No-Contact Orders

Parameters to Issue a No-Contact Order (NCO):

Who May Issue an NCO:

  • Office of Equity and Title IX
  • Office of Community Standards and Conflict Resolution
  • On-call senior leadership
  • Executive leadership

An NCO may be issued by the institution upon request by a community member, or at the institution's sole discretion, under such circumstances, including, but not limited to: 

  • When there are allegations, threats, and/or evidence of recent harassment or intimidation by one party to the other;
  • When there are allegations, threats, and/or evidence of recent physical violence by one party against another;
  • When there is a present substantial, objective risk of severe emotional harm from continued contact between parties;
  • Pursuant to the policies of the Office of Equity and Title IX and Office of Community Standards and Conflict Resolution, when a party requests an NCO as a supportive measure in the course of reporting a potential violation of policy, during a formal investigation, or as a disciplinary sanction at the conclusion of a formal investigation.

No-contact orders cover in-person contact, contact through a third party, electronic or digital contact (phone calls/text messaging, email, social media, etc.), or in writing. This order applies both on and off campus, and in remote and/or virtual environments.

NCOs are issued at the institution’s discretion, and the institution may decline to issue an NCO for reasons including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Students who have interpersonal conflicts that do not rise to prohibited conduct outlined in the Equity and Student Community Standards policies. Instead, parties may be offered conflict resolution to resolve such conflicts.
  • Students who room together on or off campus—until they no longer live together. 
  • In situations where the institution determines the request of the NCO is being misused or where it would be inappropriate to issue an NCO for other reasons.

Protocol to Review and Rescind a No Contact Order:

NCOs issued by Berklee administrators will typically remain in place until the graduation or withdrawal of at least one of the parties. Berklee reserves the right to modify or rescind an NCO at any time.  

Parties do not have the option to challenge or appeal the initial implementation of a No Contact Order. However, a party may seek the removal of an NCO by contacting the issuing office in writing with an explanation of why they are requesting the NCO to be rescinded. The issuing office will review the initial request and may consult with the other party to determine the appropriateness of the rescission.  

If both parties agree to the removal of an NCO, the parties will be offered the opportunity to participate in a mediation facilitated by Equity and Title IX and/or the Office of Community Standards and Conflict Resolution. The purpose of the mediation is to allow the involved parties the opportunity to discuss and develop a communication plan on their own terms. However, a mediation is not required to move forward with removing the NCO. Should the parties request in good faith that it be discontinued, the issuing office will rescind the NCO.  

In the event that an NCO is removed at the request of one or both parties and is then later reinstated, future requests for removal may be declined.  

Frequently Asked Questions