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PSU's Report Into Sandusky Among Trustee Topics

How the university handled the molestation scandal is among the topics expected to take center stage as trustees start two days of meetings.

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013  |  Updated 7:07 AM EDT
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PSU's Report Into Sandusky Among Trustee Topics

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Penn State's internal report into how university officials handled the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal is among the topics expected to take center stage as trustees start two days of meetings.

The university's board will convene Thursday in Hershey, and is expected also to consider changes to its own make-up.
 
The trustees' governance structure has been criticized for having the university president serve as a voting member, as well as the participation of the governor.
 
Penn State commissioned an examination of the scandal by a group led by former FBI director Louis Freeh. It's been a target for critics since its release last summer, and the family of former football coach Joe Paterno recently issued its own response.
 
On Tuesday, the university released a document long sought by the board's critics that detailed the agreement made with former FBI director Louis Freeh to investigate the Sandusky scandal.

The letter from Freeh was signed Dec. 2, 2011 by then-board chair Steve Garban and trustee Kenneth Frazier, who headed the trustees committee to which Freeh reported.
 
Freeh concluded that Paterno and three school administrators acted to conceal allegations against Sandusky to protect the school's image. The administrators have vehemently denied the findings.
 
Paterno died in January 2012. Last month, an exhaustive critique commissioned by his family called Freeh's findings inaccurate and unfounded, and resulted in a ``rush to injustice.''
 
That review raised new questions about the report and the university's handling of the findings from the alumni critics, some ex-players and a handful of trustees including the outspoken Anthony Lubrano. In particular, Lubrano has said the school should ask for a refund from Freeh because the investigation was not full or complete.
 
Sandusky, a former assistant under Paterno, is serving prison time after being convicted of child molestation charges.

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