DLA Piper and senator George J Mitchell have announced that the senator has delivered his seventh quarterly report as the independent athletics integrity monitor under the Athletics Integrity Agreement (AIA) among the Pennsylvania State University, the National Collegiate Athletics Association, and the Big Ten Conference.
The seventh report describes Penn State’s effort during the most recent 90-day period to fulfill its obligations under the AIA and the Consent Decree, including the implementation of recommendations made in the July 2012 report by Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan LLP.
This quarter, Dr Eric Barron succeeded Dr Rodney Erickson as the 18th president of the university. ‘Dr Barron pledged that I would continue to receive complete co-operation from the university, as has been the case since the inception of my duties,’ senator Mitchell said.
During the most recent period, ‘Penn State’s Office of Ethics and Compliance adopted a compliance plan approved by a committee of its board of trustees, and the university’s intercollegiate athletics compliance department became the first in the country with five members certified by the National Association for Athletics Compliance,’ senator Mitchell reported. ‘We observed the university’s continued work to enhance security at recreational and athletic facilities, attention and adherence to its commitments under the AIA, and further development of its Clery Act compliance programme.’
The AIA implements provisions of the binding consent decree between the NCAA and Penn State dated 23 July 2012. Senator Mitchell was named the independent athletics integrity monitor after the consent decree was finalised.
The monitor performs an independent role and is not an agent of Penn State, the NCAA, or the Big Ten Conference. The monitor will provide quarterly written reports to Penn State, the NCAA, and the Big Ten Conference during his tenure.
Senator Mitchell is the chairman emeritus of DLA Piper.