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ECU Risk Management Vice Chancellor: PSU Scandal Is "Wake Up Call"

By: Clayton Bauman/ April Davis
By: Clayton Bauman/ April Davis

East Carolina University's Risk Management Department has explored the Penn State University child sex abuse scandal in hopes to improve operations.

Monday morning the NCAA fined Penn State $60 million, negated wins by Joe Paterno from 1998 to 2011, issued a 4 year ban on bowl games and the loss of 20 scholarships a year for 4 years. The embattled university has been a case study for others on how to avoid making the same mistakes. We spoke with ECU's Enterprise Risk Management Vice Chancellor Tim Wiseman.

"I think collectively it is probably a wake up call for some universities. Again it's all about balance and communication and whether it be an athletics department- anything that gets too isolated and is not connected as well to the university as a whole or leadership levels disconnected on regular information that becomes problematic," said Wiseman.

Colleen Seitz is in graduate school at ECU now and graduated just last year from Penn State. She says the decision by the NCAA unjustly punishes the university as a whole and the sanctions go too far. She says removing Joe Paterno's statue from the campus was unwarranted.

"He did so much more for the university than just the football program. So I don't really think it's fair to take that away," said Seitz.


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