This web site contains archived material. Launched on Feb. 13, 2012, this web site was the first iteration of the University’s official online response and communications platform designed to address difficult issues arising from November 2011. A new version of this web site, known as Progress, was created on June 4, 2012 and can be found at By archiving this former “Openness” website we are ensuring that nothing is permanently deleted and it remains available online for reference. For current information from June 4, 2012 to today, visit Progress at the link above.

The Pennsylvania State University Home Page Information Resource - Toward a More Open University

Frequently Asked Questions

Q 1: What is the most important thing that students, faculty, staff and alumni can do right now for Penn State?

A: We must all focus on the future while remembering the past, and as we continue to heal, we must remember that Penn State is a world-class university, with outstanding academic accomplishments, a remarkable research enterprise, and extraordinary students, faculty, staff and alumni. We cannot allow this great University and all its achievements to be defined by the acts of any one individual. This is a message of confidence and compassion that each of us is responsible to carry forward every day.



Q 2: What is the status of the criminal proceedings against individuals charged in the Sandusky case?

A: We cannot comment on specific charges or individuals – these matters are under investigation and in the courts, so any comment would not be fair or appropriate. We remain deeply concerned about victims of child abuse. We are cooperating fully with all authorities and all criminal and civil investigations, including the Attorney General's ongoing investigation and the independent investigation being conducted by Judge Louis Freeh for the Special Investigations Task Force created by the Board of Trustees.



Q 3: What investigations are currently under way at Penn State and how do we know they are sufficiently independent?

A: We are voluntarily and fully cooperating with each of the investigations described below. Until those investigations and the judicial process are complete, it would not be appropriate to comment on the specifics of the ongoing investigations.

-- Attorney General: The Grand Jury investigation is "ongoing," which means further questioning and charges may yet occur.

-- Penn State Board of Trustees' Special Investigations Task Force: Former FBI director and federal judge Louis Freeh is leading an independent investigation into what failures occurred and what changes we must make to ensure this doesn't happen again. Judge Freeh is being given unfettered access in order to conduct a thorough investigation and the trustees have promised to make the results of Judge Freeh's investigation public.

-- U.S. Department of Education: This "Clery Act" review has been under way since late November to examine University processes and policies regarding the reporting of and response to crimes committed on campus.

-- NCAA: NCAA President Mark Emmert notified President Rodney Erickson that the NCAA will examine Penn State's exercise of institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics programs, along with actions and inactions of relevant personnel. The NCAA has agreed to monitor the situation until the University's internal investigation is complete before commencing its own investigation.

-- United States Attorney, Middle District of Pennsylvania: this investigation is ongoing and the University is cooperating fully. For the University's statements on this investigation, and a copy of the subpoena that a federal grand jury issued as part of this investigation, visit online.



Q 4: Why did the Board of Trustees issue the statement on March 12 related to the decisions it made on Nov. 9 concerning Graham Spanier and Joe Paterno? Why now? Didn't they already talk to the New York Times?

A: Karen Peetz, chair of the Board, answered this question for members of the University Faculty Senate on March 13. The New York Times story, while well written, was not ever meant to be a complete narrative of all of the reasons for the decisions made on Nov. 9, 2011, regarding Dr. Spanier and Coach Paterno. In fact, as Ms. Peetz pointed out, it was a series of individual perspectives from the thirteen board members that together summarized what happened in the interview they gave to the TImes on Jan. 19, 2012. The board unanimously believed it had an obligation to speak and to offer one narrative from beginning to end, on the record and posted on the web site, telling why it did what it did on Nov. 9. That report is available at online.



Q 5: What is the University's policy regarding public disclosure of various questions asked by the media and others about the University?

