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Faculty Senate Defeats Motions Regarding NCAA Action

by on October 16, 2012 5:59 PM

The Penn State Faculty Senate defeated two motions attempting to send statements of disapproval to the NCAA over the sanctions dealt after the Freeh report was released. 

Faculty senators met at 1:30 in 112 Kern and made an effort to cut out much discussion and get right to the voting – one representative from the School of Nursing said their feelings toward the NCAA sanctions and Freeh report had been talked about 'ad nauseam.' 

Votes were tallied electronically with clickers and both motions failed. 

Presented by Senators Keith Nelson and Patricia Koch, the intent of the motions was to send to the NCAA sanctioning board a statement regarding the penalties imposed on Penn State in July. Senators in support of the motion consider the sanctions unfair and a breach of power that led to the victimization of student athletes who did nothing to deserve their scholarships revoked.

The other was a motion to endorse the statement by 30 past chairs of the Penn State Faculty Senate that condemned the Freeh Report and NCAA Sanctions. Both were originally presented and discussed at the senate's regular meeting in August. 

Before votes were tallied, several senators spoke out against the motions, calling now the time to 'move forward' and that their cry of unfairness will do nothing to change the penalties levied against Penn State. 

A student representative from the College of Engineering read a statement endorsed by the University Park Undergraduate Association that stated on behalf of the student body, there is no wish to pursue further action against the NCAA and that the students believe it best to comply with the sanctions and Sen. George Mitchell. 

A representative from the NCAA sanctioning board attended the meeting, but left following the vote. 

Penn State President Rodney Erickson addressed the senate at the beginning of the meeting. 

"We're about three weeks from my one-year anniversary as president," he said. "I guess that means the honeymoon period is over."

Erickson said the Clery investigation is coming to a close and the university will receive an analysis in a matter of months. Clery investigators have been looking into whether there was any oversight by Penn State officials that allowed a child predator to roam free on campus for more than a decade. 

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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