January 2, 2019 |

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Dear Catlin Gabel community,

 

In October 2018 we sent an email to community members (those for whom we had an email address) announcing that, in response to reports of sexual misconduct that took place at the school over 15 years ago, the Board of Trustees retained an independent investigator to gather relevant information.

 

We are sending this email to remind you of the importance of responding if you have information to share. We strongly encourage anyone in our community with knowledge of any sexual misconduct by a Catlin Gabel employee, at any point in the school's history, to speak with the independent investigator, attorney Lori Watson. Ms. Watson has been conducting an investigation for the past two months.

 

As the investigation is drawing to a close, we encourage you to contact her by January 28, 2019, if you have any information relating to sexual misconduct or abuse by a Catlin Gabel employee. You may contact her by email at Lori@Watsonlawpdx.com or by phone at (971) 291-7672. Alternatively, you can anonymously report concerns by calling (503) 972-1581.

 

All reports received by the investigator will be taken seriously. We will continue to support all alumni who come forward and stand with them and all survivors of sexual misconduct. We are committed to understanding any past failures in the prevention and handling of misconduct.

 

Today the school has clear and explicit employee policies and procedures in place to safeguard our students. And we are listening and learning what more we can do. We intend to use what we learn in this investigation to further improve safety for Catlin Gabel students.

 

When the investigation is complete, the Board will share information with the community including any immediate action steps.

 

We are so sorry that members of the Catlin Gabel community have suffered. We're grateful to those who have come forward in response to this request, and to those who may do so in the weeks ahead. We admire your courage and pledge to you our full support.

 

Regards,

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Tim Bazemore, Head of School                                     Bart Eberwein, Chair of the Board of Trustees

 

CATLIN GABEL

 

8825 SW Barnes Road Portland, Oregon 97225 
503-297-1894

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