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Freeh Report Shows Gaping Holes in Board Monitoring and PSU Officials' Decision-making

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The Free report came out today and was scathing in its criticisms of Penn State University's high ranking officials and board members.

Penn State's board of directions enlisted the special investigator, and seems to have gotten its money's worth. The report is not about Jerry Sandusky so much, but more about the failings of Paterno, Schultz, Curely, and Spanier. The report details the information available to each, and at what stages of Sandusky's pursuit of young boys. There were many chances to have avoided much suffering, and they were all bypassed, with purpose.

If you want more information, you can read my post on our firm's website. The report itself is quite long, and painful at points to read. They protected the university and themselves, and left the children to Jerry Sandusky. Case in point is Spanier's comment when deciding not to contact the Department of Public Welfare in 2001, "only downside for us if the message isn't heard and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it. But that can be assessed down the road. The approach you outline is humane and a reasonable way to proceed." That statement alone begs many questions: Humane to whom? Reasonable in what way? Who is vulnerable?

The board was taken to task in the report for allowing Graham Spanier to make decisions without informing them, and for not having policies and procedures in place to recognize the type of problems that happened on campus beginning in 1998.

Joe Chapman, July 12, 2012