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

In Support of Alumni

We sincerely apologize to everyone who has been impacted by these incidents, and we are grateful to those individuals who took part in the investigation.

We recognize that additional alumni may decide to come forward. Catlin Gabel has retained the services of the independent investigator on an ongoing basis. Any concerns can be reported anonymously to Lori Watson via voicemail at (503) 972-1581; she can be reached directly by email at or by phone at (971) 291-7672. Reports may also be made directly to Detective Chuck Anderson at the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. He can be reached at or (503) 846-2704.

Catlin Gabel has partnered with RAINN, the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN is available for anyone affected by sexual misconduct 24/7/365 through the National Sexual Assault Hotline at (800) 656-4673 or online at We encourage anyone in need to call RAINN.

An Open Letter to Survivors (PDF)

Survivor Therapy Fund

We realize that for many, access to professional support is a crucial part of the healing process. As part of our commitment to supporting survivors, we are working with RAINN to establish a Catlin Gabel Therapy Fund to assist survivors with costs related to therapy associated with sexual misconduct experienced during their time at Catlin Gabel. More details will be forthcoming, which we will share with alumni.

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 MoreAbout 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 (
Associate Director of Human Resources, Carrie McFadden (

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.

Alumni Listening Sessions

These gatherings provide a forum for Catlin Gabel to listen and learn from our wide alumni community. Additional gatherings, including online sessions, will be added when scheduled.

Jan. 25, 1:00p.m.
Gathering at Cheatham Hall, World Forestry Center in Portland With Abuse Survivor Coach Svava Brooks

Dec. 14, 1:00p.m.
Gathering at the Barn at Catlin Gabel in Portland With Head and Assistant Head of School

Community Communications Regarding Investigation

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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