Penn State Hires "Ethics Officer" to Oversee Officials

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Penn State President Rodney Erickson took a new step yesterday to ensure no scandal affects his university ever again.

Erickson announced the appointment of an "Ethics Officer," telling the Penn State community via email that the goal is to "revisit all standards, policies and programs to ensure they meet not only the law, but Penn State's standard."

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No individual has been named to the position yet, but Erickson says this officer will oversee all officials and report back to him.

"Never again should anyone at Penn State feel scared to do the right thing," Erickson said, clearly referring to Joe Paterno, Mike McQueary and others associated with the football program who failed to report child abuse allegations to the police, a development that resulted in Paterno's firing.

Penn State takes the field at home today against Nebraska.

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What they need is a common sense officer.