Information for Students and Families

Please check back frequently for updates and additions throughout the summer months.

FAQs

OPTIONS FOR THE FALL SEMESTER

What are my options for studying at Eastman this fall?

There are two options for students to make progress towards their degree this fall.  You can choose to pursue hybrid in-person instruction on campus in Rochester, or you can enroll as a fully-remote student.  Details about both options can be found in answers below under “Academic Life.”

So, just to be clear, can I enroll in all of my classes online this fall and study completely from home?

Yes, you can stay home this fall and complete all of your coursework in a fully-online format.

TIMING FOR FALL SEMESTER

Will Fall Classes Start on time?

The fall semester will begin in Rochester on Wednesday, August 26.  In order to complete the required number of days for the fall semester (a requirement of accreditation and financial aid regulations) we will:

  1. eliminate Fall Break;
  2. complete the on-campus instructional portion of fall semester on November 25 before Thanksgiving; and
  3. everyone will finish the semester online with 2 weeks of course-related activity after Thanksgiving, including exams.

QUARANTINE AND HOTSPOTS

As an international student, will I be required to quarantine when I enter the US?

What do I need to do prior to coming back to campus?

Once we are approved to open All faculty, staff and students:

  • Must complete the one-time, required COVID-19 training available on MyPath prior to returning to campus.
  • Must complete Dr. Chat Bot health screening every day an individual wishes to access the Eastman campus.

LATE ARRIVALS

I can’t make it to Rochester by the start of classes, but can I arrive late?

Yes. As all classes at Eastman will be offered in an online format you can begin online from home and transition to in-person instruction once you arrive in Rochester.

I’m an international student and not sure when I can get to Rochester, so what’s the latest I can arrive?

In order to ensure that international students remain in compliance with the rules that are currently in place from the Federal government, you should plan on arriving in Rochester no later than October 26, 2020. If you cannot arrive by this date it is best to take your classes from home this fall and plan to arrive in time for the start of the spring semester. As with all questions related to international students, it is always best to connect with the ISO.

Update to University Domestic Travel Guidelines

Visit University of Rochester’s website for latest information.

 

HEALTH AND SAFETY

HEALTH

Updated 08/06/2020

What is the process if a member of our community tests positive for COVID? How are we notified, or not, as members of the community?

Please visit this page.

Updated 07/29/2020

Will the University/Eastman be providing masks?

Masks will be made available on an ongoing basis as needed to all faculty, staff and students in alignment with University of Rochester guidelines.  In addition, we will be issuing cloth masks with the Eastman logo to all undergrad and graduate students and all full time faculty and staff on a one-time basis.

Where can I go for the latest information on COVID-19-related issues?

What should I do if I think I or my roommate has COVID-19?

I feel stressed out and overwhelmed. Whom can I talk to?

What forms of COVID-19 testing is the University implementing?

How will these strategies be effective in preventing the spread of COVID-19?

University of Rochester's CARE Network

The University of Rochester’s CARE Network enables members of the University community to help each other! You can express their concern about a person, incident, or issue by submitting one of the following reports online:

  • CARE Referral
  • Bias-Related Incident Report
  • Community Concern Report

Making a referral or submitting a report initiates a review process and/or coordinated response involving the appropriate individuals, staff, and offices. For report forms and other information about CARE, go to https://www.rochester.edu/care/

SAFETY

What other tactics will the University employ to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus and how effective are these protocols?

I know that Eastman often hosts visitors, including prospective students, for on-campus visits. What is happening with these visitors this fall?

The University is still developing official policies for visitors this fall, but in general Eastman is not allowing external visitors to enter our facilities.  This decision was made to prioritize the health and safety of our Eastman community by limiting the number of people who could potentially spread the virus.

Updated 07/28/2020

Will students be permitted to remove masks when playing/performing/singing/acting in person under any circumstances?

Masks must be worn at all times, and may only be removed by wind players when they are actively playing their instrument.  Vocalists may sometimes (in limited circumstances) remove their masks during private lessons when other safety enhancements are provided.  Flute players will require special safety protocol to be determined.

