Berklee College of Music (“Berklee” or the “College”) has substantial and meaningful ties to the community surrounding the Berklee campus. For this reason, even though the entire campus comprises the College’s private property, most outdoor areas and some buildings on campus are, in a general sense and during normal business hours, “open to the public.”
At the same time, the College is committed to safeguarding the people who learn, research, live, work, and visit campus; to ensuring the safe operation of College activities; and to protecting College assets. The College thus can and does restrict access to buildings and some outdoor areas during non-business hours.
In addition, from time to time, the College exercises its right as a private landowner or operator to deny access to some or all College property after a reasoned determination has been made that a person has engaged, or is likely to engage, in criminal activity or other behavior that is deemed to actually or potentially be of a threatening or violent nature, which otherwise interferes with a person’s ability to study, work, or live at Berklee, or which otherwise interferes with the College’s operation.
Public Safety provides the necessary transportation and safety escort services to the community both on and off campus in a variety of circumstances. Public Safety staff will make every effort to accommodate a community member’s request for transport in a timely manner and/or to communicate appropriately around the timing and availability of transport. There may be times when this service is delayed due to staffing or emergency situations.
- Personal Safety Escort: Public Safety provides a 24/7 personal safety escort within one mile of campus upon request. This service is for personal safety concerns only and not for convenience (i.e., inclement weather, to move items, etc.). The dispatcher will send a security officer or police officer to accompany a community member from an off-campus residence to a Berklee campus building, from a campus building to an off-campus residence, or from any Berklee campus building to another Berklee campus building.
- Mental Health Transport: Boston Emergency Medical Services (EMS) will provide transport.
- Counseling Services: Berklee police officers may assist with transporting students to Counseling Services from on- or off-campus locations within one mile of campus. Transports will be set up depending on the availability of on-duty officers. Officers may encourage community members to seek the assistance of Counseling Services, but will not compel community members to do so.
- Medical Transport: Boston EMS will provide transport. Members of the Berklee police will not provide a medical transport except in extreme medical circumstances in which waiting for the arrival of Boston EMS would be detrimental to the health and safety of the community member.
- Accessibility Assistance: The Berklee Public Safety Department understands that at times members of the community may need additional assistance in accessing locations or areas of the campus due to a variety of personal circumstances. The department may assist with these types of on-campus requests as able.
This policy aims to clarify the Berklee Public Safety Department’s handling of lost-and-found items, including the following:
- Where items are kept
- How items are tracked
- How items are disposed of, when necessary
This policy promotes the safe return of lost or misplaced property to the owner and gives the Berklee police the authority to keep or dispose of found items that remain unclaimed.
Berklee and the Berklee Public Safety Department assume no responsibility whatsoever for the care and/or protection of any personal property left unattended on Berklee property. Berklee is also not responsible for loss under any circumstances, including theft, vandalism, or malicious mischief of such property.
- All property of value found on campus, if the rightful owner cannot be determined immediately, should be turned in to the Berklee Public Safety Department as soon as practical. The department is located at 155 Massachusetts Avenue on the lower level.
- The on-duty police dispatcher will enter the found item into the lost-and-found property log and affix a property tag to the item.
- Once the item is properly logged and tagged, the item will be placed into the secured lost-and-found room.
- If cash in the amount of $100 or more is found, a police supervisor will be called to the dispatch office to count and record the total in the presence of the finder or police dispatcher. Both will sign the receipt. The cash will be placed in an envelope and properly sealed. The supervisor will write their name across the back of the envelope across the sealed edge. The envelope will then be placed in the secured lost-and-found room.
- The property and evidence custodian and supervisor will make every effort to contact the property owner if the owner is properly identified.
- If a Berklee student, faculty, or staff identification card is turned in, the Berklee police should immediately notify the Public Safety technical operations manager or operations manager so card access can be disabled.
- If a Berklee-owned electronic or mobile device is turned in, the manager of the relevant department should be notified immediately. IT should also be notified in an effort to disable the functionality of the device.
Examples of Found Items Accepted
- Cell phones
- MP3 players/iPods
- Wallets and purses
- Items having ownership information
Examples of Found Items Not Accepted
- Items which would present a biohazard
- Perishable items and food
- Flammable items (lighters, etc.)
- Small recreational items (soccer balls, baseballs, frisbees, etc.)
- Personal grooming items (combs, brushes, bows, ribbons, etc.)
- Intentionally abandoned property (electronic equipment that obviously does not work, damaged items placed by trash containers for disposal, etc.)
- Office supplies (books, notebooks, etc.)
- Water bottles
How to Claim Items
No police officer or Berklee employee (full time or contract) may claim property as a finder.
- To attempt to make sure that lost items are returned to their rightful owner, persons claiming items must describe the item(s) as closely as possible and provide identification.
- Claimants must sign for the item(s) before the item(s) will be released to them.
- When an item is claimed, the return will be documented in the lost-and-found log.
Disposal of Found Property
- Items are held for 90 days and then will be properly disposed of.
- Unclaimed cash or other items of value may be returned to the finder. The finder must identify themselves when they submit the found item and indicate they would like to claim the item if it goes unclaimed for 90 days. The finder must contact the Berklee Public Safety Department 90 days after the item is dropped off to arrange for pickup.
- Driver’s licenses will be destroyed if not claimed by the appropriate owner.
- Identification cards (credit, debit, ATM) will be destroyed if not claimed by the appropriate owner.
- Cell phones will be donated to a nonprofit organization if not claimed by the appropriate owner.
- Prescription eyeglasses/sunglasses will be donated to a nonprofit organization if not claimed by the appropriate owner.
- Books identified with markings belonging to libraries or other institutions will be returned within a reasonable timeframe.
- Unmatched items, damaged items, or any other items will be properly disposed of.
The Berklee bicycle pavilion is open to all current faculty, staff, and students free of charge. Access to the bike pavilion is granted to your Berklee College of Music ID card. To enroll, please come to the Public Safety Department's office during normal business hours (Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.). The application process requires the following:
- A valid Berklee ID card
- The make, model, and color of the bike
- Valid contact information (Berklee email, phone number, and a Berklee mailing address)
By submitting a request, all users acknowledge and accept the below policy.
- Only bicycles are allowed in the pavilion. All other items will be removed.
- The pavilion is for active use only, and bicycles cannot be stored there. Bicycles cannot remain in the pavilion for more than 14 days, or they will be considered abandoned.
- All users must provide their own bike locks.
- All bicycles parked in the pavilion must be registered with Berklee and display a Berklee bicycle registration number decal. Unregistered bicycles will be removed.
- Bicycles seemingly abandoned or in disrepair will be tagged by Public Safety. If the bicycle is not removed in seven days, Public Safety will have the bicycle removed.
- Only students enrolled in the current semester are allowed to use the facility.
- Usage is on a first-come, first-served basis. There are no assigned spots.
Berklee is not liable for the loss, theft, disappearance of, or damage to the property you store in the bicycle pavilion, nor will Berklee be responsible for any unclaimed or abandoned personal property from expired or revoked pavilion assignments.
Please place the decal on the bar beneath the seat.