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


Penn State re-launches information website

Monday, June 04, 2012

Penn State President Rodney Erickson today announced the re-launch of the "Openness" website at The new version of the website is the next step in the University's work to ensure broader communications with key Penn State stakeholders, including current and prospective students and their families, alumni, faculty and staff, local communities, and state and national media. The "Progress" website includes new functionality and features that make it easier to find, receive and share information. "This is the next iteration of our information resource that is designed to anchor communications discussing difficult issues from the last year, including ongoing legal matters, in addition to providing updates on the initiatives we've put in place to address the serious issue of child abuse," said Penn State President Rodney Erickson. "This step is a natural progression of our original website and will help keep the Penn State community informed on the important work and progress taking place." (more)

Board of Trustees launches new website

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The Board of Trustees website has a new design that puts key information at the fingertips of those who visit. The site, found at online, includes information about the trustees' responsibilities, upcoming meetings, minutes and agendas, and recent news. The site also includes links to information about University governance; the charter, bylaws and standing orders; membership; staff; and history. Outlined on the site is the new structure of the board consisting of five standing committees, which were created to align more closely with University operations. (more)

Faculty Senate recaps 2011-12 activity for Board of Trustees

Friday, May 04, 2012

Daniel R. Hagen, immediate past-chair of the University Faculty Senate, reported to the Board of Trustees Friday (May 4) on the activities of the Senate for the 2011-12 academic year. Hagen noted that the year was "likely to be remembered as one of the most unusual and stressful Senate years ever," because of the issues surrounding the child sexual abuse allegations surrounding Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant coach. In response to the Sandusky scandal, the Senate held several special meetings this past year, he reported. In addition, the administration and the Senate officers agreed to increase the frequency of meetings of the Faculty Advisory Committee to the University president. (more)

Frazier provides update on Special Investigations Task Force

Friday, May 04, 2012

Penn State has made further progress on interim recommendations from Louis Freeh, whose team's independent investigation continues, Kenneth Frazier, chair of the Board of Trustees' Special Investigations Task Force reported on Friday (May 4). The investigators, Frazier said, have to date conducted more than 400 interviews with individuals including current and former employees from numerous departments, such as academic, administrative and athletic departments, current and past trustees and others in the community. (more)

Board of Trustees meeting to be streamed live

Thursday, May 03, 2012

The Penn State Board of Trustees will hold its regularly scheduled board meeting starting at 1:30 p.m. Friday (May 4), in the Boardroom of the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State's University Park campus. The meeting, which will begin with remarks from President Rodney Erickson, will be streamed live by Penn State Public Broadcasting at (more)

Penn State donates more than $2.6 million to abuse prevention efforts

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Penn State has infused more than $1.1 million into its newly established Center for the Protection of Children, based at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. That figure is more than twice the amount promised in December, when creation of the center was announced. The University also donated $1.5 million in December to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR). The money comes from Penn State's share of the Big Ten bowl funds distribution, which totaled $2,616,184. "Back in December, we estimated that we would have $500,000 available from our football bowl revenues after deducting the $1.5 million we promised to PCAR, so that's what we earmarked as start-up funding for the center," said Penn State President Rodney Erickson. "Our bowl revenue came in higher than expected, which is tremendous news, so we were able to provide the additional funding. We expect that the center will become a national leader in clinical care, research, education and direction of policy related to child abuse and neglect." (more)

A spring update from President Rodney Erickson

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

As we approach commencement and all the related celebrations, I'm sure everyone is ready to breathe a collective sigh of relief. It has been a difficult year, and I appreciate your dedication and goodwill through it all. Even more than that, I appreciate your patience as I've sent you several communications discussing difficult issues; describing the initiatives we've put in place; and outlining changes designed to address the serious issue of child sexual abuse (for the latest information, visit So for my last email of the semester, I'd like to shift my focus to your efforts as the Penn State community, and your remarkable achievements. Consider just a few recent examples. (more)

Center for Women Students, CAPS aid female and male violence survivors

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Peggy Lorah wants Penn State students to know that men have an important place at the Center for Women Students. "Although most victims of sexual and relationship violence are female, men also encounter abuse directly and indirectly, and we have always seen male victims at the Center for Women Students," said Lorah, the center's director and a licensed professional counselor. As Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month draws to a close, the staff of the Center for Women Students and Counseling and Psychological Services emphasize that awareness -- and action -- to help prevent and treat both female and male survivors of abuse are part of their ongoing, daily efforts. (more)

Penn State retains Edelman and La Torre Communications

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Penn State announced today that it has retained Edelman and La Torre Communications to immediately support the University in corporate communications, media relations and stakeholder engagement. The primary objective of this work is to ensure broader and more transparent communications with key Penn State stakeholders, including current and prospective students, alumni, faculty and staff, parents, local communities, and state and national media. The firms also will support the University throughout upcoming litigation, ensuring rapid and accurate dissemination of information to the extent possible given the ongoing investigations. (more)

University strengthens administrative policy for minors on campus

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Penn State officials have enacted a significant revision to a policy overseeing the supervision and treatment of minors involved in University-sponsored programs or programs housed or held at any Penn State campus. Administrative Policy 39 (AD39) has been updated as part of the University's comprehensive review of all of its policies, particularly those that involve children in the wake of sexual abuse charges against a retired assistant coach. Titled "Minors Involved in University-Sponsored Programs or Programs Held at the University and/or Housed in University Facilities," the policy is part of a series of steps that reinforce Penn State's safety measures for children on campus and for the entire University community. (more)

Town and Gown join April 17 to endorse 'Our Community Covenant'

Monday, April 16, 2012

A diverse group of local and county leaders will unite in a ceremony on April 17 to commit publicly to the ideals of a just and responsible community. The "Our Community Day" initiative will be launched at a noon media event at the Arboretum at Penn State and will include individuals and groups from across the Centre Region and Penn State in support of "Our Community Covenant." (more)

The Medical Minute: Sexual abuse can have long-term effects

Friday, April 13, 2012

According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), someone in the United States is sexually assaulted every two minutes. As a community, we need to recognize the devastating effects of sexual abuse. (more)

Penn State trains employees to 'Build a Safe Community for Children'

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Penn State is focused on developing a sustainable professional training program for its employees to recognize and report child abuse. The program will be broken into two phases, one that will begin April 18, in a face-to-face format to meet immediate needs for summer programs and the other, an online interactive training, to be launched in the fall. "There is an immediate need to train employees who will be responsible for children this summer at numerous camps and summer offerings, so we're quickly moving forward," said Susan Cromwell, director of Workplace Learning and Performance in the Office of Human Resources at Penn State. To put the training in place, Cromwell has been working with a team that includes employees from Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), WPSU Learning & Media Design Team, University Police, Student Affairs, Centre County Women's Resource Center, faculty experts and professionals throughout the community. The group also is working to design an online training module for all employees to take in the fall. (more)

