Public Safety Alerts and Closing Information

Introduction and Updates

Valencia Campus Status: Access Restricted

Berklee’s campus in Valencia is closely monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe in coordination with Berklee Valencia Medical Assistance Team and the state health authority, Conselleria de Sanitat Universal i Salut Pública en la Comunitat Valenciana.

In accordance with the Spanish government's rules regarding educational institutions along the de-escalation process, the campus remains closed. The only reasons cited by the government for possibly opening facilities are disinfection, campus setup, and administrative and investigative purposes.

We are working to identify concerns and address your questions as they arise, and will continue to share information and decisions as quickly as possible. We appreciate your patience as we navigate this challenging time as a community. Our first priority is and will remain the health of our students, faculty, and staff.

Updates

June 22, 2020: On Sunday, June 21, the state of alarm declared by the Spanish government on March 14 ended with the country entering into a state of “new normality” and lifting limitations on the mobility of citizens between autonomous communities in Spain.

The use of face masks remains mandatory in Spain while traveling on public transportation, in enclosed spaces, and in open spaces where it isn’t possible to keep a one-and-a-half meter security distance. These rules will stay in effect until the pandemic is under control or there is an effective treatment or vaccine against the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Previous Updates

June 16 Update

June 16, 2020: Berklee College of Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee, and Berklee Valencia will reopen their campuses this fall with a hybrid model blending remote and on-campus teaching. The return to campus introduces a number of new safety measures that enable students to progress toward their personal, academic, and career goals in a safe and flexible environment.

Learn more about Berklee's plan for returning to its Boston, Massachusetts, and Valencia, Spain, campuses at berklee.edu/btb

For specific questions regarding the Valencia campus please visit our Frequently Asked Questions - Fall 2020 page.

June 12 Update

June 12, 2020: On Monday, June 15, Valencia will enter phase three of the              de-escalation process. 

The following is allowed in phase three:

  • Children and adults will be able to go outside as often as they like with no restrictions on time or distance. Travelling between provinces within the Valencian autonomous community is allowed. Travelling to other autonomous communities is not allowed unless the travel is justified.
  • Social gatherings of up to 20 people, outside or inside people's homes, are allowed as long as social distancing measures are respected.
  • All seats can be used on public transport (the bus, subway, or train). If passengers are standing, however, they will have to keep a two-meter separation.
  • Sports competitions may return. Indoor sports facilities and swimming pools will open at 30 percent capacity.
  • Sidewalk cafes and restaurants can open their bar areas as long as the customers keep a two-meter distance between them. They may operate at 50 percent capacity inside and at 75 percent capacity on the terrace, with a maximum of 20 people per table.
  • Cultural venues such as libraries and museums may reopen as long as capacity, hygiene, and social distancing measures are maintained. 
    • Library study rooms can open at 50 percent capacity with safety measures in place. 
    • Cinemas, theaters, and auditoriums may open at 50 percent capacity with assigned seats. 
    • Zoos and aquariums may open at 50 percent capacity. 
    • Other cultural venues and other outdoor activities may open at 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 80 people.
  • All businesses, no matter their size, can open at 50 percent capacity with safety measures in place.
  • Shopping centers may open at 40 percent capacity in common areas and 50 percent capacity in stores. Recreational areas will stay closed.
  • Conferences with a maximum of 80 attendees may take place.
  • Nightclubs may open at 30 percent capacity, but must keep the dance floor closed.
  • Places of worship may reopen at 75 percent capacity.
  • Weddings may take place at 75 percent capacity, with a maximum of 150 people in open spaces and 75 people in enclosed ones.
  • Funeral services may be held with a limited amount of mourners: 50 people in open spaces and 25 in enclosed ones.
  • Hotels and tourist accommodations may reopen their common areas, such as buffet rooms, at 50 percent capacity.

June 5 Update

June 5, 2020: Once again, in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Spanish government, with the approval of the Spanish Congress, has extended the state of alarm declared on March 14 for another 15 days. The lockdown will continue until June 21.

May 29 Update

May 29, 2020: On Monday, June 1, Valencia will enter phase two of the                     de-escalation process.

The following is allowed in phase two:

  • Social gatherings of up to 15 people, outside or in people's homes, are allowed as long as social distancing measures are respected.
  • Children and adults will be able to go outside as often as they like with no restrictions on time or distance except between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m., and between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Travelling between provinces is not allowed. 
  • All businesses, no matter their size, can open at 40 percent capacity with safety measures in place.
  • Shopping centers may open at 30 percent capacity in common areas and 40 percent capacity in stores. Recreational areas will stay closed. 
  • Sidewalk cafes and restaurants can open at 40 percent capacity. Terraces may open at 50 percent capacity with a maximum of 10 people per table. 
  • Indoor sports facilities and swimming pools will open. 
  • Visits to nursing homes and centers for people with disabilities will be allowed. 
  • Cultural venues such as libraries, museums, cinemas, theaters, and auditoriums may reopen as long as capacity, hygiene, and social distancing measures are respected. 
  • Places of worship may reopen at 50 percent capacity.
  • Access to the beach is allowed. The municipalities may establish capacity limitations to ensure that social distancing measures are respected. The practice of professional sports or recreational activities is allowed if they can be carried out individually and without physical contact

Earlier Updates

May 26, 2020: On Monday, May 25 the Spanish Government announced that Spain will lift the two-week coronavirus quarantine for overseas arrivals from July 1.

