COVID-19 Information

Introduction

Welcome back to Juilliard! 

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 look forward to a return to an in-person Juilliard experience. 

Since our community will be vaccinated, we anticipate a return to near normal in our classrooms, studios, and stages. In keeping with emerging local, state, and national public health guidance, and in close partnership with Lincoln Center, we are working on plans to begin allowing public audiences back into live performances later this the fall, subject to audiences’ showing proof of vaccination and ongoing health guidance. The recording and livestreaming technological upgrades Juilliard developed last year will continue to thrive as enhancements to our already-robust performance and curricular offerings. 

As previously announced, the plan for the upcoming academic year is for in-person instruction with the understanding that, as needed, we will adjust for safety requirements that may be in place at the time. For the vast majority of classes and performance work, we will not be offering hybrid or online learning models—all students will be required to be in residence. 

We understand the challenges currently facing international students and are here to provide support. The U.S. Department of State updated its National Interest Exception (NIE) page to expand certain eligibilities to all countries subject to a COVID-19 entry ban. The Office of International Advisement is monitoring all reports, and international students should email any travel questions to [email protected]

Please see the below Health and Safety Update section for information about vaccination requirements for the 2021-22 academic year. Please also read this page carefully for other helpful information regarding 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. 

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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 will allow us to return to in-person instruction in 2021-22 and will 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. Please see the Vaccination Requirements for the 2021-22 Academic Year sections below for details on the vaccine mandate, including information for international students and 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 Fall 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 will require 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 at the start of the fall semester. 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). 

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 will be deactivated as of midnight on August 20. For more information about the vaccine requirements please reference the July 19 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. 

Health Screening and Testing

For at least the weeks of August 23 and August 30, 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. 

Testing requirements beyond the week of August 30 will be announced at a future date. 

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.

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.

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 following 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.

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.

Fall Semester Building Use and Activity Guidelines

Fall Semester Building Hours and Access

Beginning on August 21 and throughout the fall 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 September 6 (Labor Day) and November 2 (Election 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 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. If you have questions about guests, please contact the Provost’s Office or Human Resources. 

At this time, we aim to allow limited numbers of the general public into the building for performances starting October 4. We will verify vaccination status of all audience members before they are admitted onto the premises. Between the start of the year and October 4, only community members with approved building access will be allowed to attend performances, and these performances will be livestreamed. Capacity limits may be enforced and will be announced prior to the event. Until further notice, anyone attending a performance as an audience member will be required to wear a mask at all times.

Masks, Distancing, and Other Activity Guidelines

Masks:

Effective immediately and until further notice, masking will be required at all times, in all areas of the building, with the following exceptions: 

  • Masks may be removed when you are working alone in a studio/office/classroom/practice room or in your residence hall room. 

  • Winds, brass, singers, and actors may remove masks during performance-related activities only. Winds, brass, singers, and actors are subject to additional social distancing rules when engaged in performance-related activities (see below). 

  • Winds and brass faculty may remove masks to demonstrate in a lesson but are subject to additional social distancing and instrumental PPE rules (see below). 

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.

Instrumental PPE 

At this time, we are not requiring instrument bags or adaptive masks for winds or brass players. Bell covers for winds/brass are encouraged in all cases but are required for faculty who are demonstrating in a lesson, for international students who received their first dose of the vaccine upon arrival and until they are fully vaccinated, or for students who have an approved vaccine exemption. Brass players are required to empty condensation from their valves into an absorbent towel rather than onto the floor. 

Social Distancing 

Prudent social distancing is encouraged, though in most cases will not be required for fully vaccinated individuals. However, the following social distancing rules will be in effect until at least October 4: 

  • During performance activities (including studio lessons) for unmasked winds and brass: 3-foot distance 

  • During performance activities (including studio lessons) for unmasked singers and actors: 6-foot distance 

Time Limits, Occupancy, Room Rest 

At this time, we will generally not require time limits or limits to occupancy of rooms. 

A 30-minute room rest period will be required after all ensemble rehearsals involving winds, brass, and/or singers. 

Food Service 

Until further notice, only single-serving, grab-and-go food will be offered at meetings, student gatherings, and social events. 

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): If you would like to request a space larger than a practice room for chamber music or other activities, you may do so through ASIMUT.

Students may request classrooms up to 48 hours in advance in ASIMUT. If you would like to request a space more than 48 hours in advance, please fill out the Registrar’s Office Student Room Request Form.

Faculty and staff may request classrooms or studios up to four days in advance in ASIMUT. If you would like to request a space more than four days in advance, please fill out the Registrar’s Office Faculty/Staff Room Request Form.

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 August 30, the library’s hours will be Monday-Thursday, 8:30am-9pm, Friday 8:30am-7pm, Saturday 9am-6pm, and Sunday 2-7pm. 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 attend their classes in person. New students are expected to be in the U.S. for orientation on August 21, with our continuing students arriving on or before the first day of classes.

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].

Forms

The following forms can be found on MyJuilliard:

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