Published in The Trustee's Letter (January/February 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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