At a meeting tomorrow afternoon, the Penn State Faculty Senate will consider whether to challenge the sanctions imposed by the NCAA and the Big Ten related to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The senate feels that its was ignored when the sanctions were quickly imposed. As part of the proposal to seek reconsideration by the NCAA, the senate will also take up several other issues, including the creation of new Ombuds program.
Here is how the Ombuds issue is framed:
QUESTION 7. Should the Senate secure funding for and authorization of a new faculty position, an Ombudsman for the Senate, who would have power to monitor all university matters including athletic programs and who would report solely to the Faculty Senate?
When issues are raised or reports given by the Ombudsman to the Senate, the Senate would meet and decide in what ways to work with PSU administrators and the Board of Trustees to follow up on the Ombudsman's information. The Ombudsman for the Senate would add an important and independent layer of monitoring, compatible with other changes underway at PSU, to help insure appropriate procedures and actions on child abuse and rape issues and student-athlete eligibility and all other issues of institutional ethics, planning, and monitoring.
Penn State currently has an Ombuds network for faculty issues headed by University Ombudsperson Deborah F. Atwater. (PSU Senate Council Appendix re Discussion of the NCAA and Big 10 Sanctions, Extended Statement and Forensic Questions; Centre Daily Times.)