Responding to Reports of Sexual Misconduct
Since February 2018, we have been communicating with members of our community about reports of sexual misconduct by former faculty that victimized students in the seventies, eighties and nineties. The resulting independent investigation, led by Kramon & Graham, was formally launched by Key’s Leadership and Board of Trustees in April 2018. The investigators completed their efforts and submitted a report of their findings to the Board of Trustees in January 2019. The report was shared with the Key community in this letter on January 28, 2019.
At Key Today
Key School today is a very different place than the environment described in the Kramon & Graham report. Our commitment to our students and families is our top priority, and we work proactively to ensure the safety and well-being of all students. Any concern brought to the School’s attention, now or in the future, will be investigated immediately. As Court Mandated Reporters, all School personnel are required by law to share with Child Protective Services any report of any type of inappropriate conduct related to children.
The Kramon & Graham report did not contain any allegation or finding of past misconduct against any current member of the Key faculty, staff or administration.
Key School now has in place policies, procedures, and practices designed to protect students. Our faculty/staff handbook sets clear expectations for employee conduct. Multiple avenues of support are available to students, including unrestricted and timely access to school counselors, advisors and administrators. Other protections include professional development training for all employees, a student abuse reporting process, an FBI national background check, and a State of Maryland background check which includes automatic notification of any subsequent police interaction.
Key School has retained Praesidium, a national firm specializing in employee sexual misconduct training, to provide additional training for all employees in 2019 and beyond. Key is also actively engaged with RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) to guide the School's efforts in supporting alumni/ae/x, providing professional development training for all employees, and reviewing policies and procedures relating to abuse and misconduct.
Resources for Parents & Guardians
Below are resources, compiled by Key’s counselors, to support parents in talking with children about healthy relationships, appropriate and inappropriate interactions, sexual misconduct, and advocating for one’s self and safety.
Partnering with RAINN
At its March retreat, Key's Board of Trustees voted unanimously to formally engage with RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, to guide the School in its next crucial steps to support Key alumni/ae/x. With more than 25 years of experience supporting survivors and providing programming to prevent sexual violence, RAINN is widely recognized as the leader in this field.
Under the guidance of RAINN, Key School has established an alumni/ae/x therapy fund and hosted two listening sessions for alumni/ae/x, facilitated by staff from RAINN, on Saturday, June 22, 2019.
In Key's efforts to fully cooperate with the Anne Arundel Police in their ongoing investigation, we ask anyone with additional information to contact Detective Phelan at 410-222-4700.