students the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through a fully-funded one-year Master’s Degree at Tsinghua University – one of China’s most prestigious universities. For those ready to make their mark on the world, Schwarzman Scholars is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to

The Application is now available at the deadline is October 1, 2015.  Additional information on the application process, including key dates, and requirements and eligibility criteria can be found on the website.

Schwarzman Scholars is seeking high-caliber individuals who will represent the world’s next generation of leaders in business, politics, and civil society.  This opportunity is open to students, young professionals, and recent alumni. 

There will be a prospective student webinar on April 23rd from 5:00-6:30PM (EDT).

Applicant webinar  

For additional information and updates:

·       Stay informed by filling out the inquiry form 
·       Follow them on Facebook and Twitter 

Thursday, April 16, 2015

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

  • April is Sexual Assault Awareness month.  Consider attending one of the many opportunities to engage in this important conversation. Program information can be found at:
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month is a reminder that building community and engaging in critical dialogue is an ongoing need.
  • Throughout April you will see communication regarding sexual violence prevention and opportunities to participate in this important dialogue.
  • Practice self care and care for others all year long. Sexual Assault Awareness Month reminds us of the importance of respect for self and others as one tool in prevention violence and supporting those who may have experienced such trauma.  

Monday, April 13, 2015

Leadership Opportunity for All Barnard Students

I.  This year the Senate created the Diversity Committee to address this issue at the university level. Its main goal is to create university-wide policies to combat issues of diversity /bias and also will focus on expanding the programs of the Office of Multicultural Affairs across all schools. The committee is looking for 1-2 student non-senators to participate in the committee. If you are a BC student and are interested in being involved, please send a statement of interest detailing your relevant experience and goals for the committee to your University Senator Erin Bryk at by Thursday, April 16th at 11:59 p.m. Also, feel free to email with any questions. 

II.  As a part of the Student Affairs Committee Staffer Program, staffers assist senators with their initiatives, conduct relevant policy research, and help shape higher education administrative policy. The staffer application is due Friday, April 24th at 5 p.m. and we plan to accept 5-6 staffers. If you have any questions about the Staffer Program, please email the Chief of Staff Hector Polanco at Here is the link for the application: