COVID-19 Information

Introduction

This page contains information related to Juilliard’s COVID-19 response and protocols. These protocols will be informed by prevailing health guidance from New York City and State, as well as the CDC, the advice of our medical consultants, as well as the firsthand experience we have gained throughout the pandemic. We will continue to assess our plan according to any health and safety guidelines that arise throughout the year. All students are still required to be in residence.

Please see the below Health and Safety Update section for information about vaccination requirements for the 2022-2023 academic year. Please also read this page carefully for other information regarding Juilliard’s current COVID-19 protocols.

The safety of our community and the integrity of the Juilliard experience will continue to be our top priorities.

Health and Safety Update

#JuilliardThrivesTogether, and our success depends on our collective willingness to follow the same set of health and safety procedures. A key component of this safety plan is YOU. These plans are only effective with your cooperation, and we are relying on everyone who enters the building to observe the safety procedures. 

Our health and safety plan is determined in close consultation with medical experts, prevailing public health guidance, and our health and facilities colleagues at Lincoln Center. All protocols are subject to change if health guidelines require it. 

The core of our health and safety plan is that all members of the community—including students, faculty, and staff, as well as contractors, vendors, food service providers, and guests—are required to be fully vaccinated prior to their first entry into Juilliard. As of August 1, 2022, Juilliard is no longer requiring a COVID-19 booster, but does reserve the right to do so at any point. We still strongly urge all those eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster. Please see the Vaccination Requirements for the 2022-23 Academic Year section below for details on the vaccine mandate, as well as specifics for international students and for those who wish to request exemptions. Booster and vaccination requirements are subject to change at any time. 

For as long as health guidelines require it, each person entering the building will be required to follow all safety protocols, including masking and other requirements as outlined below in the Building Access and Activities Guidelines section. These requirements are subject to change at anytime. 

The following protocols have been put in place to protect the community: 

Vaccination Requirements for the 2022-23 Academic Year

Juilliard requires all members of the Juilliard community—students, faculty, and staff, as well as contractors, vendors, food service providers, and guests—to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to their first entry into Juilliard.

As of August 1, 2022, Juilliard is no longer requiring a COVID-19 booster, but does reserve the right to do so at any point. We still strongly urge all those eligible to receive a COVID-19 booster. For complete current CDC guidance on booster shots and information about who is eligible, please follow this link. Please note that CDC guidance is subject to change. Please note that the New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH) does require a quarantine period for any close contact who is unvaccinated or who is eligible for, but has not yet received, a booster shot. Please also be aware that some outside performance venues may require performers to have received booster shots, so not being boosted could limit your performance opportunities. 

For information on how to get a vaccine or booster, please visit Vaccines.gov or NYC’s Vaccine Finder.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines “fully vaccinated” as 14 days after the second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna or Novavax vaccines, or 14 days after a single-dose vaccine, such as the Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine. Please see the Juilliard College Student Immunization Policy for more information on COVID-19 and other vaccination requirements. 

We believe that this step will allow us to provide as safe, productive, and consistent an experience as possible for our work together. Ensuring our population is vaccinated will also reduce the need for other COVID-related restrictions.

For Students:

  • Vaccine types accepted: At this time, Juilliard is accepting COVID-19 vaccines for which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued either final approval or Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) and COVID-19 vaccines for which the World Health Organization (WHO) has either issued approval or authorized for emergency use.  

  • International students:  International students are expected to be fully vaccinated prior to arrival. We understand that some international students who are outside of the U.S. may not have access to FDA or WHO approved COVID-19 vaccines. Upon arrival, these students will need to receive the necessary FDA approved COVID-19 vaccine. There may be additional testing and masking requirements until the student is fully vaccinated. If you are an international student who will need a COVID vaccine when you arrive, please contact Health Services at [email protected] as soon as possible so we can provide assistance with this process. 

  • Domestic students: Domestic students are expected to be fully vaccinated prior to arrival and will not be allowed into the Diamond Building or to move into the Residence Hall without meeting this requirement. 

