Public Safety Alerts and Closing Information

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General Information

When emergencies or inclement weather make it necessary to cancel classes, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to:

In most situations, the BENS is 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.

In the event of a closing, certain staff members have been identified as emergency personnel and are expected to report to work.

Berklee closes when instruction is suspended due to a weather-related closing, an official state of emergency, and/or a travel ban. A closing typically covers one specific—or at most, a 24-hour—period; limited services for resident students adopt a weekend schedule. 

If an announcement is made in anticipation of a inclement weather, campus offices, services, and facilities may close on a rolling basis. This includes ensemble rehearsal rooms, Fordham Road, the libraries and media center, music technology facilities, and practice facilities.

  • Food service for resident students is served from the main dining hall at 160 Massachusetts Avenue, following a brunch schedule, during weather-related closings.  

  • A limited number of practice, rehearsal, and dance rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis in 150 Massachusetts Avenue, 8 Fenway, and 31 Hemenway Street between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. Student community, lounge, and study spaces at 8 Fenway, 150 Massachusetts Avenue, and 160 Massachusetts Avenue remain open.

  • The Berklee Performance Center operates independently of college closings. In the event of a closing, college events (such as clinics and master classes) are canceled, but professional shows (such as evening concerts) may still take place. Contact the Box Office at 617-747-2261 to confirm a show's status.

This information is subject to change; this page will be updated with additional details for each closing event.

Information specific to each closing event is published to the Berklee Emergency Notification System (BENS), on the website, and across social media.

Call Berklee’s main number, 617-266-1400, for more information.