General Regulations

Assignment to Classes

Each student's program is subject to the approval of the director of the Extension Division. Any changes of assigned courses must also be approved by the director. Instrumental students qualifying for admission to any performance groups are required to participate in these groups for the duration of the academic year. The College reserves the right to cancel any class because of circumstances beyond its control.


Examinations are given in all subjects at the end of each semester, with the exception of the major field of study. Examinations in the major field are held once a year, at which time each student's work is critically evaluated by a faculty jury. Students are required to be present at all regularly scheduled examinations during the year. Unexcused absence from any final semester examination can result in an automatic grade of F being recorded for that course.


The college requires regular and punctual attendance at all classes, lessons, and rehearsals. Students are allowed one week of unexcused absences per semester in each class. Unexcused absences will not be permitted from ensemble rehearsals or performances under any circumstances. Students who violate this rule may be subject to immediate dismissal. Excused absences are defined as those caused by illness (which must be reported daily by telephone to the school), or those caused by unavoidable personal circumstances (which must be reported to and approved by the director). Students with excessive absences may have their grades lowered or may be dismissed from the course at the discretion of the instructor. If the student's work has been failing up to the time of dismissal from the class, a grade of F will be recorded.

Selection of Private Teacher

Teacher assignments in the major instruments are made in consultation with the director. Students receive one-hour private lessons weekly for 28 weeks out of the academic year. Those majoring in instruments or voice are required to pass an examination in their major field before a faculty jury toward the end of the second semester each year. Examination requirements may be obtained from the major teacher.

A student may petition the associate dean for a change of major teacher. No change will be implemented during the course of a semester, and the decision is at the associate dean's discretion. Students may change major teachers only once during their course of study for each degree or diploma.

Diploma students are awarded credits for private instruction according to the following plan :

Hours of Private Instruction Credits Given for Major Instrument Credits Given for Other Studies
5 1 0.5
10 2 1
15 4 2
30 8 4

Grading System

Grades are given in each subject at the end of every semester, and these grades are recorded on the student's transcript. The grade of Incomplete is given only by permission of the director in cases of severe illness or other extreme circumstances beyond the student's control. If no action is taken to prevent it, a grade of Incomplete automatically becomes an F four weeks after the close of the semester. In a course that normally carries a letter grade, the grade Pass/Fail is not used.

Grade Description
A, A- Excellent
B+, B, B- Good
C+, C, C- Fair
D Lowest Passing Grade
F Failure
W Withdrew
WF Withdrew Failing
P Pass (only with permission of director)

Leave of Absence

A leave of absence of up to one year may be granted to diploma students in good standing at the discretion of the division director. All requests for leaves of absence must be made in writing. If a student on leave fails to notify the school of his/her intentions after a year of leave, he/she will automatically become a discontinued student, losing all status in the program. A discontinued student must reapply to the program in order to continue his/her education in Mannes Extension Division.


A student is placed on probation for failure to maintain an adequate academic record, or because of unsatisfactory progress on the major instrument. (A grade of B- is considered the minimum indication of satisfactory progress for a major instrument.) Probationary status constitutes a warning that the student may be required to withdraw from the diploma program if the quality of the work is not improved.


The school may suspend the residency of any student for disciplinary reasons. The period of suspension will not be greater than one academic year.


The college reserves the right to dismiss any student who does not live up to its standards. A student may be dismissed by the school for poor academic performance, unsatisfactory progress in the major instrument, unprofessional behavior in performance groups, or infractions of discipline. Students dismissed for disciplinary reasons are not entitled to any refunds. Dismissal is regarded as final.

Practice Rooms

Diploma program students may sign out practice rooms on the same basis as degree-seeking students.

Health Fee Policy

Students enrolled in the Extension Division are automatically enrolled in and charged for health insurance each semester. If you are already covered by health insurance and can demonstrate so, you may waive these charges. It is the student's responsibility to follow through on this. Information on health insurance, including the waiver form, can be found online at:


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students the following rights with respect to their records:

The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the university receives a request for access. Students should submit to the university Records Office, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The university official will make arrangements for access and notify the students of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the university official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the university to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the university official responsible for the records, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the university decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the university will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when he or she is notified of the right to a hearing.

The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the university in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the university has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her task. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by The New School to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605

The New School has established the following student information as public or directory information that may be disclosed by the institution at its discretion: student name, major field of study, dates of attendance, full- or part-time enrollment status, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended, addresses, phone numbers, photographs, email addresses, and the 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.

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