  • Exemptions: As is the case with proof of vaccination or immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella, Juilliard students may apply for a medical or religious waiver. For information on applying for a medical or religious waiver, please contact Health Services at [email protected].  

Only students who meet Juilliard’s COVID-19 vaccination requirements will be allowed in the Juilliard buildings (Diamond and Rose). Exceptions are international students who are receiving vaccines upon arrival and students with waivers. There will be additional testing, PPE, and safety requirements for those who receive vaccines upon arrival and those with waivers. 

All new students must upload documentation confirming their COVID vaccines through Medicat which is accessed in OKTA. If you are boosted, please enter that information into Medicat along with your primary vaccine information. 

Employees can submit proof of vaccination through the Cadence Employee app which is accessed in OKTA. Only employees who have confirmed their full vaccination status to or have received an approved exemption from Human Resources will be allowed in the Juilliard buildings. All other Juilliard ID cards will be deactivated. For more information about the vaccine requirements please reference information provided by Human Resources. 

As a reminder, if you have any COVID symptoms, have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, or are not feeling well regardless of your vaccination status, do not come to Juilliard. Let us know immediately—students contact Health Services; faculty and staff, contact Human Resources—and then submit the COVID Response Form

Health Screening and Testing

Testing will remain a part of our COVID-19 health and safety strategy. Specific testing requirements throughout the year are subject to change with evolving health guidance and specific activity needs.

On-campus surveillance testing is not currently required. However, PCR or rapid testing will continue to be required in certain situations.

Please be alert to the typical symptoms of the Omicron variant of COVID, which may include sore throat, hoarse voice, cough, fatigue, nasal congestion, runny nose, headache, and muscle aches.

If you are experiencing COVID symptoms, please do not come to Juilliard. Please test immediately (rapid or PCR) and contact your health care provider. If you test negative with a rapid test but continue to feel unwell, please do not come to Juilliard until your symptoms resolve or until your medical provider says you can return.

Daily Screening: Upon entering the Diamond Building you will notice signs asking you to self-screen for COVID symptoms and risk factors. Please do not enter the premises if your answer to any of the questions is “yes.”

If you test positive, develop symptoms, or knowingly come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please follow the instructions provided in the Required Reporting of Positive Results section below. The COVID Response Team will provide you with instructions, which you must follow.

If a residence hall student tests positive, they will move to an isolation suite and a contact-tracing process will begin.

If any student tests positive after arrival on campus, their care will be coordinated by Health Services. Medical care may include testing and appointments outside of Juilliard. If so, these will be billed to the student’s health insurance plan, as usual.

We continue to work with our medical consultants and partners in the community to determine appropriate ongoing testing strategies.

Required Reporting of Positive Test Results

In order to comply with current New York State regulations, all Juilliard students, staff, and faculty who test positive for COVID-19 are REQUIRED to report their test results to the school. To do so, you must follow these two important steps:

  • Fill out the COVID-19 Reporting Form. This form should also be used to report if you knowingly come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or if you have symptoms (including but not limited to coughing, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, sore throat, or loss of taste or smell). Please be sure to include a phone number where you can be reached.
  • Students should Immediately contact Health Services, at (212)799-5000, ext. 282, or email [email protected] during the workday. If it is after hours or on the weekend, please contact the Student Development staff member on-call, at (866) 885-7227.

    Faculty and staff should contact Human Resources at [email protected].

These steps will alert Juilliard’s COVID response team and connect you, and anyone with whom you have been in contact, with important resources and information, and allow the school to take steps to further protect the community. Other people will only be updated on a need-to-know basis.

