Students begin their studies at The Tianjin Juilliard School in good standing and are encouraged at every turn to maintain that status throughout their program of study at the School. Should a student’s progress fall below departmental standards with respect to any aspect of the qualitative and quantitative work expected, the student will receive written notification of a change in academic standing (concern, warning, or probation) as described below. Copies of such notifications are routinely shared with the Artistic Director and Dean, the primary studio teacher, and the Registrar. In many cases, a personal conference with an appropriate School official will be part of the notification process.
All students are expected to maintain a grade of at least B in major subject and performance classes, and satisfactory jury examinations.
Note: Grades below B in the major subject and performance classes will prompt disciplinary action by the Scholastic Standing Committee. In classroom subjects, grades lower than C do not carry credit at the Master’s level; Further restrictions apply to those taking English classes. Students required to take English language are expected to earn a grade of at least B each semester of the course.
Standard Categories of Disciplinary Action
Concern and Warning: If a student receives a grade or grades lower than the required minimum in secondary subjects (i.e., subjects outside the major or performance studies), he or she may receive a letter of concern or letter of warning. Such a letter is normally issued at the close of the semester, but may be issued at any time during the academic year that the Registrar receives official notice of poor achievement. A letter of warning indicates a severe lapse in academic performance nearly warranting probationary status. If a student receives a letter of concern or warning, that student’s record will be reviewed again at the midpoint and close of the succeeding semester.
Probation: A student may be placed on probation at any time for significant problems in meeting the artistic, technical, and/or professional requirements of their major field of study demonstrated by unsatisfactory grades in the major subject or performance classes, or jury examination for repeated failures in a secondary subject or subjects; for multiple failures or non-credit grades in a given term; for an unprofessional attitude toward class attendance; or for a serious breach of the “Essential Elements of the Curriculum.” If a student receives a probation letter, that student’s record will be reviewed again at the midpoint and close of the succeeding semester.
Dismissal: Students who do not meet the terms of their probation or who demonstrate a persistent inability to meet the scholastic standards of The Tianjin Juilliard School (for example, repeated failures) may, at the School’s discretion, be subject to dismissal at any time. Students may also be dismissed at any time if their attitude or deportment conflicts with other standards of the School, or if they endanger their own health or that of others. Acts of cheating and vandalism are dismissible offenses. Students are subject to Tianjin Juilliard’s Standards of Academic Integrity as detailed in the Student Handbook. Students who are dismissed are generally advised in a personal conference with the Artistic Director and Dean as well as in writing.
Examinations and Juries
Students are required to take all class examinations and performance juries at the announced times. Students are required to take jury examinations at the end of each year of study. Jury times are scheduled by the Office of the Registrar. Permission to postpone annual or graduation jury examinations must be approved in writing by the studio teacher and submitted to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs for final approval. Permission to change the time for a class examination must be obtained from the class instructor. Students must be registered for major lessons during the semester of a graduation jury or recital.
Note: Detailed information regarding jury requirements will be posted on the Tianjin Juilliard website.
Students in need of tutoring in musical subjects may be assigned to one-on-one tutorials by the course instructor in conjunction with the Office of Academic and Student Affairs. Upon request, students may also obtain academic assistance from the Writing and Communication Center. In some cases, tutoring will be assigned by the Scholastic Standing Committee, and overseen by that committee together with the Office of Academic and Student Affairs and the instructor. Attendance at assigned tutorials is mandatory.
To schedule an appointment with the Writing and Communication Center, please email WCC@tianjinjuilliard.edu.cn.