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Professional Standards: BFA, MusB, MFA, and MM Programs

Professional Standards

Each of these degree programs (BFA, MusB, MFA, MM)  emulates the ethics and standards of its professional discipline. Students are expected to pursue their courses of study and conduct themselves in a manner consistent with each program’s criteria.

  1. Students are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as the grading and professional criteria of their respective programs.
  2. Each student’s major department is responsible for evaluating such matters as artistic growth, talent development, and a student’s suitability for a professional life in the field, which, though difficult to assess in terms of grades and credits, are factored into the student’s grades.

Professional Conduct Standards

  All students are expected to comply with the policies and regulations established by Purchase College and their respective programs. College policies governing student conduct are outlined under Academic and Professional Integrity and in the Student Code of Conduct.

In the BFA, MusB, MFA, and MM programs, prompt attendance and preparation for all prescribed classes, studios, labs, tutorials, workshops, rehearsals, concerts, and performances are mandatory. Unexcused absences, tardiness, or lack of preparation indicates a lack of seriousness in the program and constitutes a serious breach of professional conduct. Students should consult individual conservatory or school handbooks for the complete professional conduct guidelines for their program; these handbooks are provided by Department Chairs and School/Conservatory Directors.

Professional Conduct Probation and Dismissal

  Grounds for professional probation, suspension, or dismissal in the BFA, MusB, MFA, and MM programs include breaches of professional conduct, lack of artistic growth, or failure to make satisfactory progress advancing through program requirements. Before being placed on professional conduct probation, a student may be warned, but such a warning is not required. The Director of the school/conservatory formally notifies the student of the professional probation via email to the student’s Purchase College address and regular mail to the student’s home address. The notification specifies the areas of concern and the corrective measures required.

Failure to satisfy the terms of probation may result in dismissal from the conservatory/school but not the College.  While dismissal is normally preceded by a probationary period, a serious breach of professional conduct may lead to immediate dismissal. Professional dismissal decisions are the prerogative and responsibility of the Director of the school/conservatory, in consultation with the Department Chair and faculty.

Copies of all letters relevant to warning, probation, and dismissal are placed in the student’s file, and immediate notification is forwarded to the student. Probation and dismissal letters are forwarded to the Registrar. Dismissal letters are also forwarded to the Offices of Student Financial Services, Student Affairs, Academic Affairs, and Residence Life.  Students’ emergency contacts will be notified when a student is professionally dismissed from a conservatory/school.

Academic Standards in Professional Training

Students must demonstrate satisfactory progress in their school/conservatory and program as detailed below: 

Students’ Right to Appeal

  A student may appeal a dismissal  from a professional training program (whether on the grounds of academic performance or professional conduct) to the College’s Academic Review Committee, which will confirm or reverse the decision of the Conservatory or School Director after reviewing all relevant materials.