Information for Students and Families

Please check back frequently for updates and additions throughout the spring semester.



Updated 1/7/2022

When will classes begin for Spring Semester?

Classes will begin at Eastman and the University of Rochester as scheduled on Monday, January 10, but we will be entirely online.  It is anticipated that in-person instruction will resume on Monday, January 31.  A decision to continue online instruction or return to in-person instruction will be made by January 26.

Updated 1/7/2022

How will classes work for online instruction for Spring Semester?

Until further notice:

  • Instructors of classroom-based courses are being strongly encouraged to stick to their regular meeting patterns, but we are asking that they show some flexibility for students in alternate time zones.
  • There is to be no in-person teaching, including applied lessons.  All applied lessons are to be online, even for those students who might be in Rochester, until the University resumes in-person instruction.
  • Students enrolled in ensembles and chamber music should expect to hear from their instructors with information about plans for the next three weeks.

Updated 1/7/2022

What will happen for Concerts and Events in Spring?

All concerts, master classes, and special events scheduled through January 31 are cancelled or postponed.  Students with degree recitals will be contacted by the Concert Office regarding options.

Updated 1/7/2022

What should I plan for return to campus?

Per President Mangelsdorf’s directive, students who are not currently on campus should not travel to Rochester.  However, we recognize that some students, especially those arriving from international locations, may not be able to change their travel plans. We will accommodate students who must arrive on campus early as long as they have a negative COVID test result. Additionally, the University’s International Services Office (ISO) stands ready to answer questions and provide additional support to international students or scholars who need assistance during this time.


If you have a specific concerns, please contact Academic Affairs for additional guidance.

Updated 1/7/2022

How will dining work for the month of January?

Dining operations will open as planned beginning Friday, January 7 for students currently on campus. The full list of hours for each operation can be found on the Dining website and are posted in our locations. Any changes to hours of operation will be posted on the Dining website; students are encouraged to check for the most current information.  The Eastman Dining Center will be open and will provide breakfast, lunch, and dinner options, seven days a week.

For students who have not returned to campus and all commuter students, meal plans will be paused until further notice. Additionally, for students currently on campus we have temporarily extended the ability to use declining balance for GrubHub purchases at off-campus restaurants.

Updated 1/7/2022

Will there for room and board adjustments for January?

Room and board charges will be adjusted on a pro-rated basis for students affected by the request to delay returning to campus, and financial aid will not be reduced. The University will apply the pro-rated amount to student accounts once the official return-to-campus date is determined; no action is needed on the part of students and their families at this time.

Updated 1/7/2022

What will access be to Eastman Facilities in January?

Our facilities will remain open during this time, but students should expect limited in-person services as many faculty and staff will be working remotely.  Additionally, the practice rooms will remain open, but we are asking students to limit their time making music with others.  Given that the Omicron variant is so contagious, we are asking everyone to make smart choices about gathering in groups of any size.

As of right now, we expect the Sibley Music Library and the Eastman Media Lab to remain open and maintain their regular hours.

Updated 1/7/2022

How will student work be affected in January?

Students should not make plans to return for campus just for an on-campus job.  We are awaiting guidance from Student Employment, but we hope students will be able to continue their work online if the job lends itself to remote work.  All other student employees should expect to hear from the supervisors with a plan to resume working once we have the all-clear to return to campus.

All graduate students will receive a separate communication with additional information as soon as it is available.

Updated 1/7/2022

Who is best contact for questions about access or item retrieval, etc?

Requests or questions regarding access or item retrieval from SLC, etc, should be sent to and someone will get back to you quickly.

Updated 1/7/2022

Is Basic Needs Hub available should I need assistance?

We understand the hardship this rapid transition places on some students, so if you are in need of additional support please submit a request through the University’s Basic Needs Hub.  The hub provides urgent, essential student necessities, such as food, clothing, housing, and access to academic tools, and we are usually able to respond very quickly to any requests.

Updated 1/7/2022

What is the booster Mandate for students?

