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Faculty Senate Withdraws Motion to Throw Support Behind Erickson; Clery Act Report Due Back Soon

by on December 04, 2012 6:10 PM

Some Penn State Faculty Senators said it's too late to release an official statement of support for the actions taken regarding the NCAA sanctions in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, and a resolution was pulled, not even making it to a vote. 

While senators have expressed their support for Penn State President Rodney Erickson, they did not want to vote on a resolution that they said should have been passed months ago. 

The Faculty Senate met at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday in 112 Kern for its regular December meeting, its last of 2012. Erickson spoke for some time before the Senate, briefing it on current events and keeping it up-to-date on some of the more pressing administrative matters. 

Erickson said undergraduate applications are gaining strength. He recently announced that applications were down to around 2009 levels, but in the last week alone, Penn State received 7,000 undergraduate applications. 

Officials from the U.S. Department of Education have been conducting an investigation of Penn State in regard to its compliance with the Clery Act. Penn State should receive a report in the near future, Erickson said, though it will not automatically be made public. Erickson said the report will be given to Penn State officials first so that they can submit a response to the Department of Education, if warranted. 

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