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HigherEdCareerCoach: Failures of Decency and Common Sense

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Sean Cook

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This week was a hard one for anyone associated with Penn State. After hearing the horrible allegations against Jerry Sandusky, details flooded the media, speculation about what people should have done or not done took on a life of its own, and last night (Wednesday night), the Board of Trustees removed legendary football coach Joe Paterno and Graham Spanier, one of the longest-serving and most respected university presidents, from their positions. Then, there was a small riot, accompanied by a media frenzy.

I spent 14 years of my life working at Penn State, 12 for the Office of Residence Life, and 2 for the Smeal College of Business. It was my home and I am still proud of my former colleagues, my old students, and of the many good things that Penn State has contributed to the world. So this week, I am heartsick, angry, shocked, disappointed and like many, I am not sure what to do with it.

There are no easy answers, but something good must come of this, so this week, I am doing a two-hour podcast on the topic, and hopefully taking calls and comments about the situation.

While sharing your thoughts and feelings are part of this, I am hoping to hear some thoughts on how this case can provide lessons and ways to improve the handling of similar incidents in the future.

Please listen live from 11 am until 1 pm ET this Friday, and call in to share your thoughts and advice.