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Statement
 
by
 
a
 
Group
 
of 
 
Past
 
Chairs
 
of 
 
The
 
Pennsylvania
 
State
 
University
 
Faculty
 
Senate
 
Regarding
 
the
 
Freeh
 
Report,
 
the
 
NCAA
 
Consent
 
Decree,
 
and
 
Their
 
Academic
 
Implications
 
August
 
28,
 
2012
 
As
 
the
 
world
 
now
 
knows,
 
horrible
 
crimes
 
against
 
vulnerable
 
young
 
boys
 
were
 
committed
 
by
 
a
 
prominent
 
member
 
of 
 
the
 
Penn
 
State
 
community.
 
We,
 
an
 
ad
 
hoc
 
group
 
of 
 
past
 
chairs
 
of 
 
the
 
University
 
Faculty
 
Senate,
 
share
 
the
 
widespread
 
concern
 
for
 
the
 
victims,
 
are
 
outraged
 
and
 
deeply
 
saddened
 
that
 
this
 
happened
 
in
 
our
 
community,
 
and
 
support
 
efforts
 
to
 
redress
 
the
 
wrongs
 
and
 
remedy
 
their
 
root
 
causes.
 
We
 
also
 
are
 
concerned
 
that
 
the
 
broader
 
circumstances
 
around
 
the
 
Sandusky
 
crimes
 
have
 
become
 
distorted
 
in
 
the
 
current
 
hyperbolic
 
media
 
environment
 
to
 
the
 
detriment
 
of 
 
the
 
entire
 
Penn
 
State
 
community.
 
Much
 
of 
 
this
 
has
 
been
 
fueled
 
by
 
the
 
investigation
 
of 
 
the
 
Freeh
 
Group
 
and
 
their
 
report.
 
Their
 
investigation
 
appears
 
to
 
have
 
been
 
reasonably
 
thorough,
 
given
 
that
 
it
 
could
 
not
 
subpoena
 
testimony.
 
However,
 
as
 
a
 
document
 
in
 
which
 
evidence,
 
facts,
 
and
 
logical
 
argument
 
are
 
marshaled
 
to
 
support
 
conclusions
 
and
 
recommendations,
 
the
 
Freeh
 
Report
 
fails
 
badly.
 
On
 
a
 
foundation
 
of 
 
scant
 
evidence,
 
the
 
report
 
adds
 
layers
 
of 
 
conjecture
 
and
 
supposition
 
to
 
create
 
a
 
portrait
 
of 
 
fault,
 
complicity,
 
and
 
malfeasance
 
that
 
could
 
well
 
be
 
at
 
odds
 
with
 
the
 
truth.
 
We
 
make
 
no
 
 judgment
 
of 
 
the
 
culpability
 
of 
 
those
 
individuals
 
directly
 
surrounding
 
the
 
Sandusky
 
crimes.
 
We
 
lack
 
sufficient
 
knowledge
 
to
 
do
 
so,
 
and
 
we
 
are
 
content
 
to
 
wait
 
until
 
guilt
 
or
 
innocence
 
is
 
adjudicated
 
by
 
the
 
courts.
 
But
 
as
 
scientists
 
and
 
scholars,
 
we
 
can
 
say
 
with
 
conviction
 
that
 
the
 
Freeh
 
Report
 
fails
 
on
 
its
 
own
 
merits
 
as
 
the
 
indictment
 
of 
 
the
 
University
 
that
 
some
 
have
 
taken
 
it
 
to
 
be.
 
Evidence
 
that
 
would
 
compel
 
such
 
an
 
indictment
 
is
 
simply
 
not
 
there.
 
More
 
central
 
to
 
our
 
concerns
 
are
 
the
 
recent
 
sanctions
 
levied
 
against
 
Penn
 
State
 
by
 
the
 
National
 
Collegiate
 
Athletic
 
Association
 
(NCAA)
 
and,
 
more
 
importantly,
 
the
 
rationale
 
for
 
those
 
actions
 
and
 
their
 
negative
 
impact
 
on
 
the
 
academic
 
well
being
 
of 
 
the
 
University.
 
The
 
NCAA
 
did
 
not
 
conduct
 
its
 
own
 
investigation
 
of 
 
the
 
Penn
 
State
 
situation,
 
but
 
rather
 
drew
 
its
 
conclusions
 
from
 
the
 
findings
 
of 
 
the
 
Freeh
 
Report.
 
The
 
NCAA
 
Consent
 
Decree,
 
which
 
substantially
 
embellishes
 
the
 
initial
 
Freeh
 
findings
 
in
 
both
 
tone
 
and
 
substance,
 
claimed
 
no
 
standard
 
of 
 
proof 
 
for
 
its
 
conclusions
 
but
 
nonetheless
 
required
 
Penn
 
State
 
to
 
accept
 
the
 
Freeh
 
Group’s
 
assertions
 
as
 
fact.
 