A: President Erickson and the Board of Trustees have indicated their commitment to openness and ongoing communications with students, faculty, staff, alumni, the public and the media that reports on this University. Although the state-related institutions (University of Pittsburgh, Temple University and Lincoln University, as well as Penn State) are addressed only under Section 15 of the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law, President Erickson has initiated a voluntary policy of responding, within the limits of its resources, to all media and to other appropriate inquiries. The University will do so unless it is not possible to do so because a response would be unlawful, would violate contractual obligations, or would violate someone's privacy rights or involves attorney-client privileged advice, including the ongoing investigations since Nov. 5, 2011. President Erickson has instructed his media/communications officers to explain the reasons why responses to some inquiries may not be possible.



Q 6: What information is available regarding any of the civil cases?

A: As of Jan. 31, 2012, two cases have been filed to date -- both in Philadelphia. One is a complaint, and the other is a "writ." The University is taking these cases very seriously but cannot otherwise comment on pending litigation. President Erickson and the Board of Trustees have publicly emphasized that their goal is to find solutions that rest on the principle of justice for the victims.



Q 7: What initiatives has the University undertaken in the aftermath of the Sandusky matter on the issue of child abuse?

A: President Erickson and the rest of Penn State's leadership team, along with the entire Board of Trustees, are very concerned about victims of child abuse. To demonstrate the University's commitment to being a positive force for awareness and change, in the last several months the University has taken the following initiatives:

- Penn State has committed $1.5 million of its share of Big Ten bowl game revenues to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center to assist in the efforts to raise awareness about child sexual abuse and develop outreach educational programming across the Commonwealth and beyond.

- The University launched a Center for the Protection of Children at the Children's Hospital of the Hershey Medical Center that will be devoted to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. The Center, which will also be supported initially by bowl revenues, is the first piece of a University-wide institute that will bring together many existing and expanding resources at Penn State related to the prevention and treatment of child abuse.

- In December, the University opened a Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Hotline at 800-550-7575 (TTY 866-714-7177) that can be accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for all Penn State Campuses.

- Many other initiatives are under way, including enhanced staff training on the detection of potential child abusers. At President Erickson's direction, the criteria for reporting questionable conduct appearing to involve child abuse for all University officials must be beyond the legal requirements and must be driven by moral standards of what is right and what is wrong.

- Also, at President Erickson's direction, all deans and chancellors, vice presidents, vice provosts, and other senior officials and faculty of the University have received instructions on the reporting of actual or suspected instances of sexual abuse and harassment.

- The President has reminded all that there is a single reporting standard applicable to everyone in the Penn State community, without exception.

- We're also moving forward on the implementation of Judge Freeh's preliminary recommendations, which fall into five categories. They include:

1. Strengthening policies and programs involving minors. We will provide more clear and specific guidance to staff and others who interact with children, including enhanced background checks and abuse awareness training. A thorough review of Policy AD39, which deals with minors involved in University-sponsored programs or programs held at the University, already is well under way.

2. Prompt reporting of abuse and sexual misconduct. At regular intervals we will send the University community reminders, updates and notices to underscore the importance of reporting misconduct and identifying ways to report. This includes enhancing the visibility of the Office of Internal Audit's Ethics Hotline.

3. Compliance with Clery Act's training and reporting requirements. A new full-time Clery Compliance Coordinator joined the Office of University Police and Public Safety on March 26. We also will use outside experts to provide Clery Act training.

4. Administrative reforms. We are conducting a search for a Director of University Compliance, who will coordinate and oversee the vast array of compliance issues throughout the University.

5. Athletic Department Security Arrangements. We’re developing a procedure to ensure that the University immediately retrieves keys, access cards and all other University property from individuals who are not formally associated with the University.



Q 8: What is the answer to the perception that Penn State's reputation might be tarnished as a result of these allegations of sexual abuse and the reaction to information about them?

A: Penn State should not be defined by these tragic incidents and controversies. Penn State was and remains a great university, with outstanding academic accomplishments, a remarkable research enterprise, and extraordinary students, faculty, staff and alumni. The entire community remains committed to providing concern and compassion for the victims of sexual abuse, as indicated by the steps already taken to support institutions providing for such care.

Additional facts demonstrating Penn State's national stature and achievements:

-- Penn State was named the No. 1 University in the country among recruiters from leading companies, nonprofits and government agencies, according to a survey in Fall 2010 by The Wall Street Journal.

