Berklee's Response to OCR Sexual Assault Notification
July 1, 2014
Dear Members of the Berklee Community,
Berklee has been contacted by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), notifying us that a complaint related to an incident of sexual assault has been filed against the college. We are one of 64 colleges that have been notified of such a complaint.
We don’t yet have any further details on the complaint. We don’t know who has brought it, or when, or any details of the case and we may not for some time. In accordance with federal law, Berklee keeps detailed records on any incident involving our students’ safety. The Department of Education has asked to examine the past three years of these records. Naturally, we will comply fully with their investigation.
We have worked extremely hard to educate our students and all members of the Berklee community in order to prevent incidents of sexual assault on our campus and beyond.
When we have received an allegation, we have attempted to work with the relevant members of our community in a compassionate, fair, and expeditious manner to deal with the incidents. These efforts are proactive and wide ranging, and they include, but are not limited to, on-campus Title IX training for our community that we proactively initiated with the OCR more than two years ago.
I want you to know that the college leadership takes very seriously any incident that involves our students’ well-being. If you ever have concerns about an unsafe or uncomfortable situation, it is vital for everyone’s safety that you report it to Berklee’s Public Safety Department or the Counseling and Advising Center.
Board of Trustees chair Jeff Shames and I have formed a board committee to review all of the college’s procedures related to prevention of sexual assault and adjudication of any complaints received. I will share information about our findings as we progress.
We stand ready to implement any actions we can to make our community more safe, respectful, and inclusive.
Roger H. Brown, President