The response of independent schools to reports of past abuse of students by faculty have received intense scrutiny by the news media, social media, survivors, victim’s lawyers as well as alumni. The attitudes and expectations related to addressing sexual abuse of students, without regard to when it occurred or whether the abuser was an adult or another student have has quickly evolved. Failure to respond quickly can cause substantial reputational damage and a political nightmare.
Participants will hear from practitioners with extensive experience in working with schools on allegations of abuse. They will discuss the role of legal counsel, crisis communications, and independent investigation; and how the three areas work together and interconnect. Participants will learn best practices and strategies for managing these complex issues, and how schools can implement proactive strategies and stay abreast with the ever-evolving standard of care.
Caryn Pass, Partner, Venable LLP
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