Our Commitment to Safety & Well-being

Exeter is committed to ensuring a safe environment for all our students. There is no higher priority for our school.

The Academy recognizes how our diverse community can present opportunities and challenges involving race, class, gender, gender identity, religion, differing abilities, sexuality and any other core issue of identity. Awareness, exploration of self-identity and acceptance of others is a central developmental stage of adolescence; therefore we place a high importance on providing guidance for students to learn how to develop and have healthy relationships, including those that can become sexual.

Our approach focuses on sustaining and strengthening a culture consistent with the core values of the Academy: empathy, non-sibi (not for one’s self), respect, inclusion and openness of mind. We educate all community members about healthy relationships and boundaries, and seek to empower those harmed and bystanders to come forward if misconduct occurs.

Creating a community of care and of respect, we seek to provide our students with the tools to make good decisions that:

  • Are consistent with their values
  • Respect others
  • Build trust
  • Strengthen communication
  • Reflect understanding of consent
  • Protect their health and safety

We address these opportunities during school assemblies, dorm meetings, informal conversations with faculty and advisers, and more, including the use of intentional curriculum to provoke conversation. We also continuously look for ways to improve practices and policies, and revisit campus programming to ensure it meets the needs of our school community.

On July 1, 2017, Christina Palmer joined the Academy as the first director of student well-being. Dr. Palmer is responsible for developing a vision to support and sustain a culture of care and concern for student well-being. She will support all members of the Academy community to enhance training and education, including in the prevention of sexual discrimination, sexual harassment and sexual violence. 

Learn more about:

Practice and programs

Supportive services

Survivor counseling

Contacts and resources