COVID-19 Response

Juilliard is committed to the health and safety of our entire community, and we have taken immediate steps to address how the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak may impact the school. This page will have the latest information about what is happening on campus.

 

Latest Updates | May 08, 2020, 1:00pm

Due to the public health crisis caused by COVID-19, Juilliard has taken the unprecedented step of going to remote learning for the rest of the semester and all public performances and activities have been canceled through May 23.

Our decision to take these actions is guided by the recommendations of our local and national government and health authorities. By following the social distancing policies that are being put in place around the world, we will do our part to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

We are actively working to resolve all of the questions that are resulting from the necessary actions taken in response to this global emergency.

Update | May 08, 2020, 1:00pm

  • Juilliard students may be eligible for funds from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. See the latest updates under College Division Students for more information.

Update | April 07, 2020, 6:30pm

  • In light of the continued uncertainty of this ongoing pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to hold our 115th Commencement Ceremony, scheduled for Friday, May 22, as an online, virtual gathering. We are deeply committed to providing our graduating students, and their families and loved ones, a creative virtual ceremony that will honor them and celebrate their incredible accomplishments in the most meaningful way possible. All will be welcome.

Keep Juilliard Healthy

The school now has several confirmed cases of COVID-19 among students, faculty, and staff that have been shared with the larger Juilliard community. Given the spread of the virus across the country and current projections of government and health authorities, we anticipate learning of more cases as testing becomes more readily available. These cases are of great concern for all of us. 

  • For each confirmed case, the school will develop lists of those who have been in contact with the community member on campus and communicate with them directly.  
  • If you receive one of these communications, it will include further guidance about whether you should self-isolate and monitor yourself for symptoms. In all cases, we will endeavor to maintain the privacy of individuals. 

We urge you to follow the guidance below to help keep yourselves healthy, and to help in our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19.  

  • Continue to follow all guidance from health officials including self-isolation/social distancing and recommended hygiene practices.  
  • All community members should be self-monitoring their health. If you develop a fever or other symptoms, such as cough or shortness of breath, please isolate yourself and contact a healthcare provider immediately for medical advice.  
  • Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to notify us immediately if you test positive for COVID-19 by any health care provider in any jurisdiction – regardless of your current location. This will allow us to conduct additional contact tracing and notify other members of the community so that they can take the appropriate next steps for their own health and to limit further spread of the virus. 
    • Students, please contact the Office of the Dean at [email protected] if you have tested positive. 
    • Faculty and staff, please contact Human Resources at [email protected] if you have tested positive. 

Additional Resources

Juilliard is following the guidance of the CDC, World Health Organization (WHO), U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and New York City Department of Health regarding travel restrictions and current medical thinking about this outbreak. The additional links on this page go to their websites, and we encourage all community members to stay current on the latest recommendations.

College Division Students

Juilliard is committed to supporting and guiding students throughout this remote learning period.

  • All students will be given the opportunity to finish their academic credits for the semester—this situation will not prevent anyone from graduating, or delay anyone’s future graduation.
  • We are working on a plan to help students who rely on work study funds. Details will be shared in the coming days.
  • We are working to develop additional ways to support our students who need financial and other assistance in this challenging time.
  • College students will receive more information from their faculty and individual departments about remote learning and performance activities. We will also create opportunities for sharing our community’s artistic work in the online space.

CARES Act Information

What is the CARES Act?
The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020 to address the national emergency of Covid-19. Among other provisions, this bill makes available to Juilliard approximately $500,000, half of which must be advanced directly to students in the form of emergency grants to assist with unexpected expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Federal guidelines are still being clarified, and therefore this information is subject to change. Here is what we know so far:

Who is eligible for CARES Act Funding?
Students who are eligible for federal student aid can apply for emergency grants through the CARES Act. If you are eligible but have not completed a FAFSA for the 2019-20 academic year, you will be required to do so. Requests for funds made after July 1 will require the completion of a 2020-21 FAFSA.

