Harvard College will combine four existing offices into a new student services office starting July 1, college dean Rakesh Khurana announced in an email Tuesday to Harvard affiliates.
The new office will combine the Office of Accessible Education, the Office of Housing, the Office of Academic Integrity and Student Conduct, and the Office of the Registrar. The current registrar of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Michael P. Burke, will be the first dean of the OSS, according to the announcement.
In the email, Khurana wrote that the four units are “currently working closely together” and that their combination will help the College achieve its “organizational alignment” goals.
“By realigning these units, we will have the ability to synchronize interrelated functions and timelines, create features that reduce logistical steps, and reduce barriers for our students, faculty, and staff,” Khurana wrote. .
The Office of Accessible Education currently provides academic accommodations for Faculty of Arts and Science students with disabilities, while the Office of the Registrar handles course registration, student records, and tuition billing. The new OSS will also include the Office of Housing and the Office of Academic Integrity and Student Conduct, which includes the Community Council, Board of Trustees, and Honor Council.
In anticipation of Burke’s departure, Harvard will soon announce a new FAS registrar, Khurana wrote. Burke has also served as acting head of the Office of Academic Integrity and Student Conduct since last summer.
In the email, Khurana thanked the staff of the four offices that will now fall under the OSS for their “extraordinary work”, citing the challenges of the pandemic over the past two years.
“I have the incredible privilege of working regularly with colleagues in each of these units, and I continue to be inspired by them every day,” Khurana wrote.