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Dear Parents,

A week ago I addressed most of our student body regarding social networking, primarily Facebook, an issue which has become predominant in their lives and which has been misused by some people, in order to promote awareness on their part as to its pitfalls and dangers. I would like to share with you the essence of the communication so that we may continue to work together to safeguard the students’ environment. As successful as Facebook has been in promoting Communications, it has also been used to impersonate, bully and send threatening and negative messages to people. These messages can easily become viral, spread uncontrollably and deeply hurt the people victimized by it. We want our students to know how seriously we take those offenses, and that we intend to investigate any such act and hold the perpetrators accountable. We would like you and your children to be aware of the safe conduct recommended by the legal offices of The Juilliard School.

  1. Be aware that social networking sites are now being used by college admission committees to investigate the backgrounds of applicants. Any offensive messages posted by these students may jeopardize their admissions to college. Even if messages posted by other people are kept on one’s wall, it may be viewed as condoning the content. Messages sent “in fun” that contain offensive language or material may be interpreted negatively.
  2. If your child finds an offensive message on their wall, they are urged to report it to the Pre-College Office immediately. Our legal department will investigate it to the best of their ability.
  3. Please educate your children about the seriousness of impersonating others. In some states it is now considered a criminal offense.
  4. We want to impress upon all of you that the Juilliard administration is just as concerned with your children’s social behavior as we are with their music education. As I said to the students, a bad performance on their instrument affects only them. Offensive behavior affects everyone around them, and we will not tolerate it.

In conclusion, we are well aware that the vast majority of our students do not engage in this kind of behavior. Indeed, we are extremely proud of them. However, educating them about these hazards will help protect them in the future. Thank you for your attention.
Veda Kaplinsky
Artistic Director