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ISU studies campus child protection in wake of Sandusky

Mon, 12 Nov 2012 17:29:28 CST
By: Charlie Schlenker

The Penn State child molestation scandal has sparked changes at a number of Universities. Illinois State University has convened a high level panel to see if existing campus protections are adequate. Sam Catanzaro is the Assistant Vice President for Academic Administration who chairs the committee.

Catanzaro says the panel will consider camps, athletic training, band events, visits to the University planetarium, field trips, people who have summer jobs on campus, and visitors in general. Catanzaro says they will also be looking at the lengthy list of people on which ISU does background checks to see if that is adequate. One change already in effect because of the Jerry Sandusky case is a legal change making all campus workers mandatory reporters if they see or suspect child abuse. Catanzaro says a training program to meet that requirement is also now in place. He says the report on ISU's policies and practices to safeguard juveniles could be done as early as late next spring.


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