• At least some accusers – more may emerge, including one of Sandusky’s adopted sons – are likely to sue Penn State for failing to act on early reports of abuse and then of covering them up over the years.
“Already, six of the eight accusers who testified against Sandusky at trial have retained lawyers,” the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Sunday. “And two other purported victims who were not part of the state's case have filed suits against the university for an alleged failure to act.”
Penn State, with an endowment of $1.8 billion, would prefer to settle such cases out of court.
“The University plans to invite victims of Mr. Sandusky’s abuse to participate in a program to facilitate the resolution of claims against the University arising out of Mr. Sandusky's conduct,” Penn State President Rodney Erickson said in a statement immediately after Friday’s verdict. “The purpose of the program is simple – the University wants to provide a forum where the University can privately, expeditiously and fairly address the victims' concerns and compensate them for claims relating to the University.”
Meanwhile, Penn State students, faculty, and administration are trying to sort out their university’s scandal, many of them looking to a special website including news and legal sources, perspectives from students and faculty, and discussion materials.