Apr 16, 2016 5:06 PM

Phillips Exeter trustees take further action in inquiry into past sexual misconduct of teachers

EXETER - Phillips Exeter Academy, which recently hired a law firm to look into reports of past sexual misconduct by teachers, now says the firm will also review policies and procedures to protect students going forward.

"We are committed to taking whatever additional steps may be needed to make Exeter the safest possible place for our students," the letter released on Saturday reads.

The law firm that's conducting the investigation and procedural review is Holland & Knight, which claims to have more than 1,100 lawyers and 24 offices across the U.S. including one in Boston.

The letter to the Exeter community says the school's trustees have approved additional steps in the wake of the crisis.

Among those:

  1. Holland & Knight will investigate any allegations received since March 30.
  2. Holland & Knight will conduct a comprehensive review of policies and procedures for ensuring student safety.
  3. A lawyer at the law firm of Choate, Hall & Stewart has been hired to review the school's past handling of the Schubart sexual misconduct matter.
  4. The school is talking with victims' assistance organizations with plans to establish a partnership to support any victims and those around them.

"We believe this can open new pathways to honesty and accountability, helping us achieve a restored sense of justice and healing in our community.
While this work will take time, we are fully committed to maintaining trust in the Exeter we love so much," the letter continues.

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