Public Safety Alerts and Closing Information
STATUS: BERKLEE IS OPEN.
When emergencies or bad weather conditions (snowstorms, hurricanes) make it necessary to cancel classes, all students, faculty and staff are encouraged to check this page for the latest official information on the status of the college. The college's main number, 617 266-1400, may also be called for a status as well.
Though classes may be canceled, only in extreme emergencies will the buildings be closed. Notification of class cancellation will always be posted and/or distributed as early as possible.
In most situations the Berklee Emergency Notification System (BENS), will be used to contact members of the Berklee community. This system uses text and email as the primary means for notification, but may also use voice messages, social media and other and provide status on cancellation of classes and other emergency situations. Students are encouraged to sign up for BENS notification at the beginning of each semester.
More on Closings
In general, when weather or another emergency situation prevents the conduct of safe, effective education at Berklee, we will cancel classes and may close other facilities. An effective, efficient notification system is important because many faculty, staff, and students commute considerable distances. If it is necessary to close, the college will notify television and radio stations (see listing at left); check the stations' websites (in addition to berklee.edu) for updates, or call a colleague or supervisor. When possible, the college will try to make a determination before the beginning of the school day. If there is uncertainty about whether Berklee will be closed or not, let common sense and your personal safety be your guide. Even if it means getting a late start, you may avoid making an unsafe or needless trip. Emergency staff with specific responsibilities in such situations will be notified in advance and are expected to work on these days.
The Berklee Performance Center generally operates independently of college closings. In the event of a college closing, college events (such as clinics and master classes) will not be held, but professional shows (such as evening concerts) may still be held. If the college is closed, call the Performance Center Concert Line at 617 747-2261 to confirm whether a show will or will not be held.
A closing will normally cover one specific or, at most, a 24-hour period, unless stated otherwise in the initial communication. Buildings will normally follow the usual Saturday schedule. 1140 Boylston, 921 Boylston, and 22 The Fenway will be closed at 5 p.m. The 168 Mass. Avenue mail rooms as well as the 171 Massachusetts Avenue and Fordham Road practice rooms (hours are 12 noon to midnight) will remain open unless conditions make it impossible for the personnel who work there to get to work. Call the front desk, 617 747-2250, for information about the 171 Mass. Ave. facility. Call 617 747-8699 for information about the Fordham Road facility. Most labs and the Library will be closed. A message regarding the closing will be placed on the college's main telephone number, 617 266-1400.
Closing for special weekend programs will be coordinated by the program director in conjunction with public safety.