Students launch drive to fight child sexual abuse

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Throughout the month of April, Penn State students will be banding together to raise awareness and funds for the prevention of child sexual abuse. The One Heart Campaign will secure contributions for the Vision of Hope Fund of the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR). "Studies suggest that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday," said Dan Rost, a founder of the One Heart Campaign and a sophomore finance and accounting major from Waynesboro, Pa. "This issue has shaken the Penn State community, and I have spoken to so many students who want to take action. Our goal is to build upon the relationship that the University has already established with PCAR and reach out to alumni, corporate partners, and other individuals and groups across the country who believe that Penn State and Penn Staters can make a difference for victims and families." (more)

Workshop to discuss kids' sexual health and safety

Monday, April 09, 2012

Janet Rosenzweig, interim executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania, will present a workshop, titled "Promoting Sexual Safety and Health for Kids," from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, in the Living Center, room 110 Henderson Building, on Penn State's University Park campus. (more)

University hires Clery compliance coordinator

Monday, April 09, 2012

Penn State Police and Public Safety has hired Gabriel Gates to be its new Clery compliance coordinator. Gates, who began his new duties on March 26, will report to Steve Shelow, assistant vice president for Police and Public Safety, in order to provide administrative and advisory support to senior management and the University-wide community. "I am excited to be part of a dedicated and passionate team working to ensure Penn State remains an institution of excellence and honor," Gates said. "The administration has made it clear to me that the safety and security of the Penn State community is of paramount importance and will not be compromised for any reason." (more)

Pinwheels event to support child abuse prevention

Friday, April 06, 2012

Faculty, staff and students from Penn State's College of the Liberal Arts hope to raise $5,000 by April 18 through a public fundraising event, "Pinwheels for Prevention," to support Prevent Child Abuse America (PCAA). PCAA is a national organization whose mission to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The fundraising committee will sell pinwheels at a suggested donation of $2 each. The "Pinwheels for Prevention" garden will be unveiled at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, at an event in front of the Sparks Building on the University Park campus. (more)

Libraries create research guide for child abuse and neglect

Friday, April 06, 2012

Responding to the need for more education on the topic of child abuse and neglect, the University Libraries have compiled a research guide that pulls together a wide array of materials and databases expected to help researchers and the general public in delving deeper into the topic of abuse and maltreatment. The guide, available at, is one of many research guides offered by the Libraries. (more)

University resources assist sexual violence victims

Monday, April 02, 2012

Following are resources available to Penn State students who have experienced sexual assault and relationship violence. (more)

University Park campus hosts Sexual Assault Awareness Month events

Monday, April 02, 2012

Across the University, Penn State departments and organizations are holding events in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). At the University Park campus, the Center for Women Students and the Department of Women's Studies, along with the Centre County Women's Resource Center, are presenting a three-day "teach-in" April 2-4 titled "Feminist Responses: Sexual Assault, Social Power, Personal Healing." Because April also is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, the same three organizations will host a screening of the documentary film "In a Town This Size" and panel discussion April 3 at the State Theatre. In addition, Counseling and Psychological Services will host an hour-long program, "Healing from Childhood Abuse," on April 3 at the HUB-Robeson Center and a documentary screening of "Boys and Men Healing" April 4 at the HUB Auditorium. (more)

April events promote sexual assault awareness, child abuse prevention

Monday, April 02, 2012

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). Penn State, as a partner with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), is continuing its efforts to increase public awareness, education and research toward greater prevention of and response to sexual violence. Several events at Penn State campuses are being held in conjunction with SAAM's 2012 campaign theme, "It's time ... to talk about it." (more)

Events across University note Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Monday, April 02, 2012

Several Penn State campuses have scheduled events to recognize April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. The following list will be updated as additional events are announced. (more)

Sunday starts sexual assault awareness, child abuse prevention month

Friday, March 30, 2012

The month of April is both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month. Throughout the month, there will be a variety of programs, activities and awareness opportunities held University-wide. Details will be published throughout April on Penn State Live. In addition, Penn State has a variety of resources available. (more)

Children's Alliance to help educate faculty and staff

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and in an effort to educate faculty and staff about child abuse prevention, Penn State Berks has partnered with the Children's Alliance Center. Representatives from the Children's Alliance Center will give a presentation at Penn State Berks from 1 to 2:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, in room 5, Luerssen Building. This presentation will focus on mandatory reporting processes and procedures, and it is only open to faculty and staff of the campus. (more)

Campus to hold events for Sexual Assault Awareness month

Thursday, March 22, 2012

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month and Penn State Altoona is hosting several events surrounding it. (more)

Penn State announces confidential child abuse counseling services

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Penn State has partnered with Praesidium Inc. to arrange counseling services for those who may have suffered abuse from Jerry Sandusky. As pledged by administrators and the chair of the University's Board of Trustees, Penn State will pay for counseling for the affected individuals. (more)

Erickson outlines progress in implementation of Freeh recommendations

Friday, March 16, 2012

Penn State President Rodney Erickson updated the University's Board of Trustees Friday (March 16) on progress made in implementing five preliminary recommendations made by Judge Louis Freeh, a former FBI director and federal judge who is leading the University's independent external investigation into child abuse allegations against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The recommendations, released in January, are designed to improve University structures and protocols involved in the identification and reporting of crimes related to child sexual abuse. (more)

Statement regarding additional subpoenas

Friday, March 16, 2012

"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 (more)

Board of Trustees meeting to be streamed live

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Penn State Board of Trustees will hold its regular bi-monthly meeting on Friday (March 16) on the campus of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. The meeting will be streamed live by Penn State Public Broadcasting at The meeting will begin at 1:15 p.m. with remarks from President Rodney Erickson. (more)

Lecture to introduce Center for the Protection of Children

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital will introduce the Penn State Hershey Center for the Protection of Children to the Penn State community, children's advocacy groups and other community stakeholders with a lecture by a nationally known child abuse expert on March 22. (more)

Faculty Senate hears from Board of Trustees leadership

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Penn State's University Faculty Senate on Tuesday (March 13) heard from Board of Trustees Chair Karen Peetz and Vice Chair Keith Masser, who explained the board's role in University governance, potential committee changes, and also answered questions. (more)

Report of the Board of Trustees concerning Nov. 9 decisions

Monday, March 12, 2012

The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees has been asked by members of the Penn State community, including students, faculty, staff and alumni, to state clearly its reasons for the difficult decisions that were made unanimously on the evening of Nov. 9, 2011 -- to remove Graham Spanier as president of the University and Joe Paterno as head football coach for the remaining three games of the 2011 season. Our decisions were guided by our obligation as Trustees, always, to put the interests of the University first. We share the grief of the entire Penn State family at the passing of Coach Paterno. We also continue to respect and appreciate Dr. Spanier's and Coach Paterno's lasting contributions to Penn State. We especially honor the great legacy of Coach Paterno in making his football program a model for his emphasis on academic as well as athletic performance and for his generous support of Penn State through the years. We offer this report guided by one overriding commitment going forward -- to remember the children who may have been victims of sexual abuse on or near the University Park campus over the last 10 or more years and to support their healing process as best we can. (more)

