Class Attendance Policy

Updated on September 25th, 2023

The expectation for all of our registered Summer Programs students is that they will behave in a professional and responsible manner. Though our faculty and staff want to encourage an environment of fun and exploration, it is important that their time spent preparing for and teaching their courses is met with respect. Students are expected to attend all of their courses, including electives. 

The only instances where a student will be excused from their classes is if the student is too sick to participate. If a student is feeling ill, they should plan to visit the Nurses' Station, located 167 Massachusetts Ave. The nurses on staff will assist all registered Berklee Summer Programs students and will provide the equivalent of a doctor's note for students to give to professors as needed. 

For students living on campus, the only instances where a student will be excused from their nightly curfew check is if the student needs urgent medical attention that draws them away from campus or if there is an emergency situation in their family. 

Current Attendance Policy

  • For all programs other than the Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive: Parents and/or legal guardians will be notified after the first unexcused absence, and any further absence from core classes or electives could result in the intervention of the Program Directors or the removal from any/all final events.
  • For registered Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive Students: After the first unexcused absence, Berklee's on-staff Attendance Manager will reach out to check in on the student and assess the nature of the unexcused absence. After the second unexcused absence, the student will be required to attend an in-person meeting with the on-staff Attendance Manager. After the third unexcused absence, students who are under the age of 18 will be required to attend a meeting with their parents or legal guardians and the on-staff Attendance Manager to discuss the potential consequences. Any unexcused absences past the three-warning system will result in a grade of “U” on the student's grades and transcript report, which stands for Insufficient attendance for proper evaluation. 
    • Any grade lower than a B for any of the following courses will result in the revoking of the student's eligibility to earn college credit during their time at the 2023 Aspire: Five-Week Music Performance Intensive: 
      • Theory in Performance
      • Musicianship
      • The student's Private Instruction
      • The student's Primary Section of Ensemble