May 22, 2020: Once again, in an effort to contain the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Spanish government, with the approval of the Spanish Congress, has extended the state of alarm declared on March 14 for another 15 days. The lockdown will continue until June 7.

May 20, 2020: Effective Thursday, May 21, the use of face masks is mandatory in Spain in any of the following situations:

  • While traveling on public transportation
  • In enclosed spaces
  • In open spaces where it is not possible to keep a two-meter security distance

May 15, 2020: On Monday, May 18, Valencia will enter into phase one of the
de-escalation process.

What's allowed in phase one:

  • Social gatherings of up to 10 people outside or in people's homes, as long as social distancing measures are respected
  • Small businesses can serve customers with safety measures in place
  • Sidewalk cafés and restaurant terraces can open at 50 percent capacity
  • Places of worship may open at 30 percent capacity
  • Non-professional sports are allowed for activities that do not involve physical contact or the use of locker rooms
  • Outdoor markets may operate, but stands must be spaced apart
  • Cultural events involving under 30 people can be held indoors at 33 percent capacity
  • Museums may open at 33 percent capacity
  • Timetables for taking walks and other exercise will still be in place, although regions will be able to adapt them according to factors such as weather conditions
  • Hotels and tourist accommodations can open as long as they keep common areas, such as buffet rooms, closed
  • Funeral services may be held with “a limited amount” of mourners

As established by the Spanish Government, and effective Saturday, May 15, those entering Spain coming from foreing countries will be quarantined for 14 days after their arrival.

May 11, 2020: We are extending the ability to return to campus once we are able to re-open our facilities. However, given the level of uncertainty as to when authorities will allow us to resume normal activity on campus, students that select to return at a later stage, will be able to do so for up to three consecutive semesters and until July 2022. Please note that the campus may not resume normal activity this upcoming fall 2020, and therefore for the purpose of organising students’ return to campus, and planning the necessary paperwork, you will need to submit your request to return to Valencia to our Academic Affairs Office (academicaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu) no later than two months prior to your desired return date, that is:

- July 2020 (to return on September 2020)
- November 2020 (to return on January 2021)
- March 2021 (to return on May 2021)
- July 2021 (to return on September 2021)
- November 2021 (to return on January 2022)
- March 2022 (to return on May 2022)

May 7, 2020: Once again, in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19, the Spanish Government, with the approval of the Spanish Congress, has extended the “state of alarm," declared on March 14, for another 15 days. The lockdown will continue until May 24.

April 30, 2020: Recently, the Spanish government presented a deescalation plan for a transition to a “new normal” that will last for a minimum of six to eight weeks (until the end of June). Although it does not significantly affect the educational sector, it gives us the opportunity to reinforce some of the decisions and preventive measures that have already been put into place regarding our campus. The following ongoing measures apply to the entire Berklee Valencia community (students, faculty, and staff) and will be valid in spite of the pace of the deescalation plan and until the completion of the 2019–2020 academic year. These measures include:

- Shutdown of campus and restricted access to its facilities;
- Remote working, teaching, and learning
- Ceasing of all events and concerts.

This deescalation plan has been designed in four specific phases, but with no closed and uniform calendar. These phases may also differ from province to province based on the  evolution of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in each region. Berklee will provide updated official information on this page regarding the deescalation plan for Valencia.

As of Saturday, May 2, those of you who are still in Spain will be able to go outside for exercise or walks. The established timeframe for said activities is from 6am-10am and from 8pm-11pm.

If you were in Valencia but have now decided to return home in light of the decision to complete the rest of the academic year remotely, we ask that you confirm your new address by emailing studentaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu as soon as your plans change. This will allow us to have the most updated information about where you are, in the case of an emergency.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please address them to the following:
- Campus access and events: valenciapublicsafey@berklee.edu
- Remote working: hrvalencia@berklee.edu
- Remote teaching and learning: academicaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu

You can find additional information about the Spanish deescalation plan at this link (Spanish)

April 29, 2020: The Spanish Government has announced its plans for the de-escalation of the coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown. The plan consists of four phases, each of which will last a minimum of 15 days. The implementation of each phase will be asymmetric throughout all Spanish territory, and its pace will be determined by the health authorities’ key performance indicators and by the evolution of COVID-19. Each autonomous community/region will move forward to the next phase depending on how well they perform according to these indicators.

