I get your position that the students will/may come-around to "right thinking." Do or don't, will or won't; none of their attitudes matter to the more serious factor of "official enabling and/or cover-up."
The top leadership is to blame universally. The fact that the underling witnessed a rape and did/said nothing for a day or two, and executed a weak attempt at best, indicates a culture of fear or entitlement.
The witnessed failed to properly act because he feared the Paterno leadership or placed his star-struck career ahead of the child. He could have cracked the rapist's head on the shower floor and would have never seen a courtroom. Instead, he did nothing. THAT is truly disturbing. What type of organizational culture creates such a thing?
No hyperbole intended here: I say give the rapist AND the football leadership a fair trial and then execute them. Execution is called for when/where children are raped and offices of power and influence are exploited to such ends.
Don't like that? Are our lives not ruined train-wrecks? Mine sure is.
My fault? How's this my fault? [Dean Vernon Wormer, 1978]