I’ve worked in six corporations and one national sports association in which I was told by Human Relations Dept. that if I see something, report it to your next highest superior. I actually did see something once and followed orders.
Police don’t like that system because corporation officials may have an ulterior motive, and in most cases, are not trained for investigations.
My training, and probably yours, is to not discuss the incident with the transgressor. In my case, the subject did call me and I was obligated to report that.
For that reason, I believe Joe Paterno did exactly what he was trained to do.
Interesting information you've put forward here, namvolunteer. And, information which is making me reconsider my initial opinion of this matter. I likewise have to bear in mind that Mr. Paterno became a football coach at Penn State shortly after he had himself graduated from college, as a then very young man. He had, to my knowledge, never had any other employment elsewhere.
So, not only was what he did exactly what he was trained to do, he had no other referent to go by. Which makes it all the sadder...