Penn State faculty wants independent investigation

BY foxsports • November 18, 2011

Faculty members at Penn State on Friday called for an independent investigation of how the university handled allegations of child sexual abuse, and the school indicated that may be forthcoming.

The faculty Senate endorsed a resolution asking for an investigation to be led by a committee whose chair has no links to Penn State. The resolution also called for a majority of the group's members to have never been affiliated with the university.

Penn State has faced criticism since announcing last week that an internal investigation would be led by two university trustees, Merck pharmaceutical company CEO Kenneth Frazier and state Education Secretary Ronald Tomalis.

The investigation is related to charges that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky molested eight boys over a 15-year period. Authorities say some assaults happened on campus and were reported to administrators but not to police.

Amid the scandal, Penn State's board of trustees ousted university president Graham Spanier and fired football coach Joe Paterno. The trustees said Spanier and Paterno failed to act after a graduate assistant claimed he saw Sandusky sexually abusing a young boy in a campus shower in 2002.

Paterno, major college football's winningest coach, has conceded he should have done more. Spanier has said he would have reported a crime if he had suspected one had been committed.

Sandusky has said he is innocent. He has acknowledged he showered with boys but said he never molested them.

Former school administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are charged with not properly alerting authorities to suspected abuse and with perjury. They maintain their innocence.

University spokeswoman Lisa Powers released a statement Friday saying trustees are ''moving quickly to announce additional information related to the special investigatory committee'' that may resolve some of the faculty's concerns.

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett also hinted an independent firm would be involved during a news conference earlier this week. He rebuffed a question on why an outside consultant wasn't being brought in to investigate Penn State.

''Who says there isn't?'' Corbett said Wednesday. ''You have to wait to hear from Ken Frazier and the board of trustees. You will see something.''