PSU Alumni Issues Statement

By: Chris Gates

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) —The Penn State Alumni Association was the last to speak out about the recent allegations surrounding several members of the Penn State football program and athletic department Monday evening.

The Alumni Association released a statement regarding the allegations, stating it shares the concerns of Penn State alumni across the country and will appoint a task force to conduct and independent review of the university’s policies and procedures related to the protection of children.

Here’s the entire statement from the Penn State Alumni Association:

“This is a deeply troubling time for Penn State and the Penn State Alumni Association. The allegations against a former assistant football coach on charges of child sexual abuse and the subsequent perjury allegations against the director of athletics and the interim vice president for business and finance have shaken the University community profoundly and have resulted in these two University officials stepping down.

“The Alumni Association has received e-mails, social network postings, and calls from alumni expressing their deep concern regarding the charges—and we share those concerns. All alumni communications are being acknowledged and forwarded to multiple members of the University administration.

“Certainly the officers and staff of the Alumni Association are greatly concerned about the children who are said to be involved and understand we have a duty to keep them safe.

“The Alumni Association supports the University’s Board of Trustees, which met Sunday night, Nov. 6, and announced steps designed to increase the safety and security of all University facilities and to make changes to promote insufficient procedures. The chair of the Board of Trustees will:

  1. Appoint a task force to engage external legal counsel to conduct an independent review of the University’s policies and procedures related to the protection of children. This action is not intended to interfere with the ongoing judicial process.
  2. Publicize the findings of the independent review.
  3. Review police reporting protocols with administrators.
  4. Enhance educational programming around such topics.

“Going forward, the Alumni Association will continue to support the University and the Board of Trustees in efforts to reinforce that Penn State remains committed to honesty, integrity, and the ideals expressed in our Alma Mater.”

  • Sherrie

    What business is it for the alumni to get involved? I have issues with all of that!!! Is it because the school will lose alumni dollars? That’s what it is, it’s all about dollar signs. Alumni probably called the association and told them that they would not continue to contribute and they appeased them with this “investigation”. Oh please!!! I live in “Unhappy Valley” and this is ridiculous. Graham Spanier needs to be fired, and I hope, when Gov. Corbett comes into town to meet with the Board of Trustees, that they come to this decision. I know that Joe Paterno will be forced to retire. It’s sad that he will be the “patsy” in this.

    • Roman

      JoPa did the right thing. He reported the incident and legally that is where his duty stops. The administration are the ones who dropped the ball or if you like, covered it up. A better question why didn’t the former D.A. Press charges against Sandusky. No one seems concerned about that. Yes, the sexual crimes may have taken place at PSU but wasn’t one of their programs. The total weight falls on Sandusky and his charity. Leave Joe alone.

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