Penn State keeps its AA rating and stable outlook from S&P

Monday, March 05, 2012

Penn State has maintained its core AA long-term rating from Standard & Poor's and its existing outlook of "stable" has been affirmed by the credit rating agency, which specializes in evaluating credit risk. In a report released March 5, Standard and Poor's Rating Services said, "Penn State continues to remain well-positioned in its market despite the challenges they have faced during the past eight months," referring to the nearly 20 percent cut in state funding this year, the highly publicized allegations against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, and significant changes in institutional and board leadership. (more)

Board of Trustees engage in aggressive listening tour

Saturday, February 25, 2012

In her remarks as new chair of Penn State's Board of Trustees, Karen Peetz in January said she and other members of the board would be meeting with students, faculty, staff, alumni and other groups to improve upon the University's communications and its overall openness. In addition, Peetz said the board will examine its own governance to determine whether changes would improve its oversight of the University and its accessibility to it. Those processes have begun. Members of the board were in State College for several days last week, meeting with numerous groups as part of an ongoing listening tour. (more)

U.S. attorney issues subpoena

Friday, February 24, 2012

Penn State received a subpoena on Feb. 2 from the U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania requesting certain information from 1998 to the present about Penn State, Graham Spanier, Tim Curley, Gary Schultz, Jerry Sandusky and the Second Mile organization, as well as any records of any payments by Board of Trustees members to the University or to third parties on the University's behalf. (more)

Task force continues initiatives to help abused and neglected children

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Moving ahead with the promise to help prevent and treat child abuse, a Penn State task force has started to marshal the University's research and expertise in these areas. The Presidential Task Force on Child Maltreatment brings together a broad spectrum of faculty from across the University to coordinate and develop research, clinical practice, outreach and education on child maltreatment. (more)

Moody's removes Penn State from 'watchlist' and confirms Aa1 rating

Friday, February 17, 2012

Penn State officials have learned that the University has maintained its longterm rating of Aa1 from Moody's Investors Service and has been removed from the company's "Watchlist for Possible Downgrade," where it was placed on Nov. 11, 2011. "Penn State's Aa1 rating is the second-highest category of Moody's 21 possible ratings and reflects the University's top financial position in U.S. public higher education," said Joseph Doncsecz, the University's associate vice president for finance and corporate controller. "This rating is on par with peer research universities and reflects our position as a leading public university with many fundamental strengths." (more)

Penn State defends rights and files suit against insurer

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Penn State today (Feb. 15) filed a lawsuit in the Court of Common Pleas of Centre County against its primary general liability insurer, Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association (PMA) Insurance Co. The lawsuit the University filed today seeks to enforce its rights under its PMA policies and is in sharp contrast to PMA's tactical action. The policies provide a legal defense and coverage of a lawsuit filed against the University regarding the alleged misconduct of Jerry Sandusky. PMA filed a lawsuit Jan. 31 in Philadelphia asking the court to excuse it of obligations regarding its duty to defend and to pay for a civil lawsuit filed against the University in relation to the Sandusky matter. (more)

Penn State strengthens academic programs related to child sexual abuse

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Penn State is strengthening a host of academic programs in its resolve to combat the widespread and complex social problems of child sexual assault, abuse and neglect. It also is broadening the study and awareness of sexual assault to include victims of all ages. As an initial step, an inventory of undergraduate courses was compiled that identified courses and academic programs University faculty currently teach on topics addressing critical issues of sexual abuse. (more)

Penn State launches new website for information

Monday, February 13, 2012

Penn State President Rodney Erickson and the University's Board of Trustees today (Feb. 13) announced the creation of a new "openness" website at online. (more)

A message from President Rodney Erickson: Sharing concerns

Friday, February 03, 2012

As president of Penn State, I promised to keep you informed of important issues affecting our community, and it is with that goal that I write to you today. The issue at hand is the affordability of higher education. (more)

Penn State Harrisburg community forum to discuss child abuse

Monday, January 23, 2012

An upcoming community forum at Penn State Harrisburg will discuss understanding and reporting child abuse. The event is free and open to the public. The event will be held from 11:50 a.m. to 1:20 p.m. on Jan. 31, in the Morrison Gallery in the campus' library. "Understanding and Reporting Child Abuse" will provide information on -- and the opportunity to discuss -- understanding, reporting and preventing child abuse and neglect, and how these issues affect the campus community. (more)

Video: Board of Trustees' Jan. 20 press conference

Friday, January 20, 2012

Several members of Penn State's Board of Trustees held a press conference on the afternoon of Jan. 20. To watch archived video of the press conference, which was streamed live by WPSU, visit online. (more)

Newly elected chair of the Board of Trustees delivers remarks

Friday, January 20, 2012

Karen B. Peetz, vice chairman and chief executive officer at The Bank of New York (BNY) Mellon, was elected chair of Penn State's Board of Trustees Jan. 20. Peetz made the following remarks during a press conference following the board's Jan. 20 meeting. Karen B. Peetz: Thank you for coming today. It is a great honor and privilege to stand before you as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Pennsylvania State University. It is also, particularly now, a great responsibility. Penn State is one of the best teaching and research universities in the world. My job, and that of the other trustees, is to work with President Erickson to make sure that this always remains so. We all take this obligation seriously -- our students, our alumni, our faculty, and the entire state deserve no less. (more)

Frazier provides update on independent investigation

Friday, January 20, 2012

Board of Trustees member Kenneth Frazier, chair of the Special Investigations Task Force, provided an update Friday (Jan. 20) on the work of the independent team looking into issues related to the allegations against Jerry Sandusky. Following is his report to the board. In addition, the board agreed that the University would focus its efforts on the five areas spelled out in his report. (more)

Guidelines for reporting of child abuse, sexual assault

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Talking about any type of abuse is difficult, according to experts, and even more difficult is acknowledging that sexual abuse of children occurs all too frequently. The fight against child abuse cannot be the job of one individual or one agency; it has to be a collaborative effort. It is important for every member of our University community to clearly understand the imperative and expectations, legal and moral, to report incidents or suspicions of child abuse and sexual assault as soon as possible, whether they are directly observed or reported to them by others. Below are guidelines to help faculty, staff and students in reporting abuse. (more)

Board chair and vice chair issue statement on questions about Paterno

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Steve Garban, chair of the Board of Trustees, and John Surma, vice chairman of the Board of Trustees, issued the following statement in response to questions regarding Joe Paterno raised at President Rodney Erickson's town hall meeting on Jan. 11, 2012. (more)

Alumni Town Hall meetings begin in Pittsburgh

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

In the first of three town hall meetings with Penn State alumni, President Rodney Erickson took a mixture of supportive and tough, candid questions from an audience of nearly 650 alumni on Jan. 11 in Pittsburgh. Erickson took questions from alumni from the class of 1955 to 2002, in addition to questions emailed to the event by alumni around the world, many of whom expressed concern in the wake of recent events. To view photos from the event, visit online. The next two alumni town hall events will be held on Jan. 12 and 13 in Philadelphia and New York, respectively. The event in New York will be streamed live on the Web, beginning at 7 p.m. on Jan. 13 at online. (more)

