Penn State issues statement on Mitchell report

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Sen. George Mitchell, the independent third-party athletics integrity monitor for Penn State, today (Nov. 30) issued his first report regarding the University's performance under the Athletics Integrity Agreement, which was entered into in August by the University, the NCAA and the Big Ten Conference as part of the consent decree imposed by the NCAA.

"This report indicates the strength of Penn State’s continuing commitment to integrity, responsibility, institutional control and ethical conduct, as well as the significant progress that Penn State has made since July," said University President Rodney Erickson. "We are proud of our University, including most specifically our students, faculty and staff, and we also are proud of our efforts to date in complying with the Athletics Integrity Agreement. While we recognize that there is much more to do, we’re happy that Sen. Mitchell and his team recognize all that we have done and we are committed to continuing these efforts, in full compliance with the consent decree and the Athletics Integrity Agreement."

Mitchell's position as athletics integrity monitor was established by the Athletics Integrity Agreement, a document that contains a number of prescriptive measures designed to ensure Penn State continues to meet all applicable NCAA and Big Ten rules and standards of integrity. Sen. Mitchell's five-year appointment to the post began in August. The report, which will be produced quarterly, evaluates Penn State’s activities and efforts under the Athletics Integrity Agreement.

The complete text of the report and information about actions Penn State has taken is available at www.dlapiper.com.

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Last Updated November 30, 2012