Nine Penn State trustees submitted a request to their chairman in a letter dated Nov. 26, asking that they be given access to the documents behind the Freeh report. They wanted an answer by Monday.
On Monday evening, university spokesman Dave La Torre released Chairman Keith Masser’s response.
In a letter to the trustees, Masser said he directed Joseph O’Dea Jr., of the law firm Saul Ewing LLP, to make available the database of information compiled by Freeh, Sporkin and Sullivan LLP as part of the university-commissioned investigation of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse case.
The release to the requesting trustees was to be done “as appropriate on reasonable terms and in a manner that honors the promise of confidentiality.”
The decision was made “without conceding the alumni-elected trustees’ prerogative to review the requested documents,” according to the letter.
The terms of the viewing were spelled out in the letter. The documents, including interview memoranda, will be reviewed at Saul Ewing’s offices in Philadelphia, where they are being held by the attorneys handling claims made by Sandusky’s victims.
“The documents ... include sensitive and private information shared by hundreds of Penn State employees, officials and others associated with the university, with FSS in exchange for a promise of confidentiality,” Masser wrote. “The university intends to honor that promise of confidentiality to the maximum extent permitted by law.”
According to Masser, Saul Ewing has asked that each trustee reviewing the documents sign a confidentiality agreement provided by the law firm.
Anthony Lubrano, one of the alumni-elected trustees, said he was pleased to see that Masser not only took the request seriously, but answered in a timely fashion.
“We haven’t had a chance to digest it all,” said Lubrano, but noted the chairman had “clearly outlined the process.”
That outline is being viewed as a starting point by the nine trustees.
“We have to talk about it among ourselves,” Lubrano said. “It’s certainly a start.”