Academic Policies

Time Limitations
Students of The New School for Drama are expected to complete their training in a timely manner. In certain circumstances, a student may choose to take a year-long leave of absence; this may be done twice, either separately of consecutively. All requirements must be fulfilled within five years of the date of matriculation for successful completion of the program.

Registration and Advisement
All students must consult with a program advisor during the registration period. Before the beginning of each semester, students receive notice of registration dates and tuition and fee information.

Academic Honesty
The university community, in order to fulfill its purposes, maintains high standards of academic behavior. All members of the community are expected to exhibit honesty in their academic work. Students have a responsibility to acquaint themselves with and make use of proper procedures for writing papers, taking examinations, and doing research. The principle of academic honesty is understood to apply to all student work, including papers, reports, quizzes, and examinations. The New School reserves the right to suspend or dismiss a student whose conduct is found to be in conflict with the principle of academic honesty.

Transfer Credits
The New School for Drama does not accept transfer credits. However, in some exceptional cases enrolled students have qualified for exemption from a course upon review of a previous graduate record. Previous course credit must be:

  1. In a graduate, degree-granting program;
  2. Completed with a grade of “B” or better;
  3. No more than ten (10) years old; and
  4. Described in an official syllabus that satisfactorily confirms that equivalent subject matter was covered in the course.

Policy on Equal Opportunity
The New School, including its individual academic divisions, is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in its educational activities, admissions, scholarship and loan programs, and employment. It does not discriminate on the basis of race; color; ethnic or national origin; religion; age; sex or sexual orientation; physical handicap; or citizenship, veteran, or marital status.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended in 1995 and 1996, with which The New School complies fully, was enacted to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading statements.

The New School has established the following student information as public or directory information, which may be disclosed by the Institution at its discretion: student name, major field of study, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, most recent previous educational agency or institution attended, addresses, phone numbers, photographs, email addresses, and date and place of birth.

Students may request that The New School withhold the release of directory information by notifying the University Records Office in writing. This notification is required annually and must be renewed at the start of each Fall term. Students have the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Office in Washington, D.C. concerning alleged failures by the Institution to comply with the Act.

The New School has developed a written policy which explains in detail the procedures to be used for compliance with the provisions of the Act. Copies of the policy can be found in the University Records Office. Questions concerning the Act should be directed to that office.

Other University Policies
Policies on Free Exchange of Ideas and Freedom of Artistic Expression, Discriminatory Harassment, Sexual Harassment, Alcohol and Illegal Drugs, and University-Wide Disciplinary Procedures have been adopted by the Board of Trustees, and are available from the university.

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