Penn State Ethical Issues Essay

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Penn State Ethical Issue Brian Sargent, Rene Rodriguez, Nadia Luna, Joseph Mcmillan, Jessica Valley PHL323 March 28, 2012 Lee Hoffman Penn State Ethical Issue In this paper Team D will discuss what the ethical issue and definitions surrounding the allegations of sexual abuse by the former Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who had the moral and ethical responsibility to report the incident to the proper authorities and whether the incident was reported in a timely manner. The origin, values, ethics, honesty, and where a person grew up each add to an individual’s character. The definition of right and wrong varies from person to person. Team D members agree that while growing up criminal justice meant an eye for an eye. As some people grow older his or her definition changed to, if an individual commits a crime he or she should be held accountable for his or her actions. However; the punishment should fit the crime and be severe enough so the individual will learn from his or her mistake. A Pennsylvania (Penn) state assistant, Mike McQueary, claims to have witnessed Jerry Sandusky raping a ten-year-old boy in the shower. Sandusky (former Defensive Coordinator) was a well respected member of the Penn State community and good friend to Joe Paterno (former Head Coach). McQueary reported the crime immediately to Paterno. In response to the allegation, both McQueary, and Paterno reported the rape to Administrators Tim Curley (former Athletic Director) and Gary Schultz (former Vice President of Business and Finance) (The Washington Post, 2011). The issue is that at no time was the crime reported to police authorities. The allegation was simply brushed underneath the rug by several individuals. A crime of this magnitude should be reported to the proper authorities and followed with legal

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