Temple appoints panel to examine abuse policies

July 17, 2012 1:53:42 PM PDT
A task force has been appointed to look at Temple University policies in light of a critical report on the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State.

Acting university president Richard Englert said he believed every university should take the report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh "as an opportunity to review its own policies and procedures."

The task force chaired by JoAnne Epps, dean of the Beasley School of Law, is to identify potential implications of the report for the university, including Temple University Health System, and recommend actions if warranted.

The 10-member panel is to begin immediately and provide a final report by Sept. 15. Other members are vice president for operations William Bergman, interim education dean James Earl Davis, director of counseling services John DiMino, deputy university counsel Michael Gebhardt, dean of students Stephanie Ives, university health system general counsel Beth Koob, law school associate professor Eleanor Myers and associate vice presidents Harry Young and Lisa Zimmaro.

Freeh's report, which alleged that top Penn State officials concealed information about sexual abuse by a former assistant coach in order to avoid bad publicity, also recommended evaluating security and access protocols for all campus buildings, better tracking of university programs involving children and abuse awareness and reporting training for faculty, coaches and staff.

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