Responsible Employee Policy
All Berklee employees are responsible employees, except for licensed professional counselors acting in that professional capacity.
If you observe or learn about any violation or possible violation of the equity or Title IX policies (including discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct), you must report it to Berklee’s chief equity officer:Kelly Downes, Chief Equity Officer and Title IX Coordinator
Reporting ensures that the affected individual receives timely information about their rights and how to access support following an incident. In addition, reporting is required under Berklee policy and Title IX.
Contact Kelly Downes, chief equity officer/Title IX coordinator, by calling 617-747-3156 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The chief equity officer/Title IX coordinator or their deputy will reach out to the affected person to let them know about their rights and options for support and resolution. The affected individual can choose whether to respond, meet with the chief equity officer/Title IX coordinator or deputy, or decline to do so.
Tell the individual that you are required to share certain information with Berklee, and explain the information you will be required to share, with whom, and why.
For example, you may say something like, “As part of my position at Berklee, I am required to report situations of discrimination or harassment, including sexual assault. I will not be able to keep what you tell me confidential. The information you provide will be shared with the Title IX coordinator, and a member of the equity and Title IX team will reach out to you about your options for support and formal reporting. You can choose whether to talk with the staff member, and I will not share anything you tell me beyond those who need to know.”
Discrimination or harassment based on any protected status, sexual and interpersonal violence, and stalking must be reported. You must report all incidents regardless of where they take place (either on and off campus).
Responsible employees will be offered training at least yearly, and training can be requested at any time by contacting Kelly Downes, chief equity officer/Title IX coordinator, at 617-747-3156 or email@example.com.
Listen without judgment, share information about resources on campus and in the community, and inform the chief equity officer/Title IX coordinator so supportive measures may be taken. Inform the reporting party that confidential resources on campus are licensed counselors in the Office of Counseling Services (for students) or the Employee Assistance Program (for employees).
- The reporting party may contact local law enforcement directly to make a report if they wish (Berklee will assist if requested to do so).
- The reporting party may contact Public Safety directly to make a report if they wish (the chief equity officer/Title IX coordinator, or that person’s designee, will assist if requested to do so).
- The reporting party may contact Berklee’s chief equity officer/Title IX coordinator to discuss reporting and support options.
The United States Department of Education is charged with enforcing Title IX and may level civil penalties against Berklee. In addition, you may face disciplinary action by Berklee.