The tragedy of child sexual abuse that occurred at our University altered the lives of innocent children. Today, as every day, our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims of Mr. Sandusky and all other victims of child abuse.
Against this backdrop, Penn State accepts the penalties and corrective actions announced today by the NCAA www.ncaa.com. With today’s announcement and the action it requires of us, the University takes a significant step forward.
A press conference to announce NCAA corrective and punitive measures for The Pennsylvania State University.
Monday, July 23 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time
Ed Ray, NCAA Executive Committee chair and Oregon State University president
Mark Emmert, NCAA President
Since we learned of the Grand Jury presentment and the charges against Jerry Sandusky and University officials last November, members of the Penn State community and the public have been made much more acutely aware of the tragedy of child sexual abuse. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those victims of Mr. Sandusky and all other victims of child abuse. I assure you that Penn State will take a national leadership role in the detection and prevention of child maltreatment in the months and years ahead.
With the release of Judge Freeh’s Report of the Special Investigative Counsel, we as a community have had to confront a failure of leadership at many levels. The statue of Joe Paterno outside Beaver Stadium has become a lightning rod of controversy and national debate, including the role of big time sports in university life. The Freeh Report has given us a great deal to reflect upon and to consider, including Coach Paterno’s legacy.
Penn State President Rodney Erickson sent a message today (July 19) to address questions from Penn State parents and family members. The content of his note follows:
Dear Penn State parents,
It is almost without question that the last eight months have been the most difficult time in Penn State's history. The recent investigation conducted by Judge Louis Freeh -- commissioned by the Board of Trustees and released last week -- will help the current administration fully understand the leadership failures that took place at our University. The report is a sobering reminder that we must constantly align our policies, and actions, with the values of honesty and integrity. Though this report provides a level of clarity for our University, it does not undo the pain caused to the victims of Jerry Sandusky, and our hearts go out to them and their families.
Penn State Board of Trustees Chairman Karen Peetz shared her perspective in a July 18 letter regarding the Freeh report and the University's path forward as a Penn State family. The content of her note follows. For more BOT updates go to http://www.psu.edu/trustees/.
July 18, 2012
The recent release of the Freeh Report marked one of the most sorrowful days in what has been without a doubt the most difficult chapter in our University's history. I am certain that many of you have read or heard about the report's findings, and you may have seen President Rodney Erickson's recent message on this topic. As the Chairman of the Board of Trustees since January of this year, I would like to also share my perspective on the Freeh report and our path forward as a Penn State family.