The
 
NCAA
 
actions
 
were
 
not
 
predicated
 
on
 
any
 
rulebook
 
violations
 
by
 
members
 
of 
 
the
 
football
 
team,
 
the
 
crimes
 
committed
 
by
 
a
 
former
 
assistant
 
coach,
 
or
 
even
 
the
 
alleged
 
concealment
 
of 
 
those
 
crimes
 
by
 
University
 
officials.
 
Rather,
 
the
 
NCAA
 
based
 
its
 
actions
 
on
 
the
 
sweeping
 
assertion
 
that
 
a
 
culture
 
permeating
 
every
 
level
 
of 
 
the
 
Penn
 
State
 
community
 
places
 
the
 
football
 
program
 
“in
 
higher
 
esteem
 
than
 
the
 
values
 
of 
 
the
 
institution,
 
the
 
values
 
of 
 
the
 
NCAA,
 
the
 
values
 
of 
 
higher
 
education,
 
and
 
most
 
disturbingly
 
the
 
values
 
of 
 
human
 
decency.”
 
The
 
NCAA
 
further
 
alleges
 
that
 
“the
 
culture
 
exhibited
 
at
 
Penn
 
State
 
is
 
an
 
extraordinary
 
affront
 
to
 
the
 
values
 
all
 
members
 
of 
 
the
 
Association
 
have
 
pledged
 
to
 
uphold
 
and
 
calls
 
for
 
extraordinary
 
action,”
 
and
 
it
 
states
 
that
 
the
 
sanctions
 
are
 
intended
 
to
 
change
 
this
 
culture.
 
 
2
These
 
assertions,
 
from
 
the
 
middle
 
of 
 
page
 
four
 
of 
 
the
 
Consent
 
Decree,
 
are
 
the
 
sole
 
predicate
 
for
 
the
 
NCAA
 
sanctions,
 
yet
 
the
 
NCAA
 
cites
 
no
 
document
 
that
 
proves
 
their
 
truth,
 
as
 
the
 
Freeh
 
Report
 
certainly
 
does
 
not
 
do
 
so.
 
Not
 
only
 
are
 
these
 
assertions
 
about
 
the
 
Penn
 
State
 
culture
 
unproven,
 
but
 
we
 
declare
 
them
 
to
 
be
 
false.
 
As
 
faculty
 
members
 
with
 
a
 
cumulative
 
tenure
 
at
 
Penn
 
State
 
in
 
the
 
hundreds
 
of 
 
years,
 
and
 
as
 
former
 
Faculty
 
Senate
 
chairs
 
with
 
intimate
 
knowledge
 
of 
 
the
 
University
 
stretching
 
back
 
for
 
decades,
 
these
 
assertions
 
do
 
not
 
describe
 
the
 
culture
 
with
 
which
 
we
 
are
 
so
 
very
 
familiar.
 
None
 
of 
 
us
 
has
 
ever
 
been
 
pressured
 
or
 
even
 
asked
 
to
 
change
 
a
 
grade
 
for
 
an
 
athlete,
 
nor
 
have
 
we
 
heard
 
of 
 
any
 
cases
 
where
 
that
 
has
 
occurred.
 
We
 
know
 
that
 
there
 
are
 
no
 
phantom
 
courses
 
or
 
bogus
 
majors
 
for
 
athletes
 
at
 
Penn
 
State.
 
Some
 
of 
 
us
 
have
 
privately
 
witnessed
 
swift
 
and
 
unyielding
 
administrative
 
actions
 
against
 
small
 
transgressions,
 
actions
 
taken
 
expressly
 
to
 
preserve
 
academic
 
and
 
institutional
 
integrity.
 
We
 
have
 
performed
 
our
 
duties
 
secure
 
in
 
the
 
knowledge
 
that
 
academic
 
funds
 
do
 
not
 
subsidize
 
the
 
athletic
 
program.
 
We
 
have
 
been
 
proud
 
of 
 
the
 
excellent
 
academic
 
record
 
of 
 
our
 
student
athletes,
 
and
 
of 
 
the
 
fact
 
that
 
Penn
 
State
 
has
 
never
 
before
 
had
 
a
 
major
 
NCAA
 
sanction.
 
And
 
we
 
have
 
taken
 
pride
 
in
 
an
 
institutional
 
culture
 
that
 
values
 
honesty,
 
decency,
 
integrity,
 
and
 
fairness.
 
It
 
is
 
disturbing
 
in
 
the
 
extreme
 
to
 
have
 
that
 
culture’s
 
very
 
existence
 
denied
 
by
 
the
 
NCAA.
 
The
 
NCAA
 
has
 
used
 
its
 
assertion
 
of 
 
collective
 
guilt
 
to
 
 justify
 
its
 
collective
 
punishment
 
of 
 
the
 
entire
 
University
 
community,
 
almost
 
all
 
of 
 
whom
 
had
 
absolutely
 
no
 
involvement
 
in
 
or
 
knowledge
 
of 
 
the
 
underlying
 
crimes
 
or
 
the
 
administration’s
 
allegedly
 
insufficient
 
response.
 