Phase 0 starts on Monday, May 4. In the best-case scenario, Spain could return to a similar situation to before the lockdown by the end of June. However, social distancing and other preventive measures will remain in effect for a longer period of time, beyond the de-escalation plan.

Please find more information about the de-escalation plan and all of its phases at this link (Spanish).

April 27, 2020, All ICC services and offerings such as individual career advising, workshops, the Global Career Summit, etc. will be available in the same capacity as enrolled students while on campus. Students will also continue to have access to the Berklee Career Manager including job openings, resources, etc.

Where approved by the vendors, similar student discounts and access to industry events (such as MIDEM and the Future of Music) will be extended. This is also impacted by the situations for the individual conferences and events outside of Berklee’s control.

April 24, 2020, Once again, in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19, the Spanish Government, with the approval of the Spanish Congress, has extended the “state of alarm," declared on March 14, for another 15 days. The lockdown will continue until May 9.

April 23, 2020, We are aware that some of you are currently facing financial difficulties, and want to share an important resource with you. The Berklee community has come together and is ready to support you if you’re experiencing unexpected financial hardship. Through the generosity of current parents and families, the Board of Trustees, Berklee leadership, and community members, Berklee has mobilized the Student Emergency Fund to help you navigate this challenging time. Learn more about how to apply for emergency funds (login required).

April 17, 2020, We want to hear your stories about collaborating with classmates remotely, getting creative with the equipment and space you have access to, and working on projects inspired by your experiences. Please send a description of your project, a Youtube or Spotify link, or other media to promoteit@berklee.edu. You can also share your project on your own channels and include #berkleeanywhere in the post.

April 13, 2020, Now that we’ve moved to a remote learning format, it’s important to maintain the same standards of behavior that you would follow in a physical classroom. Review Berklee's remote learning etiquette and guidelines for best practices for communicating in live classes, email, and discussion forums.

April 10, 2020, Once again, in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19, the Spanish Government, with the approval of the Spanish Congress, has extended the “state of alarm," declared on March 14, for another 15 days. The lockdown will continue until April 26.

April 6, 2020, As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve and cause disruption around us, the Berklee Valencia team has been working ceaselessly to provide some certainty regarding decisions that affect us all as a community. As you might know, the spread of the virus in Spain continues to grow and it is highly unlikely that any nonessential activity, including higher education, will be allowed to return to normal any time soon or even in the next few months. In this regard, and after careful consideration, we have decided to deliver the final summer semester of your graduate programs remotely. We consider this to be the most responsible solution for our community.

Equally, we recognize that commencement represents an important aspect of your graduate experience and a celebration of your efforts and achievements. After careful consideration, the decision around the graduation ceremonies 2020 will be made based on the student feedback on the following options:

  1. Virtual ceremony in July 2020
  2. Commencement ceremony and concert in December 2020 (venues and time to be determined)
  3. Joint commencement ceremony and concert with the class of 2021 in July 2021

Note: Students not able to attend the graduation in Valencia will be given the chance to take part in the Boston graduate programs commencement ceremony in June 2021.

We hope that anticipating and deciding these crucial issues might decrease some of the uncertainty caused by these extraordinary circumstances, and we are confident that it will allow us all to move forward.

April 3, 2020, This is a reminder to all students. The International Career Center can help you prepare your career during the time you are studying remotely.

Drop-in Hours Expanded
We now have expanded office hours, so you can connect with us from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. CEST (students in Boston: this is 4:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EDT). Chat with us over Google Hangout (internationalcareers@berklee.edu) and we'll be ready to jump on a call with you to help with your questions. No question is too small; We look forward to talking with you. If you are not used to Google Hangouts, you can email us at internationalcareers@berklee.edu.

Career Advising Expanded
Book your slot with McKinley, Max, or Stine on the Berklee Career Manager, and we'll send you a link so we can connect online.

Job Openings on Berklee Career Manager
Not seeing the openings you’re looking for on the Berklee Career Manager? Set an alert for the types of openings you’re interested in, and you’ll get notified when your dream opening gets posted. Go to the opportunities in the lefthand bar, type a keyword, and then hit the button "Create Job alert."

For more information, please visit the International Career Center page.

April 1, 2020, Planned summer graduation ceremonies for master's degree students—in Boston, Valencia, and Berklee Online—remain under consideration at this time. We will continue to keep our community updated as we have further details.

For more information please check https://www.berklee.edu/commencement

March 30, 2020:

#BerkleeAnywhere

As a Berklee Valencia student, you have access to a host of services, programs, and events designed to support your academic and artistic pursuits, career preparation, and overall wellness. Now you can continue to access them from wherever you are.

Introducing #BerkleeAnywhere: your guide to staying connected. Explore this page to learn how you can access student services, find support options, and more.

We encourage you to share the projects you’ve been working on and photos of your current workspace with the hashtag #berkleeanywhere.

