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Department of Education to Investigate Penn State

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The Department of Education has announced an investigation into Penn State for its handling of the sexual abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Education Secretary Arne Duncan told The Washington Times affiliated radio program America's Morning News that the investigation would center on whether the university violated the Clery Act. The Times explains:

The 1990 law requires all public colleges and universities to submit detailed information on all crimes that occur on campus. Violations of the act have led to hefty fines for several universities, including Eastern Michigan University, which had to cough up $357,000 in 2007 after not telling students that foul play was suspected in a student’s death.

In addition to the Clery Act investigation, the Education Department's Office of Civil Rights may initiate further inquiries.

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Duncan told The Times that "if (Penn State) was not forthcoming with criminal activity, there will be a price to pay."