COVID-19 Information

Introduction

We have been following the prevailing guidance from the CDC and the New York State Health Department as well as the advice of our medical consultants. With that guidance—combined with required mandatory vaccines for our community as well as the firsthand experience we gained from the 2020-21 academic year—we were able to return to near normal in fall 2021. 

In discussions with our medical consultants, we remain hopeful that the current wave of COVID-19 cases caused by the Omicron variant will peak soon and that appropriate testing options will become more available in New York City in the coming weeks. We also know that, while much more contagious, Omicron’s incubation period is shorter and associated illness in the vaccinated is generally less severe than with past variants. In addition, it is increasingly clear that having a booster shot is extremely helpful in warding off serious illness. Because we are requiring that anyone who is eligible for a booster shot receive it by January 15 (see the Health and Safety Update section below), we will soon have yet another important layer of protection on our side. 

With these facts in mind, we will begin the Spring Semester on January 10 with one week of online-only work. In-person work will begin on Tuesday, January 18, following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. At first, in-person activities will be limited to performance work, while academic classes will remain online, at least through January 23. We will return to the classroom for academic work as soon as possible.  

Important details of this change are below on this page. 

As was the case in the fall, we will continue to adjust for safety requirements that may be in place throughout the spring semester. 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 2021-22 academic year. This includes information about booster shot requirements. Please also read this page carefully for other information regarding accessing the Juilliard buildings.  

The safety of our community and the integrity of the Juilliard experience will continue to be our top priorities. We will continue to assess our plan according to any health and safety guidelines that arise throughout the year.

Academic Calendar

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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 was developed in close consultation with medical experts, prevailing public health guidance, and our health and facilities colleagues at Lincoln Center. These protocols allowed us to return to in-person instruction in the fall 2021 semester and  will continue to be assessed throughout the year as we monitor changing health guidelines. 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—will be required to be fully vaccinated prior to their first entry into Juilliard at the start of the fall semester. Beginning in the spring semester, community members will also be required to receive a booster shot upon becoming eligible. Please see the Vaccination Requirements for the 2021-22 Academic Year and Booster Shot Requirement sections below for details on the vaccine and booster mandates, as well as specifics for international students and for those who wish to request exemptions.

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 Spring Semester Building Use and Activities Guidelines section. These requirements are subject to change anytime.

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

Community Pledge

Vaccination Requirements for the 2021-22 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 during the 2021-22 academic year. Additionally, Juilliard requires that members of the community receive the COVID-19 booster shot in the spring semester. For those who are currently eligible for a booster, you are expected to receive your booster shot no later than January 15. Specific details regarding the booster requirement can be found below. 

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 or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks 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 vaccines authorized by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)—Pfizer-BioNTech (also called Comirnaty in the EU), Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson (Jannsen)—and also by the World Health Organization (WHO) currently including AstraZeneca/Oxford (AZD1222), Covishield (ChAdOx1_nCoV-19), Sinopharm (BIBP) and Sinovac (CoronaVac; also called Kexing in China). Students who receive non-FDA approved or Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) vaccines are encouraged (but not required) to obtain FDA-approved or EUA vaccines upon arrival in the U.S. The list of approved vaccines is subject to change, and further adjustments will be communicated via email.  

  • International students: We understand that some international students who are outside of the U.S. may not have access to accepted COVID-19 vaccines. Upon arrival, these students will need to obtain a COVID-19 PCR test, receive one dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, and quarantine until documentation of a negative PCR test and one dose of vaccine is received by Health Services. At that point, students may leave quarantine and begin their in-person school activities. There will be additional testing and masking requirements until the student is fully vaccinated. If you are an international student who will need a COVID vaccine and test when you arrive, please contact Health Services at [email protected] 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 are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 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 students must fill out the Student COVID Vaccine form and upload documentation confirming their COVID vaccine(s). Information on how to submit proof of vaccination has been communicated to employees via email. 

As of August 21, 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 have been deactivated. For more information about the vaccine requirements please reference the December 17 email message from 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

Booster Shot Requirement

Given the current spike in U.S. COVID-19 infections and the prevalence of the highly contagious Omicron variant, ensuring the health and safety of the Juilliard community is of utmost importance. In a significant update to our vaccine policy, members of the Juilliard community will be required to receive the COVID-19 booster shot for the spring semester. This requirement applies to College Division students, as well as full-time and part-time employees.

Deadlines and Eligibility  

For those who are currently eligible for a booster, you are required to receive and submit proof of your booster shot no later than January 15, 2022. For those who will not be eligible for a booster by January 15, you must receive your booster no later than seven days after becoming eligible.  

