A Message from John W. Richmond, PhD, Professor and Dean
Originally posted on June 23, 2020; updated regularly.
Greetings from the UNT College of Music! I am looking forward to welcoming each of you to campus in just a few weeks. It has been much too quiet on campus these last few months, with none of the music making, discussion, and study in our buildings which makes UNT so famous and distinctive.
I know you have so many questions about how this is all going to work during this time of COVID-19, and I want to remind you of the many steps we have taken to ensure your health and safety while also thriving in our identity as one of the world’s premier places for music study. The summary below is organized by topic and presented as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) with accompanying answers. Please keep in mind that these topics, questions, and answers represent what we know and can explain now. If we’ve learned anything in the last five months, however, it’s that circumstances change and, as they do, we will continue to course-correct nimbly and effectively in response to them.
Let me close by reminding you of the Mission Statement of the UNT College of Music – “to serve our diverse musical culture with excellence, integrity, and imagination.” This mission guides every decision we make on your behalf. We look forward to an historic and profoundly memorable year together in Denton. I can’t wait to welcome you to this special place.
Take good care. Wear your mask. Wash your hands. Practice social distancing. Practice your music! We will see you soon.
FACE-TO-FACE, REMOTE, ONLINE, AND/OR BLENDED
INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
CALENDAR FOR THE FALL
GETTING UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION AS THE SUMMER UNFOLDS
GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT UNT’s OPENING
Social distancing - Close contact is defined as: a) being within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/risk-assessment.html
Information for New and Returning Students
with Scholarship Awards
The information in this section excludes new international students prohibited from US entry or unable to secure a visa. For all other new and returning students:
- If a student chooses to enroll full-time in Fall 2020, either remotely or on-campus, their music award will disburse normally. It has been communicated to us that this also applies to UNT academic awards. Students should verify this with UNT Student Financial Aid and Scholarships and/or Toulouse Graduate School as they consider their options.
- If a student chooses to not enroll or chooses to enroll part-time, their music award will not disburse. This also applies to UNT academic awards and is true for both Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.
- If a student chooses to enroll part-time in Fall 2020 (or defer to Spring 2021 for new students), the spring portion of their award could be reserved for them, at the recommendation of the area faculty and with the approval of the administration, assuming the student enrolls full-time in Spring 2021. Please note that typically, UNT academic awards are forfeited beginning the semester a student fails to enroll full-time. New students planning to defer to Spring 2021 should contact Joel Wiley immediately if they have not already done so.
- If the total award is $1000 or less, the full award could be moved to spring, upon approval.
- If the total award is between $1000 - $2000, $1000 could be moved to spring, upon approval.
- If the total award is greater than $2000, the entire spring portion of the award (usually ½ the total award value) could be disbursed in the spring, upon approval.
- If a student enrolls part-time or does not enroll for the year, their award will expire. They may apply/audition for reinstatement through the area faculty. The student may need to reapply to their program if they do not enroll at all during 2020-21.
- For students who are on a music scholarship that includes registration in at least one Music Laboratory (MULB), the following policy applies for the Fall, 2020 semester:
- If students enroll part-time, they do not need to enroll in an MULB (part-time students are not eligible for a scholarship);
- MULB curricular requirements for music majors remain unchanged. Students will still need to complete the total number of MULB requirements listed on their degree plan (not enrolling in an MULB does not mean the degree requirement is waived);
- For students who are on a music scholarship and are enrolled full-time, the scholarship requirement for MULB participation is waived for Fall 2020 ONLY. Students will not lose their scholarship for non-participation in an MULB for the Fall 2020 semester.
Information for New International Students
Unable to Enter the US:
The university has provided different guidance for NEW international students who are not able to leave their home countries because of visa issues or travel restrictions. The information in this section applies to scholarship awards issued to these students (not TATF appointments or TBP) who enter UNT’s Remote Start program. Please visit the UNT International website for full details: https://international.unt.edu/content/information-newly-admitted-fall-2020-international-students
- The student must be newly admitted to their degree program for Fall 2020.
- The student must remain in their home country for Fall 2020.
- The student must complete the Remote Start e-Form to begin the enrollment process and must enroll in coursework in Fall 2020.
- The College of Music will allow students who participate in Remote Start to receive their music scholarship awards, even if enrolled part-time, however UNT academic scholarships will be forfeited with part-time or non-enrollment.