A Message from John W. Richmond, PhD, Professor and Dean
Originally posted on 6/23/2020; updated 11/23/2021.
Greetings from the UNT College of Music! I am glad to have each of you back on campus in for the Spring 2021 session. You have exceeded our fondest hopes for your success this last semester, in terms not only of your musical and scholarly growth, but also in terms of your consistent and deep commitment to best practices of safety and personal responsibility. As a result, we have produced and webcast dozens and dozens of concerts and recitals, produced and webcast a fully staged opera (!), and hosted so many prospective students through our virtual campus tours. In all of this, we have taught classes through a broad mix of instructional modalities, achieved very high standards of student retention, and graduated the Fall 2020 class of undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students on November 22nd! This has been an amazing testament to caring, creativity, and resilience, and I could not be prouder of you!
I know you are aware that we have kept our COVID FAQ websites up to date (https://music.unt.edu/alert-information and https://music.unt.edu/spring-2021-instructional-guide) and we will continue to do so. When you have questions about “how things are going to work,” please look there first. Of course, the news of emerging safe and effective vaccines could not be more exciting or welcome, but you must know that we likely will be well into, if not through, the Spring 2021 semester before we all will have access to one of them. Therefore, we must continue to practice with vigilance our current COVID mitigation measure (masks, PPE, social distancing, hand-washing, etc.) in order to get through the coming semester safely and effectively. The summary of important topics below is organized as Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) with accompanying answers. These topics, questions, and answers represent what we know and can explain now. As we continue to learn about COVID-19, we will continue to course-correct nimbly and effectively in response to new information.
Please make the best health-conscious decisions during the weeks you are away from campus with family and friends. Resist the temptations of COVID fatigue. Be strong and return to us, ready “…to serve our diverse musical culture with excellence, integrity, and imagination!”
FACE-TO-FACE, REMOTE, ONLINE, AND/OR BLENDED
CALENDAR FOR SPRING 2021
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 Spring 2021, 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..
- 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 Spring 2021 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 Spring 2021 - students will not lose their scholarship for non-participation in an MULB for the Spring 2021 semester.
Information for New International Students
Unable to Enter the US:
The university has provided 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-spring-2021-international-students
- The student must be newly admitted to their degree program for Spring 2021.
- The student must remain in their home country for Spring 2021.
- The student must complete the Remote Start e-Form to begin the enrollment process and must enroll in coursework in Spring 2021.
- 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.
The university has provided different guidance for new international students who were not able to leave their home countries because of visa issues or travel restrictions in place for Fall 2020, and continue to be unable to leave their home countries. Please visit the UNT-International Covid-19 Resource Page for details: https://international.unt.edu/content/covid-19-resources
In these cases, the College of Music will allow new international students who continue to be unable to enter the US both Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 because of visa issues or travel restrictions to receive their music scholarship awards, even if enrolled part-time, however UNT academic scholarships will be forfeited with part-time or non-enrollment.