Penn State Trustees Announce Changes

January 21, 2012

Jerry Sandusky

Change is coming to Happy Valley.

The Penn State Board of Trustees announced some changes they’ll be making, in advance of various investigations into how Jerry Sandusky was allowed to be Jerry Sandusky in their midst:

Penn State will pay for Sandusky’s accuser’s medical costs, they said, footing the bill for counseling and other abuse-related expenses. Trustees said the bills will be paid out of a special account. No taxpayer or tuition funds will be used. They also pledged to do their best to avoid lengthy litigation, sparing the accusers a drawn-out ordeal in court.

And in a hotel ballroom crowded with alumni and administrators, they released several recommendations for areas an ongoing internal investigation already found lacking: more background checks, the hiring of a universitywide compliance officer and the immediate confiscation of facility keys from employees upon their exit.

“The board did not want to wait for the work to be completed before making necessary changes,” said Ken Frazier, trustee and investigating committee chairman.

Do most major universities not have a compliance officer?

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