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Penn State Announces More Than Half of Freeh's Recommendations Implemented

by on November 29, 2012 6:14 AM

Out of the 119 recommendations made my Louis Freeh in his report, more than half have been put into place at Penn State to at least some degree, officials announced. 

Some of the recommendations are listed as ongoing because of the nature of the university's response that calls for action to be taken over time, according to a statement from Penn State officials. 

The most up-to-date progress was also announced at the Nov. 16 Board of Trustees meeting. 

Freeh's report was released on July 12. The former FBI Director was hired by the Penn State Board of Trustees to conduct an independent, internal investigation of the university to determine whether any administrative oversight allowed a child predator to roam free on campus. 

During a press conference held in Philadelphia on the day of the report's release, Freeh condemned former top administrators and alleged a cover-up of Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse had taken place. 

The university is now reporting that of the recommendations, 44 are "complete or substantially complete," 17 are "ongoing an continuous" and 58 are "in progress or on track."

University officials announced that zero recommendations require outside intervention or are behind schedule. 

The recommendations serve the intent to strengthen Penn State's policies and performance in areas such as safety and governance.

Each of the recommendations has been assigned to one or more individuals within the Penn State administration for review, analysis and possible implementation, and each area will receive oversight and progress monitoring by one of the standing committees of the Board of Trustees, the statement said.

Penn State officials said all 119 recommendations should be in place by the end of 2013. 

"We continue to make great progress in assessing and implementing the Freeh report recommendations," said Penn State President Rodney Erickson. "I'm pleased with the strong collaboration that has been demonstrated across all of our departments and proud that in just four months, we have been able to complete half of the recommendations."

A complete update of status of the recommendations and the action Penn State has taken is available online, updated monthly on the university's 'Progress' website

Freeh Matrix

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