 

March 26, 2020, In an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19, the Spanish Government, with the approval of the Spanish Congress, has extended the “state of alarm," declared on March 14, for another 15 days. The lockdown will continue until April 12.

March 23, 2020, Today Beklee Valencia has transitioned to online/remote learning. Please note that as of today, no faculty or staff (unless formally designated as essential to day-to-day operations of campus) will be allowed on campus.

March 22, 2020, The Spanish Government wants to extend the state of alarm, declared on March 14, for another 15 days in a bid to slow the coronavirus outbreak . If approved by the Spanish Congress, the lockdown will continue until April 11. The Spanish Congress will vote on the decision on March 25.

March 14, 2020: Today the Spanish Cabinet announced a “state of alarm” for the next 15 days. All in-person classes are suspended. During the period of suspension, online education activity will continue. Leaving personal residences will only be permitted in the following cases:

a) Acquisition of food, medicines and other essential goods
b) Access to healthcare centers
c) Transportation to workplaces
d) Return transportation to habitual residences (this includes traveling to the airport for a flight home in the United States)
e) Care of elderly people and those with some kind of dependency
f) Transportation to financial institutions

We are closely monitoring this situation and will provide ongoing updates here.

The current state of affairs will continue to change. The Valencia team will support you as this situation evolves. The health of our students is our utmost priority.

March 13, 2020: The Spanish Government has announced that the Prime Minister’s Cabinet is expected to meet tomorrow to approve the implementation of a “state of alarm.” Once implemented, the government will “limit the circulation or presence of people or vehicles at determined times or in determined places, or oblige them to comply with certain requirements.” This may affect international travel plans. Until further announcements are made, we are not yet clear about the impact on our community.

In addition, Valencia’s regional government has announced that tonight at midnight all bars and restaurants will close and all cultural and leisure events will be suspended. This includes theaters, sports centers, clubs or any kind of establishments with allocated seating.

The current state of affairs will continue to change. The Valencia team will support you as this situation evolves. The health of our students is our utmost priority.

Previously today

Valencia's regional government (the Generalitat Valenciana) has decided to suspend classes in all preschools, schools, and universities until further notice, effective March 16.

The situation continues to change rapidly, so please continue to check Berklee Coronavirus (COVID-19) information page for the latest updates. Please be advised that some of the information may not apply to Berklee Valencia students.

March 12, 2020: Last evening, President Trump announced the suspension of all travel from Europe to the United States for 30 days beginning Friday at midnight US Eastern Daylight Time.
Please note that U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and their families are exempt from this suspension. Please read the full text of the proclamation here.

Berklee is fully committed to supporting students in their transition back to their home countries as the situation continues to develop, and ask that students and their relatives address all questions to our Student Affairs team at studentaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu.

March 11, 2020: Out of an abundance of caution and in collaboration with the faculty union, the chairs, and the deans, we have determined that the best way to limit our community’s risk of exposure to COVID-19 is to take the following steps, which are effective for our communities in both Boston and Valencia:

Online/remote learning: We plan to transition to an online/remote learning mode by Monday, March 23, after spring break. This change will allow students to continue their courses this semester with as few disruptions as possible. Faculty will receive a separate message this morning with more details about how to prepare. Please review this guide to make sure you’re ready to teach and work online, and read these tips for effective ways to work remotely.

Remote work: Starting Monday, March 16, most staff will transition to remote work until further notice. Senior leadership will identify the essential services and positions necessary to support the students who remain on campus after spring break. You will receive more information from your area leadership team. Please review this guide to make sure you’re set up to work remotely, and read these tips for effective ways to work remotely.

Events/performances/visiting artists/meetings: Effective Saturday, March 14, all performances, events, and visiting artists will be postponed, hosted online, or canceled until further notice.

Self-quarantine update: Given our updated policies, we are amending the self-quarantine policy to apply to people returning from countries designated as level 2 or 3. If you are a student in an on-campus residence hall who has recently returned from one of these countries, please register your travel and a staff member will reach out to you with more information.

Valencia Campus Information

Students in residence halls: If you are a student in Valencia living in Collegiate residence hall, you should return home during the break and stay there until further notice. We ask that everyone move out of the residence halls by Wednesday, March 18, and be sure to take all of their belongings. We recognize that travel arrangements may be difficult. Students who need to remain on campus due to extenuating circumstances may submit an appeal to stay on campus by Friday, March 13. Any students who do remain on campus will also study remotely, and there will be severely limited on-campus services, interactions, and facilities after spring break.

Off-campus students: For those students who don't live at the Collegiate residence hall and choose to stay in the Valencia area, please be advised that there will be severely limited on-campus services, interactions, and facilities during this time.

Facilities: Limited facilities will still be in use at the Valencia campus once the online/remote mode is launched on Monday, March 23. We will determine those ahead of this date, and communicate with our community.

Fallas: Fallas festivities have officially been postponed in Valencia in an effort to keep the situation contained.

Read the full update to students and faculty/staff.

