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Freeh investigation findings used to improve Penn State operations

In November 2011, the Penn State Board of Trustees appointed former FBI director and federal Judge Louis Freeh to conduct an independent investigation of the University's response to the allegations of sexual abuse committed by former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The goal of this investigation was to uncover facts and identify where failures occurred in the University's governance and compliance structure and to make recommendations to help ensure that such failures never happen again. This was an internal investigation into Penn State's response to the allegations.

It was not within the scope of Judge Freeh's engagement to review the actions, motives or functions of entities outside of our University community. This was an internal investigation into Penn State's response to the allegations, and that is how the University has utilized the report.

As a result of the investigation, 119 recommendations were made to Penn State in areas such as safety and governance. To date, the University has implemented a majority of those recommendations, which are helping to make the University stronger and more accountable. The University intends to implement substantially all of the Freeh recommendations by the end of 2013.

It is understandable and appreciated that people will draw their own conclusions and opinions from the facts uncovered in the Freeh report.

Penn State officials provide update on Freeh report recommendations - Jan. 31

Penn State officials provide update on Freeh report recommendations - Jan. 31

Today Penn State officials provided the latest in a series of ongoing updates on the status of the 119 recommendations made to the University by the Freeh Group. Since the last update, an additional 17 recommendations have been completed. This includes recommendations that are categorized as “Ongoing/Continuous,” indicating that the University’s response and management of such matters will be ongoing.

University officials have previously said they intend to implement the Freeh recommendations by the end of 2013 and the status of completed items to-date shows the commitment to reaching that goal.

A complete update of status and actions Penn State has taken based on the recommendations is available here and will be updated monthly.

Monitor announces delivery of first quarterly report to Penn State, the NCAA and the Big Ten Conf.

Monitor announces delivery of first quarterly report to Penn State, the NCAA and the Big Ten Conf.

Senator George J. Mitchell and his law firm, DLA Piper LLP (US), announced that today he has delivered his first quarterly report as the independent athletics integrity monitor under the athletics integrity agreement dated August 28, 2012 among The Pennsylvania State University, the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and the Big Ten Conference.

The first report describes Penn State’s progress during the initial 90-day period under the AIA in implementing both the integrity program required by the AIA and recommendations for reform that were set forth in the July 2012 report by Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan LLP.  The Freeh report concerned allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Gerald A. Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State.  The monitor’s report concludes that Penn State has made significant progress in implementing the required reforms during this initial period while also recognizing that much work remains to be done.

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Penn State officials provide update on Freeh report recommendations

Penn State officials provide update on Freeh report recommendations

Penn State officials today provided the second update on the 119 recommendations made to the University in a report by the Freeh Group, noting that more than one-half of the recommendations have been completed to date. The number of completed recommendations includes several that are categorized as “Ongoing/Continuous,” signifying that by their nature, the University’s response to such recommendations will be ongoing.

“We continue to make great progress in assessing and implementing the Freeh report recommendations,” said Penn State President Rodney Erickson. “I’m pleased with the strong collaboration that has been demonstrated across all of our departments and proud that in just four months, we have been able to complete half of the recommendations.”

The 119 Freeh recommendations were made as a result of an independent internal investigation performed by Louis Freeh in the wake of the sexual abuse scandal of former retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The recommendations are intended to strengthen University policies and performance in areas such as safety and governance. As officials have previously noted, each of the recommendations has been assigned to one or more individuals within the University administration for review, analysis and possible implementation, and each area will receive oversight and progress monitoring by one of the standing committees of the Board of Trustees. University officials have said they intend to implement the Freeh recommendations by the end of 2013.

A complete update of status and actions Penn State has taken based on the recommendations is available here and will be updated monthly.
 

Trustees approve resolution to grant authority for legal settlements

Penn State's Board of Trustees today (Oct. 26) in a special meeting voted unanimously to authorize a subcommittee of the Board to approve possible settlements of claims made against the University related to the crimes of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

This measure provides the Subcommittee on Legal -- an arm of the board’s Committee on Legal and Compliance -- the authority to approve settlements that may be reached related to claims against the University by individuals alleging that Penn State is liable for injuries suffered in connection with sexual abuse by Sandusky. The retired assistant coach was convicted on June 22 of the abuse of 10 boys and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.

"Today's action takes one more step toward the resolution of claims from the victims of Mr. Sandusky," said Penn State President Rodney Erickson. "As we have previously said, the University intends to deal with these individuals in a fair and expeditious manner, with due regard to their privacy."

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