US universities strengthen rules after Sandusky scandal

September 3, 2013

Many universities in the US have strengthened their rules and regulations around sexual assault reporting in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case, which has cost Pennsylvania State University several million dollars in settlements and legal costs so far. University of Mississippi administrators have passed a rule stating that nobody 18 or older can have one-on-one contact with a minor. At the University of Kansas, bylaws have been rewritten to say that any employee who doesn’t comply with rules about reporting sex crimes can be fired. The University of Southern California has brought in the former FBI investigator who reported on the Penn State failings to brief administration on good policies and rules. In total, 79.7% of institutions with athletes playing at the highest level in university sports have either reviewed or strengthened their policies regarding minors on campus since the Sandusky scandal. Columbus Dispatch