IU implements new safety policy in wake of Penn State scandal

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He is only in fourth grade, but already, Parker Harrington dreams of going to Indiana University.

"I just think it is a really good campus and I am going to go here whenever I get older," said Harrington.

Harrington is one of hundreds of kids set to take a tour this summer, or to attend a sports camp on the campus of Indiana University. The summer will not be as pleasant in Happy Valley. Penn State University is trying to erase the alleged actions of former football Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky faces 52 criminal counts of sexual abuse of young boys.

IU Spokesman Mark Land said Sandusky's alleged actions sounded the alarm for the university to look at its own policy for reporting abuse.

"How are we conducting our business when it comes to children under the age of 18, what is out there to make sure that they are protected? Let's get it down on paper so everyone knows what the rules and expectations are," said Land.

The principles of this policy hinge on:

  • The protection and safety of children
  • The university's compliance with state law when it comes to reporting abuse
  • Being flexible to fit several different programs involving children

Land said many will not notice the majority of the safety changes made on campus. He said that is exactly the idea.

Alana Harrington said the Penn State scandal is making parents take a more active role too.

"I think that has affected, not only Penn State, but it has had a nationwide affect as well. Just being vigilant is the bottom line," said Harrington. "The safety of our children and what affects our children is more so than it ever has." 

Harrington said she believes it takes a village to raise children. She said she is glad IU is stepping up to make this part of the village safe for her son Parker.

Indiana University's new safety policy is available online. Click the link to view Indiana University's new safety policy:
http://go.iu.edu/56Z
 

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