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HERSHEY — Penn State has started implementing new guidelines borne of recommendations by former FBI director Louis Freeh that it hopes will improve the protocols involved in identifying and reporting child sex abuse.


The steps outlined to university trustees Friday by school President Rodney Erickson focused on areas such as the prompt reporting of allegations and a new compliance offer. They were initially put forward by Freeh, who's heading the trustees' internal investigation into a child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.


The details came amid what proved to be another busy legal day in the case against Sandusky. The school's lawyer said that a number of Penn State employees had received subpoenas from the state attorney general's office, while Sandusky's lawyer told a judge he needs psychological reports, juvenile arrest records and other documents about his client's accusers to prepare for trial.


Erickson said he knows the names of some of the staffers who received subpoenas. He declined to release their names but said at least a half-dozen people got them, ranging from senior officials to low-level staffers. He said he wasn't subpoenaed, and trustees chair Karen Peetz said she hadn't heard of trustees being subpoenaed, either.


The school wasn't officially notified of the subpoenas; instead leaders found out after recipients contacted the school's general counsel. They were advised to get their own lawyers, Peetz said.


"We expected it, knowing that there was an (investigation) going on. ... No one was alarmed," Peetz said. "We expect this will take some time to play out."


The university, embroiled in the scandal since Sandusky's arrest Nov. 5, is trying to move forward while still dealing with the legal implications that keep refocusing attention on the past. Some vocal alumni remain angry with the board's actions in the frantic week that followed Sandusky's arrest, including the ouster of the late Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno and then-school President Graham Spanier.


University leaders have said they hope the Freeh-inspired guidelines confirm their dedication to addressing head-on questions and research about child sex abuse. Changes include enhancing background checks for staffers working with children and adding employees to help with compliance with various federal laws and NCAA rules.


Erickson said Penn State will immediately retrieve keys, access cards and other property from people who are no longer formally associated with the university.




The school wasn't officially notified of the subpoenas; instead leaders found out after recipients contacted the school's general counsel. They were advised to get their own lawyers, Peetz said.



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