Individuals Vaccinated in the U.S.:

According to current CDC guidance, you are eligible for a booster shot: 

  • 5 months after receiving your second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty) vaccine, or 6 months after receiving your second dose of the Moderna vaccine; or  
  • 2 months after receiving your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson (Jannsen) vaccine.  

If you meet the above requirements, the CDC currently recommends a booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine for most individuals.  

Individuals Vaccinated Abroad:

If you were vaccinated abroad with other COVID-19 vaccines, the CDC currently advises that you can receive a booster shot if you are 18 years or older and you either:   

  • Received all the recommended doses of a World Health Organization emergency use listing (WHO-EUL) COVID-19 vaccine, not approved or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); or   
  • Completed a mix-and-match series composed of any combination of FDA-approved, FDA-authorized, or WHO-EUL COVID-19 vaccines.  

If you meet the above requirements, you can receive a single booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after receiving all recommended doses or completing a mix-and-match COVID-19 vaccine series.

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. For information on how to get a booster shot in New York City and elsewhere in the Tri-State area, visit Mount Sinai’s vaccine information page, or NYC’s Vaccine Finder, which includes both by-appointment and walk-in sites. 

Exemptions  

If you are eligible for a booster shot under current CDC guidance, you are required to receive the booster unless you apply for and are granted a medical or religious exemption. Unvaccinated individuals who have previously been granted a medical exemption (provided the medical exemption was not granted on a temporary basis) or a religious exemption do not need to apply for a new exemption from the booster shot. For information on applying for an exemption, students should contact Health Services at [email protected]. Information regarding employee exemptions will be sent in a separate communication from Human Resources.   

Proof of Receiving a Booster Shot  

Community members must provide official proof of vaccination, including the booster shot. All eligible students must fill out the Student Booster Submission Form and upload documentation confirming their booster shot. Information on how to submit proof of boosters will be sent to employees in a separate communication. 

What happens if you are not boosted by January 15 or, in the case of those who are not eligible by that date, within seven days of becoming eligible?  

Our hope is that all Juilliard community members will be able to receive booster shots by January 15 or within seven days of becoming eligible. However, if you are not able to receive your booster within that timeline, we strongly encourage you to make your appointment as soon as possible and for the earliest available date. If you are eligible but unable to meet this deadline, please contact Health Services (for students) or Human Resources (for employees). 

Health Screening and Testing

Until further notice, weekly surveillance testing will be required for the following groups:   

  • All students  
  • Faculty and staff with an approved vaccine exemption for medical or religious reasons.  

Information about how to complete the testing requirement will be distributed via email.  

Students should plan to come to campus on Sunday, January 16 to get tested for the start of the spring semester. Confirmation of additional testing dates and other details will be communicated to students via email. 

Daily Screening: Upon entering the Diamond Building you will notice a sign on the door, 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.”

Students, faculty, or staff members who test positive for COVID-19 at any point will be required to immediately fill out the COVID-19 Reporting Form, then inform health services (students) or human resources (faculty or staff) so that we can coordinate contact tracing through the NYC Test and Trace Program and implement enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures.

Students, faculty, or staff members who develop symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to immediately fill out the COVID-19 Reporting Form, then inform Health Services (students) or Human Resources (faculty or staff). They should then stay home and consult a medical provider who can determine if any additional steps such as testing are necessary.

Students, faculty, or staff members who knowingly come into contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to immediately to fill out the COVID-19 Reporting Form, then inform Health Services (students) or Human Resources (faculty or staff).

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:

  • 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].
  • Fill out the COVID-19 Reporting Form. This form may also be used to request assistance if you suspect that you or another Juilliard community member may have been infected or exposed to 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.

If you tested positive over winter break and did not report it to the school, it is critical that you do so right away, even if you are past your isolation period. 

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 and Quarantine

The school has appointed a COVID Response team, which is led by the COVID Response Coordinator. Juilliard’s COVID Response team will continue to do contact tracing for individuals who test positive, and it will provide information, quarantine and testing instructions, and support as needed both to individuals who test positive and their close contacts. Quarantine requirements and what qualifies someone as a "close contact” will be defined by the CDC and local health authorities. Please note that as of January 12, the New York City Department of Health (NYCDOH) requires a quarantine period for any close contact who is eligible for a booster but is less than two weeks have passed from having received their booster shot. 

If you receive a call from a Juilliard COVID coordinator, 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 WebAdvisor and that it includes a U.S.-based phone number.  

Testing Resources

In New York State, testing is free to all eligible New Yorkers as ordered by a health care provider or by calling the NYS COVID-19 hotline at (888) 364-3065. If you go to a test site run by New York State, there is no charge. Please follow this link for more information on locations and eligibility: NYS testing.

New York City offers free testing through the City Health & Hospitals Corporation, and NYC locations can be found here. Additional NYC testing locations can also be found here. 

