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 reporting party or witness may be violating Berklee policy and the law, even if the original complaint of misconduct cannot be substantiated.
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 discrimination, harassment, or sexual or gender-based misconduct. Retaliation against an individual for reporting a complaint or concern about a violation or suspected violation of this policy, for supporting a reporting party, 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 policy and will be subject to discipline pursuant to this policy and the Equity Complaint Process.
Incidents of suspected retaliation should be reported to the investigator(s) assigned to the matter or to any individual identified below in the Formal Reporting to Berklee section.