-- Penn State was named in the top 1 percent of higher education institutions worldwide by the Times Higher Education World University. Penn State joins schools from England, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Canada, Sweden, Australia, China, Hong Kong and Singapore at the top of the list.

-- Penn State was named the top producer of U.S. Fulbright Scholars. This is the nation's flagship international exchange program, and it has proved to be a valuable means to explore global challenges.

-- Penn State ranks first in the Big Ten for National Science Foundation Student Fellowships.

-- Penn State is one of the top schools in the number of graduates who go on to Teach for America and the Peace Corps.

-- Penn State has the largest dues-paying alumni association in the nation.

-- The student fundraising dance marathon (THON) is the largest student-run philanthropy in the world. Since 1977, THON has raised more than $78 million for The Four Diamonds Fund at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

-- Penn State ranks among the top research institutions in the world with annual expenditures topping $800 million; Penn State is second in defense-related research and third nationally in industry-sponsored research.

-- In the latest National Research Council rankings, Penn State ranks 20th nationwide and has many programs ranked in the top 10 percent in the country.

Athletic accomplishments

-- Penn State's football team has won two national championships, had seven undefeated teams and has participated in 44 bowl games.

-- Penn State has a total of 29 intercollegiate teams, including the 2011 NCAA wrestling national champions; a fencing team that has won 12 national championships and 27 individual titles in the past 20 years; and a women's volleyball team that has won four out of the last five national championships.

-- Last year Penn State was the nation's only university to have all 11 winter sports teams qualify for their respective NCAA championship tournaments.

-- Penn State is consistently in the top five of the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings, which are comprised of an institution's finish in up to 20 sports.

-- Penn State student athletes graduate well above their peers nationwide, earning record-setting academic performances, according to statistical information released by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The NCAA's annual study of institutions nationwide revealed that Penn State student-athletes at the University Park campus earned a Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of 88 percent compared to the 80 percent average for all Division I institutions.



Q 9: Have admissions been affected by the recent controversy?

A: Applications for admissions continue to come in at record numbers. As of early March, we've received almost 110,000 applications. Graduate applications are up 4 percent, and there's strong growth in international applications; with international undergraduate applications up 24 percent and international graduate applications up 10 percent. There also is continuing interest in our award-winning World Campus, with applications for first-time and advanced placement admission up 18 percent for a summer or fall start.

Overall, undergraduate offers of admission are up by about 1,000 owing to the high-quality applicant pool this year. The yield rate for University Park, however, is running about two percentage points below last year at this time and three percentage points lower for the Commonwealth Campuses. Attendance at regional "offered student receptions" has been exceptional over the last month. It also is anticipated that events planned at individual campuses going forward toward the acceptance deadline of May 1 will be well-attended.



Q 10: Has recruitment of Penn States graduates been affected?

A: Penn State's Career Services unit indicates that interest in our future Penn State graduates remains strong. Recent meetings with 31 employers who have previously recruited at Penn State were held in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and New York City, and all reaffirmed their strong interest in Penn State graduates. More than 350 employers attended our 2012 Spring Career Days, representing a 6 percent increase over last spring. In addition, the People-to-People Career Fair focusing on service, wellness and recreation opportunities had more than twice as many registered employers as last year, and with 48 school districts attending our Education Career Day, the employment prospects for our students continues to be strong for the future. The University believes that organizations who last year ranked Penn State as the top university from which to recruit graduates realize that nothing has changed the qualities of our soon-to-be graduates.



Q 11: What has been the impact on Penn State's research enterprise?

A: Penn State's research enterprise continues to show robust growth. Research expenditures are up 3.9 percent to date over last year, and research awards are up 17.3 percent. Notably, research awards are up significantly in agricultural sciences, health and human development and the Applied Research Lab. In addition, Penn State's funding from the Department of Energy went up by nearly 61 percent.



Q 12: From where are the funds coming to pay for legal defense for the University and other public relations and costs associated with the Sandusky controversy?

