Berklee mu­sic col­lege ad­mits sex probes

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS -

BOS­TON – Last week, the Bos­ton Globe pub­lished an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the Berklee Col­lege of Mu­sic, de­tail­ing al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual mis­con­duct, ha­rass­ment and as­sault at the school. In its story, the Globe re­ported that at least three pro­fes­sors had been al­lowed to “qui­etly leave” af­ter stu­dents came for­ward with ac­cu­sa­tions.

On Mon­day, Berklee stu­dents gath­ered for an open fo­rum, at which the pres­i­dent of the in­sti­tu­tion spoke to the crowd. Pres­i­dent Roger Brown said the num­ber of ac­cused fac­ulty mem­bers in re­cent years was much higher than three.

Ac­cord­ing to the Globe’s re­port, Brown said that 11 fac­ulty mem­bers had been ter­mi­nated in the past 13 years. He vowed to “root out” be­hav­ior that was abu­sive and apol­o­gized to stu­dents who had been vic­tims. “To every­one who has been ha­rassed or abused at Berklee, I am so sorry,” said Brown, whose com­ments were also cap­tured on a livestream posted to Face­book.

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