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PSU tightens access to facilities in fallout of scandal

by Admin 23. August 2012 15:57

A college in Pennsylvania has tightened access to its facilities in the aftermath of a scandal, according to a published report.

Only students, faculty, staff members and retirees who are equipped with identification cards may use the various recreational facilities of Pennsylvania State University, according to StateCollege.com.

The newly ordered policy targets members of the public who have no association with the school.

Those who are equipped with the correct identification card may bring with them one guest.

The new policy was executed on July 11, 48 hours prior to the release of a probing report orchestrated by Louis B. Freeh, who was hired by the school to investigate how the administration handled circumstances surrounding pedophilia allegations against an assistant coach with the school's football team.

"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," assistant vice president Steve Shelow with University Police and Public Safety said. "It's important to note that we will continue to honor prior agreements with outside organizations to use these facilities."

The school mandated that any exception to the policy implemented last month must be articulated in writing and verified for approval by the school facilities that are tasked with overseeing access to the athletic and recreational facility.

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

Graham B. Spanier, formerly the president of the school prior to being terminated in the wake of the scandal, insisted in an interview with ABC News that he did not cover up the assistant football coach's crimes against boys.

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