RICM accreditation is based, initially, upon the following guidelines:
The institution must be a true conservatory of music within
the framework of what it means to be a conservatory.
The institution must possess either:
a long standing reputation of excellence, or
be qualified to operate by a ministry of education, or
be accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency
in the United States of America
The institution must treat its faculty and students ethically
The institution must meet the high standards expected of
a performance oriented conservatory of music.
It is presumed that RICM accredited institutions meet the foregoing guidelines,
unless evidence to the contrary is brought to the attention of RICM.
matters should be directed to the attention of the
department of RICM.
The Régistre International des Conservatoires
de Musique (RICM) is a membership organization, but RICM accredited institutions
are not members of RICM. The reason for this is so that the public's
welfare and interests are protected, and integrity of the highest order
is conferred. RICM simply does not see the wisdom in allowing members of
an accredited institution to take part in the accreditation review of another
institution. Furthermore, as long as conservatory institutions are
in compliance with RICM guidelines, above enumerated, such accredited conservatory
institutions are not required to renew, or otherwise extend their accredited
status with RICM.
At the theoretical instance that RICM comes into possession
of evidence that an accredited conservatory institution is not, or may
not be in compliance with RICM guidelines, such institution will be placed
on probation, and then placed under immediate accreditation review.
Such review, in each such instance, is instituted by conducting investigatory
and evidentiary proceedings that employ neutral judges, in proceedings
that are fundamentally and completely fair, ensuring due process to all
parties. All decisions of RICM accreditation proceedings are appealable
and subject to arbitration proceedings in Zurich, Switzerland.
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