Juilliard seeks homes for displaced students

Juilliard seeks homes for displaced students


norman lebrecht

March 13, 2020

You may remember the fuss we made a couple of years back when Juilliard threw foreign students out onto the streets over Christmas.

Well, whaddaya know? They’re doing it again.

A petition has been put up to require Juilliard to find alternative accommodation for students who are being evicted from the residence halls at 72 hours’ notice, due to the virus crisis.

Boarders must leave by Sunday 5pm latest. Many have nowhere to go.

Sign the petition here.

Juilliard posted last night on its website: ‘We are working with residential students who need accommodations and emergency financial assistance—no student will be left without a place to live. Residential students from countries designated by the CDC as Level 2 and 3 alert are not expected to return home. We will work with each of these individual students to create a plan.’

The students are not reassured. The clock is ticking and they have nowhere to go.

We’re waiting to hear back from Juilliard.

UPDATE: We’ve heard from Juilliard. Here’s the latest:
– All students who are able have been asked to leave the residence hall by March 22, not this Sunday.

– We are working with residential students who need accommodations and emergency financial assistance—no student will be left without a place to live.

You can see the latest updates on how we are responding to this and supporting students on our COVID-19 page on our website.


Meanwhile, can any of our NY readers take in a Juilliard student for a few days? Post your details below.


  • Petros Linardos says:

    Why bash Juilliard?

    This happening all over US universities.


  • anon says:

    There are so many hotel cancellations in NY.

  • Anoneemaus says:

    I’ll put them up as long as they want…for a percentage of their first year earnings after graduation.

  • Hal Hobbs says:

    Why are you only pointing criticism to Juilliard? This is happening at universities nation-wide.

    • norman lebrecht says:

      Because it’s the most famous and it has past form

      • Hal Hobbs says:

        Juilliard is the most famous university in the USA? Really?

      • Darren says:

        Thank you Mr. Lebrecht!

        The POINT is that not only are we talking about an institution of higher education, we are talking about the 1% to a finite degree!

        One must leap through hoops of fire and be “prodigy material” to get a mere first glance from Admissions.

        This formerly esteemed, quasi-Ivy is treating their “most promising young talent” in a most degrading fashion.

        This is teaching hard working, immensely gifted students that they’re really not worthwhile in “challenging times” and their alma mater is a testament to self-aggrandizement.

        I suggest Juilliard needs to remember how they climbed the status ladder themselves and got their cutting-edge buildings, equipment, etc. Go suck up to the donors you worship for a less self-serving cause. Try the ones with their names PLASTERED on the facades first, then the garishly illuminated ones on the steps of LC, then go through the voluminous catalogs of Tiered Donors too large to print legibly, maybe even ask alumni.

        This is the time to rally around those who REPRESENT your precious “BRAND” to the world, not toss them aside like a PIMP would!

      • anonymous says:

        The original story was also a lie. As was the one Norman wrote about Juilliard “banning” Slipped Disc from being accessed at Juilliard, comparing Juilliard to North Korea. (Turns out, people were just spelling the name of the website wrong).
        As was this one, as you can see from the update. (At least this time, Norman didn’t just make the update in little tiny baby font, like last time).

        Not that I expected anything different. When it comes to publishing a bad story about Juilliard, Norman never lets the truth get in the way.

      • Helene Kamioner


        ‎The Juilliard School‎


        The Juilliard School Alumni Group
        11 hrs ·
        Like many other institutions we’ve had to make very difficult decisions over the past days with the health and safety of our school community at the forefront of our response. Earlier this week, we informed our current students, faculty, and staff that all classes will take place via remote learning and we have asked students who live in the residence hall to move out in response to guidance from CDC and government authorities. This situation also means that all Juilliard performances and in-person activities will be canceled through the end of the school year.
        The Juilliard community cares about one another and our full attention is on assisting students and faculty as they make this transition.
        Our staff is tirelessly working with resident students and international students to ensure that no one is without a place to live, and to understand and address specific financial needs resulting from this crisis. Juilliard will continue to compensate students who have been participating in the work-study program for the remainder of the school year.
        All students will be given the opportunity to finish their academic credits for the semester—this situation will not prevent anyone from graduating, or delay anyone’s future graduation. Our dedicated faculty and staff are working tirelessly to have remote teaching running as scheduled on Monday as classes resume online for the remainder of the semester.
        We offer special thanks to our faculty and staff, and gratitude to everyone who is working to support our community and each other during this challenge. We are working on creative ideas for sharing our art via digital platforms soon. We wish everyone the best during these uncertain times.
        Learn more about how Juilliard is responding to COVID-19 on our webpage:

  • Michael Kaykov says:

    Thank you for your help!

  • kaa12840 says:

    This is totally misleading. You have to stop having these headlines. The residence halls have to be evacuated. This Juilliard students who have family or friends in NYC or nearby regions will move there. Those who cannot; Juilliard will help them find accommodations. No one is being thrown out on the street. The same is happening at Columbia, where I work. Some students may prefer their residence halls to elsewhere; being close to their teachers and to their social network; of course that is only human. But this is an emergency situations. What do you want us to do? Become like Italy?

    • SVM says:

      UK perspective (no association whatsoever with Juilliard)

      When a freelance musician is unable to fulfil an engagement due to illness, he/she may be expected to either forfeit the fee or engage an appropriate deputy *directly* at no extra cost to the engager.

      So, I would say that to “help them find” is not good enough; presumably, the students (or their sponsors, if applicable) in these halls are paying substantial rent to Juilliard. That being so, Juilliard has a duty of care (even if such a duty does not exist legally, the moral case is unequivocal) to arrange alternative accommodation *directly* and *automatically* for the students effected, and ensure that no student is left out of pocket (including for moving costs). Where a student makes his/her own arrangements, he/she ought to have his/her rent refunded for the period where he/she is not utilising accommodation provided by Juilliard.

      In exceptional circumstances such as these, an important moral principle is that the financial hit should be borne primarily by the big organisations, and not the private individuals (unless such individuals had acted recklessly).

    • Saxon Broken says:

      “What do you want us to do? Become like Italy?”

      It will spread in the US just like it has in Italy. Perhaps only one-in-ten people with the virus have been diagnosed (many have no or very few symptoms). They are quietly, and unknowing spreading it all the time.

  • Yard says:

    The school specifically said they would reimburse students for room and board… What else can they do? Totally fair in my opinion.

    • SVM says:

      Juilliard is a wealthy institution with a duty of care (moral if not legal) towards its students. It can eminently afford to arrange alternative accommodation *automatically* at no extra cost to the students concerned, at least for a few weeks.

      Even if Juilliard were *just* a landlord, it would unreasonable for it to expect its tenants to be able to source alternative accommodation on such short notice. Like in many markets, it is usually more expensive to rent accommodation at the last minute than in advance, and it is grossly unfair for the extra financial burden to be borne by students who had signed an accommodation contract with Juilliard in good faith.

      In exceptional circumstances such as these, an important moral principle is that the financial hit should be borne primarily by the big organisations, and not the private individuals (unless such individuals had acted recklessly).

  • Will says:

    Is there some reason for which these students want to be locked down without kitchens? The idea that they could safely remain in place through the uncertain times ahead is madness. They could starve in there.

  • Guest0702 says:

    They were given 10 days’ notice, not 72 hours. They have until March 22 to move out.