Public Safety Alerts and Closing Information
When emergencies or inclement weather make it necessary to cancel classes, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to:
- check this page for the latest official information on the status of the college;
- check email or text messages for a Berklee Emergency Notification System (BENS) alert; and
- call Berklee's main number, 617-266-1400.
Although classes may be canceled, certain campus facilities may remain open on a case-by-case basis for student use. Notification of class cancellation will always be posted and/or distributed as early as possible.
In most situations the BENS will be used to alert members of the Berklee community. SMS (text) and email notifications will be the primary means of communication, although voice and social media posts may also be utilized. Students are encouraged to sign up for BENS notifications at the beginning of each semester. Berklee will also notify local media outlets (see a full list in the menu at the left).
In the event of a closing, certain staff members have been identified as emergency personnel and are expected to report to work.
The Berklee Performance Center (BPC) generally operates independently of college closings. In the event of a closing, college events (such as clinics and master classes) will not be held, but professional shows (such as evening concerts) may still take place. If the college is closed, call the BPC at 617-747-2261 to confirm a show's status.
A closing typically covers one specific—or at most a 24-hour—period, and facilities will normally follow a Saturday schedule. 1140 Boylston, 921 Boylston, and 22 Fenway will close at 5:00 p.m. 171 Massachusetts Avenue will remain open unless personnel are unable to report for duty. Call the front desk at 617-747-2250 for information. Most labs, the media center, and the library will be closed.
Closing for special weekend programs will be coordinated by the program director in conjunction with Public Safety.