Response to Reports of Faculty Misconduct
Last October, after reading frequent press reports about people who exploited positions of power by abusing those around them, Maret’s leadership invited its parents, students, alumni and other community members to report any concerns about misconduct or abuse at Maret, past or present, to the school or DC authorities. In February, Maret hired the law firm of Crowell & Moring LLP to conduct an independent outside investigation of all allegations of sexual misconduct or inappropriate conduct by any former or current Maret faculty. Today, Maret School is releasing the report prepared by Crowell & Moring to its school community.
The Report also acknowledges the strong policies, training, and other safeguards currently in place to protect all our students. Each year, we provide our faculty with comprehensive training about personal boundaries and mandatory reporting obligations. We review all our procedures annually to maintain best practices for an independent school.
The purpose of these Guidelines is to describe Maret School’s expectations regarding appropriate conduct of faculty and students, the School’s approach toward violations of rules, efforts to prevent abuse and neglect, procedures for mandatory reporting of abuse and neglect, and general compliance with recent laws affecting schools in the District of Columbia. These Guidelines harmonize with Maret’s Mission and Philosophy, which inform our actions and expectations.
MESSAGES TO THE COMMUNITY REGARDING THE INVESTIGATION