Panel discussion 'Responding to Child Sexual Abuse' set for Jan. 24

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Penn State University Dickinson School of Law will host a panel discussion "Responding to Child Sexual Abuse: Legal, Medical and Ethical Perspectives" from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the auditorium of Lewis Katz Building on the University Park campus of Penn State and be simulcast to the auditorium of Lewis Katz Hall, Carlisle, Pa. The event also will be available via webcast -- a link will be available at on the day of the event. (more)

Penn State President Erickson signs employment contract

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

In a display of confidence in Penn State's 17th president, the leadership of the Board of Trustees on Jan. 10 announced that Rodney Erickson has signed an employment contract with the Pennsylvania State University that runs through June 30, 2014. "Rod Erickson is a proven leader with 34 years of experience at Penn State in a number of top-level positions," said Steve Garban, chair of the Board of Trustees. "He brings extensive experience in every facet of higher education. The board is extremely pleased to have him as the president of our University." (more)

New York Alumni Town Hall meeting to be streamed

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Alumni who are unable to attend the upcoming town hall-style meetings with Penn State President Rodney Erickson on Jan. 11, 12 and 13 in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York City will be able to watch the New York City meeting live on the Internet. The live program will be streamed from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, at online. The Alumni Town Hall meetings can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #PSUdialog. (more)

Website consolidates sexual assault resource information

Monday, January 09, 2012

Penn State's Office of Student Affairs has updated the Center for Women Students website to include information about sexual assault resources available at each Penn State campus. The new resource page can be found at online, and includes campus-specific PDF files containing contact information for medical assistance, emotional support, campus referral information and advocacy, and transportation. (more)

Affirmative Action vice provost presents sexual harassment workshop

Monday, January 09, 2012

Kenneth Lehrman, vice provost for affirmative action, conducted a sexual harassment workshop for faculty and staff at Penn State Abington last week. Chancellor Karen Wiley Sandler initiated Lehrman's visit to further the goal of creating a safe environment for all in the wake of the abuse scandal. (more)

Erickson to hold Alumni Town Hall meetings

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Alumni will have a chance to ask questions and raise concerns in person at three town hall-style meetings with Penn State President Rodney Erickson on Jan. 11, 12 and 13 in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and New York City. (more)

Great Valley campus starts 'Penn Staters against Child Abuse' campaign

Monday, December 26, 2011

In response to recent allegations against Penn State, Penn State Great Valley has initiated, "Penn Staters against Child Abuse," a campaign to raise donations for and build awareness of child abuse prevention efforts. Aligning with the Exchange Club Family Center, a nationwide network of child abuse centers with an office situated in Family Service of Chester County in West Chester, Pa., the campus community raised $440 and recently presented the donation to Voni Moore Mastovich, director of the center. In addition to continued financial assistance, Penn State Great Valley has pledged to support the center's abuse prevention efforts and awareness campaign. (more)

University pledges continued cooperation with NCAA inquiry

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

In light of several ongoing investigations and inquiries at the University, Penn State has requested additional time to respond to questions asked by NCAA President Mark Emmert in a Nov. 17 letter. Penn State Vice President and General Counsel Cynthia Baldwin said that, in the course of conversation with the NCAA on this matter, "it became evident that the questions being asked in your letter might be answered in the course of the investigations currently in progress." (more)

Hotels to support RAINN over commencement weekend

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

This weekend, as thousands of people converge upon Penn State and the surrounding community for commencement, several area hotels including Penn State's Nittany Lion Inn and Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel will be teaming up to actively support the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. From Dec. 15 to 18, an estimated 2,000 guest rooms will be occupied in 23 participating lodging properties in the State College hotel community, which have teamed up with Hotels for Hope and the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau to donate $1 per occupied room night to the Rape Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN). "Based on our reservations for graduation weekend, we're estimating that the Nittany Lion Inn and Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel will team up to donate about $1,000 to RAINN," said Jim Purdum, general manager of hospitality services for Penn State. (more)

A message from President Rodney Erickson

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Since I was appointed president nearly six weeks ago, I have received thousands of letters and emails from individuals across the University and around the world. These notes run the gamut from strong support to questions to suggestions to dissatisfaction with my decisions or the pace of our progress. I appreciate all of the input -- I value your opinions and I am committed to listening to your concerns. We weigh many factors in our decision-making process, and your feedback is important. My staff and I are doing our best to respond personally to all the mail in a timely fashion. However, given the volume, I wanted to take this opportunity to answer a few of the most common questions that are coming across my desk. (more)

As lawmakers review child abuse laws, Erickson expresses support

Monday, December 12, 2011

Penn State President Rodney Erickson sent a letter of support and cooperation to Sen. Robert Casey on Monday, Dec. 12, a day in advance of a Senate hearing on protecting children from abuse and neglect. "We at Penn State share your deep concerns about this issue, and for all the victims of child abuse," Erickson said. "We understand that the sexual abuse allegations at Penn State have brought about a renewed focus on how to confront the problem of abuse. We agree with you that the abuse of children in any form is terribly wrong." (more)

Blue out, canning efforts raise $47,000 to fight child abuse, rape

Monday, December 12, 2011

A movement started by two graduate students at Penn State has resulted in $47,000 being raised for two nonprofit organizations fighting child abuse and sexual assault. Laura March, a graduate student in the College of Arts and Architecture, and Stuart Shapiro, a first-year student in the Penn State Smeal College of Business MBA Program, started the campaign to "blue out" Beaver Stadium by having all fans wear blue for the Penn State Football game against Nebraska on Nov. 12. The T-shirt they designed for the blue out raised $25,000 for Prevent Child Abuse Pennsylvania and fundraising efforts inside the stadium raised another $22,000. (more)

Berks students hold fundraiser to benefit Children's Alliance Center

Friday, December 09, 2011

Hundreds of students gathered to raise awareness of child abuse during Penn State Berks' student fundraiser to benefit Reading's Children's Alliance Center from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Perkins Student Center on campus. (more)

Penn State to create Center for the Protection of Children

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Penn State's share of football bowl game revenues not only will be used for a newly formed partnership with an advocacy group for victims of sexual violence, but now also will help launch a center for the study, research, prevention and treatment of child abuse. (more)

A message from President Rodney Erickson: The days ahead ...

