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Student Code of Community Standards

By enrolling at Berklee, students accept the responsibility to become fully acquainted with the institution’s regulations, to comply with the institution’s policies and authority, to respect the rights and property of others, and to recognize that student actions reflect upon the students involved as well as upon the entire Berklee community. Unfamiliarity with Berklee policies will not exempt students from the conduct process. Officially recognized student organizations are also expected to adhere to the Student Code of Community Standards. The institution will take appropriate disciplinary action for any conduct that violates the Student Code of Community Standards, whether such conduct occurs on- or off-campus (in Boston, Massachusetts, or in Valencia, Spain) or online. This may include disciplinary action up to and including expulsion and parental notification. Sanctions are also grounded in education and encourage students to reflect on the impact of their actions. In addition, sanctions will reflect the seriousness of the behavior for which the student will be held accountable. Being a Berklee student is a privilege, and with that privilege comes the expectation that students will uphold the standards and values set forth by the institution and will conduct themselves as individuals who contribute positively to the Berklee community. All students will be treated fairly in the student conduct process, whether they are the alleged student, complainant, victim, or witness.

View the full Student Code of Community Standards.

Equity Policy

Berklee, including Berklee College of Music; Boston Conservatory at Berklee; Berklee’s campus in Valencia, Spain; and Berklee Online, is a diverse community comprising individuals with different life experiences, viewpoints, and belief systems. A welcoming and inclusive culture is essential to maintaining Berklee’s role as a leader in music education, and Berklee highly values the dynamic environment that results when students, faculty, administrators, and staff from diverse backgrounds come together to learn, live, and work.

The Equity Policy and Process was designed to further Berklee’s goal of inclusion, respect, and equity for all community members and affirms Berklee’s commitment to promote fairness and equity in all aspects of the institution.

View the full Equity Policy.

Academic Dishonesty

Berklee Online values integrity within the classroom, across all areas of scholarly and professional practice, and in the use of information technology resources. Consequently, members of the Berklee Online community are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and practice throughout the many aspects of their life and study at the College. Students who have evidenced academic dishonesty may be made subject to disciplinary procedures, including but not limited to receiving a warning, dismissal from their course(s), and suspension or permanent dismissal from the online school.

The following definitions are provided for the information of the Berklee Online community and constitute notice of unacceptable academic behavior or scholarly and professional practice. Academic work in this context means any and all music and nonmusic work related to any course or major at the College. While scholarly and professional work may occur in the context of a course, they also are found in activity that is independent of course work. Dishonesty in scholarly or professional work, whether in the form of fraud, plagiarism, or cheating, is unacceptable and subject to appropriate disciplinary procedures.

Fraud is using identifiers (such as name, password, ID) of other persons as one’s own or submitting false information about oneself. Some examples include such infractions as concealing or misrepresenting one’s identity, impersonating another individual, falsifying information on such documents as one’s resume or internship applications, misrepresenting oneself as acting on behalf of Berklee, or using the College’s name, logo, or symbol without prior written permission.

Cheating is the use of prohibited assistance (whether in the nature of a person or a resource) in the performance of assignments and examinations, and copying of another student’s work or the giving or receiving of information or answers, whether verbally or in writing. Any assignment in which a student has cheated will receive a failing grade and a resubmission of the assignment will not be accepted.

Plagiarism is defined as misrepresenting work that has been done by another as one’s own efforts whether such misrepresentation has been accomplished with or without the permission of the other individual. Any assignment identified as plagiarized will receive a failing grade and a resubmission of the assignment will not be accepted. Some more specific examples of plagiarism would include but are not limited to:

  • Turning in someone else’s work as your own whether it was intentional or accidental.
  • Copying another person’s work or ideas without giving credit. This includes copying from another student as well as from website resources.
  • Downloading another student’s assignment, changing it in any way and then posting as your own assignment.

