(CNS News) -- The Berklee College of Music in Boston issued a statement on June 9 telling students, faculty, and the "Berklee community" that it is "deeply sorry" for "perpetuating feelings of oppression, silencing, and marginalization" by allowing Boston police officers to use restrooms at the school as they sought to maintain civil order during a May 31 demonstration.
"We understand that many members of our community feel betrayed," said Berklee College of Music President Roger H. Brown in the statement. "We are deeply sorry for the impact this had on our community...."
This "will not happen again," said Brown.
As Brown explained in the statement, signed also by Berklee's senior vice president for administration and finance, Mac Hisey, and senior director of public safety, David Ransom, "We are writing to follow up on the Public Safety message posted on Sunday night about Boston Police officers’ access to the Berklee Performance Center.
"Following the peaceful protest at the State House on May 31, Boston Police staged officers at various intersections throughout the city. One of these locations was at Massachusetts Avenue and Boylston Street. On Sunday, Berklee Public Safety allowed officers stationed there access to restroom facilities in the Berklee Performance Center.
"Boston Police of course have jurisdiction over the roads and other public spaces around our campus, but not inside our buildings. The decision to allow them into our facilities was ours. This was not a formal decision by the institution, but an informal one, made on the spot. Some have asked if the campus was used to house or stage activity of the Boston Police; it was not.
"We have heard from many of you personally and across social channels of your hurt and anger that this access was permitted, especially as the facility is not currently open for students and members of our community. Allowing police officers into the space was in no way meant to undermine Berklee’s support for Black Lives Matter.
"We understand that many members of our community feel betrayed. We are deeply sorry for the impact this had on our community and for perpetuating feelings of oppression, silencing, and marginalization. We will make a more concerted effort to consider the effects of our actions.
"Let us assure you, this should not have happened, and going forward, it will not happen again."