March 10, 2020: Valencia's regional government (the Generalitat Valenciana), following instructions from the Spanish Ministry of Health, has decided to suspend the Fallas Festival until further notice. This decision has been made following the recommendations of experts and with the purpose of ensuring the wellbeing of the population.

March 10, 2020: As we continue to monitor the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, representatives from the college in both Valencia and Boston are meeting every day to assess the situation on all of our campuses and take the necessary steps to ensure that all our community members are safe and supported.

To that end, Berklee is offering a remote study option to all Valencia-enrolled students who voluntarily choose to leave the campus and return home (or someplace other than the Valencia campus) for the remainder of the spring semester.

Please note that at this time, all of our classes remain active on the physical campus. Should the Spanish health authorities enforce a campus closure, further information will be communicated at that time.

Students that voluntarily opt to leave during the spring semester and would like to be provided with a remote study option must fill out this form. Upon completion of this form, the student will be contacted by their program director to discuss the options that may be available. We will be as accommodating as possible during this time. Please note that course options may change with remote study.

Additionally, we ask that all students review the following information before making a final decision regarding all alternatives. Support in Valencia to all - undergraduate and graduate - students as they make this decision, can be accessed through Student Affairs (studentaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu) and Valencia Public Safety (valenciapublicsafety@berklee.edu). Specific support for our Study Abroad and First Year Abroad students can be accessed via the Study Abroad team in Boston. Please reach out to studyabroad@berklee.edu if you have any questions or concerns about departing Valencia.

We realize that this is a challenging time for our community and would like to remind students that they can access confidential counseling services with Dr. Maria Zarza and her team by emailing mzarza@berklee.edu or calling +34 609 329 344.

Should you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to contact Academic Affairs at academicaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu.

March 9, 2020: Until further notice, all domestic and international Berklee-sponsored business travel is suspended. This includes our annual spring break trips. Members of our community who are scheduled to travel with Berklee during spring break will receive direct communications with additional details from trip leadership.

Further, for the health and wellbeing of the Berklee community, we strongly encourage members of our community to consider suspending personal travel that could bring travelers in contact with large groups of people.

We do understand that some personal circumstances may require travel. Please note that until further notice, any community members traveling to or returning from countries designated as levels 2 or 3 or states where emergencies have been declared (currently California, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Utah, and Washington) will not be allowed to return to campus until they have completed the required 14-day self-quarantine. Please be aware that this list continues to expand. Should you choose to travel for any reason, please submit your travel information.

March 9, 2020: At this time, Berklee is suspending all official Berklee-sponsored international travel for faculty, staff, and students until further notice. Exceptions may be allowed in extreme circumstances. Should you wish to appeal, you may submit a request to that effect. We strongly encourage all community members to avoid all international travel, including that of a personal nature. If you do plan to travel abroad, please register your travel information with Berklee Valencia before you leave, and be mindful of the current situation involving Coronavirus in the country you will be visiting.

March 6, 2020: Yesterday, March 5, the World Health Organization shared the following statement addressing the media: “The fight against rumours and misinformation is a vital part of the battle against this coronavirus. We rely on you to make sure people have accurate information about the threat they face, and how to protect themselves and others." To stay up to date and avoid misinformation, Berklee Valencia strongly recommends consulting national and international official health authorities such as WHO, the Spanish Ministry of Health, and the Valencia regional health office (Salut GVA).

March 3, 2020: As of today, and following Spanish Ministry of Health recommendations and guidelines, all Berklee Valencia programs are open and operating as normal (with increased health and safety precautions being taken on campus). Spain remains at scenario 1: contention according to official protocol established by the Spanish Ministry of Health. We continue to monitor all announcements being shared from both Spanish and global health authorities to align our operations with their guidelines.

Resources and Forms

General Information

For further official information about the developments on coronavirus, you may refer to the following official sources:

We recommend registering your phone number with the Berklee Valencia Emergency Notification System to keep up to date with campus alerts and recommendations including potential campus closures:

We also recommend students the following:

Berklee Anywhere

As a Berklee Valencia student, you have access to a host of services, programs, and events designed to support your academic and artistic pursuits, career preparation, and overall wellness. Now you can continue to access them from wherever you are.

Introducing #BerkleeAnywhere: your guide to staying connected. Explore this page to learn how you can access student services, find support options, and more.

We encourage you to share the projects you’ve been working on and photos of your current workspace with the hashtag #berkleeanywhere.

Student Emergency Fund

As the Berklee community finds itself in the midst of this unprecedented coronavirus pandemic, we are mobilizing our Student Emergency Fund to support students during these uncertain times.

Find out more about how to donate and support students in the immediate aftermath of unexpected emergencies like the on-campus effects of COVID-19 here.

FAQ

If your question is not answered in this section, please visit berklee.edu/covid19.

Online/Remote Learning

How will online classes work across so many time zones?