Updated 07/28/2020

Have the elevators been taken into account regarding social distancing?

6’ social distancing and the wearing of masks is required on campus elevators as is the case in all common areas.

What guidelines will Eastman be setting in place regarding safety?

Guidelines include:

  • Continued social distancing including no less than six feet between individuals in all locations including classrooms, faculty studios, and rehearsal/performance venues;
  • Wearing protective masks as required
  • Monitoring of traffic in entrances/exits, hallways, elevators, and other spaces to limit density of individuals at bottleneck spaces;
  • Increased attention to ongoing cleaning and disinfecting

What cleaning measures are taking place?

Currently, all solid surfaces in commons areas are wiped down daily as part of general cleaning routines.  The reopening protocol will involve increased cleaning efforts in accordance with CDC and University guidance.  Large room sanitizing machines (electro-static foggers) have been purchased and their use will also be guided by mandates and University guidance.

There will be an overall focus on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including the following:

  • Mask wearing as required
  • Added hand sanitizer deployed to classrooms and other areas of high traffic
  • End-user cleaning supplies in practice rooms
  • Wipes available for end-user personal cleaning of classroom chairs and workstations
  • Plexiglas shield installations at the Welcome Center and SLC Entry Reception Area
  • All communal instrument use (other than pianos and organs) under evaluation
  • ESM Facilities who will order, stock, distribute and inventory cleaning materials and PPE for all departments and offices

What sort of fogging will occur for safety?

There is an electro-static process approved by Dr. Manchester. We will use it on a limited basis for designated flute and voice studios. In these specialty areas we are working through ensuring protecting the pianos in these places.

Each of the restrooms in the Student Living Center will be fogged every day as well.

Could we have an update on water fountains and water bottle filling stations?

All older water fountains have been disabled. There are a few bottle-fill stations that will be retained for safely filling bottles.

What safety precautions are you taking to ensure our students are protected while on campus?

As part of our overall focus on social distancing and de-densifying campus communal spaces, the following items are under consideration for the fall semester.:

  • A reduction in classroom and other occupancies
  • Possible changes in interior traffic routes
  • Distance markings on floors and signage where queuing takes place
  • Limited numbers in elevators and restrooms
  • Possible closings of areas of congregation such as the Cave
  • Changes in UR bus capacity
  • There may be timing intervals established for class changes.
  • There will be no change to our single point of entry policy given our continued commitment to campus safety
  • Events involving in-person activity on campus will be limited by occupancy guidelines in place at the time
  • The seating capacity of our performance venues has been greatly diminished due to social distancing requirements.  We continue to evaluate audiences sizes for recitals and who be allowed access to these performances.
  • Visitors to the Eastman campus will be significantly restricted.
  • All meetings are required to be arranged online, even if staff or faculty are on campus.

Will stairwells be specific to which direction they are to be used for?

We’ve reorganized entry to the main building- similar to Kilbourn (direction signage for one way on and one way out). Bridges to Annex will be one way. We don’t currently have other accommodations in our stairwells, as for brief periods of passing this should not pose a safety risk with everyone wearing masks.

**Any additional questions regarding Safety and PPE should be directed to:
Kevin Gibson, Executive Director of Operations

HOUSING AND RESIDENTIAL LIFE

COVID - TESTING AND TRAINING PRIOR TO ARRIVAL ON CAMPUS

Will I need to be tested prior to arriving on campus? What about throughout the semester?

All students living on campus must participate in COVID-19 testing upon arrival or be able to provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test done 24-72 hours prior to arrival on campus and be arriving via personal/family vehicle. See further details below under “Move-In”.

During the academic year, students may be asked to quarantine if they are exposed to a student who has COVID-19.

What other training do I need to complete?

In addition to testing, all arriving students need to have completed the University’s online COVID-19 Safety Training program found on Blackboard at https://learn.rochester.edu.  Failure to do so could result in delays in the move-in process; please be sure to complete this in advance.

Testing results

COVID-19 test results will be reported back to the University and to the student within 24 hours.  Students will move-in prior to receiving the results of the test.  If a student receives a positive COVID-19 test, they will be relocated to one of our isolation areas.