For the spring 2022 semester, as a condition of enrollment all students must receive a COVID-19 booster when they become eligible. Eligibility is determined by CDC guidance, and all students currently eligible must submit proof of their booster shot by February 1, 2022, and instructions for sharing this information will be announced shortly.  Students who are not yet eligible will have 30 days from becoming eligible to receive their booster shot.  Anyone with a previously approved medical or religious exemptions will continue to be exempt, and all other are expected to receive a booster to remain enrolled at the University.

Updated 1/5/2022

What is the masking policy for fall for ensembles or chamber music groups?

All members of an ensemble or chamber music group must wear a mask and, if appropriate, a bell cover.  Musicians who play a wind instrument will be expected to cut a small slit in their mask to allow for their mouthpiece, but this slit must be modest so that the majority of the mask is left intact.  The sides of the mouth and chin must remain covered by the mask at all times.

Updated 1/5/2022

What is the masking policy for lessons?

All individuals (students and teachers) must be masked at all times during individual lessons.

Updated 8/19/2021

What Physical Distancing Requirements are there for fall?

There is no physical distancing requirement for musicians who play a non-aerosol producing instrument (strings, percussion, and keyboard instruments), regardless of vaccination status.

There is no physical distancing requirement for vaccinated musicians who play an aerosol producing instrument (brass, woodwinds, and voice).

Unvaccinated musicians who play an aerosol producing instrument must be distanced at least 6’ from others at all times.

Updated 8/19/2021

What is the practice room policy?

We will revert to our pre-COVID practice room policies for all students.  When alone in a room, fully vaccinated students may remove their mask when practicing.  However, students with an approved exemption to the University’s vaccine requirement must leave their mask on at all times – even when practicing alone in a room.  Additionally, unvaccinated woodwind and brass students must leave their bell covers on as well while practicing.



Updated 8/2/2021

What is the University’s Vaccine Requirement?

Updated 8/2/2021

If I am unvaccinated, do I need to have a mask or use a bell cover?

Unvaccinated musicians, regardless of instrument, must wear a mask and bell cover (if applicable) at all times.  The only exception is if an unvaccinated musician is alone in a practice room, as they may remove their mask and bell cover in this case.  Vaccinated musicians may perform without a mask and bell cover but may choose to wear them if they have concerns about their safety.

Updated 8/2/2021

Is physical distancing required for strings, percussion, and keyboard instruments?

For musicians playing non-aerosol producing instrument (strings, percussion, and keyboard instruments), no physical distancing is required regardless of vaccination status.

Updated 8/2/2021

Is physical distancing required for brass, woodwind, and voice)?

For musicians who produce aerosols (brass, woodwind, and voice), unvaccinated musicians must be distanced at least 6’ from others at all times (e.g. ensembles, chamber music, private lessons, other performance or practice scenarios). Vaccinated musicians have no distancing requirement while performing or practicing.

Updated 8/2/2021

Is downtime still needed in between rehearsals and performances?

No downtime or air exchange is required between rehearsals and performances regardless of whether unvaccinated musicians are using the space.

Updated 8/2/2021

If I am unvaccinated, are there certain practice rooms and rehearsals spaces I should use?

Unvaccinated students will be restricted to specific practice rooms and rehearsal spaces.  Practice rooms will be set aside for unvaccinated students, and these rooms will follow the same safety protocols that were in place last year.  These rules include the requirement that the students sign out their practice rooms in advance, that there be 30 minutes of downtime between practice sessions, and that an individual student occupy the room for a maximum of 2 hours.  Unvaccinated students may be unmasked in a practice room if they are alone, but if another individual enters the space then masks must be worn along with bell covers, if applicable.  In the designated unvaccinated rehearsal spaces, all students, faculty coaches, and/or collaborative pianists – regardless of vaccination status – must wear a mask, maintain 6’ of distance, limit music-making to 30 minutes for aerosol-producing instruments or 60 minutes for non-aerosol producing instruments, and ensure that there is 30 minutes of downtime in between sessions.

There are no additional restrictions on unvaccinated musicians beyond masking and, if applicable, distancing.  Otherwise, unvaccinated musicians may perform in all ensembles alongside their vaccinated colleagues.



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