Panic stations at Curtis: Don’t say a wordmain
The following email has gone out to Curtis students, staff and alumni in response to a Philadelphia Inquirer article on alleged sexual abuse by a deceased tutor.
It’s the opposite of a textbook response to crisis management:
From: “Johnson, Patricia” <Patricia.Johnson@curtis.edu>
Date: July 25, 2019 at 6:23:06 AM EDT
To: Undisclosed recipients: ;
Subject: Philadelphia Inquirer Article
NOTE: This e-mail and its contents should not be forwarded or shared. It is intended
only for your information.
Dear Curtis Alumni,
Earlier today, The Philadelphia Inquirer published an article online about an incident that
was alleged to have occurred at Curtis in the 1980s. This article will also appear in print
this Sunday, July 28.
We assure you that Curtis is committed to the safety, security, and well-being of our
students, staff, faculty, and audiences. We do not tolerate assault or harassment of any
kind and are proactive in efforts to create a safe and healthy campus environment.
Copies of current Curtis policies, handbooks, and other safety documentation is
available upon request.
If you are contacted by journalists for comment on this story, please refer them to me. If
you have any alumni-related questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Jason Ward
Additionally, out of respect for all those involved, we request that you refrain from
discussing this matter publicly, online, or on social media.
Patricia K. Johnson
Senior Director of Communications and Marketing
Curtis Institute of Music