Important Announcement from Cheshire Academy
August 24, 2018
Dear Members of the Cheshire Academy Community:
Here at The Academy, nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our students. Maintaining a safe environment for them is at the very center of our work.
We would like to make you aware of allegations we have received of inappropriate sexual conduct in the late 1960s by former Cheshire Academy faculty member Steven Phillips. Mr. Phillips worked at The Academy from 1960-1970. We have notified the appropriate authorities about what we have learned and have retained the law firm Cowdery & Murphy of Hartford, Connecticut, to conduct a thorough investigation. Attorney James Cowdery, who is leading the investigation, is the former Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut. He has extensive experience leading investigations of this nature.
Any allegation of sexual misconduct is deeply upsetting, and The Academy is committed to being supportive of survivors who identify themselves.
Two years ago and again in January of this year, we reached out to our entire community encouraging anyone who wanted to report an incident, regardless of when it occurred, to contact us. We would like to repeat that invitation. If you have anything to share, please contact our investigator directly at Cowdery & Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 860-278-5555.
It is important to note that at The Academy today, we are in a strong position to prevent and detect inappropriate behaviors in our school community and we consider this one of our highest priorities. All faculty and staff are subject to robust background and reference checks. In addition, all faculty and staff undergo professional development emphasizing student safety, maintaining appropriate student-teacher relationships, boundaries, and reporting requirements. We also have procedures in place for students to report any inappropriate sexual conduct by faculty or staff towards students.
As The Academy approaches its 225th anniversary we find the school in its strongest position ever. It is from this position of strength that we have the opportunity to make sure that all our students, past and present, know that the school considers them a cherished part of the community.
Head of School
Chair, Board of Trustees