Non-Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy Statement

This 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’s community values and are strictly prohibited. This policy and the institution’s commitment to fostering a safe, supportive, and diverse climate is a fundamental part of a Berklee community where all can study, live, and work together in an environment of equal opportunity, inclusiveness, and mutual respect.

Berklee adheres to all federal and state civil rights laws barring discrimination, including, but not limited to, Title IX and Title VI of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, and the Massachusetts Equal Rights Law. Berklee is committed not only to compliance with these mandates, but to promoting a culture that is in line with the values these civil rights laws envision. To that end, the Equity Policy and Process is intended to address and resolve complaints involving any legally protected characteristic. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities and Berklee has developed policies and procedures that prohibit such sex discrimination in all of its forms. Some sections of this policy focus on sex- and gender-based harassment, but this policy and related procedures apply equally to all forms of harassment based on a protected characteristic.

Specifically, this 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.