The NCAA and Big Ten Conference sanctions are up for discussion at today’s faculty senate meeting, the first of the academic year.
The meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. and will take place at 112 Kern Graduate Building.
According to the meeting agenda, the Senate will talk about the process through which the sanctions were negotiated and agreed to by Penn State President Rodney Erickson in July.
“Accordingly, it is appropriate to have an open discussion of our perceptions of these sanctions and of where they fit in the landscape of past sanctions of other universities and colleges by the NCAA,” College of the Liberal Arts senator Keith Nelson wrote in an attachment to the agenda.
Senators are also set to talk about their responsibility relating to the sanctions and whether or not they want to make a statement to the public or the NCAA regarding the sanctions.
In July, the NCAA announced that Penn State would be fined $60 million, banned from bowl games for four years, a scholarship reduction for the football team and that all wins since 1998 would be vacated.
These sanctions were brought against the university in relation to the Jerry Sandusky case.
Sandusky, a former Penn State defensive coordinator, was found guilty on 45 counts of child sexual abuse in June. In connection with the case, former Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz were charged with failure to report abuse and perjury. They are awaiting their trials that are scheduled to begin in January.
Erickson signed a consent decree agreeing to the sanctions.
Also on the faculty senate agenda is an update about “For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students.” The update will come from Associate Vice President for Development David J. Lieb.
This campaign was created in 2001, according to a press release on Penn State Live, with a goal of raising $2 billion by June 30, 2014.
According to the agenda, the faculty senate will also discuss how they can become more involved in the university’s fundraising process.
Erickson is also scheduled to give remarks to the senators, according to the agenda.
Listed on the agenda is also a discussion of resources at the university for LGBT students based on a study.
According to an attachment from the agenda, senators will discuss implementing recommendations in order to approve LGBT resources at Penn State.