The Office of Community Standards
Berklee endeavors to provide a living and learning environment in which students can meet their creative, artistic, and personal goals. The institution determines, publishes, and makes known its rules and regulations concerning student conduct and behavior in the Student Code of Community Standards, and strives to provide students with a clear understanding of their rights and responsibilities as community members. The Office of Community Standards will take appropriate disciplinary action for any conduct that violates the Student Code of Community Standards, whether such conduct occurs on- or off-campus (in Boston, Massachusetts, or in Valencia, Spain) or online.
College is a period of exploration, experimentation, and testing of limits. Many students are transitioning into adulthood and may find themselves in new situations where they are testing boundaries. They may also be away from home and the daily influence of their parents and families for the first time. Students may make choices that are inconsistent with the values taught to them at home. Such testing is a normal part of the developmental experience. However, students must also learn that the choices they make may not be healthy and may have consequences. The Office of Community Standards balances the importance of holding students accountable for their actions with opportunities for learning, reflection, and personal growth.
A common question from parents and families is whether they will be informed if their student has violated a rule of conduct. Student disciplinary records are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). This act governs the release of educational records. We encourage students to speak with their parents and families about any situations. We believe that, as adults, students should take responsibility for initiating this conversation. Students do have the option to sign a FERPA release with our office that would allow us to discuss disciplinary matters. Please note that disciplinary cases are separate from student financial or academic records. We may notify parents and families if their student has an alcohol violation or a drug violation, as allowed by FERPA. The full parental/guardian notification policy can be found in the Code of Community Standards.
Learn more about FERPA at Berklee.
You can help to guide your student through the policy violation process and be supportive while holding them accountable to your expectations and the college’s expectations. You can also work with us to help identify and provide necessary resources that will help your student be successful. Encourage your student to reach out to us throughout the process, attend meetings, and complete any sanctions (if applicable) in a timely manner. The student may have an advisor present during meetings, which can be a parent or family member. The advisor’s role is to support and advise the student, but the advisor cannot speak for or represent the student. While the Office of Community Standards addresses violations of policy, we want to empower students to take ownership of their decisions and move forward from situations in a positive manner.
Staff can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.