Statement from U of D Jesuit High School Regarding the Arrest of Fr. James Kurtz, S.J.

University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy
November 23, 2011

"When learning of this incident over a decade ago, the school reacted immediately to this alleged assault. We are saddened and our prayers go out to the victim of the alleged assault. The safety of our students is of primary importance to all of us at U of D Jesuit. The past few weeks have brought a growing awareness to our nation of the need to continuously safeguard our children. U of D Jesuit has taken a number of steps over the years to protect our students and will continue to do whatever is necessary to ensure our students' safety."

-- Fr. Karl Kiser, S.J.

President of U of D Jesuit

U of D Jesuit's response to alleged incident in 2001

The protection of our students and all children are of the utmost importance to University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. Upon learning of this incident in 2001, the school, in conjunction with the Society of Jesus Detroit Province (now Chicago-Detroit Province), took swift action.

- James Kurtz was immediately removed from his teaching position at the school and removed from the premises after allegations of abuse were made in April 2001.

- The Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus immediately removed James Kurtz from active ministry in April 2001. He has remained in inactive ministry since that time.

- The school contacted the State of Michigan's Children's Protective Services (now Family Independence Agency) and reported the incident.

U of D Jesuit's current commitment to providing a safe environment for the prevention of child abuse

U of D Jesuit values the trust parents place in the institution to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment. To that end, the school has numerous policies and procedures in place.

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