Preparing Your School For More Effective Crisis Response: Two Essential Organizational Prerequisites

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David Wolowitz
Of Counsel, Education Law Group
Published: The Trustee's Letter
January 17, 2017

A claim of sexual misconduct invariably triggers a crisis for a school.  The stakes for a school responding to this type of crisis are high.  Missteps can result in significant harm to a school’s most valuable asset, its reputation.  Damage to a school’s reputation can adversly impact relationships with students, parents, alumni, donors, and prospective applicants.

Two key organizational elements are crucial for helping schools weather the storm in such a crisis.  First, the board and the administration must have a collaborative working relationship.  Second, the school must have established principles to guide the board and the administration during the crisis.

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