Dear Boston Conservatory at Berklee Student,
As students of Boston Conservatory at Berklee, you are all members of a distinguished, world-class institution whose mission is to help you grow and develop as performing artists and as individuals.
During your time at the Conservatory, the faculty and staff will push you to work harder than you ever have before and practice your art with the highest level of focus and dedication in order to meet our high performance standards. We expect all of our students to become fully immersed in their studies, rehearsals, and performances.
At the same time, we are proud to offer a robust and active student life program and encourage you to become involved with the many other aspects of extracurricular life. Involvement in student activities—whether it is our Student Government Association (SGA), our diverse offering of clubs and organizations, or our many community outreach projects—offers students rewarding opportunities to form important friendships, establish creative outlets, serve as leaders, and make a difference in other people’s lives. We welcome your participation. In fact, we count on it.
As you navigate your own path as a student, performer, and member of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee community, the Student Handbook serves as your resource for understanding policies and procedures. Please review it for reference.
It is our sincere hope that you will take advantage of everything that Boston Conservatory at Berklee and the city of Boston have to offer. May the coming year be a time of professional growth, personal satisfaction, and happiness.
Chris Kandus-Fisher, Vice President for Student Affairs, Diversity, and Inclusion
Chris Reade, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Campus Life
Mission and Vision
We prepare and inspire our students to perform at the highest level in their art and in their lives. We foster their creativity and give them courage. We teach them the skills that will lead to professional and personal fulfillment.
Boston Conservatory at Berklee is internationally recognized as an innovative leader among Conservatory programs, focused on elevating and celebrating every aspect of the performing arts. The institution has established itself as an important voice in the movement to make all forms of performing arts a more visible and valued dimension of communities here and abroad.
The institution holds its faculty, staff, and students to the highest standards of performance on stage, in the classroom, and at every step in the creative journey. It weaves together distinct disciplines and curricula in music, dance, and musical theater in order to create a unique learning experience. The students, faculty, staff, and trustees of Boston Conservatory at Berklee embrace the critical role of performance throughout life. Its graduates are prepared not simply to excel in their artistic careers but to invest themselves fully in lives of engagement and purpose. Every member of the community strives to create value for all the constituencies the institution serves. All understand that their contributions are essential to the Conservatory's mission.
The alumni are proud of their involvement with the school, playing an active role in its evolution while acknowledging its impact through the course of their lives. Like the community that surrounds the school, the alumni view Boston Conservatory at Berklee as a vital contributor to the city and to the world at large.
We expect great things.
We celebrate diversity.
We work together.
We are not afraid to take risks.
We are honest and responsible.
We are curious and open minded.
We give back.
We measure ourselves.
We hold ourselves accountable for every commitment.
We strive for excellence.
Statement of Non-Discrimination Policy
Boston Conservatory at Berklee does not discriminate on the basis of 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 in employment or in admission to and participation in any of its programs and activities. Any inquiries or grievances may be directed to the chief equity officer/Title IX coordinator, and/or the director of employee relations and staffing in Human Resources, Berklee College of Music, 1140 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02215-3693, 617 747-2231, or to the regional director, Office of Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education, Boston, Massachusetts.
Academic Policies and Regulations
Academic Policies can be found on the Conservatory Portal.
It is the policy and practice of Boston Conservatory at Berklee to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, other federal mandates, and Commonwealth and local requirements regarding individuals with disabilities.
Students with disabilities are protected under these laws and may request reasonable accommodations for their disabilities. Reasonable accommodations are determined on an individual basis and made available to the extent that they meet the student’s needs and do not compromise the academic integrity of the Boston Conservatory at Berklee program. The Conservatory offers support services that help eliminate the competitive disadvantages created by a disability.
To receive services, a student must voluntarily request to register his or her disability-related needs by contacting the director of wellness services and also by providing documentation of the disability. The director of wellness services will then make appropriate determinations of reasonable accommodations for students based on the documentation. Requests for accommodations should be made to the director of wellness services as early in the semester as possible. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Those who experience or witness harassment or discrimination based upon disability or any other protected characteristic are encouraged to report that incident to Berklee’s chief equity officer, Christopher Kandus-Fisher, at email@example.com or 617-747-2330. For more information, visit berklee.edu/equity.