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"...we need to provide accurate information"

The title quote comes from Joe Puzycki, currently a university assistant vice president and formerly chief disciplinary officer under Vicky Triponey.  The full quote comes from an AP article I found on Yahoo and is something that many would be wise to consider:

“I think it is important … that as we move forward as an institution that we need to provide accurate information.”

In the article, Puzycki directly refuted a few claims from the Triponey articles published yesterday, namely her claim that  “Coach Paterno would rather we NOT inform the public when a football player is found responsible for committing a serious violation of the law and/or our student code,” she wrote, “despite any moral or legal obligation to do so,” and that Paterno had influence to handle the discipline of players outside the sphere of the University's Judicial Affairs.

 

Joe Puzycki said Tuesday night in an email to The Associated Press that “we adjudicated athlete cases the same as we did any other student”—though Paterno was vocal in sharing his opinions.

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“In some cases where Mr. Paterno disagreed with our handling of a situation he would openly articulate that position to me. This position in itself, though, never changed my or my staff’s decisions,” Puzycki told the AP. “Mr. Paterno in his position as a coach simply did not have the authority to change any of our decisions. That could only be done through formal student appeal or administrative review.”

. . .

Puzycki told the AP he did not recall Paterno saying that players should be treated differently than other students, “but he was clear to express his disapproval, in general, of my handling of cases involving football players.” He said Paterno would express that he thought he could do a better job holding players accountable, given his role as coach.

Puzycki said he could site just two cases in his 10-plus years as judicial affairs chief in which changes were made to disciplinary decisions—each time by superiors.

 

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