Per the Standing Orders of the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania State University:
ORDER VIII. RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR THE CONDUCT OF PUBLIC MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES, ITS STANDING COMMITTEES AND ITS SPECIAL COMMITTEES
(13) Executive Sessions of the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees, its Executive Committee, its Standing Committees, and its Special Committees may hold an executive session for one or more of the following reasons: (a) To discuss any matter involving the employment, appointment, termination of employment, terms and conditions of employment, evaluation of performance, promotion or disciplining of any specific prospective officer or employee or current officer or employee employed or appointed by the University, or former officer or employee, provided, however, that the individual employees or appointees whose rights could be adversely affected may request, in writing, that the matter or matters be discussed at an open meeting.