We are in the process of determining the logistics of remote learning, but we expect at this time that classes will take place at their regularly scheduled times, which is Eastern Daylight Time for the Boston campus and Central European Time for the Valencia campus. Classes will be held as scheduled in a virtual teaching environment. Faculty will take attendance. Assignments may be modified, but all assignments will be graded. Students will be given a grade for the semester, which will be part of their official Berklee transcript. Students will continue to progress toward graduation as usual. There will be no interruption in students’ academic progress. Faculty will be in direct communication with students about their specific classes.
How will classes such as ensembles, dance, theater, and those that require technology be managed and held online?

Classes such as ensembles, dance, and theater, or those that involve technology will be held remotely, similar to other classes. Students should plan to participate in these classes during regularly scheduled class times. Your professors may use different means of instruction to reach the original class objectives, or they may revise the class syllabus and learning outcomes to maximize learning in this context. Your professors are artists and expert educators and will make every effort to ensure that expectations are clear and learning is meaningful, relevant, and engaging.
Will classes be held online/remotely for the remainder of the academic year or is there a chance they will be held in person?

We will operate remotely until the end of the academic year.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve and cause disruption around us, the Berklee Valencia team has been working ceaselessly to provide some certainty regarding decisions that affect us all as a community. As you might know, the spread of the virus in Spain continues to grow and it is highly unlikely that any nonessential activity, including higher education, will be allowed to return to normal any time soon or even in the next few months. In this regard, and after careful consideration, we have decided to deliver the final summer semester of your graduate programs remotely. We consider this to be the most responsible solution for our community.

Will there be a discount for the summer semester 2020?

Yes, there will be a 12% discount to the summer semester payment for all graduate students. The 12% discount to the summer semester payment will be automatically applied to all graduate students’ remaining summer balance by May 1, 2020. For scholarship recipients, the discount will be applied to the remaining balance after deducting the scholarship. Once the student’s request to return to campus is approved (as specified in the next bullet point), the 12% previously deducted from their bill will be added to their student account as a remaining balance.

We can confirm that the prorated amount of the summer comprehensive fee will also be refunded and will be credited on students’ account by that date too.

Is Berklee Valencia providing any kind of flexibility for graduate students unable to complete the academic year?

Berklee Valencia is providing flexibility through the medical withdrawal and leave of absence policies for graduate students applicable only to next academic year.

We acknowledge the extraordinary emotional burden that these circumstances are placing not only on students, but also on our faculty and staff, and would like to reinforce our unwavering commitment to students’ successful completion of the program, as well as to the health of every community member. Should the case be that a student finds themselves unable to complete the summer semester for medical / mental health related reasons, we are committed to providing as much flexibility as possible within the framework of our institutional policies as specified below:

Typically, and as included in our Policy Handbook for Students, students can request a medical withdrawal or a leave of absence at any point during their academic program. Graduate students that take a leave of absence (see page 4) or a medical withdrawal (see page 16) are required to re-apply to the program for a subsequent year. Re-admission is not guaranteed.

In light of the current circumstances, however, we have agreed that graduate students that decide to take a leave of absence or file for a medical withdrawal will not need to re-apply to be readmitted and will be able to join next year’s cohort during the summer 2021 semester. Awarded scholarships will also be carried over to next summer semester.

We would also like to remind students of the option, and conditions, to request an Incomplete (I) grade for specific courses (see page 23 of the Policy Handbook for Students). Your faculty will be able to work with you to establish whether you qualify for this option and to set reasonable requirements.

Symptoms, Medical Care and Support

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of the virus can start by presenting like the common cold, including a runny nose, fever, cough, headache, sore throat, shortness of breath, or general malaise. More serious cases can include symptoms like difficulty breathing, pneumonia, or bronchitis. The incubation period is from two to 24 days.
Refer to the World Health Organization for more information.
What should I do if I have symptoms of illness?

Students: If you recently traveled to countries designated as levels 2 or 3 and/or present any of the above symptoms, we are here to help you feel better. Students can seek assistance through Berklee Valencia’s medical assistance team at +34 618 001 661 and they will refer you to expert treatment in Valencia. You should also communicate with Student Affairs team members at +34 626 263 326 or studentaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu. Stay away from campus while you are feeling unwell. The Student Affairs team will work with the Academic leadership to coordinate your absences.

Faculty and Staff: If you recently traveled to countries designated as levels 2 or 3 and/or present any of the above symptoms, you should call 112 or 900 300 555 and follow specific instructions. You should also communicate with the Valencia Public Safety office team members at +34 618 076 048 or valenciapublicsafety@berklee.edu Stay away from campus while you are feeling unwell. The Academic leadership will work with your students to coordinate your absences.

What should I do if I do not have any symptoms?

If you do not have any of the above symptoms, according to the CDC, Please be wary of the current situation regarding the COVID-19 in your area. If you are in doubt, please contact Berklee’s medical assistance team.
What should I do if I'm diagnosed with the coronavirus?