International students are not eligible for funding from the CARES Act. Students who are experiencing financial emergencies should contact the financial aid office at [email protected]

How much will be available?
We anticipate that the amount of each grant will be from $500 - $1,000.

What expenses are eligible?
Eligible expenses are those incurred specifically as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to the Covid-19 outbreak. These expenses may include housing and food, additional educational expenses, medical expenses, or transportation.

Is this considered taxable income?
CARES Act funds are not considered taxable income. As per IRS regulations, because the grants are not taxable, deductions or credits for expenses paid with the grant may not be claimed.

How can I apply for CARES Act funding?
Complete the application on MyJuilliard, or contact [email protected]

 

Commencement

  • In light of the continued uncertainty of this ongoing pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to hold our 115th Commencement Ceremony, scheduled for Friday, May 22, as an online, virtual gathering. We are deeply committed to providing our graduating students, and their families and loved ones, a creative virtual ceremony that will honor them and celebrate their incredible accomplishments in the most meaningful way possible. All will be welcome.

Residence Hall

We have confirmed that all residence hall students have a plan in place following their departure from campus.  

The school previously asked all students to move out of the residence hall for the remainder of the year by March 22. This difficult decision was made to protect the health and safety of all of our students, faculty, and staff. We are so sorry that we had to take this necessary step due to public health realities. We care about every student that lives on campus, and we will work with everyone individually to resolve their individual concerns with compassion.  

  • We are working with residential students who need accommodations and emergency financial assistance—no student will be left without a place to live.
  • Residential students from countries designated by the CDC as Level 2 and 3 alert are not expected to return home. We will work with each of these individual students to create a plan.
  • Any students who may not be able to meet this deadline or who may need to seek an exemption to stay in the hall should contact the Office of Residence Life or the Office of International Advisement so that we may help resolve individual concerns as needed.
  • For students who are not currently in the New York area, we understand that travel is not advised at this time, so we will work with you to facilitate the storage and return of your belongings.
  • International students from countries designated by the CDC as Level 2 and 3 alert are not expected to return home. We will work with each of these individual students to create a plan.
  • We will arrange for pro-rated reimbursements of room and board charges.

International Students

We understand that these academic and residence hall changes will have a significant impact on international students.

  • Residential students from countries designated by the CDC as Level 2 and 3 alert are not expected to return home. We will work with each of these individual students to create a plan.
  • We strongly urge all international students to contact the Office of International Advisement ([email protected]) so that we can provide you the best guidance and support for your situation.

Work-study

  • Juilliard will continue to compensate students who have been participating in the work-study program for the remainder of the school year. Work-study students will receive more details directly.

Other Student Work, Stipends, and Fellowships:

  • Tutors, Teaching Fellows and Teaching Assistants will be needed to support students and faculty in the move to the new online learning curriculum and will continue to work as usual.  
  • Community Engagement Fellows (such as McCabe, Gluck, and Morse) will continue to be paid, although the work will not continue this year.  
  • Student accompanists will also be paid through the end of the semester based on a reasonable projection of those accompanists’ hours. 

 

Faculty and Staff

All Juilliard classes will take place through remote learning through the end of the school year. All performances and public activities will be canceled through the end of the school year.

Faculty

Juilliard is committed to supporting and guiding all faculty members throughout this remote learning period.

  • While we recognize that this is a major disappointment, we commit to supporting our faculty in making this an opportunity for creative learning. We will also create opportunities for sharing our community’s artistic work in the online space.
  • We will ensure that students can meet their academic requirements remotely, including for those students slated to graduate.
  • The Office of the Provost and Dean, the Office of Academic Affairs, and individual departments will continue to be in touch in the coming days and weeks with further details and guidance. 
  • View faculty messages and resources on MyJuilliard
  • Faculty should contact [email protected] to request materials for remote teaching. 

