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Ncaa Penn State Report

Ncaa Penn State Report

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The AIA requires Penn State to implement a comprehensive and continuing training

program. As part of the required “Integrity Program,” all “Covered Persons” must have annual

training that addresses the NCAA Constitution and By-laws, the Big Ten Handbook, and the

64 Jack Wagner, Auditor General, A Special Report: Recommendations for Governance
at the Pennsylvania State University After the Child Sex Abuse Scandal, November 2012. As the
auditor general acknowledges, “the structure [of the Board of Trustees] is prescribed in
legislation, further detailed in Penn State’s charter as revised by court decrees resulting from
University requests, and is also addressed in Penn State’s bylaws and the board’s standing
orders.” Id. at 1; see 24 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 2541. Some potential governance changes could
be effected by Board action alone while others could require an act of the legislature.

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principles regarding institutional control, responsibility and ethical conduct, and integrity

embedded in those documents and in the Athletics Department’s own policies. The Board of

Trustees (who are “Covered Persons”) also must receive training focused upon its role in the

oversight of the Athletics Department. The University must certify annually that all Covered

Persons have completed this training.

The Freeh Report included its own recommendations for training programs, and those

recommendations are incorporated into the AIA through its requirement to implement the

recommendations in chapter 10, section 5 of that report. Many of the Freeh Report’s

recommendations relate to recommendations for new or revised University policies. The

recommendations include Clery Act training for Athletics Department employees and other

“campus security authorities,” specialized child sexual abuse training, and “mandated reporter”

training on suspicions of child abuse for those involved with University-affiliated programs

involving children.

There has been a substantial effort to accomplish these new training requirements in the

months leading up to this initial report. However, substantial work remains, given the large

population within the University of persons for whom training of one type or another has been

recommended.

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