Joe Puzycki said last night in an email to The Associated Press that "we adjudicated athlete cases the same as we did any other student" - though Paterno was vocal in sharing his opinions.
The interactions outlined by Puzycki are in contrast to comments made by former student affairs vice president Vicki Triponey, to whom Puzycki once reported. Triponey said Paterno's players got in trouble more often than other students, and got special treatment compared to non-athletes.
Triponey resigned her post as the university's standards and conduct officer in 2007. She sent a 2005 email to then-president Graham Spanier and others in which she expressed her concerns about how Penn State handled discipline cases involving football players. The Wall Street Journal published excerpts from the email yesterday.