;

Spotlight on: Campus Safety Conference


The Campus Safety Conference is a 2-day intense conference for administrators and public safety officials, security and law enforcement executives from all over the country looking for solutions to campus safety, security, emergency management and technology challenges.
Close

Penn State to Pay ‘Scapegoat’ in Jerry Sandusky Case $12M

A judge ruled Penn State humiliated and retaliated against Mike McQueary last week.

Penn State University was ordered to pay former assistant football coach Mike McQueary more than $12 million in a defamation lawsuit relating to the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

The final figure awarded to McQueary was decided Nov. 30 after a judge added more than $5 million to the $7.3 million jury verdict announced Oct. 27.

The original figure was determined when a jury ruled in McQueary’s favor that he was defamed and misrepresented by Penn State after telling investigators in 2011 he’d reported Sandusky’s abuse to superiors a decade before. Judge Thomas Gavin later found that the school also retaliated against McQueary and humiliated him.

McQueary reported to then-head coach Joe Paterno and two other administrators that he’d seen Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a team shower in 2001. None of McQueary’s superiors reported the allegations to police, and it took ten years before an investigation into Sandusky led investigators to interview McQueary.

RELATED: Penn State Could Face More Legal Claims from Sandusky Victims

As the scandal became public in 2011, McQueary was placed on administrative leave and ordered to keep out of athletic facilities. McQueary was also ordered to clean out his office in front of his colleagues, a fact highlighted by Judge Gavin to show humiliation, reports the Chicago Tribune.

Since his termination in 2012 McQueary, who had been making $140,000 a year as an assistant football coach, has been unable to get even entry-level retail jobs and had to move back in with his parents.

Penn State has never publicly acknowledged that McQueary was in line with school policies when he reported the abuse or when he spoke to investigators.

The ruling is the latest blow for Penn State related to the Sandusky scandal. A day before Judge Gavin’s decision, PSU President Eric Barron announced the school would not appeal a historically large Clery Act fine handed down after an investigation by the Department of Education.

Sandusky, 72, is currently serving 30 to 60 years in state prison after his conviction.

Read Next: Penn State Unveils New Plan to Prevent Sex Assault

Add Another Layer of Protection to your Campus

If you’re responsible for protecting a campus — whether at a hospital, K-12 school, college or university — then Campus Safety magazine is a must-read, and it’s free! As the only publication devoted to those public safety, security and emergency management personnel, issues cover all aspects of safety measures, including access control, video surveillance, mass notification, and security staff practices.

Take advantage of a free subscription to Campus Safety today, and add its practical insights, product updates and know-how to your toolkit. Subscribe today!




Get Our Newsletters

Campus Safety Heroes

Campus Safety Heroes

Campus Safety honors those who keep their hospital, school or university campus safer.

See our latest Heroes, nominees and content.