Over the past several years, students, parents, and alumni have come to expect that independent schools will take steps to prevent and respond to reports of sexual misconduct involving students, present or past. We have conducted scores of internal investigations to help schools ensure that they are meeting these expectations, as well as their ethical and legal obligations to respond to such allegations. We have conducted scores of secondary school investigations and are approved by United Educators to conduct investigations for their insureds.
Conduct of Investigation
- We consult with the administrator responsible for overseeing school’s disciplinary process to understand the complaint and applicable policies. Oftentimes, we partner with student services personnel to conduct our investigations.
- We conduct interviews in accordance with the highest standards of thoroughness, impartiality, and confidentiality, and in accordance with each school’s specific policies and practices.
- We collect and review potentially material communications, documents, and other tangible information concerning the complaint, including, for example, text messages, email, social media postings, police reports, medical records, security reports, and photos.
Unless otherwise agreed, our Investigative Reports include:
- A description of the complaint;
- A summary of applicable policies;
- A summary of witness interviews;
- A summary of tangible information gathered such as text and email communications or other documents;
- A summary of disputed and undisputed information; and
- Findings as to whether there has been a violation of a school policy.