MOVE-IN

PLEASE NOTE: each student may only bring one person to campus to assist them with move-in. Both the student and helper must wear a face mask or covering while on campus.

First-year Student Move-in Timing

First-year student move-in will occur Monday, Aug. 17 – Thursday, Aug. 20.  Students will be assigned by e-mail a move-in day and specific time.  Roommates living in double rooms will not arrive on the same day in order to process COVID-19 testing results; Residential Life will coordinate a move-in time for each roommate.

Returning Student Move-in Timing

Returning student move in will be Monday, Aug. 17 – Tuesday, Aug. 25.  The first four days of the returning student move-in are shared with first-year students and there will be more limited arrival slots for returning students on those days.  Our priority the first four days will be to get first-year students here and settled.  From August 21- 25, all time slots will be devoted to upper-class student arrival.

In order to move-in, returning students must sign up for an arrival day and time. This will allow us to physically distance students and allow for better move-in flow. This sign-up will be emailed to your university address starting on Wednesday, July 15.  You cannot arrive on campus without a move-in day and time.

 

The Move-in Process:

  • Students should arrive on River Campus campus one hour prior to their assigned move-in time to be tested for COVID-19. Vehicles should proceed through the main entrance to the University’s River Campus (Elmwood Ave and Wilson Blvd.; GPS: 252 Elmwood Avenue Rochester, NY) and will be directed to Intercampus Drive.
  • Student drop-off for COVID testing will be at the corner of Library Road and Intercampus Drive. The student’s family member will be directed to a waiting lot on Intercampus Drive and remain with the car.
  • Students will be directed to our COVID-19 testing site in Goergen Athletic Center on River Campus where they will receive the COVID-19 test, and then be directed to the downtown Eastman Campus and its Student Living Center (GPS: 100 Gibbs Street, Rochester, NY 14624). Key, ID, and mailbox combo pick-up will be here.Students who instead present proof of a negative COVID-19 test, which must be an RT-PCR test conducted 24-72 hours prior to arrival on campus, along with confirmation of completion of the online COVID-19 Safety training will be able to proceed directly to the Eastman Student Living Center at their assigned move in time. Please note: acceptable proof of the COVID-19 test can either be a paper copy of a negative result, or a text message from the testing center. Again, only students who arrive by car and have travelled directly to campus from home (no overnight stop on the way) are eligible to submit proof of a negative test.
    • Residential Life and Parking Services will be managing the move-in location at the Eastman Student Living Center. Once at the Student Living Center, the student and family member have one hour to unload the car and get belongings to the student’s room. For safety reasons, when the move-in process is complete, the family member and car must leave campus.

HOUSING

Updated 08/06/2020

When will room assignments and releasing from campus housing be complete?

Assignments and junior releases from housing have been completed. Returning students living in the Student Living Center should plan to arrive at their scheduled time.

Updated 07/28/2020

I’m not comfortable living in University housing this fall. Can I take classes at home, and move into my campus housing in the spring semester?

Spring semester campus housing will be available for all students, including those returning from remote learning at home.

Will the University be limiting the capacity of residence halls or taking other measures to protect students in their campus living spaces?

I can’t have a friend who lives in another residence hall or off campus visit me in mine?

What is being done for students who are immunocompromised?

I can’t go home after Thanksgiving, so can I stay in the Student Living Center?

Semester break housing is available in the Student Living Center at the daily room rate. Break housing is limited to students who have received an exception to remain on campus, and the process for requesting an exception will be announced at a later date by the Office of Academic Affairs. If you are unable to pay the daily rate for break housing, there will be a process to address individual financial concerns. However, we are encouraging all students who can go home to do so.

DINING

What adjustments will be made at Eastman in regard to dining?

How will food handlers help ensure my safety?

Basic Needs Hub

The Student Support Basic Needs Hub facilitates the connection of campus and community resources for students who are require urgent, essential student necessities, such as food, clothing, housing, and access to academic tools. Assistance provided through the hub is not intended to replace or supplement current student financial aid and it does not need to be repaid.

