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March 20, 2013

Report offers recommendations for expediting internal reporting

President Joel Seligman has released a provost’s committee report on the process of reporting important information to senior administrators at the University.

Last October, in the aftermath of the sexual abuse scandal at Penn State, Seligman asked Provost Peter Lennie to chair a committee that was charged with making recommendations about how the University can strengthen and expedite internal communications to the president and other senior leaders.

The review resulted in a list of key principles on reporting timely information. A sheet containing the principles has been inserted into this issue of Currents as a reference that may be posted in workspaces. The reference sheet offers examples of information that should be considered reportable. It also includes general guidelines for the reporting process.

“The successful operation and good reputation of the University depend on the exercise of good judgment by members of the University community,” says Lennie.

“If you are in doubt about the importance of information,” the report states, “the core principle must always be to communicate it to your supervisor, or another appropriate manager.”

The full report is available on the Office of the President website,

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