Jerry Sandusky Scandal

PSU Faculty Senate call for independent committee

UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State Faculty Senate put its support behind President Rod Erickson’s efforts to restore trust in the university, while at the same time calling for an independent committee to review the handling of the current sex abuse scandal.

In a special meeting, Faculty Senate voted today in favor of a resolution expressing both sympathy for victims of sexual abuse and the formation of “an independent special committee whose chair and the majority of whose members have never been affiliated with Penn State.”

A vote in favor of the resolution followed more than an hour of discussion. Faculty Senate Chairman Daniel Hagen said after the meeting that the next step will be communicating the resolution to the university administration, likely starting with acting Provost Rob Pangborn.

The university board of trustees is forming its own committee that will review how the allegations of sexual abuse of boys by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky were handled. Hagen said some faculty have expressed concerned that the investigation might not be as thorough as it could be.

“It’s simply a concern,” Hagen said.

For more on the Faculty Senate meeting, read Saturday’s CDT.