Community Message, 2017年10月30日

2017年10月30日

Dear 霍奇 Community,

2016年6月, the School requested the law firm of Carlton Fields to undertake a third-party investigation into reports of sexual misconduct by members of the faculty or staff that occurred at any time in the School’s history. We asked the lead investigator, 詹姆斯Sconzo, to conduct as thorough an investigation as possible because the School is committed to understanding the extent of wrongdoing, to taking all steps to ensure it cannot happen again, and to apologizing to those who, 作为学生, were victimized by adults who abused their position and the trust placed in them.

The School has not yet received the Carlton Fields report because their investigation remains active. Two additional investigators, Jillian Orticelli and 米利暗 Berkman, have been added to their team in recent months. Ms. Berkman has deep experience in Title IX investigations. We are grateful to those who have already contacted Carlton Fields, and we strongly encourage anyone with relevant information to speak with a member of the investigative team. Their contact information appears at the end of this letter. Our community’s participation in this investigation is crucial if it is to shed a light on the past and guide us in the future.

We recognize that deciding whether to come forward is a difficult, complex decision. That is certainly true for survivors and can often be so for witnesses or those in whom survivors have confided. 认识到这一点, the School has arranged for Johanne Bach, 垃圾, a clinical social worker who works with survivors of sexual abuse and who is knowledgeable about the investigation process, to be a resource for those who are trying to decide whether to come forward. Her contact information is also provided. Please be assured that you will be treated with sensitivity and respect at all times.

The Board of Trustees has directed 学校的负责人 Craig 布拉德利 to develop a program for survivors who wish to obtain professional counseling. When this program is in place, details will be provided to alumni and made available on the School’s website.

The 霍奇 Board of Trustees is resolute in its commitment to investigate these matters thoroughly, to communicate transparently with the School community about the results of this investigation, to apologize to those who were harmed, 采取及时措施, appropriate actions as warranted by the investigator’s report.

We have made clear to Carlton Fields that the School is seeking an investigation that is as thorough—and conducted as expeditiously—as possible. 然而, because this letter is intended to encourage any additional survivors—or anyone else with relevant information—to come forward (or to contact Johanne if they are debating whether to do so), Carlton Fields cannot provide a date by which the investigation will be completed and a report issued.

We would like to express our appreciation to those who have come forward thus far and to the 霍奇 community for its continued support as we undertake this necessary reconciliation with our past.

联系信息:

詹姆斯Sconzo, Carlton Fields LLP - phone: (860) 392-5022;
电子邮件地址: hotchkissinquiry@carltonfields.com

Jillian Orticelli, Carlton Fields LLP - phone: (860) 392-5055;
电子邮件地址: hotchkissinquiry@carltonfields.com

米利暗 Berkman, JD, LCSW - phone: (203) 668-4338;
电子邮件地址: 米利暗.berkman@yale.edu

Johanne Bach, 垃圾 - phone: (860) 424-2092;
电子邮件地址: johannebach8@gmail.com

真诚地,

Jeannie Weinberg Rose ’80, P’18
President, Board of Trustees

克雷格·W. 布拉德利
学校的负责人