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Message from the President regarding abuses at Penn State

To the University Community:

The Cabinet and I join you in grave concern over the events that have unfolded at Penn State over the last week. We are shocked and saddened by the allegations of sexual violence against children by a former assistant football coach. We are also deeply disturbed by the Penn State administration's handling of reports of sexual abuse and sexual assault.

Let me be clear: Anyone who sees, hears about or knows about possible child abuse (or any form of sexual assault or abuse) on our campuses should immediately contact Public Safety at 209.946.2537. (Public Safety will then work closely with local law enforcement.) After making this phone call, employees should inform their immediate supervisor who in turn will contact the division's vice president. That vice president will also be in contact with Public Safety and with me.

Please remember that on Monday, November 14, we will be holding "Keep It Consensual," a daylong series of workshops and presentations on sexual assault, date rape violence and sexual harassment. The major presenter on Monday is Brett Sokolow, a national spokesperson for sexual assault prevention. Other community partners and the entire community are invited to join us for some of these sessions. The schedule for the day may be found here .

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victimized children and their families in Pennsylvania. I want our entire Pacific community to work together to ensure that we do everything possible to keep students, faculty, staff and visitors to the University safe and healthy.

Sincerely,

Pam Eibeck