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ID Card Required to Access Recreational Facilities Under New Policy in Wake of Sandusky Scandal

by on August 19, 2012 9:11 AM

A new policy has been implemented in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal that restricts most members of the public from using on-campus recreational facilities such as Rec Hall and the IM Building.

A Penn State student or faculty/staff/retiree ID card is required to gain access to these facilities. One additional guest is permitted. According to Penn State, the policy was implemented July 11, two days before the release of the university-commissioned Freeh Report.

"The University's new facilities policy is an important part of an overall plan to provide the safest environment possible to our constituents, and also re-emphasizes our commitment to offer athletic and recreational space for the use of our students, faculty, staff and their guests," Steve Shelow, assistant vice president for University Police and Public Safety, said in a press release. "It's important to note that we will continue to honor prior agreements with outside organizations to use these facilities."

According to Penn State, any exceptions to this policy must be given in writing, and approved by the facilities office responsible for athletic and recreational facility access.

Acting athletic director Dave Joyner and Mark Bodenschatz, associate athletic director of facilities and operations, will oversee the policy's implementation, including necessary physical changes to limit access and the addition of appropriate staff, the school said.

"Penn State Athletics has proactively pursued this important change in University policy," Joyner said in a press release. "This is the latest step in our department's efforts to strengthen the safety and security of our facilities for students."

Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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