A: The University maintains General Liability and Directors & Officers insurance policies which are expected to cover the defense of claims brought against the University and its officers, employees and trustees. Legal and other expenses not covered by insurance are expected to be funded from interest revenues related to loans made by the University to its self-supporting units. As a common business practice, the central University -- which has the ability to finance bonds backed by its credit rating -- is able to loan its self-supporting units money for special projects. These units do not have their own borrowing authority, but they are all part of the University's credit profile. As an example, in the case of the most recent $100 million Beaver Stadium expansion, the University bore the risk to finance a bond at a variable rate during a favorable financial period. The University then loaned funds at a fixed interest rate to Intercollegiate Athletics, which then repaid the loan with interest from its ticket sales, club seats leases, sponsorships and other income generated. The interest from this loan is then placed into a fund that can be used for more projects in the future or in emergency situations. Therefore, uninsured expenses can be covered by this interest and will not be funded by student tuition, taxpayer funds or donations. Compensation paid to all such attorneys, consultants and firms will be regularly updated and all expenses are audited.



Q 13: What happens if the funds to pay the above legal and related expense are exhausted?

A: There are other sources of revenue from funds at the University that do not include alumni donations, student tuition or taxpayer money.



Q 14: How much money is the University paying for legal fees, consultants and PR firms associated with the Sandusky matter?

A: Some of the fees and costs set forth below are expected to be reimbursed under the University's insurance policies.

Internal Investigation and Crisis Communications: $5,348,238
-- Freeh Group/Kekst Public Relations
-- Reed Smith/Ketchum Public Relations
--Domus Inc
-- The Academy Group

University Legal Services/Defense: $1,205,438
-- Saul Ewing
-- Duane Morris
-- Lanny J. Davis and Associates
-- Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
-- Jenner & Block LLP
-- ML Strategies
-- Lee, Green & Reiter Inc.

Externally Initiated Investigations: $49,788
-- Margolis & Healy

Officers Legal Defense* (Schultz, Curley, Spanier): $338,545

Other Institutional Expenses: $635,634

Total as of Feb. 29, 2012: $7,577,643

*The Bylaws of Penn State state that "except as prohibited by law, every trustee and officer of the University shall be entitled as of right to be indemnified by the University against expenses (including counsel fees) and any liability (including judgments, fines, penalties, excise taxes and amounts paid in settlement) paid or incurred by such person in connection with any actual or threatened claim, action, suit or proceeding, civil, criminal, administrative, investigative or other." Article 5, Section 2 (a).



Q 15: What changes have the University experienced in terms of fundraising in the months after Sandusky was charged, compared to the similar period a year ago?

A: It is far too early to assess the overall effect of the Sandusky matter and related issues on fundraising. Fundraising programs, by their nature, often show large variations year-to-year due to a variety of factors, including large one-time gifts, such as the $88 million gift Penn State received in 2010-11. It's often difficult to draw accurate year-to-year comparisons. We will have a better idea in early April after the end of the first quarter of the new calendar year. By that time, the results of a number of annual fundraising initiatives will have been processed. To date, the number of donors making gifts to the Annual Fund, contributions less than $10,000, is essentially at the same level as last year, and the sum of contributions to the Annual Fund is up more than 10 percent compared to last year. Membership in the Penn State Alumni Association shows a 2 percent increase over last year, in contrast to many of our peer universities where paid membership is dropping.



Q 16: Some people have asked whether the football program at Penn State attained too much power in the past. Is any change foreseen or do you see any changes in the future?

