Accessibility Resources for Students
Accommodations are available for students with disabilities. Available services may include academic accommodations, academic coaching services, and referrals to on-campus support, including adaptive technology and tutoring.
Students should submit documentation of their disability and the request for accommodation before the program start date. Accommodations cannot be arranged unless appropriate documentation is on file with Berklee.
Equity and Title IX
Berklee’s Equity Policy and Process is intended to advance our goals of inclusion, respect, and equality for all community members. The Equity Office works to enforce and uphold this policy, which prohibits and addresses sexual misconduct, discrimination, and/or harassment based on protected characteristics. This policy also responds to alleged misconduct by third parties (i.e., visitors, independent contractors, and others who are neither students nor employees) where their conduct is directed toward or otherwise affects or may affect Berklee community members.
To File a Report
If you have experienced discrimination, identity-based harassment, or sexual violence during or prior to joining a Berklee summer program, we want to support you and ensure that you are able to fully access all of your educational opportunities. Students wishing to report an incident and/or seek support measures or accommodations may do so by:
- emailing firstname.lastname@example.org;
- submitting an anonymous form online;
- contacting the chief equity officer and Title IX coordinator, Kelly Downes; or
- contacting the deputy for equity administration, intake, and support, Amanda Bedford.
If You Are the Subject of a Report
If you are accused of an equity policy violation during your time at the program, you have the right to access the support and resources of our Equity Office so that you may access your educational opportunities without disruption to the extent possible. We can assist in identifying an advisor, connecting you with counseling, and other resources. We respond to allegations of equity policy violations informally or by a formal investigation, depending on the circumstances. We reserve the right to determine if a student is a threat to the Berklee community. In that instance, we may dismiss the student from the program immediately, pending further investigation. That decision is final.
Please note that all Berklee employees, with the exception of licensed mental health clinicians who work in Berklee’s Counseling Services, are considered responsible employees. Responsible employees are required to report possible violations of the equity policy to the chief equity officer. For more information about the equity team, the Equity Policy and Process, and available support, resources, and accommodations, please visit berklee.edu/equity.
Counseling services are available to Aspire students experiencing a crisis or emergency. Services include crisis stabilization, brief follow-up care, and referral/family coordination. Ongoing counseling and therapy are not offered.
Students in crisis or who have a mental health emergency should call Public Safety at 617-747-8888. They may also call 911 or go to a local emergency room for assistance.
Business hours for Aspire participants: Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Health Care Facilities
Aspire participants may wish to consult with the on-campus nurse for minor ailments or injuries. Participants who experience immediate, life-threatening health concerns should go to the emergency room, or call Berklee Public Safety or 911 on any telephone. Residence life staff are available to accompany participants who reside on campus to the hospital.
Services include basic first aid for minor ailments and injuries, direct observation of students taking their own medications as prescribed, and triaging possible next steps (e.g., a referral to urgent care or the emergency room). Students are responsible for the safety and security of all medications and medical devices.
Note that the nurse cannot hold prescriptions for students or keep medications that require refrigeration. Students are encouraged to purchase portable micro-refrigerators to store medications and/or secure medication lockboxes.
Additional Health Care Facilities
Nearby health care facilities include the following:
- Tufts Medical Center,* 800 Washington Street; open 24/7; call 617-636-5000
- Partners Urgent Care,* Boston Common, 137 Stuart Street, Suite A-7; open from 9:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m.; call 617-393-5059
Emergency medical and psychiatric care locations include the following:
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center*
- Boston Children’s Hospital*
- Tufts Floating Hospital for Children*
- Boston Medical Center*
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital*
- Massachusetts General Hospital*
* These organizations are not affiliated with Berklee and may decline to treat minor patients at their discretion. Berklee has no authority over these organizations.
Note that Public Safety will assist with transportation to and from medical facilities. Students should be sure to have their insurance card and a valid ID with them at all times.