For qualifying needs, funding limits generally range from $100 – $300 per student request, and due to limited resources, it may not be possible to fulfill all requests. Demonstrated need, availability of resources, relevance, and timing of the request are taken into account when allocating resources. The mission of the hub is to provide short-term, temporary financial assistance in unanticipated or emergency situations; priority is given to students with the highest financial need. For more details go to https://www.rochester.edu/students/support/

Food Pantry

The Office of Student Affairs continues to operate a small food pantry on weekdays for our food-insecure community members. Students can make a request by emailing reslife@esm.rochester.edu and attaching this preference form. Bring grocery donations to the SLC Front Desk, or order at http://a.co/1TnFUPp

**Any additional questions regarding Residential Life should be directed to:
Robert Bones, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs

STUDENT ACTIVITIES

Will I have access to the University’s indoor athletic facilities?

How will clubs and organizations operate at Eastman this fall?

We are still finalizing plans so that Eastman Student Organizations will be able to build community, provide leadership experiences, and be a vital part of the Eastman experience. Right now, our plan includes both the ability for Student Organizations to host virtual programs and limited in-person meetings using physical distancing, masks, and other precautions. Some examples of programming we are proposing include: synchronized movies, grab-and-go care/snack packages, raffles, online fitness streaming for meditation, yoga, and others, virtual scavenger hunts, Bob Ross paint night-kits, online gaming tournaments, online 5Ks, late night bingo, trivia nights, book clubs, audiobook readings with deans, MET tours, and many others.

ACADEMIC LIFE

"Teaching During Times of Disruption" Videos Available

Many online video tutorials are available for on “Teaching During Times of Disruption”, covering topics such as planning and preparation, troubleshooting, and managing live classroom settings. The tutorials are available in two parts; click here for a list of topics in Part 1 and click here for Part 2.

Need assistance? A schedule for ongoing Spring 2020 workshops is available on the IML home page.

STUDIO LESSONS AND VOCAL COACHINGS

How will my lessons work this fall?

We are prepared to offer in-person lessons to all students who return to Rochester this fall.  Applied faculty have been given the option, however, of returning to teach in their studios or continuing online-only instruction based on their personal circumstances.  Regardless, all faculty studios have been evaluated for safety given physical distancing requirements, and any instruction with a studio that is deemed too small will be given a larger space for lessons.  In addition, any other equipment deemed necessary to ensure the safety of students and faculty will be provided by the school.  Students and faculty will be expected to wear masks at all times during lessons, with exceptions for wind players and singers who may take their mask off, as appropriate, to make music, but must have a mask on when talking or listening.

For students who choose to be fully-remote this fall, all Eastman faculty are prepared to offer lessons online this semester.

My decision to return to campus or stay home this fall depends on whether or not my studio teacher plans to teach online or in person. How will I be able to find out this information?

The majority of Eastman’s studio faculty plan to teach in person this fall, but if your teacher has opted to teach online s/he will be in touch with you directly to explain their circumstances.  If you have not yet heard anything, please contact your studio teacher directly to ask them about their status.

I’m planning to come to Rochester for in-person instruction, so what happens to my lessons after Thanksgiving?

Between Thanksgiving and the last day of the fall semester, currently set for December 9, 2020, you should expect online interactions with your teacher to continue.

Will I be able to enroll in secondary lessons this fall?

Secondary lessons taught by graduate TAs will be online.  Secondary lessons taught by faculty (e.g., piccolo lessons) will be prioritized for in-person instruction, if possible.

What's happening with studio class this fall?

We are developing plans for limited in-person time for studio class this fall.  Due to physical distancing requirements, however, it is unlikely the entire studio will meet in person every week.  All students, regardless of whether you are on campus or studying remotely, will have the opportunity to participate.

How will my vocal coachings work in the fall?

Vocal coaching will primarily be in-person and will take place in spaces deemed large enough to accommodate proper physical distancing requirements for singers.  Students studying online will have their coachings via Zoom.

