Equity Policy

Berklee’s Equity Policy: Prohibiting Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct

Berklee’s equity policy prohibits acts of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct, including but not limited to sexual assault or harassment, domestic/dating violence, and stalking. Such acts undermine Berklee community values and are strictly prohibited. This policy is a fundamental part of a Berklee community where all can study, live, and work together in an environment of equal opportunity and inclusiveness.

Specifically, the equity policy and process prohibits and addresses discrimination and harassment based on age, ancestry, color, disability, gender, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, mental illness, military/veteran status, national and ethnic origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, or any other characteristic protected by law (collectively referred to as “protected characteristics”), whether that characteristic is actual or perceived.

View the complete and current policy and process, as well as important resources.

Berklee’s equity policy applies to:

  • All members of the Berklee community: students, faculty, staff, recognized groups, and applicants for admission and/or employment. This includes members associated with undergraduate and graduate programs at Berklee College of Music’s Boston and Valencia, Spain, campuses, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and Berklee Online.
  •  Third parties (e.g. visitors, independent contractors, vendors, and others who are neither students nor employees of Berklee) whose conduct is directed toward or otherwise affects Berklee community members.
  • Conduct that occurs:
    • On campus (Boston or Valencia);
    • Online or electronic conduct initiated or received on campus or through use of Berklee computing or network resources; and
    • Off campus, including online or electronically, when the conduct
    • In the context of an employment or educational program or activity of Berklee;
  • Conduct that:
    • Creates continuing negative and unwanted effects on campus, including negative and unwanted impact on any member of the Berklee community or Berklee itself;
    • Has continuing negative and unwanted effects in an off-campus employment or education program or activity, such a travel abroad, research, performances, or internship programs;
    • Causes concern for safety or security of Berklee’s campus; or
    • Has, or may have, the effect of contributing to a hostile environment in a Berklee program or activity.

Members of the equity leadership team are responsible for the implementation of the equity policy and process. The Title IX coordinator and chief equity officer serves as a first point of contact to report any equity concerns to Berklee.

Kelly Downes
Chief Equity Officer and Title IX Coordinator