Students: If diagnosed by a doctor, call the Student Affairs office at +34 626 263 326. The Student Affairs team will notify your emergency contacts and will make sure you get the help and support you need, including letting faculty know if you may need to be excused from classes for any period of time.

Staff & Faculty: If diagnosed by a doctor, call the Valencia Public Safety office team members at +34 618 076 048 or valenciapublicsafety@berklee.edu and follow any medical guidance. The Academic leadership team will notify students and the HR department will be prepared to answer any additional questions.

How can I stay healthy? (according to the CDC)

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Where can I get support?

    Students: Global health situations like this one can impact our mental health. Communities are healthy and happy when each individual receives the support they need. If you need help coping with this situation, please feel free to make an appointment by contacting Berklee Valencia’s counseling services at mzarza@berklee.edu or + 34 609 329 344. She and her team have been briefed on the unfolding events, and they are fully prepared to help you to cope. Additionally, Valencia undergraduate students can also access International Student Services . Staff in this office in Boston are available and willing to provide students with support and resources. To speak with an advisor, please schedule an appointment via email at iss@berklee.edu. You may decide to also seek support from our equity team: they also have been briefed on the unfolding events.

    Faculty and Staff: Counseling services are available through our Employee Assistance Program. More information regarding the EAP can be found at HelloE4.com (username: Berklee College of Music, password: guest).

    How is the coronavirus transmitted?

    According to the CDC, the 2019-nCov coronavirus most likely originally emerged from an animal source and now appears to be spreading from person to person. At this time, it is believed to be spread mainly through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, similar to how influenza and other respiratory pathogens spread. However, research on the subject is still ongoing.

    Should I wear a face mask or other personal protective equipment (PPE)?

    At this point, wearing any kind of protective gear, such as masks and gloves, while being outside your residence or while living with someone who has contracted COVID-19 is critical.  Furthermore, ordering masks in bulk has created an unnecessary shortage for organizations that truly need them, such as hospitals.

    Valencia Campus

    Are services still available while the campus operates remotely?

    Yes. As a Berklee Valencia student, you have access to a host of services, programs, and events designed to support your academic and artistic pursuits, career preparation, and overall wellness. Now you can continue to access them from wherever you are. Find out more here.

    Additionally, Berklee staff have curated a list of resources to help you find emergency funding, support, and information as artists and musicians during this challenging time: COVID-19 Resources for Artists.

    Will commencement still be held?

    We recognize that commencement represents an important aspect of your graduate experience and a celebration of your efforts and achievements. After careful consideration, the decision around the graduation ceremonies 2020 will be made based on the student feedback on the following options:

    Virtual ceremony in July 2020
    Commencement ceremony and concert in December 2020 (venues and time to be determined)
    Joint commencement ceremony and concert with the class of 2021 in July 2021

    Note: Students not able to attend the graduation in Valencia will be given the chance to take part in the Boston graduate programs commencement ceremony in June 2021.

    We hope that anticipating and deciding these crucial issues might decrease some of the uncertainty caused by these extraordinary circumstances, and we are confident that it will allow us all to move forward.

    Has Berklee Valencia taken preventive measures?

    Yes, since the beginning of the crisis until the transition to online/remote learning, teaching, and working, we proactively implemented the following preventive measures on campus:

  • Instituted an emergency communication channel with Berklee Valencia’s medical assistance team
  • Reinforced our campus cleaning services
  • Reinforced and increased cleaning services in student residences
  • Doubled the amount of hand sanitizers on campus
  • Increased the availability of face masks, if deemed necessary
  • Increased posters and signs with messages on preventative cleaning measures
  • Begun monitoring and implementation of restrictive measures on campus tours and visits, especially for individuals coming from Level 2 and 3 areas (according to the CDC)
  • Recommended avoiding travel to Level 2 and 3 areas (according to the CDC)
  • Increased the emphasis and communication of preventative actions such as staying home when feeling sick, covering the mouth and nose appropriately when coughing and sneezing, frequently cleaning touched surfaces, and washing hands often
  • Shared links to official health and education organizations’ websites as additional information sources
  • If I have witnessed or experienced harassment or discrimination, what are my options?

    You may contact the equity team at the Valencia campus. There are a number of ways to report an issue, including filling out the online form (login required), emailing equity@berklee.edu, or coming to the Student Affairs office in Valencia. If you experience or witness an incident that requires immediate assistance, please call 112

    I am a student currently living at Collegiate Marina Real: what is the situation at the residence hall?

    If you are a student in Valencia living in Collegiate residence hall, you should return home and stay there until further notice. We asked that everyone move out of the residence halls by Wednesday, March 18, and be sure to take all of their belongings. We recognize that travel arrangements may be difficult. Any students who do remain on campus will also study remotely, and there will be severely limited on-campus services, interactions, and facilities after spring break.

    Will students be able to return to campus anytime soon?

