The United States Department of Education recently announced they would be fining Penn State $2.4 million for violation of the Clery Act, the largest-ever fine under this law.
The penalty was announced Thursday night, along with the findings of a five-year investigation into the handling of the 2011 Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal. According to Business Insider, the university was found to have “largely ignored” many of its duties under the Clery Act, a law which requires all colleges and universities that receive federal funding to report campus crimes and inform the public of possible threats to their safety.
The largest portion of this fine — $2,167,000 — is not related to the Sandusky scandal, but rather the university’s failure to report more than 300 crimes from 2008 to 2011, including five sexual assaults, Business Insider reported.
According to an official statement on its website, the university says that while they “regrettably cannot change the past,” they are in the process of conducting a “thorough review” in order to strengthen their programs and policies, and ensure full compliance in the future.
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