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Academic Policies


Attendance

Credit by examination

Dropping and adding courses

Grading system and credit formulas

Grade of Incomplete

Graduation requirements, by degree

Release of transcripts

Scheduling

Scholastic standing

Test makeups

Textbooks


Attendance

Students are required to attend and be on time for all private lessons, coachings, ensemble classes, academic classes, and opera and orchestra rehearsals scheduled by Curtis.

In addition students must adhere to the attendance policies outlined by their individual instructors for each class. Late students may be refused admittance, and credit for attendance when late will be granted at the teacher’s discretion.

Students unable to attend a private lesson, coaching, or ensemble class because of illness or other circumstance must contact the registrar, (215) 717-3125, by 9 a.m. that day. Curtis reserves the right to request a doctor's excuse for extended illnesses or after multiple absences. Unauthorized absences from ensemble classes or orchestra rehearsals may result in denial of a Release Request of any kind and a grade of F for the semester. Excessive unexcused absences from any class may be cause for dismissal.


Credit by examination

Students may meet requirements in musical studies and supplementary performance subjects by examination. Credit for Advanced Placement Examinations may be given in certain liberal arts subjects.

Curtis will give credit for liberal arts and music history courses taken at an accredited college, university, or music school earned either before admission or while enrolled. However, Curtis reserves the privilege of examining all candidates and applicable transcripts before granting the transfer of credits. Any transfer courses taken at another institution while a student is enrolled at Curtis must have a grade of C or better, as well as the prior approval of the dean of faculty and students.

Transfer students may receive credit for up to twenty-seven semester hours in liberal arts subjects. Students with a previous undergraduate degree must take a minimum of fifteen semester hours in liberal arts subjects at Curtis to receive a Bachelor of Music degree from the Institute. Final assignments of transfer credit are made by the registrar in consultation with the dean of faculty and students.

Contact

The dean
The chair of the Liberal Arts department
(215) 893-5252


Dropping and adding courses

Courses may be added only during the first two weeks of each semester.

Courses may be dropped during the first four weeks of the semester without appearing on the student’s transcript. Students who drop a course after the second week of classes may not add one in its place.

Students who drop a course between the fifth and eighth week of classes receive a W/F (Withdraw/Fail). After eight weeks the mark is F. If there are extenuating circumstances, a student may submit to the registrar a written petition to have the grade changed. The petition is reviewed by the appropriate staff members, and, if approved, a W/P (Withdraw/Pass) for the course appears on the student’s transcript.


Grading system and credit formulas

A+ 4.0
A 4.0 Excellent
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0 Good
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0 Average
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D 1.0 Passing
D- Conditional: First semester only
F 0.0 Failure
AUD Audit
INC Incomplete
P Pass (indicates that no grades were given in the course but that the student has received credit for attendance)
W/F Withdraw/Fail
W/P Withdraw/Pass

Courses accepted as transfer credits and through exemption exams count toward the total number of credits for graduation but are not included in GPA calculations.

In both musical studies and liberal arts courses, D– is a temporary first-semester grade. The D– will be changed to an F if the student fails second semester; D– will be changed to a D should the student receive a passing grade for second semester.

Curtis Institute of Music uses the semester hour as the basis for awarding academic credit. In lecture-based courses offered through the liberal arts and music studies curricula, a semester hour is defined as one 50-minute period of recitation plus two hours of preparation each week over a 15-week term. In performance-based and ensemble courses, one semester hour is given for a minimum of two clock hours of participation plus necessary preparation each week of a semester.

Credit and scheduling assignments for courses are made by the registrar in consultation with the dean of faculty and students and academic department chairs as part of the curriculum development process each year.

Each semester, syllabi for all liberal arts and musical studies courses are collected and kept on file. The department chairs, in conjunction with the registrar, monitor course requirements and expectations to ensure that credit assignments accurately reflect class requisites and obligations.


Grade of Incomplete

No grade of Incomplete is given unless approved by both the registrar and the instructor of the course. The student must make the request in writing to the registrar and associate dean of academic affairs before the end of the semester in which the course is being taken.

For courses in which a grade of Incomplete is received, course work must be completed within four weeks of the end of the semester and a grade submitted to the registrar. Otherwise, a permanent grade of F for that course is recorded on the student’s transcript.


Release of transcripts

Students must make all requests for transcripts in writing to the registrar. Official transcripts will be released directly to outside agencies only after the registrar receives a written request from the student.

Current students are entitled to three official transcripts each year without charge. Additional transcripts are sent for $5 each.

Alumni are charged $5 for each transcript released. Written requests must include a check made payable to the Curtis Institute of Music.

The Curtis Institute of Music adheres to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.


Scheduling

Throughout the school year, students have performances, rehearsals, and other institutional obligations on weekday evenings, as well as on Saturdays and Sundays. Examples include orchestra rehearsals, lessons subject to the availability of teachers, and opera rehearsals.


Scholastic standing

Students are on probation during the entire period of their enrollment at Curtis. Students are expected to progress according to the standards of the faculty and to adhere to the rules of the Curtis Institute of Music. Students may be dropped at any time for failure to adhere to the rules of Curtis.

Students in the Bachelor of Music program must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average in musical studies and liberal arts subjects. International students must maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average in all academic subjects.


Test makeups

Students who need to make up a quiz or test must do so at the specified time (to be announced) in the test room listed on the daily room schedule. Teachers decide the latest date on a makeup test may be taken. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the teacher makes the test available to the test-room proctor.


Textbooks

Textbook costs are included in the comprehensive fee. Textbooks are distributed by teachers at the first class of the term.

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