If you have COVID-19 symptoms and/or have been informed by a contact tracer or other health professional that you have been exposed, are in a household with someone who is sick or has tested positive, or have tested positive within 14 days of when you’re supposed to be coming back to campus, please do not come to campus, and let Student Health Services know right away so we can provide support and any necessary arrangements.

Please know that testing alone is not an effective strategy; it must work alongside other safety measures, including getting vaccinated.

  • Flu Shots: Flu shots are now widely available nationwide, and we strongly encourage everyone to receive their flu shot this year. The flu vaccine prevents millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor’s visits each year. Information on flu shot availability for students will be forthcoming from Health Services. While getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, there are many important benefits, including:

    • Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization, and other severe health consequences.
    • Getting a flu vaccine can also save healthcare resources for the care of patients with COVID-19.

Spring Semester Building Use and Activity Guidelines

Spring Semester Building Hours and Access

We will begin the Spring Semester on January 10 with one week of online-only work. In-person work will begin on Tuesday, January 18 as described below, immediately following the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday.  

  • All classroom work will be fully online for the week of January 10. Other studio and ensemble performance work that week will be moved online, cancelled, or postponed as appropriate. Individual departments will share additional details directly with their students. Individual music lessons for the week of January 10 should be rescheduled and made up at a later date.  
  • In-person performance classes/rehearsals/studio work will begin on Tuesday, January 18. 
  • Non-performance classes will continue to be taught online through at least Sunday, January 23. 
  • As of Tuesday, January 18, music lessons may be taught in person or online at the discretion of each studio faculty member. Distancing and masks/bell covers will be required at all times for in-person lessons (see Masks, Distancing, and Other Activity Guidelines section below). 
  • If you are unsure whether an activity will take place in person, please contact your faculty member or department head. 
  • Students should take their online classes from home or their residence hall room whenever possible. However, we are working to provide spaces in the Diamond Building if you do not have time to commute between online and in-person work. Students may take these classes (maintaining social distance and wearing masks) in the locations listed below. Be sure to use headphones when taking online classes from the Diamond Building. 
    • Up to 5 students in the assigned classroom for each class 
    • Library—hours can be found here
    • Seating areas by the windows on the east side of the building on Floors 3, 4, and 5. 
    • Individual departments may be able to offer assigned studio spaces to students on a reservation basis. Please consult your department if you are having trouble finding an appropriate space. 
  • If you are not currently in New York City, please delay your travel back, and instead make plans to arrive on Saturday, January 15. Tentatively please plan to come to campus on Sunday, January 16 to get tested, as we do not yet know whether reliable outside testing options will be available at that time. Details about testing have been communicated via email.  
  • Residence Hall students approved to stay on campus during the winter break may remain in the Residence Hall. Residence Hall students who did not request accommodations over the winter break should plan to return on January 15 – if that creates undue hardship, please be in touch with [email protected] and appropriate accommodations will be considered. Please make every attempt to adjust your travel plans before requesting accommodation – most airlines are allowing changes without additional fees at this time.  
  • We look forward to welcoming vaccinated audiences to Juilliard performances beginning January 18. Capacity limits may be imposed in certain situations. 

The Diamond Building will remain open and accessible for those who need it for individual work or to Zoom into a class. However, if you can work from home until January 15, we strongly encourage you to do so. Please see the Masks, Distancing, and Other Activity Guidelines section below for more information regarding working in the Diamond Building at this time.

Beginning on January 3 and throughout the spring semester, the Diamond Building will be open Monday–Friday, 8am-midnight, and Saturday–Sunday, 8am-11pm. The Diamond Building will be closed (including practice rooms) on January 17 (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day). Only school-related activities are allowed to take place in the building. All faculty, staff, and students will need their Juilliard ID card to access the building each day.  

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 (including any necessary booster shots) according to the requirements described in the Health and Safety Update section of this webpage. Once the vaccine requirement has been met, students’ Juilliard IDs will be activated, and they will receive an email from [email protected] confirming their approval to access the building.  

Students, please note that it may take one to two business days to receive your approval email after submitting all your requirements, and access cannot be granted until you have received your confirmation email from the Office of the Provost. We encourage you to submit these requirements as soon as possible.  

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, Distancing, and Other Activity Guidelines

Masks and Instrumental PPE 

Until further notice, masks will be required at all times in both the Diamond and Rose buildings unless you are alone in a room with the door closed. If eating, you should remain 7.5 feet away from others and replace your masks as soon as you finish. 

  • This includes singers and actors in performance activities.  
  • Winds/brass players are required to wear a mask up to the moment they begin playing their instrument, must wear a bell cover on their instruments at all times, and must replace the mask as soon as they finish playing. If you need to refresh or replace your instrumental PPE such as bell covers please go to your department/division office, or the Juilliard Store for assistance (curbside pickup available during business hours). Brass players are required to empty condensation from their valves into an absorbent towel rather than onto the floor. 

