Penn State fifth interim report

This is the fifth quarterly report of the independent athletics integrity monitor (Monitor) pursuant to section III of the Consent Decree between the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Pennsylvania State University (Penn State or the University), and article IV of the Athletics Integrity Agreement (AIA) among the NCAA, Penn State, and the Big Ten Conference.

Penn State has continued to comply with its obligations under the AIA. Since our first annual report in September, Penn State has continued to make progress toward the completion of the handful of recommendations made in the report by Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan LLP dated 12 July 2012 (the Freeh Report) that have not yet been implemented completely. In addition, the University has released a plan for its second phase of efforts to improve the University in ways that go beyond the recommendations of the Freeh Report while ensuring that changes put into place since the Consent Decree and the AIA will become embedded in the University’s structure and culture.

During this most recent period, Penn State’s director of university ethics and compliance expanded his staff and distributed a survey to collect information about the institution’s core values. The recently hired youth programmes compliance specialist continued her effort to understand the breadth of activities relating to minors and to establish a network for sharing information about youth programmes and the security of their participants. Penn State hosted its second annual conference on child maltreatment, and through this and many other initiatives during the quarter the University continued to further its commitment to prevent child abuse and assist its victims…

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