Reporting at LA
Nothing is more important than providing a healthy and safe environment in which our students can learn, live and grow.
To that end, Lawrence Academy regularly assesses and refines the policies and programs that protect our students. In order to remove as many barriers as possible from reporting sexual and other forms of misconduct and bringing any such concerns to light promptly, Lawrence Academy offers a variety of methods for making a report. Before describing our existing programs and procedures, any person with a time-sensitive safety concern should use whatever form of report or contact is most readily available and applicable, including law enforcement and 911. Concerned parties are encouraged to access any available option in order to protect personal safety, bring forward a concern, and initiate a response.
Direct Reporting Options
Information about how to report concerns directly to LA is provided in the Omnibus Lucet, our handbook for students and parents. Students wishing to report an incident of sexual misconduct or concern over the possibility of such an incident are advised in our handbook to "speak to a trusted adult at home or at school, (including) members of the Health Center, members of the Intervention Team (I Team), members of the student life department or contact your local police department." The school has a clearly defined set of procedures involving both internal and external responses when a report involving potential sexual misconduct occurs. In so doing, we want to fulfill not only our legal and reporting obligations but our moral obligation as educators and caretakers. Students, parents, alumni, or any other involved party may also bring concerns directly to any of the following individuals designated by the Board of Trustees to facilitate reporting:
Assistant Head of School Libby Margraf (firstname.lastname@example.org)
President Jason Saghir (email@example.com)
Trustee Karen Brandvold (firstname.lastname@example.org)
If a member of the community is more comfortable making a report through a third party (anonymous or not), reports about sexual misconduct, as well as concerns about student, workplace, financial and other matters may now be reported through Ethics Point, an interactive online website hosted by NAVEX Global. Ethics Point is a reliable, third-party provider used by many schools, colleges and commercial businesses to receive and assess misconduct reports. LA has engaged NAVEX to maintain an Ethics Point website exclusively for LA. You can view the website through this link: https://lacademy.ethicspoint.com
Local Law Enforcement
Having positive, effective working relationships with local law enforcement is a critical component of a school's health and safety plan. Lawrence Academy is fortunate to have a close working relationship with local public safety officials. To further clarify and support such relationships with LA, we have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the Groton Police Department to clarify the proper protocols for responding to various types of reported misconduct. These agreements and relationships have been established by both public and private schools in the interests of both transparency and effective practice. You can read the Memorandum of Understanding here.
Health, Wellness & Campus Safety
Lawrence Academy is unique in the fact that we have a certified MD on staff in our Health Center as well as a Director of Campus Safety. Learn more.