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Penn State president tries to soothe faculty worries about independence of trustees probe
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) ' Penn State president Rodney Erickson says faculty members should not worry that school trustees would "whitewash" an investigation into child sex-abuse allegations against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Erickson pledged Tuesday to the University Faculty Senate that investigators will have unfettered access to and cooperation from the school. He said the leadership of a committee checking into the allegations should lend confidence "that there will be no whitewash ... no sweeping under the rug."
Still, many faculty members voiced skepticism about the intentions of the investigators and trustees.
Trustees have appointed former FBI director Louis Freeh to lead the probe for a committee spearheaded by trustee Kenneth Frazier.
Erickson said he would urge trustees to have the committee members meet with faculty.
Sandusky says he is innocent.