Just five weeks after a grand jury indicted Sandusky on 40 counts of sex crimes in November, the Maryland university system put into place a policy outlining exactly what university employees and students are to do if they suspect child abuse or neglect.
Through a spokesman, Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson declined to comment for this story — both in his capacity overseeing the Terrapins’ athletic department and in his role as the new president of the National Association of College Directors of Athletics. But the policy mandates that Maryland employees report suspected incidents of abuse both to the police or social services and to the school president’s office. Failure to do so can result in “discipline for professional misconduct, up to and including termination.”
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Anderson’s predecessor at Maryland, Debbie Yow, said that in her final few years in College Park, all returning athletes were asked a question in an annual survey: “Has there been any inappropriate touching by an administrator or coach?” North Carolina State, where Yow is now the athletic director, includes the same question on its survey.
N.C. State and other schools conduct training before each academic year to make sure coaches and administrators are familiar with their responsibilities to report suspected crimes on campus under the Clery Act, a federal statute that requires colleges and universities to keep and disclose information about crime. Minnesota’s Teague said in most departments in which he has worked, “the most important speaker you have from the outside is campus police.”
The issues surrounding the Penn State situation remained incendiary even as the Freeh report landed. Officials at several schools — including Virginia, Virginia Tech and Maryland — either declined to comment or didn’t respond to messages Thursday. Some officials expressed a reluctance to review their own policies publicly lest they appear to be criticizing Penn State or Paterno, who died in January.
Paterno’s family issued a statement Thursday that said, in part: “It can be argued that Joe Paterno should have gone further. He should have pushed his superiors to see that they were doing their jobs. We accept this criticism.”