Dear Emma Willard School Community,

Emma Willard School has committed to transparency in our process and communications with our community around the prevention of sexual abuse, and to accountability and culture change within our school. The Board of Trustees, school administrators, and I have pledged to update our community regularly about the initiatives that we have undertaken to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our campus.

We have received new information regarding past sexual abuse at the school and, as per established protocol, contacted child protection experts at Cozen O'Connor who investigated, reported the information to the Troy Police Department and made an update to the report they released in April. The new addendum can be found here

Throughout this entire process, child protection experts at Cozen O'Connor have worked diligently to protect the anonymity of anyone who was harmed or witnessed harm. We ask that our community respect the privacy of the brave survivors and friends who came forward to bring awareness to any misconduct that took place in our history.

Emma Willard School will continue to investigate any and all cases of abuse brought forward by any member of our community. All previous reports of sexual abuse or misconduct at the School have already been reported to the Troy Police Department, and any new information brought forward will also be reported. The Cozen O'Connor report will also be amended as needed, and as we have stated previously we encourage anyone with additional information to report it as per our reporting protocol. This work is ongoing.

To report to the School:

Lisa McGrath
Head of Human Relations and Talent Management 
285 Pawling Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
518.833.1367 

Jenny Rao 
Head of School
285 Pawling Avenue
Troy, NY 12180
518-833-1301 
headofschool@emmawillard.org 

To report to child protection experts:

Leslie Gomez 
Cozen O'Connor
1650 Market Street
One Liberty Place, Suite 2800 Philadelphia, PA 19103-2799 
215-665-5546 
lgomez@cozen.com 

Gina Smith 
Cozen O'Connor
1650 Market Street
One Liberty Place, Suite 2800 Philadelphia, PA 19103-2799
215-665-5540 
gmsmith@cozen.com 

Anonymous tip line: 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Review_EWS 

To report to law enforcement: 

Troy New York Police Department 
55 State Street Troy, NY 12180 
518.270.4411 

We will not waver from our commitment to preventing sexual misconduct and creating true culture change in secondary schools, and we thank our community profusely for supporting this mission.

To learn more about our work with experts at acclaimed advocacy organization Culture of Respect, or for more information on actions that Emma Willard School has taken on these issues, please visit emmawillard.org/healthyboundaries

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly.


Sincerely,

Head of School
518.833.1301
headofschool@emmawillard.org