If you have been subjected to or witnessed physical violence of any type, the first step is always the same: get to a safe place as soon as possible, and call a trusted friend or advocate.
If you have been subjected to physical violence, consider seeking medical attention. Take care to preserve any evidence of the incident, even if you are undecided about whether you will file a claim or take legal action. Should you choose to do so, this evidence may assist in proving that a criminal offense occurred or may be helpful in obtaining a protection order.
The following resources are available 24 hours per day:
- Berklee Public Safety: 617-747-8888
Berklee Public Safety will assist you if you feel you are in immediate danger. If there is an after-hours mental health emergency, Berklee Public Safety can connect you with Berklee's on-call counselor or emergency support that is local to you.
- Boston Police Department: 617-343-4400
- The Boston Area Rape Crisis Center (BARCC) Hotline: 800-841-8371
Call BARCC’s 24/7 confidential hotline, or use their online chatline for confidential support, crisis counseling, and information. You can also use this form to request an appointment or counseling with BARCC.
- Casa Myrna: 877-785-2020
Call the confidential, multilingual Massachusetts SafeLink domestic violence hotline 24/7 for information, support, and resources.
If you have experienced or witnessed an incident that is not consistent with Berklee’s philosophy on a safe and inclusive community, you may consider contacting:
- Kelly Downes, Chief Equity Officer and Title IX Coordinator, 921 Boylston Street; 617-747-3156; email@example.com (Note that contacting the Title IX coordinator for support does not require you to file a report.)
- Eileen Alviti, Vice President of Human Resources, 855 Boylston Street, Room 4A; 617-747-2375; firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn more about reporting options here, and find a list of off-campus resources.
If you have experienced or witnessed any act that violates Berklee's Equity and Title IX Policies and Processes, we are here to support you.
Discrimination and misconduct of any form is not acceptable in our community. We urge you to seek help and come forward so that we can support you and work to eliminate violence in our community. Please remember, it is never your fault, and we will do whatever we can to help.
If applicable, you have rights under Title IX—a federal law designed to protect people from gender-based and/or sex-based discrimination in education programs—and under our equity process to take action so Berklee can help you reduce the effects of sexual harassment and misconduct. Every member of the Berklee community deserves to be treated fairly and with respect.
We are committed to providing all members of the Berklee community with comprehensive and compassionate care that meets whatever additional needs you may have, restores justice, and ensures the safety of our community.
Your Options: Confidential Resources
Individuals who have been subjected to discrimination, harassment, sex- or gender-based misconduct, or any other conduct prohibited by the Equity Policy and Process are encouraged to seek support for their emotional and physical needs. A person seeking confidential emotional or health care may contact the resources in the below list. Berklee encourages individuals seeking confidential resources to ask the resource to outline their confidentiality limits at the beginning of a conversation.
A report to one of these confidential resources is not a report to Berklee and will not result in remedial action, an investigation, or disciplinary action. Confidential resources are there to support emotional, physical, and spiritual needs only; any person who desires for Berklee to take investigatory and/or disciplinary action must make a report to one of the college reporting resources, listed here.
For students, the following staff members within the Health and Wellness team are confidential resources:
- The survivor advocate provides support for students who have experienced sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, and/or dating or domestic violence. The survivor advocate can be reached at 617-747-6657 from Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Professional counselors in the Office of Counseling Services are available at 617-747-2310 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. from Monday through Friday.
- For after-hours emergencies, contact the Public Safety emergency line at 617-747-8888, and ask to speak to the on-call counselor. Counselors in the Office of Counseling Services are experienced in working with individuals who have experienced trauma, including trauma from sexual violence.
These individuals will maintain the confidentiality of a report unless they are given permission to share information by the person who disclosed the information, there is an imminent threat of harm to self or others, the conduct involves suspected abuse of a minor under the age of 18, or as otherwise required or permitted by law or court order.
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through New Directions; you can call 800-624-5544 and speak directly with a counselor. Learn more here (login required).
Supportive Measures: Housing, Academic, and Workplace
Whether or not you choose to file a complaint, you have the right to academic, housing, and other supportive measures to help you continue with your day-to-day life and goals at Berklee. The chief equity officer or another member of the equity leadership team will provide these measures if they are reasonably available.