A: As President Erickson and Coach O'Brien have stated, Penn State's football program must be fully integrated within the greater University community and exhibit better communications and openness with all the University's Intercollegiate Athletic programs with and the greater Penn State University community. We are proud of the great football program we have had through the years at Penn State. Our football team and our player alumni are important parts of Penn State's national brand and we won't allow the actions of any individual to define our great football program, our team and its historic legacy and contribution to Penn State. We remain a great University with many fine athletic programs and co-curricular activities and, most important, with outstanding academic and research programs and a student body second to none. President Erickson said that he is dedicated to the principle that Penn State is a community, with all parts of our University pulling together and no one part dominating the others. Great academics, research, service and great athletics not only can co-exist, but can be done with integrity, while serving as mutually reinforcing elements in the overall success and identity of the University. President Erickson has stated that part of his job as President is to ensure that the ideal of one Penn State community is embedded in our culture. He is dedicated to maintaining the principles of openness and communication, with the same standard of rules applicable to all members of the Penn State community -- students, athletes, faculty, staff and administrators.



Q 17: How important is the football revenue stream to the University?

A: Although football contributes only about 1.6 percent of total annual University operating revenues, football is very important to the University, its student body, its players and its alumni. Football revenues help to support 27 of the 28 other intercollegiate teams, including national championship teams in women's volleyball, fencing, and wrestling.



Q 18: Does Penn State have any plans to honor/recognize Coach Paterno's contributions to Penn State?

A: At this time, we believe it is appropriate to recognize the legacy and historic contributions Mr. Paterno has made to Penn State University. The Board of Trustees will seek input from a wide array of University constituencies, in consultation with Coach Paterno's family and others, on how his legacy will be acknowledged. We will wait to acknowledge Joe Paterno until after Judge Freeh completes his independent investigation and his group's results and recommendations are released.



Q 19: Are there any plans to restructure the Board of Trustees, i.e., to change how the Board is elected or appointed? Is it possible for the University to change the structure of the board?

A: The Board has the ability to amend its charter, subject to approval by the Centre County Court of Common Pleas, and also has the ability to amend its Bylaws and Standing Orders. Under the present charter and bylaws, five trustees are elected annually by various constituent groups -- three by the alumni and two by delegates from various agricultural societies. In addition, two trustees are appointed annually by the governor. Finally, two trustees are elected annually by the Board to represent business and industry endeavors. Thus, under the Board's existing practices and procedures, including the two gubernatorial appointees, nine trustee positions are up for re-election or reappointment each year. The University respects the right of alumni and others, including candidates for election to the Board of Trustees, to state their opinions on matters affecting the University and welcomes and encourages the active participation of all alumni in the trustee election process. President Erickson and Board leaders reaffirm their commitment to openness and new ideas with the entire Penn State community. The Board and President Erickson will be open to ideas of new ways to structure the Board as well as additional ways to increase participation and access to the Board's activities.



Q 20: Will President Erickson release a summary of key details of his contract and those of other senior officials, including the Athletic Director, David Joyner and the new Sr. Vice President for Finance and Business, David Gray?

A: Yes, consistent with President Erickson's approach, this information has been released, is posted on the University's new website, and is publicly available at online.



Q 21: Will former President Graham Spanier teach in the future since he is still a tenured faculty member?

A: Dr. Spanier's plans are not known at this time but, as a tenured faculty member, he is not only permitted to teach, it is an expectation that he will participate fully in instructional and scholarly pursuits as a faculty member when he returns from his sabbatical leave.



Q 22: Can you disclose former President Spanier's salary? Is he still making the President's salary?

A: For the calendar year 2010, the total compensation for Dr. Spanier as president of the University was $1,106,585. This total includes base compensation of $660,002 (which is a composite of six months at $620,004 and 6 months at $700,000, and bonus and other compensation of $446,583). From Jan. 1, 2011, to Nov. 9, 2011, when he ceased his role as president, the total compensation for Dr. Spanier as president of the University was $711,051 (this includes base pay of $600,274 and benefits and other compensation of $110,777). Dr. Spanier began a one year professional development and post-presidency transition period commencing on the date of his termination as president. Dr. Spanier's ongoing payments from the University are confidential.



Q 23: How much did Joe Paterno's memorial services/arrangements cost and who will pay that cost?

A: The approximate total cost for University services related to the Paterno viewing and memorial events is $28,000. These are "out-of-pocket" costs that do not include staff time devoted to the services. Of that, the University will pay $6,000 (University Police); Athletics will pay $22,000 from the Athletic Directors' Discretionary Fund. The Athletic Director's Discretionary Fund is funded from unrestricted miscellaneous gifts to Athletics.



