Director of Ethics and Compliance Updates Compliance Program at Penn State
At the Penn State Board of Trustees Committee on Legal and Compliance meeting, Director of University Ethics and Compliance Regis Becker gave a report on a plan to evaluate the ethics compliance program at Penn State.
One of the primary points in the plan Becker raised was the importance of delegating proper authority within the university.
"This means the university is practicing due diligence in assigning authority to responsible individuals and people who obviously don't have misconduct in the past," Becker said.
Other areas of the compliance plan include proper reporting structures for non-compliance and training and education so people know what to report and how to report it.
Becker also said that a total of 12 Penn State sports teams will be using special software to monitor all communication a coach might have with a recruit.
Penn State is also in the process of establishing a more concrete youth compliance process, to help create consistency between all the different youth programs Penn State offers.
Penn State Athletics Integrity Officer Julie Del Giorno also gave a short report, saying that, while involved in the selection process of naming new Penn State athletics coaches, she saw many talented people interview for positions at the university.
"I found the candidate pools to be exemplary," Del Giorno said. "People are very interested in coming to Penn State and leading athletic programs."
Del Giorno also said she was in the process of developing an athletics integrity ANGEL page to make updates more accessible and to serve as the historical record of Penn State's compliance with the athletics integrity agreement signed with the NCAA.
Penn State President Rodney Erickson attended the meeting but did not offer any comments.