Investigation Response


In October 2018, Catlin Gabel’s Board of Trustees became aware of alumni reports on social media of sexual misconduct by a former faculty member. The board responded by hiring independent investigator Lori Watson of Watson Law Workplace Investigations, LLC to formally engage in a broad inquiry of any sexual misconduct at any time at Catlin Gabel. Her key factual findings were shared with the Catlin Gabel community on December 11, 2019.

Letter to the Community (PDF)

Investigation Key Factual Findings

The content of these findings is sensitive, personal, and graphic. It is not intended for children.

Summary of Key Findings (PDF) Reader Discretion Advised

Reporting Abuse and Support for Alumni

Reports may be made directly to Detective Chuck Anderson at the Washington County Sheriff's Office. He can be reached at or (503) 846-2704.

RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. It also created and operates The National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE or, which can be used to access confidential and anonymous immediate support services—including crisis intervention, information, and resources—24/7, in both English and Spanish.

Catlin Gabel Therapy Fund

Catlin Gabel School created this fund, which became available in March 2020, to provide former students with financial assistance for current and past therapy costs related to sexual abuse by former employees at the school. All requests related to the therapy fund are handled by RAINN. All inquiries and utilization of the fund are confidential and will not be shared with Catlin Gabel. RAINN’s dedicated Catlin Gabel Therapy Fund Hotline is (855) 944-2235.

Therapy Fund Q&A

Our Commitment to Students

Protecting the safety, welfare, and health of our students is paramount. Our policies, regulations, and safeguards, which are annually reviewed and updated, have been benchmarked against and rise above the standards set by the National Association of Independent Schools.

Learn More About Our Safety Resources

Reporting Sexual Misconduct

All Catlin Gabel employees must immediately report any concerns about adult-student boundary violations, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, or child abuse. It is also expected that students, parents, volunteers, or other members of the community report any concerns. Catlin Gabel takes all such reports seriously and will have concerns investigated, and when appropriate will notify law enforcement and child welfare.

Reports can be sent to

Any member of Catlin Gabel’s Response Team
Head of School, Tim Bazemore (
Assistant Head of School, Barbara Ostos (
Director of Human Resources, Gloria Martin (

SafeSchools Alert (an anonymous tip line)
Catlin Gabel’s identification code for reporting is 1832
Phone or text: (971) 351-1754
All anonymous tips will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

Community Communications Regarding Investigation

October 14, 2021
Community Safety Update (PDF)

August 24, 2021
Community Update (PDF)

March 12, 2021
Community Update (PDF)

November 12, 2020
Letter to Alumni & Community (PDF)

May 12, 2020
Culture Study Group (PDF)

March 16, 2020
Letter to Alumni & Community (PDF)

January 31, 2020
Letter to Alumni (PDF)

January 25, 2020
Alumni Listening Session Meeting Documents (PDF)

December 21, 2019
Letter to Alumni (PDF)

December 18, 2019
Letter to Alumni (PDF)

December 11, 2019
Letter to the Community (PDF)

December 11, 2019
An Open Letter to Survivors (PDF)

March 6, 2019
Reminder Announcement

January 2, 2019
Reminder Announcement

October 10, 2018
Announcement of Independent Investigation

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