Penn State marks progress, completes 17 more Freeh report recommendations

mdawson@centredaily.comFebruary 2, 2013 

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Louis Freeh addresses the media during a press conference at the Westin Hotel in Philadelphia on Thursday, July 12, 2012. He released the findings of his investigation into the Penn State scandal.

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— Penn State has completed 17 more of the recommendations for reform from former FBI director Louis Freeh since November, the university said.

Seventy-eight of the 119 recommendations are categorized as completed or ongoing, according to a chart the university has online to show its progress. The university is working on the remaining 41.

The recommendations cover a wide range of issues across the university, such as suggestions for the structuring of the in-house lawyer’s office, enhancing communications, tackling compliance issues, reforming athletics and looking at the university police force.

Among them, the university was told it should conduct national searches for athletics positions and improve communications between the board of trustees and the university’s administration.

According to the update from Penn State, it is still in the process of hiring a compliance officer.

The university also is developing a policy to guide university police investigations of university employees.

The NCAA required in the consent decree Penn State signed that the university adopt all the recommendations. The consent decree contains the provisions for the sanctions leveled in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.

The university has until the end of the year to finish the list.

Freeh has said the recommendations are intended to change what he called a university culture dominated by football.

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