We believe that an informed, educated, and enlightened community can improve upon its past, and we invite you to join us in this effort. As this work continues, we encourage you to visit this page where you can learn about the many ways in which Curtis ensures a safe and healthy campus environment within a vibrant creative culture. 

Institutional Policies

These Employment Policies have been prepared to communicate Curtis’s general policies and procedures to the school community. They are designed to be used as a reference for a broad range of issues, but they are not, and should not be viewed as, an all-inclusive resource.

Curtis is a community in which musical and intellectual growth, learning by doing, mutual tolerance, and respect for freedom of thought and expression are principles of great importance. The Student Code of Conduct ensures that Curtis provides an environment that promotes the free interchange of ideas, cultural diversity, and space for artistic, intellectual, and social growth.

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, refer to the Curtis Wellness Guide.


In our efforts to provide a safe and healthy campus environment, the Curtis Institute of Music complies with all state and federal guidelines relating to sexual misconduct and sexual or gender-based discrimination or harassment, including Title IX of the Higher Education Amendment Act (1972), the Violence Against Women Act (1994 and 2013), and the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (2013). Allegations of sexual misconduct involving any member of the Curtis community should be reported to:


Kim Gould, Title IX Coordinator

Curtis Institute of Music

(215) 717-3174



Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Interpersonal Violence Policy

The safety, security and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors at the Curtis Institute of Music are of paramount importance. Read our Annual Security and Fire Safety Report to see safety statistics from 2017, 2018 and 2019.

Curtis has engaged Lighthouse Services, Inc. to provide all community members with access to a hotline for reporting misconduct from the past or present. The purpose of this service is to ensure that any community member wishing to make a report of misconduct can do so in a safe space, without fear of reprisal.

For more information about the hotline, view the Procedures Document.

Reports may be submitted in any of the following languages:



Chinese (Traditional)

Chinese (Simplified)
























Punjabi (Gurmukhi)













To submit a report, visit www.lighthouse-services.com/Curtis

For information on submitting reports by phone, e-mail, or fax please see the Procedures Document.

Individuals wishing to make reports through the hotline may also share their report, at their option, with:

  1. Law enforcement, by contacting the Philadelphia Police Department, 9th District, at (215) 686-3090


  2. In cases alleging sexual misconduct, independent counseling professionals, by contacting the Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence/WOAR at (215) 985-3333


Curtis permits any covered individual to attend or participate in course of education during the period beginning on the date on which the individual provides to the institution a certificate of eligibility for entitlement of educational assistance under chapter 31 or 33 (a certificate of eligibility can also include a Statement of Benefits obtained from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) website eBenefits, or a VAF 28-1905 form for chapter 31 authorization purposes) and ending on the earlier of the following dates:

  • The date on which payment from VA is made to the institution.
  • 90 Days after the date the institution certified tuition and fees following the receipt of the certificate of eligibility.

Curtis will not impose any penalty, including the assessment of late fees, the denial of access to classes, libraries, or other institutional facilities, or the requirement that a covered individual borrow additional funds, or any covered individual because of the individual’s inability to meet his or her financial obligations to the institution due to the delayed disbursement funding from the VA under chapter 31 or 33 provided that the student submits a certificate of eligibility prior to the first day of classes and notifies Curtis in writing of their intent to utilize their VA benefits.

The Curtis Institute of Music is operated under a charter granted by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is included in the list of Colleges and Universities in Pennsylvania Approved by the State Council of Education for the Granting of Degrees. The Curtis Institute of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.

The Curtis Institute of Music is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, (267) 284-5000. The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Complaint Process and State Contact Information

Curtis Institute of Music encourages all current, former, and prospective students to submit any grievances, complaints, or concerns directly to the school.

  • To file a complaint and seek resolution, contact Dean Bryan, Curtis’s Accreditation Liaison Officer.
  • Should the issue not be resolved by Dean Bryan, the office of President Díaz should be contacted.
  • If the student feels the issue cannot be resolved by the school, a complaint may be filed with Curtis’s accrediting and licensing agencies:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel: 267-284-5000

Pennsylvania Department of Education
333 Market Street
Harrisburg, Pa 19104

Office of Attorney General
Bureau of Consumer Protection
14th Floor, Strawberry Square
Harrisburg, PA 17120

This Technology Policy defines the boundaries of “acceptable use” of limited Curtis electronic resources, including computers, networks, e-mail services and electronic information sources. 

 For questions or more information about these policies, please contact Patricia Carpino, senior director of human resources, or Larry Bomback, senior vice president of administration.