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

As we begin the final two weeks of this semester, exams, papers and performances are upon us. Although our University has not returned to a normal routine, there is a comforting sense that collectively we are returning to the urgency and importance of the academic work that fundamentally defines who we are. Concurrently, I'm staying focused on fulfilling my five promises to the Penn State community with new initiatives. (more)

Campus community and friends attend candlelight vigil

Friday, December 02, 2011

The Penn State Beaver Student Government Association held a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1 in recognition and support of sexual abuse victims of all ages. The vigil, held beside the pond at the Brodhead Cultural Center, was attended by more than 50 students, staff, faculty, and members of the community, including Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh. (more)

Town Hall Forum video posted

Friday, December 02, 2011

Those who missed the Penn State Town Hall Forum held on the University Park campus on Wednesday, Nov. 30, can view the event at online. The event, hosted by Penn State's University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA), Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG) and Graduate Student Association (GSA), was designed to provide a forum for students to engage University administrators in an open discussion about the recent events at the University Park campus. (more)

Board executive committee reaffirms, ratifies earlier decisions

Friday, December 02, 2011

In a conference phone call today (Dec. 2), the executive committee of Penn State's Board of Trustees met to formally reaffirm and ratify personnel decisions made the week of Nov. 6. Due to extraordinary circumstances during that week, the Board of Trustees needed to act swiftly and decisively on University leadership matters. The decisions were reported at the board's regular public meeting Nov. 11. (more)

Campus and community show support for child abuse victims

Thursday, December 01, 2011

More than 100 Penn State York students, faculty, staff and members of the York community took part in a "Blue Out" and candlelight walk to support the awareness and prevention of child abuse on Thursday, Nov. 17 at the campus. Students in the Human Development and Family Studies (HD FS) Club organized the event to show their support of the victims of the recent events at Penn State and all victims of abuse. To see photos from the event, visit (more)

Students host fundraiser to benefit abused children

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Penn State Berks students will host a "We Care" fundraiser to benefit the Reading's Children's Alliance Center from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, in the Perkins Student Center. The goal of the event, which will be held in conjunction with the Penn State Berks "Civility Day," is to represent the student body's concerns for the victims of childhood abuse. (more)

Penn State, PA Coalition Against Rape join to fight child sexual abuse

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Penn State has formed a partnership with the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center to extend the collective reach of their programs in preventing and treating sexual abuse and violence throughout the state and nation. The University has committed $1.5 million to fund a variety of initiatives the partnership will undertake. The funds will come from Penn State's share of this year's Big Ten bowl revenues. "As a University and as people within a caring community we believe it is essential to take a deeper look at the core issue of child sexual abuse and to openly acknowledge the scope of the problem," said University President Rodney Erickson. "Our own experience shows that child sexual abuse greatly impacts individuals and entire communities. It is now our responsibility to assist in raising awareness and in helping fight this insidious and often secret crime. We hope that our partnership will help break the silence that surrounds child sexual abuse and lead to better protection of our children." (more)

Penn State Town Hall Forum provides open discussion

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Penn State's University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA), Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG) and Graduate Student Association (GSA) hosted a Penn State Town Hall Forum with the administration at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Heritage Hall of the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus. The event was designed to provide a forum for students to engage university administrators in an open discussion about the recent events at the University Park campus. (more)

Faculty Senate announces agenda for Dec. 6 meeting

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The University Faculty Senate will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in 112 Kern Graduate Building on the University Park campus. The Senate agenda approved by Senate Council was modified to provide additional time for President Rodney Erickson to make comments and respond to questions. (more)

Gallery exhibition to feature artistic expressions about recent events

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

All members of the Penn State community are invited to participate in "Post Silence," an exhibition to be held from Dec. 7 to 15 at the Zoller Gallery in the Visual Arts Building on Penn State's University Park campus, including a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 7. The project is designed to provide a safe public space for the entire community to express how they feel about the recent events concerning child abuse by creating postcards for display at the exhibition. All submissions will be included in the exhibition and will remain anonymous. (more)

Football head coach search committee formed

Monday, November 28, 2011

David Joyner, Penn State acting athletic director, today (Nov. 28)announced the members of the search committee charged with identifying candidates and appointing the 15th head football coach in the program's 125-year history. Penn State President Rodney Erickson appointed Joyner to head the search committee. (more)

University launches victim resource hotline

Monday, November 28, 2011

Penn State's Office of Student Affairs has set up a new victim resource hotline. Penn State's Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Hotline, which was activated today (Nov. 28), is run by ProtoCall,which provides service to wide range of colleges and universities across the country. One phone number - 800-550-7575 (TTY 866-714-7177) - will access the hotline 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for all Penn State campuses. (more)

Student government leaders to host forum for students, administrators

Monday, November 28, 2011

Penn State's University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA), Council of Commonwealth Student Governments (CCSG) and Graduate Student Association (GSA) are hosting a Penn State Town Hall Forum with the administration at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30, in Heritage Hall of the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus. (more)

Penn State faculty offer teachable moments from difficult events

Monday, November 28, 2011

While the University community continues to cope with the gravity and complexity of issues related to the Jerry Sandusky allegations, several Penn State professors have integrated it into the classroom to help students share their thoughts about the issues and learn from them, too. (more)

Three forums planned for students who wish to discuss recent events

Monday, November 28, 2011

Beginning this week, the Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at Penn State will hold three forums for students who want to discuss their thoughts and feelings about recent events at Penn State. Forums will be held Nov. 29, Dec. 1 and Dec. 7 on the University Park campus. CAPS asks that participants respect the confidentiality of others in the forum. These events are closed to representatives of the media. (more)

University prepares for Clery Act review

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The U.S. Department of Education will launch a campus security program review into Penn State's compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act). The review was sparked by allegations of sex offenses on campus by former football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The Department of Education notified the University in a letter sent on Nov. 9 that it would send representatives to the University Park campus beginning Monday, Nov. 28. (more)

President gives thanks for Penn State community's support

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

In a video message to the Penn State community and the nation released Nov. 23, Penn State President Rodney Erickson expressed thanks for the continued support of students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. "We appreciate all who have led by example, especially those seeking to raise awareness of child abuse. They embody the true character of Penn Staters," Erickson said. He said he is continuing work to fulfill his Five Promises to the Penn State community. To watch Erickson's remarks, visit online. (more)

A Message from President Rodney Erickson: Moving Forward

Monday, November 21, 2011

Nov. 21, 2011 In the last two painful weeks, Penn State has been shaken to our foundation. But we are moving forward, and with every decision we're committed to doing the right thing for the victims, their families, and the Penn State community. You have all played a role in helping us define a path for the future. You have inspired us with your resilience, generosity, and hope. You have given me your confidence and encouragement. In the spirit of giving thanks, I wish to share a few observations about our community. 1) We need to continue to listen to one another. I've been contacted by countless students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, and I've tried to visit as many classrooms, organizations and campus gatherings as possible. Everyone has openly shared their grief, anger, suggestions and hopes for the future of Penn State. I've listened and I've learned. 2) Penn Staters care. I've been profoundly moved by the Penn Staters who have pulled together to offer support for the victims and each other. From the moving candlelight vigil to charitable efforts to awareness building programs for this very serious issue, Penn Staters have demonstrated a deep commitment to caring. 3) People are Penn State's greatest resource. Rob Pangborn has stepped up to serve as acting executive vice president and provost, and David Joyner as acting athletic director. I'm grateful for and confident in their leadership as they help guide us through the challenges ahead. 4) This morning the Penn State Board of Trustees announced the membership of a Special Committee, led by Kenneth Frazier as chair and Ronald Tomalis as vice chair. They also named Judge Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI, as special counsel in charge of conducting an independent investigation into all aspects of the University's actions in regard to the recent allegations of child abuse. As I stated in my Five Promises, my administration will provide whatever resources, access and information are needed to support the investigation. (Read about Freeh's appointment at and about the Five Promises at online.) 5) Our work has just begun. It will be some time before we are able to bring a measure of understanding and resolution to the recent terrible events, even as we refocus our energies on our students, research and service activities. When we return from Thanksgiving break, we'll need to dedicate ourselves to bringing closure to this semester and celebrating the accomplishments of the Fall 2011 graduating class. Thank you for your support. It gives me confidence that Penn State is moving in the right direction. I hope you are able to spend some time with your families at Thanksgiving. Travel safely. (more)

