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Penn State Board Of Trustees Issues Message To Students

Penn State’s Board Of Trustees emailed the message below to all students in the wake of the Louis Freeh report about Penn State’s response to reports of child abuse by Jerry Sandusky.

A MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

 Penn State University trustee and Merck & Co. President and CEO Kenneth Frazier,
Penn State University trustee and Merck & Co. President and CEO Kenneth Frazier (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Today with the report released by Judge Louis Freeh, the Penn State Board of Trustees delivered on the commitment we made last November when we engaged Judge Freeh to conduct an independent investigation into the University’s actions regarding former Penn State employee, Jerry Sandusky, and the handling of allegations of the child abuse crimes of which he has since been found guilty.

Judge Freeh and his team conducted a rigorous, eight-month investigation into all aspects of the University’s actions to determine where breakdowns occurred and what changes should be made for the future. We like many others have eagerly anticipated Judge Freeh’s Report of the findings of his investigation.

DOCUMENT: Report highlights
DOCUMENT: Read The Full Report
PREVIOUS: Jerry Sandusky Case

His report has just been released at thefreehreportonpsu.com and we currently are reviewing his findings and recommendations. We expect a comprehensive analysis of our policies, procedures and controls related to identifying and reporting crimes and misconduct, including failures or gaps that may have allowed alleged misconduct to go undetected or unreported. We will provide our initial response later today.

We want to ensure we are giving the report careful scrutiny and consideration before making any announcements or recommendations. We are convening an internal team comprising the Board of Trustees, University administration and our legal counsel to begin analyzing the report and digesting Judge Freeh’s findings.

As we anticipate the review and approval process will take some time, our initial response and immediate next steps will be presented at 3:30 at the Dayton/Taylor Conference Room at the Hilton Scranton & Conference Center.

These top-line reactions will provide an overview of our process for developing and implementing a plan once we have studied the report and have a better understanding of what it means and how we can implement findings to strengthen Penn State’s role as a leading academic institution and ensure that what occurred will never be allowed to happen again.

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