    We are extending the ability to return to campus once we are able to re-open our facilities.
    However, given the level of uncertainty as to when authorities will allow us to resume normal activity on campus, students that select to return at a later stage, will be able to do so for up to three consecutive semesters and until July 2022. Please note that the campus may not resume normal activity this upcoming fall 2020, and therefore for the purpose of organising students’ return to campus, and planning the necessary paperwork, you will need to submit your request to return to Valencia to our Academic Affairs Office (academicaffairsvalencia@berklee.edu) no later than two months prior to your desired return date, that is:

  • July 2020 (to return on September 2020)
  • November 2020 (to return on January 2021)
  • March 2021 (to return on May 2021)
  • July 2021 (to return on September 2021)
  • November 2021 (to return on January 2022)
  • March 2022 (to return on May 2022)
  • Access to campus as well as the level of services offered may vary depending on the norms and regulations dictated by health and governmental authorities as the Covid health crisis evolves. We will therefore approve requests based on Berklee’s ability to resume normal activity.

    We realise that this decision has indeed a number of implications including student visas and health insurance. Once your request has been approved, you will need to consider the following aspects:

    Visas: The Student Affairs office will provide assistance to students who would like to apply for a new student visa (if you are hoping to return to Spain for more than 90 days) or extending your current one. We will work in alignment with the Spanish immigration legislation at the time of your application to return to Spain and whereas we can assist in presenting all your required documentation to immigration authorities, costs arising from this process will need to be covered by students. (The process of applying for a job search visa will depend on the relationship between the individual and the hiring company and therefore we will not be able to assist.) We have created this document with specific immigration information as it relates to all options (returning as a tourist, applying for a new student visa and applying for an extension of a current visa).

    Health Insurance: All students returning to campus must be covered in Spain by a health insurance provider. Should you require to apply for health insurance, you may opt to benefit from a special package we have negotiated with our current provider MAPFRE at an extraordinarily discounted price, where a basic coverage pack will be available to you for a monthly rate of 40 euros (access to Counseling Services, or Berklee’s Medical Assistance Team will unfortunately not be included in this package, but any costs related to COVID-19 related illnesses while in Spain will). Payment for this monthly coverage will need to be submitted by students through my.berklee.edu.

    Travel

    My office or department is hosting visitors from countries designated as levels 2 or 3. Do we need to take any special precautions?

    At this point, for students, access to campus is forbidden. In addition, no faculty or staff (unless formally designated as essential to day-to-day operations of campus) will be allowed on campus.

    What should I do if I am traveling for Berklee?

    Berklee-Sponsored Bu​siness Travel: For Faculty and Staff Only

    At this time, Berklee is restricting all domestic and international Berklee-sponsored business travel until further notice. Exceptions may be allowed in extreme circumstances. To request an exemption from this policy, fill out this form.

    Official travel is considered any travel paid for or sponsored by Berklee. Personal travel not associated with Berklee in any way, such as travel to your home country, is not considered official.

    Berklee-Sponsored Spring Break Trips

    Berklee is restricting all travel, including our annual spring break trips. Members of our community who are scheduled to travel with Berklee during spring break will receive direct communications with additional details from trip leadership.

    What should I do if I recently arrived from countries designated as levels 2 or 3?

    If you recently traveled to or from countries designated as levels 2 or 3 or states where emergencies have been declared, you will have to complete the required 14-day self-quarantine. Please be aware that this list continues to expand. Should you choose to travel for any reason, please submit your travel information. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms described, you should call 112 or 061. As a member of the Berklee community, we also ask that you notify the Valencia Student Affairs team (if you are a student) or Valencia’s Public Safety Department (if you are a staff or a faculty member)

    Where can I find more information?

    We will continue to post updates on this page as we receive more information, particularly as it pertains to Berklee and Valencia. For updated answers to the most frequently asked questions, please visit berklee.edu/covid19. If you would like broader updates about the situation, we encourage you to check reputable news sources and refer to the World Health Organization’s resources.

    Events

    Will upcoming concerts and events be cancelled or postponed?

    Yes. Performances, events, and meetings will be postponed, hosted online, or canceled until further notice. Culminating Experiences will take place remotely; students can check with their chair or faculty for more guidance. When possible, events will be postponed, rather than canceled.
    Will commencement still be held?

    No decision has yet been made regarding commencement. We will update you when we have further information.

    Information for Faculty and Staff

    How should I prepare to work or teach remotely?

    Review this guide about how to make sure you're set up to teach and work online, and read these tips for effective ways to work remotely.

    Support

    Technology Support for Learning and Teaching Remotely

    If you need help installing and using platforms for remote courses (e.g., Zoom, Webex, Google Hangouts), please reach out to Berklee Valencia Academic Technology at atvalencia@berklee.edu. You can also reach them for live support in real time via this Google Hangout meeting during these times:

    Monday through Thursday, 8:45 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
    Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

    Please note these times are in the Central European Time zone (CET).