Penn State Shenango held vigil for victims of child abuse Nov. 29

Monday, November 21, 2011

In light of the recent events at Penn State, the Shenango campus welcomed the community to a public vigil in support of victims of child abuse on Tuesday, Nov. 29 in the campus' auditorium, located on Shenango Avenue in downtown Sharon, Pa. Following the vigil, a reception was held in the Great Hall. The event will include a presentation on child abuse and its impact on victims. Available resources and various strategies for supporting a loved one's healing process also will be discussed. William McGuigan, associate professor of human development and family studies at the Shenango campus, and Nikki Cadman from AWARE, will be the keynote speakers. A collection for new and gently used toys for the children who are staying in AWARE shelters will be held. For more information, contact the Student Affairs Office at 724-983-2836. (more)

Former FBI director Freeh to conduct independent investigation

Monday, November 21, 2011

The special committee of The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees announced today (Nov. 21) that it has engaged former FBI Director and federal judge Louis J. Freeh to lead an independent investigative review into all aspects of the University's actions with regard to the allegations of child abuse involving a former Penn State employee contained in the recent Grand Jury report. The special committee and Freeh said that the findings and recommendations of this work, when completed, will be made available to the public. No specific timeframe has been set for completion of the review. (more)

WPSU to air 'This American Life and Penn State'

Saturday, November 19, 2011

As the world examines Penn State, the University begins to examine itself. Penn State Public Broadcasting and host Patty Satalia will broadcast a special live, one-hour radio program following Sunday's installment of "This American Life," which is featuring Penn State in this weekend's episode. "Back to Penn State" is a rebroadcast of the December, 2009 episode, "#1 Party School," with new interviews recorded this past week with Penn State fans and loyalists trying to make sense of the current crisis. (more)

Ohio State student leaders send message to fellow students

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The student leadership at The Ohio State University sent a message to the student body earlier this week in advance of the football game between the Buckeyes and Penn State today (Nov. 19), asking them to "host our guests with the respect deserved by a fellow Big Ten school." (more)

Faculty Senate endorses resolution in special meeting

Friday, November 18, 2011

In a special meeting Friday (Nov. 18), Penn State's University Faculty Senate endorsed a resolution on issues related to the recent charges and ongoing investigation of Jerry Sandusky and the circumstances that gave rise to the grand jury's report, as well as charges of perjury against two University officials. (more)

Students organize candlelight vigil at Penn State Abington

Friday, November 18, 2011

More than 100 Penn State Abington students gathered around the campus' Lion Shrine on Thursday, Nov. 17, for a candlelight vigil for victims of child abuse. To see photos from the vigil, visit online. (more)

NCAA to launch inquiry of Penn State athletic programs

Friday, November 18, 2011

Penn State has learned via letter from NCAA President Mark Emmert that the governing body of collegiate sports will launch an inquiry of the University's athletic programs in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse by a former assistant coach and charges of perjury against to two senior University officials. (more)

President heartened by community's outpouring of support for victims

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Penn State President Rodney Erickson said he is encouraged by the compassion, generosity and resilience shown by members of the Penn State community in a message delivered today (Nov. 17). "I'm proud of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends who have come together, and joined others across the nation in support of the victims and each other." To watch Erickson's remarks, visit online. (more)

'A Conversation About Covering Controversy' set for Nov. 29

Thursday, November 17, 2011

A discussion with sports journalists about recent events that have become national news at Penn State will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in Schwab Auditorium as the latest installment of an ongoing series conducted by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism. (more)

A message to students

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Penn State students received an email on Tuesday, Nov. 15, from Rob Pangborn, acting executive vice president and provost; Damon Sims, vice president for Student Affairs; Madlyn Hanes, vice president for Commonwealth Campuses; and Craig Weidemann, vice president for Outreach. (more)

A message from Campaign Chair Peter Tombros to Penn State supporters

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A message from For the Future Campaign Chair Peter Tombros was posted on Wednesday, Nov. 9, to the For the Future campaign website at online. (more)

A message from the Varsity S Club

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Mark Sherburne, acting director of athletics, sent a message to members of Penn State's Varsity S Club on Monday, Nov. 14. The club is made up of alumni who earned varsity letters for their participation in intercollegiate athletics while at Penn State. (more)

Special Faculty Senate meeting convened

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Penn State's University Faculty Senate will convene a special meeting at 11 a.m. on Friday (Nov. 18) in the auditorium of the Lewis Katz Building at University Park. Senate Chair Daniel Hagen said the sole agenda item for the special meeting is to adopt a statement to express the Senate's sympathy for the victims of child abuse; endorse the independent inquiry commissioned by the Board of Trustees; and express the Senate's commitment to working with President Rodney Erickson to restore public trust in the University. (more)

Joyner named acting athletic director

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

David M. Joyner has been named acting athletic director for Penn State, effective immediately. Joyner, a Penn State Distinguished Alumnus and a member of the Board of Trustees since 2000, will suspend his membership on the board to take on his new role. "Dave Joyner has served the board with integrity, and he is internationally known for his work with the U.S. Olympic Committee. I am confident that he will bring that same integrity to his new role," said Penn State President Rodney Erickson. (more)

WPSU to air call-in program about child sexual abuse

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

The National Center for the Victims of Crime estimates one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused before their 18th birthday. Recent events at Penn State have sparked national attention around this issue, which is typically shrouded in silence and often unreported. How can society recognize child sexual abuse? What can people do to prevent it? And what resources are available to victims and their families? Penn State Public Broadcasting and host Patty Satalia will explore this issue with a panel of experts in a special, one-hour, interactive program called "Confronting Child Sexual Abuse." The live call-in program will air at 9 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17, on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM. It will be simulcast on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN) and at online. (more)

Pangborn named acting executive vice president and provost

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Rob Pangborn, vice president and dean for Undergraduate Education, has been named acting executive vice president and provost, effective immediately. Pangborn is stepping into the role formerly held by Rod Erickson, who was named president of the University by the Board of Trustees last week. "Because of his current role in Undergraduate Education, Rob is the most experienced person and has the broadest knowledge regarding the duties of the provost's position. I am confident that he will be highly effective in his new leadership role and keep the University moving forward," Erickson said upon making the announcement. (more)

