Penn State Earns Clery Act Investigation, Will Respond To NCAA Soon

There is still a long road ahead of Penn State University in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky conviction and the release of the Freeh report. Now it appears the school will continue to be investigated from all angles.

Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post reports that the U.S. Department of Education has launched an investigation to determine whether Penn State violated the Clery Act, a federal campus law meant to ensure student safety.

Alison Kiss, executive director of the Pennsylvania-based Clery Center for Security on Campus, which was started by Clery's parents, said the Freeh report raised questions about Penn State's compliance with the law. "You kept seeing a missed report and a victim. Another missed report, another victim," Kiss said. University officials "have a lot on their plates, but they need to pay attention."

The Clery Act requires that serious incidents be reported to authorities and be recorded, regardless of whether charges are eventually filed as a result. If PSU is found to be in violation of the Clery Act, the school could face serious fines, up to -- although this has never been enforced -- loss of federal aid funding.

As for the NCAA, an official response is coming soon.

For more on Nittany Lions football, visit Penn State blog Black Shoe Diaries, plus Big Ten blog Off Tackle Empire, SB Nation Pittsburgh and SB Nation Philly.

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