ENSEMBLES, OPERA, AND CHAMBER MUSIC

What is the plan for in-person large ensembles in the fall?

All ensembles will be re-cast as smaller groups to accommodate physical distancing in performance and rehearsal; our rotation system will be maintained so that all students have a chance to perform in different ensembles and in many styles.

Philharmonia repertoire will range from Bach and Mozart to the Bourgeois Gentilhomme Suite of Richard Strauss and Copland’s Appalachian Spring.  ESSO will delve into Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Stravinsky’s Second Suite for Chamber Orchestra, among many other works.  Brass players will also play in intensive explorations of other major orchestral works with a virtuoso role for brass, with guidance from our brass faculty.  Some of these works will be the Strauss tone poems Don Juan and Till Eulenspiegel, and Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.

The Eastman Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra plan to feature the finest chamber music in the wind, brass, and percussion repertoire on their eight concerts in the fall. On each concert, there will be at least one work for brass, woodwinds, saxes, percussion, as well as a combined mixed-instrumentation piece. There will be something great for everyone and we are excited to feature music that has historically been the cornerstone for the wind ensemble repertoire. Music by Gabrieli, Mozart, Beethoven, Strauss, Dvořák, Stravinsky, Grainger, Scott Joplin, Michael Burritt, and Roberto Sierra highlight this fall’s terrific line-up.

Eastman choral ensembles will study a wide range of Renaissance repertoire, including French chansons and Italian madrigals, baroque works of Schütz and Bach, and more recent works such as Debussy’s Trois Chansons, Britten’s A.M.D.G., and music of Brahms, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Eastman Pulitzer Prize winner George Walker.  The Collegium Musicum has programmed chamber cantatas of Monteverdi, Carissimi, and Rossi, along with orchestral concertos by Handel, Vivaldi, and Hellendaal.

For the fall season, Musica Nova has programmed Elena Mendoza’s Diptico, George Lewis’s Born Obbligato, and Hannah Kendall’s Verdala, and music by Julia Wolfe, Unsuk Chin, Pierre Boulez, Hilda Paredes, and Natalie Dietterich.

What is the plan for in-person jazz ensembles in the fall?

We are planning to have the large jazz ensembles meet live in the Ray Wright Room and EEW415 (or rooms of an equivalent size). We will not be using flutes as doubles, and in the case of double rhythm sections, or two students who both play the same rhythm section instrument in the same ensemble, students will be assigned on alternate days in order to have room for the minimum personnel needed for the full ensemble with recommended physical distancing.

What is the plan for in-person opera in the fall?

Eastman Opera Theatre is committed to presenting a full, varied, and artistically fulfilling 2020-21 season. Our primary focus, as always, remains on the growth of our students. While the specific performance parameters of each work may change as we all adapt to an unpredictable pandemic, we have chosen titles and performance projects that may be adapted to whatever performance guidelines are dictated by changing circumstances.  This commitment also applies to all the courses offered by Eastman Opera Theatre.

In addition, in celebration of Eastman’s 2021 Centennial, we have chosen to present titles during the 2021 calendar year by Eastman alumni. We will offer an all-Mozart program in May 2021 to complement the contemporary nature of a season featuring Eastman composers, and the focus of the upper-level undergraduate and graduate coursework (Lyric Theater Workshop, Fundamentals for the Singing Actor, Advanced Opera Seminar) for the 2020-21 school year will be on traditional operatic repertoire and role study. Undergraduate first-year and sophomore opera courses will be adapted as necessary to maintain the integrity of the curriculum and the learning objectives of building psychophysical acting technique and character development while allowing for physical distancing measures as required.

What is the plan for in-person chamber music in the fall?

The Eastman Chamber Music Department is eager to welcome students back to campus for vibrant live music making. Our goal is live music, and lots of it. We intend to offer chamber music participation to every student with a vigorous schedule of weekly coachings, performance classes, and recitals, dependent on health and safety requirements.

