UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State announced today that it reached agreement with the NCAA and the Big Ten Conference on the terms of the Athletics Integrity Agreement required under the Consent Decree. The Athletics Integrity Agreement (AIA) provides for the establishment of a program by the University that includes the adoption of the recommendations contained in the Freeh Report and the appointment of an Athletics Integrity Officer and Athletics Integrity Council. The AIA also includes internal and external accountability measures and certifications; implementation or updating of the University’s Code of Conduct; training and education; and a disclosure program.
The AIA, which goes into effect immediately, can be found online at progress.psu.edu.
The AIA provides for the appointment of an independent, third-party monitor to oversee the University’s compliance and the systems, processes and procedures in place to comply with the NCAA constitution, bylaws, rules and regulations, as well as the Big Ten’s rules and regulations. Former U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell will serve as the independent monitor.
“Penn State is a world-class institution that prides itself on excellence in academics and athletics,” said Penn State President Rodney Erickson. “We pledge to work with Senator Mitchell to meet the terms of the Agreement and emerge from this process as a model for compliance.”