Response to Reports of Faculty Misconduct

In October 2018, we communicated with members of our community about the importance of reporting experiences or suspicions of abuse and neglect, past or present, to the appropriate DC authorities. As a result, several people contacted the School in the ensuing weeks to express ongoing distress over past experiences and suspicions that involved past Maret faculty. Shortly thereafter, we learned of new and concerning information about a former faculty member. The new allegations, when considered alongside similar, but less specific information received in the past, prompted us in the spring of 2019 to hire outside investigators to conduct an independent, outside investigation of all allegations of sexual misconduct or other inappropriate conduct by any Maret faculty, former or current. The investigators expect to submit their final report in early fall 2019 to a special Committee of the Maret Board. However, we are able to share now that, to date, none of the allegations submitted to the investigators relate to conduct that occurred within the past ten years, nor do they involve any current or recent members of the Maret faculty.

Maret Today

In keeping with the laws and mandates of the District of Columbia, as well as reflecting the positive societal strides that have been made in recent years, Maret’s robust and clearly articulated GUIDELINES for CODE OF CONDUCT for faculty, students, and parents supports the safety, health, and wellbeing of every child in our care. These comprehensive Guidelines summarized below are posted here:

GUIDELINES for CODE OF CONDUCT

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. The Guidelines address the following topics:

  • Code of Conduct for Maret Faculty
  • School Philosophy regarding Violation of Rules by Students
  • Violations Leading to Disciplinary Action for Students
  • Procedures for Investigations and Disciplinary Actions
  • Additional School Response to Drug and Alcohol Use
  • Counseling Resources
  • Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Additional Information on Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Common Courtesies
  • Use of Social Media
  • Resources, Training and Information for Faculty, Students and Families