Information sought

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

On Nov. 14, Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly made an appeal to the public for information related to the ongoing investigation into the case against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Anyone who has information related to this case should contact the Attorney General's office at 814-863-1053; Pennsylvania State Police at 814-470-2238. Anytime someone learns of an incident it can be reported to Penn State police at 814-863-1111. The Office of Internal Audit provides anonymous avenues for employees to voice concerns regarding financial matters such as fraud, theft of University assets, or conflicts of interest; and other misconduct or violations of University policy, including research compliance matters, discrimination, or athletics-compliance issues. University employees can report issues and/or ask questions via the Penn State Employee Ethics and Compliance Hotline at 800-560-1637. (more)

Students to hold event Wednesday in HUB-Robeson Center

Monday, November 14, 2011

Penn State student leaders are continuing to work toward healing and unifying the student body in the wake of this past week's events. Student organizations will showcase their accomplishments and what they give back to the Penn State community with displays, interactive activities, performances and speeches from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, on the ground and first floors of the HUB-Robeson Center on the University Park campus. Student leaders are encouraging students to wear a shirt that represents an organization in which they participate on campus. The event is being hosted by the Student Programming Association. (more)

A post-weekend message from President Rodney Erickson

Monday, November 14, 2011

Nov. 14, 2011 -- This past week has tested the character and resilience of the Penn State community in ways we never could have imagined. Many of you shared my shock and surprise as the reports unfolded. Yet, after this past weekend, I just want to take a moment to tell all of you how proud I am. Our students and athletes, in particular, demonstrated the best of what it means to be a Penn Stater. On Friday night, our students organized a candlelight vigil for the victims of abuse, and thousands came to express their concern and resolve. It was a meaningful and deeply moving way to show support. At the Penn State-Nebraska football game on Saturday, tens of thousands of fans supported the Blue Out, a solemn moment of silence, as well as many other efforts to raise awareness and money for this very serious issue. On the field, the football players demonstrated a level of maturity and determination that was an inspiration. The athletes from both teams came together at midfield in unity, respect and prayer for the victims. Then they played their hearts out. It was remarkable in so many ways. Thank you for coming together as a community. Today, we are back to class and the business of running this University. I urge you to refocus on your educational goals and remain mindful of the five promises I have made to the Penn State community as we move forward. Collectively, we need to show the nation and world that Penn State cares, and that Penn State is a community of individuals committed to moving forward with a shared sense of purpose. If you have not yet seen the five promises, I will share them below. Again, thank you for your support and the kind words I have heard from so many people. It gives me the confidence to know that together we are moving in the right direction. My Promise to the Penn State Community 1) I will reinforce to the entire Penn State community the moral imperative of doing the right thing -- the first time, every time. -- We will revisit all standards, policies and programs to ensure they meet not only the law, but Penn State's standard. To oversee this effort, I will appoint an ethics officer who will report directly to me. -- I ask for the support of the entire Penn State community to work together to reorient our culture. Never again should anyone at Penn State feel scared to do the right thing. My door will always be open. 2) As I lead by example, I will expect no less of others. -- I will ensure proper governance and oversight exists across the entire University, including Intercollegiate Athletics. 3) Penn State is committed to transparency to the fullest extent possible given the ongoing investigations. -- I encourage dialogue with students, faculty, alumni and other members of the Penn State community. 4) We will be respectful and sensitive to the victims and their families. We will seek appropriate ways to foster healing and raise broader awareness of the issue of sexual abuse. 5) My administration will provide whatever resources, access and information are needed to support the special committee's investigation. I pledge to take immediate action based on its findings. Rodney Erickson (more)

Thousands attend student-organized candlelight vigil

Friday, November 11, 2011

Thousands of Penn State students and members of the Penn State community gathered on the Old Main lawn on Friday night for a Candlelight Vigil for Abused Victims. The vigil, organized by students, was intended to have the Penn State community 'come together as the family we are and show our unconditional support and sympathy for these victims,' according to the Facebook page created for the event. (more)

President Rodney Erickson's message to the University community

Friday, November 11, 2011

In a video message to the Penn State community and the nation today (Nov. 11), Penn State President Rodney Erickson called the past week one of the saddest in the history of the University. "My heart goes out to those who have been victimized; I share your anger and sorrow," Erickson said. He said the University community remains committed to its core values and pledged to help rebuild the trust, honor and pride that have endured at the University for generations. To watch Erickson's remarks, visit online. (more)

Increased safety measures in place for home athletics events

Friday, November 11, 2011

Due to recent events, the Penn State Athletics Department will implement increased security measures for all home athletic events from Friday, Nov. 11 through Sunday, Nov. 13. Bags of any sort, including purses, will not be permitted at the Bryce Jordan Center, Greenberg Ice Pavilion, Jeffrey Field and Rec Hall. For Saturday's (Nov. 12) football contest against Nebraska, fans are encouraged to arrive at gates earlier than usual as the extra safety measures may delay fans entrance into the stadium. Inspections will be more deliberate and thorough, and the University's regulation on bags will be strictly enforced. (more)

President Rodney Erickson shares promises with Penn State community

Friday, November 11, 2011

A Message From Penn State President Rodney Erickson Dear Penn State community, This note is the first of many that you will receive from me as Penn State's president. I will be sending emails periodically as part of my promise to you to provide meaningful and timely updates. Today I am outlining my promise to the Penn State community, which includes the naming of an ethics officer and a commitment to transparency as the University moves forward. Right now, the nation's eyes are upon us, looking at where we will go from here. Many of you already are representing this University's high standards for honesty and integrity. It is imperative that every member of our community model the best that Penn State has to offer as we begin to rebuild the confidence and trust that has been shaken this past week. Please join me in this effort to rebuild our community. Below, you will find my promise to all of you. (more)

Statement from Faculty Senate officers, Senate Council members

Friday, November 11, 2011

This is a difficult time for our entire University, including our students, staff, alumni, faculty and administration. The Grand Jury report regarding the alleged actions of a former assistant athletics coach, along with the allegations of perjury and failure to report on the part of administrators, are of immense concern. Until the judicial process is completed, it is inappropriate to comment on the case. All people are entitled to a fair trial without prejudgment. We call upon all members of the University community to rededicate ourselves to ensuring the integrity of our institution. Likewise, we are mindful of our collective role in contributing to providing a safe environment for all individuals who participate in our educational programs, and indeed in any activities associated with Penn State. Penn State's Faculty Senate will continue to do its part, and we urge all members of the University to act, as we believe the vast majority already do, in ways that bring honor to our institution and ourselves. Daniel R. Hagen, Senate Chair Larry C. Backer, Chair-Elect Pamela P. Hufnagel, Secretary Jean Landa Pytel, Immediate Past Chair Senate Council Members: Mohamad A. Ansari John W. Bagby Marilyn J. Blanco Victor W. Brunsden Caroline D. Eckhardt Roger A. Egolf John R. Hellmann Zachary T. Irwin Gul E. Kremer Courtney J. Lennartz Albert E. Luloff Robert D. Ricketts James M. Ruiz James A. Strauss Tramble T. Turner (more)

