Student Resources

Student Safety

New students are provided an overview of public safety each year at orientation. Everyone in the Curtis community is encouraged to educate themselves about the local crime statistics and to report crime incidents. Safety is a shared responsibility and everyone on campus is expected to exercise good safety habits. A Curtis photo ID is issued to all Curtis students, faculty, and staff. Everyone is expected to carry their Curtis ID at all times.

Curtis is committed to ensuring a safe and healthy environment for students and seeks to provide services or advocacy for victims of sexual assault. These services may be provided on- or off-campus by a member of our counseling team, University of Pennsylvania Student Health Service, or the Victims Support and Assistance Unit of the Philadelphia Police Department. These services are invaluable to survivors of sexual assault; they can help ensure future physical safety, as well as mitigate the mental and emotional harm caused by sexual assault. 

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, originally known as the Campus Security Act, is the landmark federal law that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. Learn more about the Clery Act

New Student Orientation

Curtis welcomes first-year students to the Curtis family as they begin an exciting journey and engage in new experiences. The Office of Student Life helps students make this transition.

The week-long program introduces students to both academic and non-curricular life at Curtis. Beginning in late August, new students have a chance to meet returning students and make new friends before the semester begins. Free time allows for settling into new living spaces, learning the neighborhood, and practicing.

NSO 2017 began on Sunday, August 27 and concluded on Friday, September 1. Classes will start on Tuesday, September 5. Feel free to contact Laurel Grady, associate dean of student life and international student affairs, with any questions that you might have. 

International Student Advising

Deciding to study in another country can be both exciting and overwhelming. How do I start the process? Will I make friends? What forms do I need? Laurel Grady, associate dean of student life and international student affairs, provides advice and counsel to international students on matters related to non-immigrant study in the U.S., English language acquisition, and American customs and culture. She aims to provide immigration assistance as well as a sense of community for the international population at Curtis.

When a student who is not a U.S. citizen has been admitted to Curtis and has confirmed his or her intent to enroll, Dean Grady will provide detailed instructions on assessing visa needs.

The most popular student visa for Curtis students is the F-1 student visa, which allows the bearer to enter the U.S. as a full-time student in a degree-granting program. This visa status allows students to remain in the U.S. until the completion of their program.

F-1 students regularly receive comprehensive information on travel advisories, curricular practical training (CPT), optional practical training (OPT), employment eligibility, regulations, and more. Dean Grady meets with all international students regularly to assist them in remaining compliant with all non-immigrant requirements mandated by the U.S. Department of State. 

For additional information on remaining in compliance with U.S. Department of Homeland Security rules and regulations, international students may refer to Study in the States. Language translations are available on the site.

Academic Excellence and Academic Integrity

F-1 students are required to make normal progress in the course of study. Students are expected to complete their work with the highest degree of academic integrity and in line with Curtis' academic honesty policy. International students must have a cultural understanding of the American classroom, interaction with instructors, and the meaning of academic integrity. For help and better understanding of plagiarism, international students may refer to Understanding and Preventing Plagiarism

Wellness

Wellness reaches far beyond the physical. At Curtis we are committed to supporting our students in all areas of wellness. Wellness resources include:

    • Primary routine clinical care provided by University of Pennsylvania Student Health Service
    • Partial reimbursement of membership fees at local fitness centers of students’ choosing
    • Counseling with licensed psychologists
    • Workshops and lectures
    • Annual wellness day and health fair
    • Annual Student Wellness Survey
    • Musician injury recovery and prevention – case management and oversight
    • Annual flu vaccines administered on campus to all Curtis students (at no cost)
    • Alexander Technique instruction
    • Student Wellness Guide
    • Guidance to access specialists and alternative therapies
    • Support for localized health needs for noninvasive pain-relief therapies
    • Dedicated space for mindfulness meditation
    • LGBTQ support – Curtis is a Safe Zone community and provides information and resources related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
    • Intercultural competencies training
    • Curtis welcomes students with disabilities and provides reasonable accommodations to those who self-identify in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Academic accommodations, auxiliary services, and technology are made available to students who meet established documentation guidelines.

For more information contact Laurel Grady, associate dean of student life and international student affairs. 

Host Family Program

The Host Family Program, sponsored by the Friends of Curtis and coordinated by the Office of Student Life and International Student Affairs, enlists active members of the Friends of Curtis to volunteer as hosts, to welcome Curtis students and introduce them to people and places in the Philadelphia region beyond the Curtis campus. 

The host program offers students the opportunity to get to know individuals beyond their Curtis teachers and colleagues, expand their interests beyond the world of classical music, and become acquainted with parts of the city beyond the immediate Rittenhouse Square area. Hosts gain the opportunity to participate in the lives of young artists by attending their recitals and concerts, and get to know Curtis from a more intimate perspective. While these introductory experiences are essential, it is also hoped that both hosts and students will develop a level of personal interest and comfort that will enable the relationship to grow in more personal, mutually rewarding ways.

While hosts can express preferences for types of students that will be assigned (e.g., international vs. domestic, instrumentalists vs. vocalists, younger vs. older, etc.), final assignments are made by Curtis. Host preferences, as well as student needs, are taken into account whenever possible. When either a host or a student is not comfortable with the assignment, Curtis will attempt to make alternative arrangements.

For more details about the Curtis Host Family Program, contact Laurel Grady, associate dean of student life and international student affairs.