When the news broke of a former Penn State assistant football coach being accused of raping children on campus, leading to the ouster of the university’s president, athletic director, and head football coach, it’s no wonder the question “Could it happen here?” is coming up everywhere.
University of Illinois president Michael Hogan has told trustees he has formed a task force representing the fields of law, human resources, and ethics to look into what policies and procedures are in place – and what should be added or improved – in cases of sexual abuse and harassment.
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Tom Hardy, a university spokesman, says, “If an offense is taking place, and somebody knows about it, (it is important) that they know how to report it and be confident without any kind of retribution.”
In the Penn State case, a graduate assistant reportedly witnessed a rape and told the head coach but not the police.