Community Standards

Berklee endeavors to provide a living and learning environment in which students can meet their creative, artistic, and personal goals. The institution determines, publishes, and makes known its rules and regulations concerning student and organizational conduct in the 2018–2019 Code of Community Standards as well as department- and program-specific policies, and strives to provide students with a clear understanding of all academic requirements and policies.

By enrolling at Berklee, students accept the responsibility to become fully acquainted with the institution’s regulations, to comply with the institution’s policies and authority, to respect the rights and property of others, and to recognize that student actions reflect upon the students involved as well as upon the entire Berklee community. Unfamiliarity with Berklee policies will not exempt students from the conduct process. Officially recognized student organizations are also expected to adhere to the Student Code of Community Standards. The institution will take appropriate disciplinary action for any conduct that violates the Student Code of Community Standards, whether such conduct occurs on- or off-campus (in Boston, Massachusetts, or in Valencia, Spain) or online. This may include disciplinary action up to and including expulsion and parental notification. Sanctions are also grounded in education and encourage students to reflect on the impact of their actions. In addition, sanctions will reflect the seriousness of the behavior for which the student will be held accountable. Being a Berklee student is a privilege, and with that privilege comes the expectation that students will uphold the standards and values set forth by the institution and will conduct themselves as individuals who contribute positively to the Berklee community. All students will be treated fairly in the student conduct process, whether they are the alleged student, complainant, victim, or witness.

Michelle Quiñones, Director
Office of Community Standards
Phone: 617-747-2849
Email: communitystandards@berklee.edu