The major sex-abuse scandal engulfing Penn State University has caught the attention of the United States Senate. ESPN.com reported on November 22, 2011, the Senate “has scheduled the first congressional hearing in the wake of the Penn State child abuse scandal. Three senators announced Monday that a Dec. 13 hearing will examine how well the nation is protecting children from abuse and neglect.” The hearing was requested by Senator Bob Casey (PA) to the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee.
Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was accused on November 5, 2011, of sexually-abusing eight boys. The state also charged Penn State’s director of athletics and a vice-president for finance and business with perjury and failing to report what they knew about the allegations. ESPN.com reported “former coach Jerry Sandusky, 67, of State College, was arrested Saturday and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts” and “athletic director Tim Curley, 57, and Penn State vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz, 62, both of Boalsburg, were expected to turn themselves in Monday in Harrisburg”. The online article explains “Schultz’s position includes oversight of the university’s police department”.
Based on this unfortunate story, the Michael L. Buckner Law Firm recommends institutions: (1) implement clear and consistent policies and procedures for reporting alleged criminal violations to the pertinent law enforcement agencies; and (2) provide university employees with education on reporting protocols.