The
 
damaging
 
rhetoric
 
used
 
by
 
the
 
NCAA
 
to
 
 justify
 
its
 
sanctions
 
has
 
unjustly
 
injured
 
the
 
academic
 
reputation,
 
financial
 
health,
 
and
 
general
 
well
being
 
of 
 
the
 
University.
 
These
 
outcomes
 
are
 
in
 
contradiction
 
to
 
the
 
stated
 
ideals
 
of 
 
the
 
NCAA,
 
ideals
 
for
 
which
 
Penn
 
State
 
has
 
been
 
an
 
exemplar
 
among
 
universities.
 
Further,
 
in
 
reaching
 
beyond
 
its
 
authority
 
of 
 
regulating
 
intercollegiate
 
athletics
 
and
 
by
 
sanctioning
 
Penn
 
State
 
for
 
non
athletic
 
matters,
 
the
 
NCAA
 
has
 
significantly
 
eroded
 
Penn
 
State’s
 
institutional
 
autonomy
 
and
 
established
 
a
 
dangerous
 
precedent.
 
The
 
NCAA
 
Consent
 
Decree
 
“requires”
 
the
 
University
 
to
 
adopt
 
all
 
of 
 
the
 
recommendations
 
in
 
the
 
Freeh
 
Report,
 
recommendations
 
with
 
implications
 
that
 
permeate
 
almost
 
all
 
aspects
 
of 
 
institutional
 
activity.
 
Under
 
normal
 
circumstances,
 
the
 
merits
 
of 
 
the
 
report’s
 
recommendations
 
would
 
have
 
been
 
carefully
 
evaluated
 
by
 
the
 
Administration,
 
the
 
Board,
 
and
 
the
 
Faculty
 
Senate
 
and
 
adopted
 
or
 
ignored
 
as
 
appropriate.
 
Instead,
 
what
 
were
 
suggested
 
by
 
the
 
Freeh
 
Group
 
as
 
possible
 
corrective
 
actions
 
now
 
are
 
required
 
by
 
the
 
NCAA.
 
In
 
our
 
view,
 
many
 
of 
 
these
 
seem
 
to
 
make
 
good
 
sense,
 
but
 
others
 
misjudge
 
the
 
nature
 
of 
 
academic
 
institutions
 
and
 
may
 
well
 
be
 
counterproductive.
 
In
 
any
 
event,
 
policy
 
changes
 
such
 
as
 
these
 
should
 
be
 
made
 
with
 
careful
 
deliberation
 
and
 
not
 
by
 
precipitous
 
and
 
heavy
handed
 
fiat.
 
We
 
do
 
not
 
dismiss
 
the
 
need
 
to
 
examine
 
and
 
improve
 
the
 
way
 
Penn
 
State
 
operates.
 
The
 
shock
 
of 
 
the
 
crimes
 
that
 
occurred
 
here
 
clearly
 
underlines
 
the
 
need
 
for
 
greater
 
vigilance
 
and
 
stronger
 
policies.
 
However,
 
the
 
sweeping
 
and
 
unsupported
 
generalizations
 
by
 
the
 
Freeh
 
Group
 
and
 
the
 
NCAA
 
do
 
not
 
provide
 
a
 
satisfactory
 
basis
 
for
 
productive
 
change.
 
The
 
NCAA
 
has
 
departed
 
from
 
its
 
own
 
procedures
 
in
 
administering
 
these
 
sanctions,
 
which
 
are
 
unprecedented
 
in
 
their
 
rationale
 
and
 
severity.
 
The
 
sanctions
 
are
 
deeply
 
unjust
 
to
 
the
 
University
 
and
 
unfair
 
to
 
its
 
students,
 
and
 
they
 
should
 
be
 
regretted
 
by
 
all
 
who
 
care
 
about
 
the
 
integrity
 
of 
 
academic
 
sports
 
programs
 
for
 
which
 
the
 
NCAA
 
is
 
supposed
 
to
 
be
 
the
 
guardian.
 
 
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1989
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Professor
 
Emeritus
 
of 
 
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of 
 
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Senate
 
1983
1984
 
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L
 
Bergman
 
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Emeritus
 
of 
 
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Senate
 
1973
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1998
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of 
 
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and
 
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Senate
 
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and
 
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of 
 
the
 
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Senate
 
1976
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of 
 
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Senate
 
1967
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Professor
 
Emeritus
 
of 
 
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Chair
 
of 
 
the
 
Faculty
 
Senate
 
1977
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Emeritus
 
of 
 
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of 
 
the
 
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Senate
 
1980
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of 
 
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of 
 
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Senate
 
1995
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of 
 
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1987
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of 
 
the
 
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Senate
 
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of 
 
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