Special Committee Report

In the fall of 2020, the Thacher Board of Trustees convened a special committee in response to allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment involving Thacher alumni, current students, faculty, and staff. At the committee's recommendation, the Board hired the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson (MTO) to conduct an independent and impartial investigation. The findings of that investigation and related documents are included on this page for your review. 

Leading up to and following the release of the report in June 2021, the School and Board have taken and are undertaking a number of actions to improve our prevention of and response to sexual misconduct and demonstrate our commitment to accountability and the well-being and safety of our students—past, present, and future. 

SCHOOL ACTIONS
  • The School's boundary guidelines have been revised and strengthened.
  • New harassment and sexual misconduct policies have been created, and education for students about these policies was provided within the first weeks of school.
  • The School’s sexual misconduct reporting process has been updated and expanded, clarifying and increasing the channels for reporting sexual misconduct and boundary violations within the community.
  • All employees received more than five hours of training on the topics of boundary guidelines and sexual misconduct with outside experts as part of the back-to-school meetings in August. 
  • Students, parents, and the Student Administrative team have received training on student-to-student misconduct and relationship violence.
  • A new Director of Student Life with deep experience in preventing and responding to sexual misconduct joined the School in July 2021.
  • In partnership with the board of trustees, Thacher has created a support fund to provide assistance with therapy related to the trauma of sexual misconduct experienced during a student's time at Thacher. The fund will be confidentially and independently managed and operated by RAINN, the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the U.S., and by an independent third-party claims administrator. More information on the fund and how to access these services is available on this page below. 

BOARD ACTIONS
  • The Board has established a committee on Student Safety and Well-being that is providing concentrated Board-level proactive attention, oversight, and leadership and working with the Administration to assure that our students are safe, including from sexual misconduct, and are in a physically and mentally healthy environment. This committee’s responsibilities includes assuring the timely execution of the Corrective Actions previously committed to by the Board, which we encourage our community to review, and the oversight of ongoing sexual misconduct prevention and response education at Thacher.
  • Where applicable, the perpetrators of sexual misconduct identified in MTO’s report have been banned from campus and stripped of any public recognition at Thacher.
  • The Mulligan name has been removed from the campus dining hall and athletic field steps. The Board took this action due to the occasions on which former Head of School Michael Mulligan failed to appropriately demonstrate leadership and act when informed of concerns about sexual misconduct.
  • The Board was trained on the survivor experience and boundaries in October 2021.
  • The Board is conducting a review to assess and improve Board governance.
  • The Board is continuing oversight of the supplemental report process.

Funded Therapeutic Support

In partnership with the Thacher administration, the board of trustees has created a support fund to provide assistance with therapy related to the trauma of sexual misconduct experienced during a student's time at Thacher. The fund will be confidentially and independently managed and operated by RAINN, the largest anti-sexual violence organization in the U.S., and by an independent third-party claims administrator. Neither RAINN nor the third-party claims administrator will share any personally identifying information of those accessing the fund with the School or with Thacher's Board of Trustees. Alumni who wish to access these services are encouraged to call RAINN directly through either the toll-free hotline at 844-908-4224 or the local number for international callers at 805-243-1692.

Investigation Report


Board Conclusions

Click here to download board conclusions drawn from the Special Committee Report.

Corrective Actions

Click here to download recommended corrective actions.

Contact an Investigator

We encourage anyone who wishes to report an experience of sexual misconduct or harassment to contact Munger, Tolles & Olson (MTO) at thacher@mto.com or 213-683-4910 or, beginning in January 2022, to contact Liz Paris, Partner at Van Dermyden Makus at 800-515-2594 or lp@vmlawcorp.com.

Contact the Ventura County Sheriff's Office

Anyone with information related to allegations of sexual misconduct at Thacher may contact Sergeant Ryan Clark of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office at (805) 384-4721. Click here to read a press release from the Sheriff's Office. 

In addition, the Ventura County Family Justice Center is available to assist all those who have been impacted by these painful events. The VCFJC is a collaborative community response to domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder and dependent adult abuse, human trafficking, hate crime and other violent crimes. All services are free of charge, confidential, and available whether you have reported to law enforcement or not. The VCFJC can be reached at (805) 652-7655. Click here to read a press release from the Ventura County District Attorney describing the services available from the VCFJC.

Support Resources

  • Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN): rainn.org
  • Ventura County Family Justice Center: 805 652 7655 / vcfjc.org
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-4673
  • National Sexual Violence Resource Center: www.nsvrc.org

Special Committee Members

    • Janie Carroll Richardson CdeP 1983, Chair of the Audit Committee, Parent ’15, ’17 (Chair)
    • Christina Chiu Alfandary CdeP 1985, Chair of the Program Committee, Parent ’22
    • Justin Faggioli CdeP 1969, Trustee Emeritus, Parent ’00, ’02
    • Annica Howard, Chair of the Personnel Committee, Parent ’12, ‘12, and ‘16
    • Stefanie Warren CdeP 1996, Chair of the Governance Committee
    • Daniel Yih, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Parent ’10, ’12, and ’15
    Notice of nondiscriminatory policy as to students: The Thacher School admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other School-administered programs.