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The highlighted offices are those that are available in the office draw. Each is marked with its capacity and whether it has a window and/or balcony. The other rooms are not graduate student offices.
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Office Draw Rules
The office draw will happen at the end of each Spring semester. The three options for entering the office draw are:
Blocking: Blocking with other graduate students allows you to pick your office at the same time as them. It does not guarantee that there will be an office that will fit your entire blocking group, nor does it require you to all go in a single office if there is one available. However, a blocking group cannot take any set of offices if they could be accommodated in a proper subset of those offices.
Example: Alice, Bob, and Chris block together. They are not allowed to take three different empty offices. They are allowed to fill the last available spot in three different offices. This is to ensure that people in blocking groups do want to share an office with each other, but doesn't punish them if full offices aren't available.
Floating: If you do not block, and instead enter the office draw individually, then you are treated as a block of size 1. At the office draw, you can pick any office which has an open spot.
Squatting: Squatting means that you wish to stay in your current office. In order to be eligible to squat, at least one of the following two conditions must hold:
- Your priority is staying constant at 5 (i.e., you are currently an 8th year or higher, with no priority modifications this year or last year).
- Everyone in your office is either leaving the program or squatting, AND the average priority of the people in the office has not increased since when they got the office (see below for the precise details).
On the Thursday before the draw, we will randomize office selection order, taking into account blocking groups and priorities.
Unless you are squatting, on the day of the draw you will choose your new office at your designated time. If you cannot make that time, send a surrogate or email mgsa@math with your preferences.
Each graduate student has an individual priority, which is determined by their year in the department for the year they will occupy the office (lower numbers are better):
1st years have their own office draw during orientation, in which they may block with each other. The year of a transfer student for purposes of the office draw will be based on how far along they are with their studies.
There are a few other factors which modify individual priorities:
- Full-year MGSA officers start with an individual priority of 0.
- Half-year MGSA officers start with their individual priority decreased by half.
- NRing officers have their individual priority decreased by 1.
- URep officers have their individual priority decreased by 1.
- GA Delegates have their individual priority decreased by 1.
- The winner of the Halloween costume contests gets their individual priority decreased by 3. If the winning submission involves n≥2 people then each person gets their individual priority decreased by 3/n.
The priority of a block is the average of the individual priorities of its members. A block with priority P is assigned a rank uniformly in the range [P, P + epsilon), where epsilon is a fixed small number to break ties. Office selection times will be assigned in order of rank, and will be posted on the 9th floor.
Details of the computation of effective priority: In order to squat under rule B above, you must have pnew≤pold, where
Example: Last office draw, second years Alice and Bob were in a four-person blocking group with two first years. This block had priority (4 + 4 + 5 + 5)/4 = 4.5. This group had to split up during office selection because there were no four-person offices left. Alice and Bob end up with sixth year Chuck, and become friends. The three of them want to squat in the next office draw. Their average priority will be pnew = (3 + 3 + 3)/3 = 3. Their average effective priority will be pold = (4.5 + 4.5 + 1)/3 = 3.33. The group is allowed to squat, since 3 ≤ 3.33.
There is a single moving day at the beginning of the fall semester. It is usually the day before the first day of classes, but there are exceptions. If you are unable to move on this day, you have three options:
Ask a friend to move your belongings for you on moving day.
Talk to the current occupants of your future office and try to arrange a time prior to moving day when you can move your belongings.
Pack your belongings in boxes and put them in a corner of your current office so they take up minimal space. Talk to the future occupants and arrange a time to pick up your belongings after moving day.
Note: This should only be done if you will be able to pick up your belongings within two weeks.
List of Offices