The string and piano chamber music program expect to proceed in the fall as usual, though with a slightly compressed schedule so that we can end the in-person participation and instruction by Thanksgiving break. Group formation will take place prior to the start of the semester so that faculty coaching of ensembles can begin as close to the start of the semester as possible.  Coachings will proceed weekly as before, and there will be some form of final recital prior to Thanksgiving, dependent on health and safety conditions at the time. We also are planning for the usual performance classes that take place during the semester, again as conditions permit.

Brass and woodwind chamber music intends to have our normal vigorous and vibrant approach with weekly coachings and performance classes. In particular we will be covering more repertoire and doing so faster with a focus on honing those individual and group skills necessary to launch a chamber music career. It will be important moving forward for musicians to think entrepreneurially and learn to create their own opportunities.

What if I plan on being a fully-remote student this fall? Will I still be able to earn credit for large ensembles, opera, and/or chamber music?

Yes!  We will be creating special virtual ensemble courses in all performance areas that will be held online and led by Eastman faculty.  The Chamber Music department is creating online sections of chamber music for students unable to return to campus. These courses will consist of 12 class meetings and will be taught by members of the chamber music performance faculty. Course content will be varied and will include many of the following learning opportunities: playing and recording of individual parts, performance and study of important chamber music excerpts, study of significant repertoire grouped by genre, listening (including historic recordings), score study, , discussion of historic and cultural contexts and more. A final project will also be included.

The large ensemble department is also putting together an exciting plan for virtual ensembles and details will be announced shortly.  In all cases, full credit will be awarded for these virtual ensembles that will fulfill your ensemble degree requirements at all levels.

CLASSROOM COURSES

How will my classroom-based courses be scheduled in the fall?

As spaces and scheduling will be prioritized for applied lessons, coachings, and rehearsals, academic courses will be taught in an asynchronous, online format to allow for maximum flexibility with scheduling.

Will there be any exceptions? Will any of my classroom-based courses meet in person?

Exceptions will be limited. However, regardless of whether an exception is granted, all courses will still have an online option for students who are not on campus.

When will the instructional format for my courses be finalized for the fall? How will I know when and where my courses will meet?

By the time fall semester classes begin the schedule will be accessible to students through their UR Student account.

I did not have a good experience with online courses in the past. How will it be different this fall?

Many Eastman faculty experienced online teaching for the first time this spring and with just days to prepare. This summer, Eastman faculty have many opportunities to design their courses using the best practices of online teaching. Classes, workshops, seminars, presentations, and coaching sessions are helping faculty create well-designed and implemented online courses. Faculty have access to online tools that help create a learning environment that is interactive, rigorous, and engaging, and they will be supported throughout the semester by both the University’s Warner School of Education and Eastman’s Institute for Music Leadership.

What equipment should I have in order to be prepared for my online coursework this fall?

We are working with Eastman faculty and IT to develop a minimum standard for computer equipment students should have to be successful in their online classes this fall.  While we are confident most students already meet the minimum standard, support will be available through the University’s Basic Needs Hub for students who do not have the resources to obtain the necessary equipment.  A list of the minimum required equipment will be posted online as soon as it is available.

RECITALS

Will student recitals be held this fall?

We are planning to hold student degree recitals this fall.  The concert office will be in touch shortly with details about the fall concert lottery.  Priority will be given to students who had their recital cancelled last spring, but then all others interested in a fall degree recital will be allowed to select a date.  However, due to limitations on space this fall, non-degree recitals will not be scheduled.

Updated 07/31/2020

What are the remote recital protocols for those studying remotely this Fall?

You will be allowed to present your degree recital online this fall, including lecture recitals.

Please see complete remote recital protocols on this post.

CONCERTS

Will there be concerts this fall?

Yes, we are planning for a regularly scheduled slate of ensemble and chamber music concerts, plus a variety of faculty recitals.  However, Eastman will not be offering our usual number of guest artist concerts and events in the fall with the goal of reducing the potential exposure of our community to the virus.

Will there be audiences at concerts?

Our plan is to allow a small number of audience members at every performance based on the physical distancing guidelines established for each performance venue. In addition, audience members will be restricted to members of the University community who have completed the COVID-19 safety training and have participated in the daily Dr. Chatbot screenings. At this time, this means that external guests, including families, will not be able to attend concerts and recitals in person this fall. We are working with Technology and Media Production to ensure that livestreaming is available whenever possible to allow your families to view your performances this fall.