Staff

Juilliard’s Irene Diamond Building will be limited to essential security and facilities staff only starting Thursday, March 19 at 5pm.

Diamond Building Access

Juilliard’s Irene Diamond Building will be limited to essential security and facilities staff only starting Thursday, March 19 at 5pm.

Library Hours

The Lila Acheson Wallace Library is also closed until further notice.

Preparatory Division

Juilliard is suspending all in-person classes and activities and transitioning to remote learning starting March 21 and through the end of the school year. Due to Spring Break schedules, Juilliard Pre-College last met in-person on February 29, and Juilliard’s Music Advancement Program (MAP) last met in-person on March 7.

  • The Preparatory Division will move to virtual instruction for private lessons, music theory and ear training classes, and if possible, other classes such as electives and composition courses.
  • The Preparatory Division staff will continue to share updates about remote learning and performance opportunities with students and families throughout this period.

 

Evening Division

All Juilliard Evening Division classes that can take place through remote learning will do so through the end of the semester and will take place at their regularly scheduled times. Specific information has been shared with Evening Division students.

  • Due to the recommended precautions regarding social distancing, all in-person Evening Division voice classes, piano classes, keyboard skills, and Vocal Performance Seminar are postponed through the end of the semester. We are working toward moving these classes online. If you are registered for one of these classes, we will be in touch with you soon to discuss if your course has been transitioned to online.
  • If you are an Evening Division student and have not received more information, please email [email protected].

Admissions Information

The admissions process remains on schedule, with all admissions decisions for the 2020-21 school year released by April 1.

We are extremely appreciative of the effort made by our applicants to audition, either in person or through remote accommodations. It is a privilege to hear and see the talent and dedication presented to us, and we thank you for choosing to apply to Juilliard.

Campus Tours

The Juilliard School has suspended all in-person activities through the end of the school year, including campus tours for prospective students. While we are disappointed not to meet you in person, we invite you to watch our virtual tour, and to continue to browse this website for information. If you have further questions, please write to us at [email protected].

Performances

Juilliard has canceled all public performances through the end of the school year because of the school’s transition to remote learning.

We hope that you will consider donating your ticket to continue your support of the educational programs at Juilliard. If you would prefer to receive a refund or if you have any other questions related to your tickets, please contact us at [email protected] or (212) 769-7406. If you have tickets for performances in Alice Tully Hall and would like to donate or receive a refund, please contact [email protected] or (212) 875-5050.

The Juilliard Store

In response to the most recent health guidance, The Juilliard School building and The Juilliard Store are closed for the foreseeable future. We will continue to process online orders via thejuilliardstore.com, however starting next week, you may experience some shipping delays as we will no longer have staff on site. Our top priority is the health and safety of our entire community and we are working to best serve you during this uncertain time.

If you have questions, need help, or just want to drop us a line, please feel free to contact us:

We hope to welcome you back to The Juilliard Store soon!

Alumni Visits

Juilliard has suspended all non-essential visits to the school, including alumni visits, until further notice. While we are disappointed that alumni will not be able to come to campus at this time, we still want to hear from each one of you! Please share your news at [email protected].

Travel Restrictions

Governor Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order that places restrictions on movement throughout New York State. Nonessential business and services must close by 8pm on Sunday, March 22. Residents are expected to stay home, with limited exceptions.  

Travel advisories are quickly changing, and we encourage all community members to stay up to date with the latest travel restrictions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

  • Juilliard’s policy is that anyone who travels from a Level 2 or 3 risk assessment country as determined by the CDC must remain off campus for up to 14 days or the length of time currently recommended by the CDC.
  • Please keep these guidelines and restrictions in mind as you plan any personal travel. As a reminder, the school has suspended all business-related international travel until the end of the semester.

Tianjin Juilliard School

We are taking all necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of all faculty, staff, and students at The Tianjin Juilliard School.

You can find the latest information about the Graduate Studies admissions timeline and Pre-College schedule on their website.