Frazier to chair special investigation committee

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Board of Trustees today (Nov. 11) announced that Trustee Ken Frazier will serve as chair of the special investigation committee they announced on Nov. 8. Education Secretary and Trustee Ron Tomalis will serve as the vice chair. The committee will undertake a full and complete investigation of the circumstances that gave rise to the grand jury report. The committee will be commissioned to determine what failures occurred, who is responsible and what measures are necessary to ensure that this never happens again. (more)

Board of Trustees meets; President Erickson's remarks

Friday, November 11, 2011

The Penn State Board of Trustees met today (Nov. 11) on the University Park campus. In his remarks, President Rodney Erickson thanked the board for its confidence in him and the other members of Penn State's administrative team, and expressed his commitment to move forward. (more)

Student leaders seek unity, positive actions

Thursday, November 10, 2011

University Park Undergraduate Association President TJ Bard spoke to a crowd assembled on the Old Main patio on Thursday afternoon, urging the Penn State community to stand behind those who have the best interest of the University in mind. He and other student leaders held the event to help their fellow students support each other and stand united during this trying time, in ways that reflect positively on Penn State. "Remember that you are Penn State, you and your actions reflect directly on all that we stand for. We still are, and always will be, Penn State. Let's show the world what that means," Bard told the crowd. To see a video of his remarks, visit online. (more)

A message from Rodney Erickson

Thursday, November 10, 2011

This is one of the saddest weeks in the history of Penn State. It has been difficult to comprehend the horrific nature of the allegations that were revealed in the Attorney General's presentment last week. As a member of the Penn State community for 34 years, as a parent, and as a grandfather, I find the charges as they have been described to be devastating, and my heart goes out to those who have been victimized and their families. This is a terrible tragedy for everyone involved, and it will take some time to bring a measure of understanding and resolution to the community. In addition to the legal process under way, Penn State's Board of Trustees has authorized a full investigation " determine what failures occurred, who is responsible, and what measures are necessary to insure that this never happens at our University again and that those responsible are held fully accountable." As those involved pursue their cases, I also urge you, as Penn Staters, to be patient, to avoid speculation, and to refrain from passing judgment until the facts are known. As you are now aware, the Board of Trustees has asked me to serve as the president of Penn State effective immediately. I undertake these duties with a firm sense of resolve, and I ask for your support as we move forward. And move forward, we must and we will. Penn State has a long and storied tradition that has endured for more than 150 years. Our roots are deep, our constitution is resilient, and the importance of our work is as vital today as it was last week - perhaps even more so in the face of such adversity. We are 96,000 students, 46,000 employees, and more than a half a million alumni. We are 24 campuses across the Commonwealth and a World Campus. We are a university that is committed to its core values of honesty, integrity, and community. We are a university that will rebuild the trust and confidence that so many people have had in us for so many years. Through your conduct every day, you can play a role in restoring the integrity, honor, and pride that have always characterized Penn State. I share your anger and sadness in this time, but always remember that your actions reflect on the entire Penn State community. Please set an example that will make us all proud. Moving forward is the only responsible course to take in the coming months. I ask for the full support of our faculty, students, staff, and alumni, and in return I will do my best to lead this institution through the challenges ahead. Thank you for being a part of Penn State. Dr. Rodney Erickson has shared a video message with the Penn State community. To watch, visit (more)

Board of Trustees announces leadership changes at Penn State

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees and Graham Spanier have decided that, effective immediately, Dr. Spanier is no longer President of the University. Additionally, the board determined that it is in the best interest of the University for Joe Paterno to no longer serve as head football coach, effective immediately. The board has named Dr. Rodney A. Erickson, executive vice president and provost, as the interim president of the University. Tom Bradley, assistant coach, has been named interim head football coach. (more)

Statement by Graham Spanier

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

It has been my great privilege and honor to serve Penn State for more than 25 years, including the past 16 as president. I have said before that the position I occupy is the dream job in American higher education, and I am proud of what we have all done together to advance our programs, support our students, and enhance pride in our institution. Our great university has been rocked by serious charges against a former coach. The presentment by the Attorney General describes acts that should never be tolerated or ignored. I was stunned and outraged to learn that any predatory act might have occurred in a University facility or by someone associated with the University. I am heartbroken to think that any child may have been hurt and have deep convictions about the need to protect children and youth. My heartfelt sympathies go out to all those who may have been victimized. I would never hesitate to report a crime if I had any suspicion that one had been committed. The acts of no one person should define this university. Penn State is defined by the traditions, loyalty and integrity of hundreds of thousands of students, alumni and employees. Penn State and its Board of Trustees are in the throes of dealing with and recovering from this crisis, and there is wisdom in a transition in leadership so that there are no distractions in allowing the University to move forward. This University is a large and complex institution, and although I have always acted honorably and in the best interests of the University, the buck stops here. In this situation, I believe it is in the best interests of the University to give my successor a clear path for resolving the issues before us. I will always value the wonderful relationships that I have developed with the many thousands of Penn Staters, community leaders and members of the higher education community throughout the country. I will continue to serve the University in every way possible and celebrate the greatness of Penn State. Graham Spanier (more)

Statement by The Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

The Board of Trustees of The Pennsylvania State University is outraged by the horrifying details contained in the Grand Jury Report. As parents, alumni and members of the Penn State Community, our hearts go out to all of those impacted by these terrible events, especially the tragedies involving children and their families. We cannot begin to express the combination of sorrow and anger that we feel about the allegations surrounding Jerry Sandusky. We hear those of you who feel betrayed and we want to assure all of you that the Board will take swift, decisive action. (more)

Renaissance Fund dinner postponed

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Penn State President Graham Spanier announced the postponement of the 35th annual Renaissance Fund dinner, originally scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 9. Spanier asked for the postponement of the dinner, which was to honor him and his wife, professor of English Sandra Spanier, until spring because "our attention is so heavily focused right now on the troubling charges by the Attorney General." (more)

Trustees announce 2 officials to step down while case is investigated

Monday, November 07, 2011

Following an executive session held Sunday night (Nov. 6), members of Penn State's Board of Trustees and President Graham Spanier received a request from athletic director Tim Curley to be placed on administrative leave so he can devote the time needed to defend himself against recent allegations by the Pennsylvania Attorney General. Gary Schultz, interim senior vice president for finance and business, will step down so that he also can defend himself and return to retirement. (more)

Statement from President Spanier

Saturday, November 05, 2011

The allegations about a former coach are troubling, and it is appropriate that they be investigated thoroughly. Protecting children requires the utmost vigilance. With regard to the other presentments, I wish to say that Tim Curley and Gary Schultz have my unconditional support. I have known and worked daily with Tim and Gary for more than 16 years. I have complete confidence in how they have handled the allegations about a former University employee. Tim Curley and Gary Schultz operate at the highest levels of honesty, integrity and compassion. I am confident the record will show that these charges are groundless and that they conducted themselves professionally and appropriately. Graham Spanier (more)