Retaliation is any conduct or behavior that interferes with a person’s rights and ability to pursue both internal disciplinary processes and charges through external law enforcement authorities, as well as rights to access education and/or work. Retaliation may include intimidation, threats, coercion, or adverse employment or educational actions. Retaliation includes taking, or causing third parties to take, any such action. Retaliation against a complainant, respondent, or witness may be violating Berklee policy and the law, even if the original complaint of misconduct cannot be substantiated. However, nothing in this provision will restrict rights generally protected under the First Amendment.

Berklee, as well as state and federal laws, prohibits retaliation against any person who, in good faith, reports, assists in reporting, or participates in an investigation of possible Title IX Sexual Harassment or misconduct under the Equity Policy. Retaliation against an individual for reporting a complaint or concern about a violation or suspected violation of this policy, for supporting a complainant or respondent, or for assisting in providing information in the context of an investigation or disciplinary proceeding pursuant to this policy is a serious violation of Berklee’s Equity or Title IX policy and will be subject to discipline pursuant to the policy under which the retaliatory conduct occurred.

Incidents of suspected retaliation should be reported to the Chief Equity Officer/Title IX Coordinator.