Equity and Title IX Policies and Processes

Berklee, including Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Berklee Valencia, BerkleeNYC, and Berklee Online, is a diverse community of individuals with different life experiences, viewpoints, and belief systems. A welcoming and inclusive culture is essential to maintaining Berklee’s role as a leader in music education, and Berklee highly values the dynamic environment that results when students, faculty, administrators, and staff from diverse backgrounds come together to learn, live, and work.

The Equity and Title IX Policies prohibit 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. These policies and the institution’s commitment to fostering a safe, supportive, and diverse climate are 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.

All community members are encouraged to contact the Equity Office to report any instances of potential violations of either the Equity or the Title IX Policy and receive additional information, options, and supportive measures.

Reporting does not obligate any community member to participate under either policy.

The Equity Policy and Process

The Equity Policy and Process was designed to further Berklee’s goal of inclusion, respect, and equity for all community members and affirms Berklee’s commitment to promote fairness and equity in all aspects of the institution. The Equity Policy and Process is intended to broadly address and resolve complaints involving any legally protected characteristic. While some sections of this policy focus on sex and gender-based harassment, the Equity Policy applies equally to all forms of harassment based on a protected characteristic.

Interim Title IX Policy and Process

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in educational programs and activities. The Department of Education’s Title IX Regulations, published May 19, 2020, require that specific processes apply under a narrower set of circumstances than may be covered by the Equity Policy. The changes required by the Regulations are summarized here. Only cases meeting the Title IX criteria set forth below will follow the Title IX Policy. Cases that do not meet these criteria may be handled through the Equity Policy. Neither policy is more important or more serious than the other. Differences between the two are simply a reflection of federal regulations that apply only to a specifically identified set of cases.

This Title IX Process Chart (PDF)provides an overview of the circumstances under which the Title IX Policy or the Equity Policy may apply.

The Interim Title IX Policy and Process will become effective on August 14, 2020, and will only apply to incidents of Title IX Sexual Harassment (as defined in the Title IX Policy) alleged to have occurred on or after August 14, 2020. Incidents of Title IX Sexual Harassment alleged to have occurred before August 14, 2020 will be investigated according to the Berklee Equity Policy and Process-2019-2020.pdf.