Contact Tracing, Quarantine, and Isolation

The school has appointed a COVID Response team, which is led by the COVID Response Manager. Juilliard’s COVID Response team will continue to do contact tracing for individuals who test positive, and it will provide information, isolation and further testing instructions, and support as needed both to individuals who test positive and their close contacts. Juilliard will continue to follow CDC and New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH) guidelines for isolation and quarantine requirements of positive cases and close contacts. Please note that the NYCDOH does require a quarantine period for any close contact who is unvaccinated or who is eligible for, but has not yet received, a booster shot.

If you receive a call from a member of the Juilliard COVID Response team, please respond right away and follow the instructions precisely so we can help you keep yourself and our community safe. To aid in this process, please be sure your contact information is up to date in Cadence and that it includes a U.S.-based phone number. 

Testing Resources

COVID testing is widely available in New York City. Free PCR and Rapid Antigen testing is available at New York City Health and Hospital sites. Local pharmacies and various mobile testing sites such as LabQ and ClearMD offer PCR and Rapid Antigen COVID testing. Please note: these may require insurance or out of pocket costs. Take-home Rapid Antigen tests are also readily available at pharmacies and for free at city sites near campus. If you have questions about COVID testing, please email [email protected]. Please know that testing alone is not an effective strategy; it must work alongside other safety measures, including getting vaccinated.

  • Flu Shots: We strongly encourage everyone to receive their flu shots each year. Information on flu shot availability for students will be shared by Health Services. While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, there are many important benefits, including reducing the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and other severe health consequences.

Building Access and Activity Guidelines

Building Access

All those who wish to enter the Diamond Building—students, faculty, staff, and guest artists and employees of any kind—must first demonstrate that they are fully vaccinated or have been approved for a vaccine exemption according to the requirements described in the Health and Safety Update section of this webpage. Community members who have not met the vaccination requirements will be denied access to the Juilliard buildings and will have their ID cards deactivated until they are in compliance. Absences from classes and activities due to vaccine non-compliance will be unexcused.  

Only official guest artists, presenters, and other approved guests will be allowed in the building until further notice. Students will not be allowed to sign in guests to either the Diamond Building or the Rose Building until further notice. The only exception is for approved performance partners for official student recitals. If you have questions about guests, please contact the Provost’s Office or Human Resources. 

Masks and Other Activity Guidelines

Masking is required at Juilliard in the following situations: 

  • All audience members attending public performances in the building, including students, faculty, and staff. This is in line with many other performing arts venues in New York City, including most Lincoln Center constituents.

  • When in the lobby and elevators of the Residence Hall (Rose Building). This is due to current Lincoln Center policies and will remain in effect until further notice. 

  • If you test positive, and following the required isolation period, masking may be required for additional days, even in performance–this determination will be made and communicated to you by the COVID Response Team in keeping with CDC and New York State guidelines.

  • Anyone identified as a close contact of a positive case will be required to wear a mask for a period of time–this determination will be made and communicated to you by the COVID Response Team in keeping with CDC and New York State guidelines.  

  • While visiting the Juilliard Health Services office.

  • Off-campus performance venues (for example, Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall) may impose different masking rules for performers. These protocols will be communicated in advance of the performance. 

In all other cases, mask wearing is now optional. However, you are strongly urged to wear a mask: 

  • If you are high risk

  • When in crowded indoor areas off campus. 

While individuals in the community may now choose to remove their masks, it is critically important that we all encourage a supportive and inclusive approach to mask etiquette. This means:

  • Anyone at any time may choose to wear a mask–our medical advisors have stated that a vaccinated and boosted individual who is wearing a high-quality and well-fitting mask is extremely well protected from infection, regardless of whether those around them are wearing a mask.
  • No one at any time should be told they must remove a mask – wearing a mask is a personal choice that should be respected by all.

High-quality masks will continue to be available at the Public Safety desk for anyone who needs one.

Facilities

Juilliard’s Facilities Department has assessed and significantly improved building conditions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Diamond building we have improved ventilation/air quality, humidification, and building controls. In the Rose Building residence hall, we have repaired inoperable windows and added air purifiers in each of the suites.

Forms

The following forms can be found on MyJuilliard: