The Effect of the Abuse Scandals at Penn State and Syracuse

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The Effect of the Abuse Scandals at Penn State and Syracuse Introduction In the fall of 2011 Penn State University was rocked when allegations of sexual misconduct with a child were leveled against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Within a month another scandal erupted at Syracuse University when similar charges surfaced against Bernie Fine, associate head basketball coach at the university. Though different in circumstance both of these incidences had repercussions that reached beyond far beyond their respective campuses, touching off a media storm. The Facts Penn State University On Saturday November 5, 2011, former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was charged that he preyed on boys he met through The Second Mile, a charity he founded for at-risk youths. Sandusky was indicted on 42 counts of child molestation dating from 1994 to 2009, though the alleged abuse may date as far back as the 1970s. Two high-ranking Penn State administrators also face charges they lied about knowledge of the crimes to a grand jury. The grand jury investigation charged that several high-level school officials committed perjury. Many of these were suspended, or dismissed for allegedly covering up the incidents or failing to notify authorities. In the wake of the scandal, school president Graham Spanier was forced to resign, and head football coach Joe Paterno was fired in the middle of the football season. Sandusky has denied the allegations. He is currently

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