Q 24: Why haven't you released the 1998 police report regarding an investigation into alleged child abuse by Jerry Sandusky?

A: Under the Pennsylvania Criminal History Record Information Act, the University is prohibited from disseminating "investigative information" to any non-criminal justice agency. The 1998 report constitutes "investigative information" under the Act and therefore may not be disseminated.



Q 25: Does the University disclose salaries of assistant coaches, staff or faculty?

A: No, for competitive reasons it does not.


Q 26: Can the Special Investigative Task Force hired by the Board of Trustees be truly independent?

A: The Special Investigative Task Force, chaired by a member of the Board of Trustees, has retained former FBI director and federal Judge Louis Freeh to head an independent, external investigation with a team of his own people. Judge Freeh and his firm are conducting the investigation currently. Judge Freeh has unimpeachable credentials and unparalleled experience in law and criminal justice and he and his investigative team (which does not include BOT members) have been tasked to look into this matter fully, fairly and completely. The trustees have promised to make the results of Judge Freeh's investigation public without any modification or filter. In addition, we are cooperating fully with all authorities and all criminal and civil investigations, including the Attorney General's ongoing investigation.



Q 27: Who has final signature authority for the expenses related to the Jerry Sandusky investigation?

A: Any expenses coming in related to the Sandusky issue go through an approval process with a number of steps. First, a budget officer from various units, such as the Board of Trustees, general counsel or an individual unit will review the expenses and forward them to the Corporate Controller's office, where they are reviewed by Joseph Doncsecz, the University's associate vice president for finance and corporate controller, and where they receive final approval for payment (if warranted). At the end of the fiscal year Deloitte, the firm that audits the University's financial statements, will audit expenses and review the University's estimated obligation for the Sandusky matter. Of course, we expect that insurance policies will cover a significant amount of our legal expenses, and thus that our actual expenses will be less than what the University initially incurs. As part of its audit, Deloitte will review and assess any receivable booked by the University that anticipates insurance reimbursements."



Q 28: Are trustees paid for their service to the board?

A: As stated in the University charter: "No member of the Board shall receive compensation for his services, but shall be paid his necessary traveling expenses and hotel bills actually incurred in the performance of his duty as such member." (Decree of the Court of Common Pleas of Centre County, June 15, 1915, No. 162, May Term, 1915)



Q 29: Is Penn State considering becoming a private university?

A: Penn State is not exploring how to become private. Penn State is exploring how to remain public in the face of declining public funds. Penn State administrators and its Board of Trustees believe deeply in the University's historic public mission that has served the Commonwealth so well over the past 150 years. We hope to continue this relationship, but after decades of cuts to state funding, the University now needs some direction from the Commonwealth regarding what the nature of our partnership should be going forward. In the March 13 University Faculty Senate meeting, Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Peetz answered various questions from faculty members and mentioned that she and Vice Chair Keith Masser met informally with a trustee from Cornell University in New York several weeks ago, as a result of an informal introduction by a mutual friend. Mr. Masser also met separately with another Cornell board member. The purpose was simply to listen to various ideas. It was only a discussion of ideas and nothing more. Karen Peetz did not endorse Penn State adopting the Cornell model or any particular model. All she said was that the board is listening to various ideas and will continue to do so in the spirit of openness and communication, which has marked her leadership.



Q 30: Why aren't we reading about all of the good things that Penn State is doing such as research discoveries, educational initiatives, public service and even student-run events, like THON, which raised nearly $10.7 million for pediatric cancer -- which is an incredible achievement?

A: Every day, we continue to put out positive news about the University and the many remarkable achievements of its faculty, staff and students. Visit, the official news site of Penn State, for a number of those stories. Unfortunately, the media for the most part is not focusing on positive stories.



Q 31: Who will review the report prior to becoming public?

