The New Kadampa Tradition (NKT) was registered in 1992, and there were two sexual scandals involving senior monks in the first 15 years. These monks disrobed in 1995 and 2007.
As a result of these scandals, safeguards were put in place against the possibility of such harm happening again in the future. Some of these safeguards are included within A Moral Discipline Guide: The Internal Rules of the New Kadampa Tradition (NKT)-International Kadampa Buddhist Union, which have been set up and modified over the years by Geshe Kelsang, largely as a response to issues that have arisen as the NKT adapted from Tibetan to modern society. Over the years the NKT has been doing its best to learn from mistakes, prevent future problems, become democratic and transparent, and protect its members. Since these safeguards were put in place, the NKT has been scandal free.
The Internal Rules also encourage members to speak up, anonymously if they prefer. Internal Rules 7§3, Removal of a General, Deputy or National Spiritual Director, gives the officers and members authority to dismiss him or her if they break their ordination vows (etc.):
If the officers or Members of the Charity ignore these rules 7§1 and 7§2, particularly while understanding at any time that a General or Deputy Spiritual Director has performed any of the above inappropriate actions, then it will be recognised publicly that the NKT-IKBU is spiritually impure. Therefore to protect the NKT-IKBU society from such impurity the officers and Members of the Charity must apply effort to maintain these two rules.
In accordance with the ordination vow of celibacy and the Internal Rules, any ordained person who engages in sexual conduct is asked to leave their position, as well as the community for a certain time period. They are no longer allowed to use their ordination name or wear the robes or live in a Dharma Center for at least one year. Disrobed monks and nuns may return to NKT Centers later, but, with a few exceptions, they cannot teach Kadampa Buddhism again. See the Internal Rules 11.2.
One of the functions of the Internal Rules is to be a “moral discipline guide” and to explain what to do in such circumstances. The rules apply to everyone in the organization: the General Spiritual Director (7§1), the Deputy Spiritual Director (7§2), the National Spiritual Directors (7§4), Resident Teachers (8§3) and Administrative Directors of NKT Dharma Centers, as well as residents and students (11§1); everyone is accountable and responsible for their actions.
However, according to the Bodhisattva vow, Mahayana Buddhist practitioners also try to develop compassion for those who break their celibate discipline and disrobe and, even as they reject their actions as wrong, avoid this secondary downfall:
Forsaking those who have broken their moral discipline: We incur a secondary downfall if we ignore with a judgmental of self-righteous attitude those who have broken their moral discipline. This commitment advises us that we should keep the intention to help all living beings, including those who have broken their moral discipline. ~ The Bodhisattva Vow, Tharpa Publications