Federal agency to investigate PSU for Clery Act violation
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The U.S. Department of Education will investigate whether Penn State University failed to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act concerning the sex abuse allegations on campus in 2002.
Under the Clery Act, colleges and universities must disclose the number of criminal offenses on campus that are reported each year. In addition, in certain cases, the institution must issue a timely warning if a reported crime represents a threat to the campus community.
"If these allegations of sexual abuse are true then this is a horrible tragedy for those young boys. If it turns out that some people at the school knew of the abuse and did nothing or covered it up, that makes it even worse," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said. "Schools and school officials have a legal and moral responsibility to protect children and young people from violence and abuse."
The Office of Federal Student Aid will conduct the investigation. DOE officials formally notified Penn State of the investigation in a letter Wednesday.
First Published November 9, 2011 7:17 pm