Offensive Conduct

Any conduct that in the College’s sole discretion restricts or inhibits others from using an online network or violates College policies or applicable law is not permitted and will be subject to sanction and disciplinary action. Students are prohibited from posting on or transmitting through any online network any unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, profane, hateful, racially or ethnically demeaning or threatening, or otherwise objectionable material of any kind, including without limitation, any material that encourages conduct that would constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any applicable law or College policies. Berklee Online reserves the right to restrict and/or interrupt communication through or by use of any of the College’s computers or computer services, which Berklee Online believes to be harmful to the College or to others using the applicable online network or a violation of College policies or any third-party rights. More specifically and without limitation, the following conduct violates College policies and is not permitted:

  • Offensive Communication: Use of vulgar, abusive, or hateful language is prohibited.
  • Harassment: Targeting another person or organization to cause distress, embarrassment, injury, unwanted attention, or other substantial discomfort is harassment, which is prohibited. Personal attacks or other action to threaten or intimidate or embarrass an individual, group, or organization; or attacks based on a person’s race, national origin, ethnicity, handicap, religion, gender, veteran status, sexual orientation, or another such characteristic or affiliation are prohibited.
  • Offensive Graphic Files: Transmitting through or posting on any online network sexually explicit images or any other content the College deems to be offensive is prohibited.
  • Impersonation: Communications under a false name or designation or a name or designation students are not authorized to use, including instances in conjunction with representing that students are somehow acting on behalf of or under the auspices of Berklee College of Music, are prohibited.
  • Chain Letters and Pyramid Schemes: Transmission of chain letters and pyramid schemes of any kind is prohibited. Certain chain letters and pyramid schemes are illegal. Letters or messages that offer a product or service based on the College utilizing the structure of a chain letter are also of questionable legality.
  • Improper Use of Copyright and Proprietary Information of Others: Students may upload to software files or otherwise distribute on online networks only information, software, photographs, videos, graphics, music, sounds, and other material (collectively “content”) not subject to any copyright, trademark, trade secret, or other proprietary rights of others, or content in which the author has given express written authorization for online distribution. Any copyrighted content submitted or used with the consent of the copyright owner should contain a phrase such as, “Copyright owned by [name owner]; used by permission.” Unauthorized transmission of copyrighted or other proprietary content is prohibited, constitutes a violation of Berklee Online policies, and could subject students to criminal prosecution as well as personal liability in a civil suit, in addition to other sanctions.

Use of Berklee College of Music or Berklee Online Name

Students may not under any circumstances, without the College’s prior written consent, use the name “Berklee College of Music” or “Berklee Online” in any form or use any symbol or logo or graphic used by or associated with Berklee College of Music alone or with the name “Berklee” or any name, symbol, logo, or graphic confusingly similar to Berklee’s name, symbols, logo, or graphics as part of an e-mail address, a “home page,” or a second or higher-level domain name for any online network a student utilizes, originates, or registers with Internet or similar authority. Unauthorized use of the name “Berklee Online,” “Berklee College of Music,” or any symbol, logo, or graphic used by or associated with the College or any confusingly similar thereto, is a violation of College policies and subject to sanctions.

Credit Card Fraud Policy

Under the Fair Credit Billing Act, your bank cannot hold you liable for more than $50.00 of fraudulent charges. In the event of unauthorized use of your credit card, you must notify your credit card provider in accordance with its reporting rules and procedures. Please note that when using your bank debit card as a credit card, you are protected under the Electronic Funds Transfer Act. You must report any fraudulent charges within two business days to avoid being liable for more than $50.00. Please contact your bank or for more information.

Berklee Online takes credit card fraud very seriously. We cooperate completely with local, state and federal law enforcement officials to apprehend groups or individuals committing credit card fraud.

Berklee Online will supply all information that we have about fraudulent orders to those officials who will then pursue investigation and prosecution of the criminal action taken by offending parties. Once the criminal case has been completed, a separate civil case is then submitted against the offending party to recover any and all damages (financial and otherwise) that is incurred by us.