JURIES

What about jury and makeups?

Juries from last spring were waived so there is no need to make up this requirement in the fall. However, in regard to make-up PC juries, plans for scheduling are still under discussion and will be announced in the near future.

What are plans for juries this fall?

Given that so few programs require fall juries we do not have a school-wide plan for fall semester juries at this time. However, if the decision is made to require fall semester juries this year then there will be both in-person and online options available to students.

PRACTICE ROOMS

Individual Practice

Updated 07/27/2020

I’ve returned to Rochester and have completed my quarantine, so when can I come to campus to practice?

We are still working through the implementation of new practice room protocols designed to ensure the safety of all the students using these rooms, but we expect to have everything in place shortly.  It is currently our expectation that the practice rooms will be open to students beginning on Saturday, August 15. In order for students to access the practice rooms after they are open it is required that the COVID-19 Safety Training has been completed through Blackboard and that your daily symptom tracking has been completed through Dr. Chatbot.

Will I be able to practice in the Annex this fall?

Yes, Annex practice rooms will be available for practice in the fall with a maximum occupancy of 1 student per room.  Students will sign up for pre-scheduled blocks of time that will include a mandatory buffer of unoccupied time in between each student.  Specific practice rooms will be set aside for voice students given the unique accommodations needed for singers.  All students will be required to sign out their practice space in advance, and we expect students to have 2-4 hours per day available on campus for personal practice.

Will I have access to practice rooms after Thanksgiving

Our intent is to be able to provide access to practice rooms to students after Thanksgiving. However, it is our expectation that the majority of students living in the Student Living Center will return home at this time.

Group Practice

Will I be able to rehearse with my pianist and/or chamber groups?

As students cannot practice with others in the standard Annex practice rooms, classroom space will be set aside for this purpose so that students can maintain appropriate physical distance.  These rooms will be available to sign out in advance via our online room scheduling software.

**Any additional questions regarding
academic classes, registration, etc should be directed to:

John Hain, Associate Dean of Academic and International Affairs

TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID

Will the room and dining rates be adjusted to reflect that students are leaving campus at Thanksgiving?

I’m a first-year/current student, and I hope to come to campus, but if I can’t make it, what happens to my room and board charges?

Is there a different tuition rate if I am studying remotely from home?

Why did the University increase the tuition rate this year, considering the economic impact of the pandemic?

How does my bill change if I decide not to return to campus and do all my learning online?

Am I required to pay mandatory fees if I am not on campus and learning online?

Is my financial aid award impacted if I decide not to live on campus or take a leave of absence?

What if my work-study job is not available? How does that impact my financial aid?

Are commuters still required to purchase a dining plan?

If I get sick and can’t finish the semester, will I receive a refund for tuition, room and board?

What are my options if I do not feel comfortable attending Eastman in person this fall and I do not want to be a fully-remote student?

Returning students may request a leave of absence by contacting the appropriate academic dean’s office (Academic Affairs for undergraduate students and Graduate Studies for graduate students).  As long as the leave is requested before the start of classes (or, for a student living on campus, before you move into the Student Living Center) you will receive a 100% refund of all tuition and fees.

Newly-admitted students may request to defer their admission on a semester-by-semester basis.  A deferral can be requested by contacting the Matthew Ardizzone, Associate Dean of Admissions and Enrollment Management, at mardizzone@esm.rochester.edu.

How will a leave of absence or deferral impact my financial aid package?

Eastman will honor all merit-based scholarship offers upon your return to active status.  However, Federal and State aid, including student loan eligibility, is subject to adjustment based on submission of a FAFSA.  Graduate student stipends are also subject to review upon your return, as we cannot guarantee GA assignments from term to term.

LATEST NEWS FOR STUDENTS AND FAMILIES

VIDEOS

New Student Town Hall Meeting 7-23-2020

ESM Student Town Hall Meeting 7-30-2020

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