School Info, Enrollment & Policies
Berklee Online provides numerous information technology resources for use by the Berklee Online community to support its educational mission. The use of these resources must be consistent with the goals of the online school. As a member of the Berklee Online community, students are expected to act responsibly and to follow the online school’s guidelines, policies, and procedures in using information technology and electronic networks accessed by such technology.
The online school’s acceptable use policy includes the following guidelines and the requirement that each Berklee Online community member, including faculty, students, staff, or other users:
Respect copyright and other intellectual-property rights. Copying files or passwords belonging to others will be considered a violation of College policies and a violation of law, and may constitute fraud, plagiarism, or theft. Software licensed by the online school must only be used in accordance with the applicable license. Modifying or damaging information without authorization (including but not limited to altering data, introducing viruses, or simply damaging files) is unethical and a violation of College policies, and may be a felony in the state of Massachusetts.
Identify oneself clearly and accurately in electronic communication. Anonymous or pseudo-anonymous communications appear to disassociate a student from responsibility for his/her actions and are inappropriate. Concealing ones identity or misrepresenting ones name or affiliation to mask or attempt to distance oneself from irresponsible or offensive behavior is a serious abuse and violation of College policies. Using identifiers of other individuals, including such identifiers as ones own, constitutes a violation of College policies and constitutes fraud.
Abide by security restrictions on all systems and information. Distributing or making one’s password or another person’s password or access code available to others; otherwise attempting to evade, disable, or “crack” password or other security provisions, or assisting others in doing so; threatens the work, privacy, and well-being of many others and is a serious violation of College policies as well as grounds for immediate suspension of a student’s access privileges, and other disciplinary action.
Recognize limitations to privacy in electronic communications. A student may have an expectation that the contents of what he/she writes or otherwise creates, stores, and sends may be seen only by those to whom the student intended or gave permission; however, the security of electronic information on shared systems and networks is approximately that of paper documents in an unsealed envelope generally respected, but breachable by someone determined to do so. Also note that, as part of their responsibilities, technical managers or other persons may need to view the contents to diagnose or correct problems.
Accept responsibility for ones own work by learning appropriate uses of software to maintain the integrity of what one creates. Students should learn and properly use the features for securing or sharing access to information on any computers they use. Change passwords frequently and do not share them. Students should maintain at least one backup copy of all important files, and diligently back up all work in progress at regular intervals.
Use resources for lawful and permitted purposes only. Use of resources for unlawful purposes or for use not specifically permitted by the College, or assisting another in such use, is a serious violation of College policies and grounds for disciplinary action and other sanctions.
Cooperate with investigations by resource managers or others at the College, either of technical problems or of possible unauthorized or irresponsible use, as defined in these guidelines, in its other guidelines, policies, or procedures, or as may otherwise be identified by the College from time to time. Failure to do so may be grounds for suspension or loss of access privileges and other disciplinary action as indicated in the acceptable use policy, below in the online network services policy, or otherwise determined by the College.
Students may be given passwords Berklee Online has selected for accessing the online school (“Berklee Online passwords”) and be authorized to use one or more Berklee Online passwords for specific purposes. Students are responsible for maintaining all Berklee Online passwords in confidence and not to disclose or make available any to third parties without prior written consent of the College. Students will be held responsible and will be liable for any harm resulting from their disclosing or allowing disclosure or improper use of a Berklee Online password.
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 Colleges 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.