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Paterno Family Sues NCAA to Overturn Penn State Penalties

The family of the late Pennsylvania State University football coach Joe Paterno on Thursday filed a lawsuit seeking to overturn the NCAA’s punishments against Penn State that stemmed from the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, according to The Patriot-News. The suit’s plaintiffs include Mr. Paterno’s family as well as five members of Penn State’s Board of Trustees, four Penn State faculty members, and a group of former players and coaches.

Penn State itself is not a party to the lawsuit, and the …


Penn State Sues Insurer Over Claims From Sandusky Scandal

Pennsylvania State University sued its insurance carrier in state court on Tuesday, asserting that the company was not honoring its obligation to cover legal claims stemming from the conduct of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach who was convicted last year of sexually abusing boys. The Associated Press reported that the university’s complaint said the institution had been sued or contacted by more than two dozen claimants, but that the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Ass…


Faculty Offers Ideas for Revamping Penn State’s Board of Trustees

Members of Pennsylvania State University’s Faculty Senate have weighed in with a suggestion for how the university can improve its much-criticized governance: Put a couple of us on the Board of Trustees.

That recommendation came in a report issued on Monday by a senate committee that spent nearly a year studying the structure and practices of Penn State’s board. The report argues that the current method of selecting trustees is “anachronistic,” and it says the board would benefit from adding two…


Pa. Auditor Calls on Penn State to Reform Governance in Scandal’s Wake

Pennsylvania’s auditor general, Jack Wagner, on Wednesday called on Pennsylvania State University to reform its governance structure in the wake of the Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, recommending that the university reduce the size of its Board of Trustees and remove its president as a member of the governing body. Mr. Wagner laid out more than two dozen recommendations in a 124-page report that addresses what it identifies as deficiencies in the governing board’s structure. The document expands …


Reactions to Graham Spanier’s Indictment

Pennsylvania prosecutors on Thursday filed several felony charges against Graham B. Spanier that accuse the former president of Pennsylvania State University of conspiring with subordinates to cover up child-abuse allegations in the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Mr. Spanier maintains his innocence, and his lawyers blasted the state attorney general’s accusations. But some observers remain surprised at the rapid fall of one of higher education’s most prominent figures. Here’s a look at what they’re say…


Penn State’s Ex-President Indicted on 5 Charges in Sandusky Scandal

For more on this story, see this Chronicle article.

[Updated (11/1/2012, 12:50 p.m.) to include details from the attorney general's announcement.]

Graham B. Spanier, the former president of Pennsylvania State University, has been indicted on five charges related to the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, the state’s attorney general announced at a news conference on Thursday. The charges against the former president, who was forced out last year as news of the scandal unfolded, include one count o…


Citing Fallout From Scandal, Moody’s Lowers Penn State’s Credit Rating

Moody’s Investors Service on Friday downgraded Pennsylvania State University’s long-term credit rating, anticipating that lawsuits stemming from the Sandusky sex-abuse scandal could have “substantial” consequences for the university’s finances. The ratings agency lowered Penn State’s $893-million in debt to Aa2, the third-highest of its 10 categories, from Aa1. The move also “reflects governance and institutional-culture challenges facing the university,” the agency said, noting that…


Penn State’s Sandusky Is Sentenced to At Least 30 Years in Prison

A Pennsylvania judge on Tuesday sentenced Jerry Sandusky, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach who was convicted on 45 counts related to child sex abuse, to 30 to 60 years in prison, The Patriot-News reports. Judge John M. Cleland handed down the sentence the day after Mr. Sandusky proclaimed his innocence and accused his victims of lodging “false allegations” against him. The judge said the sentence would put Mr. Sandusky, who is 68, in prison for the rest of hi…


Penn State Officials Ask Court for Separate Trials

Gary C. Schultz, the former Pennsylvania State University senior vice president for business and finance who was charged with perjury for his role in the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal, has asked a Pennsylvania court to try him separately from the other Penn State official who faces similar charges. The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Mr. Schultz’s lawyer filed a motion on Monday seeking separate trials, and also indicated that Timothy M. Curley, Penn State’s athletic director who is on…


Penn State Sued by Sandusky Victim Whose Accusations Sparked Scandal

The victim of child molesting by Jerry Sandusky whose accusations sparked an investigation that rocked Pennsylvania State University—and led to the former football coach’s conviction in June—has now sued the university, the Associated Press reports.

According to a lawsuit filed late Friday in state court, the victim, identified only as “John Doe C,” says Penn State intentionally did not report Mr. Sandusky to the authorities because of its greater concern for “its economic self-interests, and to…