Penn State’s 98-Year-Old Outing Club Staying In: ‘Outdoors Too Risky’ Say Authorities

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Penn State University’s 98-year old Outing Club has been bannedfrom conducting outings. The university authorities have decided the great outdoors is simply too fraught with risk for students.  According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

A backpacking trip in the Rothrock State Forest and day hikes in the Laurel Highlands and Shenandoah National Park in Virginia were among the Penn State Outing Club’s 2018 spring-term events.

After this weekend, though, the 98-year-old organization has nothing on its calendar, and unless things change, it won’t.

The Outing Club isn’t allowed to go outside anymore.

According to an announcement posted by the club on its website last week, the university will not allow the club to organize and run outdoor, student-led trips starting next semester.

“This is a result,” the announcement said, “of an assessment of risk management by the university that determined that the types of activities in which PSOC engages are above the university’s threshold of acceptable risk for recognized student organizations.”

The Outing Club, founded 1920, is one of Penn State’s oldest clubs.


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