A: We expect the Board will be afforded the opportunity to review the report to assure all important areas have been investigated and that there are no factual gaps, but not for editing. The final report will be solely the work of Judge Freeh and his team and no one else has the right to edit the report.



Q 32: What information can you provide about the additional subpoenas issued to University employees on March 15, 2012?

A: "The Pennsylvania Attorney General has served personal subpoenas on a number of other University employees. We believe it is appropriate that it be left up to them and their attorneys whether to reveal their identities. The University will have no further comment, consistent with our past policies regarding the ongoing investigations."

- Cynthia Baldwin, General Counsel for Penn State University


Q 33: Will the University pay legal fees for the employees subpoenaed?

A: The University is suggesting those individuals who received subpoenas retain their own counsel and the University will agree to reimburse them for their legal expenses as they were acting within the scope of their employment and in the interest of the University. Expenses of such counsel may be paid by the University's D&O insurance carrier.


Q 34: What is the University’s response to March 24 report on NBC News regarding the results of the 1998 investigation?

A: The University can have no comment on issues relating to the Sandusky investigations in the past or present, except that we are fully cooperating with the Attorney General, the U.S. Attorney and the independent investigation conducted by Judge Louis Freeh, on behalf of the Penn State Independent Board of Trustees Task Force. As we have stated before, our hearts go out to any child victims of abuse. The University is providing counseling and support services for any child victims.


Q 35: What is the process for the Board of Trustees election and how can I vote?
A: Voting in the Board of Trustees election for the three open alumni seats began April 10 and continues through 9 a.m. May 3. Ballots were emailed beginning at 12:01 a.m. April 10 to all alumni who are members of the Penn State Alumni Association and have email addresses on file; and to alumni who have held memberships within the past two years or have contributed to the University within the past two years. All alumni, however, can participate and all are encouraged to do so. To request a ballot, contact and provide a complete name, year of graduation, college/major, and home mailing address. Once the appropriate alumni record is located, a ballot will be sent. Most voting is done electronically. However, in the event that alumni do not have Internet capability, paper materials are made available upon request. Alumni are encouraged to submit ballot requests as early as possible to participate, but all ballot requests should be received by May 1.
Q 36: How can I find out about who is running for alumni seats in the Board of Trustees election?
A: The complete list of alumni candidates, in ballot order, as well as their bio and position statements, are on the Board of Trustees’ website at online. In addition, the Alumni Association posed three questions to each alumni candidate on key issues facing Penn State. The questions and each candidate’s answers are posted at online. The Alumni Association also is facilitating a "Meet the Candidates" event from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, April 21, in the Intramural Building’s Gymnasium 1 on the University Park campus. There is no formal program.



Q 37: Has President Rodney Erickson received a subpoena?

A: President Rodney Erickson was served with a subpoena last week to testify before the Pennsylvania Grand Jury on matters relating to the Sandusky investigation. His attorney is discussing with the Attorney General's office various aspects of the subpoena, including the actual date of testimony. President Erickson intends to fully cooperate and answer all questions truthfully. As has been our previously stated policy, the University will not comment or speculate beyond what has been said above, due to the ongoing investigation.


Q: 38: What does the final contract with Coach Paterno and his estate entail?

A: "The University and Coach Paterno's estate have finalized the remaining payments due under Coach Paterno’s employment contract. As the Board of Trustees has explained, it decided on Nov. 9, 2011 to honor the terms of Coach Paterno’s contract as if he had retired at the end of the 2011 season. That contract recognized Coach Paterno's decades-long contributions to our football program and to the entire University." -- Bill Mahon, vice president for University Relations
For facts about the agreement and Coach Paterno’s contract with the University, click here.


Q 39: Did the Board or its attorney ever discuss possible re-naming of Beaver Stadium in any connection with discussions regarding making payments under Coach Paterno's contract, as amended in August 2011?

A: No.

Q: A newspaper reported that an anonymous source stated otherwise -- that the Board or its attorney attempted to "leverage" a name change on Beaver Stadium in connection with the contract discussions. Is that report true?

A: No, it is false.