Penn State's Culture of Reverence Led to 'Total Disregard' for Children's Safety

The Freeh report paints an ugly picture of leaders' turning a blind eye to abuse on their campus.


Leadership & Governance

A Powerful President Sought First to Protect His University's Reputation

Thus far Graham B. Spanier has not faced criminal liability for his role. That may soon change.



How the Penn State Report Implicates Top Officials

The report paints a damning portrait of how they handled sex-abuse charges. We break down which administrators knew what—and why they failed to act.


Interactive: Follow the E-Mail Chains of University Leaders

Investigators working on a report about Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal uncovered dozens of emails in which top university administrators discuss how to respond to allegations against the former coach.

Leadership & Governance

How the Sex-Abuse Scandal Unfolded: a Timeline

A grand-jury report released in 2011 highlighted key events in the scandal's history.


Leadership & Governance

Graham Spanier Is Charged With Concealing Child Abuse

The former Penn State president is accused of being part of a "conspiracy of silence." He faces eight criminal counts, five of which are felonies.


Leadership & Governance

Behind an Ex-President, a Band of Loyalists

As Graham Spanier fights to clear his name, an eclectic group of defenders has coalesced around the former Penn State chief.



The View From Ground Zero

Coping with public scorn, faculty members in State College also see a chance to shift the balance of power.



NCAA Levies $60-Million Fine Against Penn State

The punishment is likely to hobble the university's football team for years to come.

The Ticker

NCAA Restores Penn State Football Wins Forfeited After Sandusky Scandal

The agreement resolved a long-running lawsuit that had challenged how the NCAA had punished Penn State. It meant that the association's $60 million fine against the university would be spent within Pennsylvania.


The Chronicle Review

Why I Resigned the Paterno Chair

It was the Paterno Family Professorship in Literature. That's all you need to know, right? No. In fact, much of what you think you know is wrong.



The NCAA Entrenches Itself as Part of the Problem

Forget Penn State: The NCAA's vengeful reaction obscures the resolve we'll need to deal with the conflict between sports and academics.



It's a Guy Thing at Penn State, and That's a Problem

Would the presence of a woman in authority in the athletic department have made a difference as the scandal unfolded?