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Given the number of students taking leaves of absence or deferring in the fall semester, questions have been raised about the appropriateness of such students’ involvement in online classes, lessons, and ensembles (hereafter offerings or enrollments). These questions have been amplified by a recommendation in the 15 August report of the Student Community Working Group to ensure that students leave of absence or deferment are included in social offerings. The classes, lessons, ensembles, and master classes of the Conservatory are meant for students who are properly registered for the enrollment for credit or as an audited class. Prospective students, including students who have deferred, or students on leaves of absence may be allowed to view some enrollments or activities with the permission of the instructor, subject to the following conditions.

  1. Non-enrolled students are here defined as students who are deemed qualified for the offering but have no official enrollment for the course in SIS. An audit is an official enrollment.

  2. Non-enrolled students are welcome to watch the course as it proceeds in real time, but they should not be allowed to participate.

  3. Non-enrolled students should have no access to instructional materials such as notes, recordings, and most especially the work of other students. A non-enrolled student will not be added to a course-management system such as Blackboard or Teams, and may not view recordings of an asynchronous class.

  4. While subject to other rules such as the prohibition on making any recordings, non-enrolled students are not entitled to accommodations or any other modifications of the course they are permitted to view.

  5. A non-enrolled student should not be allowed to perform or present to a class. Faculty should not grade work completed by a non-enrolled student.

  6. At no point in the future will viewing a course under the circumstances described above be construed as completing a course as a degree requirement. Nor will Peabody accept an exam as proof of absorbing the content of a course viewed under the circumstances above. A non-enrolled student can expect enrichment or a continuation of practice, but no academic credit or reduction in time toward the completion of their degree.

  7. Permission granted to a non-enrolled student to view a course should be emailed to that student and copied or forwarded to Academic Affairs, who will follow up with a statement of these policies.