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Mitchell Releases Fifth Report on Penn State Compliance

by on December 06, 2013 3:26 PM

Former Senator George Mitchell released his fifth quarterly report on Penn State's athletics integrity, highlighting the university's continued commitment to complying with the obligations of the athletics integrity agreement set forth by the NCAA.

Mitchell commended Penn State for ensuring that the changes the university has made as a result of the integrity agreement will be embedded into the school's future.

"Since our first annual report in September, Penn State has continued to make progress toward the completion of the handful of recommendations made in the Freeh Report that have not yet been fully implemented," Mitchell says in a news release.

Mitchell also says Penn State has made a second phase of efforts to improve the university's ethics that go beyond the recommendations laid out in the Freeh Report.

More concretely, Mitchell pointed to Penn State's hiring of a specialist in ethics and a youth programs specialist to illustrate the university's continuing effort to establish a network to disseminate information about youth programs and the security of the kids who participate.

Other things Mitchell pointed out include the second annual conference on child maltreatment that Penn State hosted and the university's athletics integrity officer and athletics compliance staff making a presentation at a conference of compliance officers from across the Big Ten Conference.

"Penn State's administration continues to cooperate fully with our monitorship efforts," Mitchell says.

Mitchell was hired by Penn State as part of the athletics integrity agreement with the NCAA. He acts as an independent monitor.

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Adam Lidgett is a freelance reporter who has covered news and feature stories in State College and Centre County.
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