Following advice from our medical consultants, we are now strongly encouraging everyone to use a KN95 mask. A well-fitting KN95 mask provides the best protection against contracting Omicron. If you cannot wear a KN95 mask, we strongly recommend a well-fitting surgical mask or double masking with a surgical and cloth mask (never double mask with a KN95 mask). Juilliard’s Public Safety officers at the main security desk will provide a KN95 mask to anyone who needs one. 

Nobody in any setting—including students in classroom, rehearsal, and performance contexts—should be asked to remove a mask or be penalized in any way for wearing a mask.  

In keeping with current medical advice and CDC guidelines, vaccinated and boosted (if eligible) individuals who are asymptomatic but who have been identified as a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID will be permitted to continue participating in school activities but required to monitor for symptoms.  

Social Distancing, Room Occupancies, Time Limits, Room Rest  

Until further notice, it is recommended that 7.5 feet of social distance be maintained whenever possible, and as space allows. For performance work, winds/brass in ensemble settings should be set up with a minimum of 4.5 feet of distance whenever possible, and 7.5 feet if space allows. All other students (including actors, dancers, singers, composers, and other instrumentalists) should maintain 7.5 feet social distance unless their performance work requires them to be closer. 

Until January 18, no more than 2 students are permitted in a room at a time, and they must maintain a 7.5 foot distance from each other. 

There are currently no limitations on room usage length, and room rest is not required. 

Food Service   

Until further notice, the cafeteria will provide “grab and go” options only. You should only remove your mask to eat if you are at least 7.5 feet away from others, and you should replace your mask as soon as you finish. Food will not be allowed in meetings, events, or other gatherings until further notice. 

Practice Rooms and Room Reservations

Practice Rooms:

Music practice rooms in the Diamond Building can be reserved through the school’s electronic kiosk system. In order to use the kiosks, you will need your Juilliard ID card. For more information about how the system works, please see the practice room page on My Juilliard.

Your school ID must be displayed in the practice room window at all times, with the name and photo facing out. Windows must not be covered or blocked.

Students must wash/sanitize their hands before and after using a practice room. In addition, before and after each session, students must wipe down shared surfaces such as door handles, keyboards, and music stands using cleaning supplies provided by the school. Practice rooms will also be cleaned daily.

Specific practice room reservation protocols are in place for students who require rooms with specialized equipment/instruments (percussion, organ, harpsichord, etc.).

Request for classroom spaces (for students, faculty, and staff): All students and faculty should use the Advanced Booking form if they would like to reserve a 5th floor classroom or studio from now through January 17. The ASIMUT self-reservation links in the public interface for the 5th floor classrooms and studios are currently disabled. 

There is a maximum of 2 people per room. If 2 people are in a room, please observe the following guidelines: 

  • Both people must be masked at all times 
  • 7.5 foot distancing is required 
  • Wind and brass players are required to use a bell cover. 

Any request for space with 3 or more people will not be granted. 

Dance and Drama students and faculty should contact their division for space reservations. 

Permission will only be given to use the building for approved Juilliard-related activities, and guests and visitors will not be permitted in the building at this time without advanced approval. 

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, added air purifiers, and increased professional cleanings and disinfections.

Library

The Juilliard Library will be open for in-person service during the 2021-22 academic year. Access to the library is limited to those community members who have been authorized to access the Diamond Building. There will be no curbside pick-up. 

  • Beginning January 3: the library’s hours will be Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. 
  • Beginning January 18: the library’s hours will be 8:30am-9:00pm Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-7:00pm on Friday, and 9:00am-6:00pm on Saturday. Sunday hours (2:00-7:00pm) will resume at a later date. Hours during vacation periods and summer months will be posted. For more information, please visit Juilcat

Cafeteria

With the understanding that the guidelines continue to change, our food service provider AVI will open the Rose Building Dining Hall and Diamond Building Starbucks locations full service and return back to pre-covid hours of operation. They will be following all NY state guidelines for operating the café. This will require all guests to wear a mask throughout the serving area. Masks should only be removed when the customer is seated and eating. All AVI team members will be vaccinated, wearing a mask, and fully trained in proper cleaning and sanitizing requirements.

Information for International Students

Due to our current course modality of in-person instruction, all international students are required to be in the U.S. and attend their classes in person. Students must also arrive on or before classes resume in person. 

If you cannot attend Juilliard in person, please contact the Office of International Advisement to discuss your options.

Financial Aid and Student Accounts

Financial aid information and account information are viewable on WebAdvisor. Please be sure to review this information regularly. Students who have financial concerns are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid at [email protected].

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