Penn State Trustees Adopt Anti-Abuse Measures

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Monday, January 23, 2012

At its first public meeting since November, when the child sex-abuse scandal broke, Pennsylvania State University's board of trustees adopted sweeping changes Friday to improve safety on campus and voted in yet another leadership change, this time appointing a new chair and vice chair of the board.

Throughout the meeting and at a news conference afterward, board members pledged to look at and investigate everything, including whether the board should agree to allow itself to be open to further scrutiny under the Right to Know Act.

The five-point plan unanimously approved by the board, including Gov. Corbett, who remained for the entire daylong meeting, was recommended by a committee appointed by the trustees to investigate the scandal.

The task force, headed by former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh, is still investigating, but the board said it wanted to make preliminary changes to safeguard the school against another scandal like the one involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky was arrested in November and charged with repeatedly sexually assaulting young boys on and off campus.

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