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Correction: Penn State-Education Investigation

Published on NewsOK Modified: July 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm •  Published: July 17, 2013
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — In a story July 15 about Penn State's receipt of a preliminary federal report on whether it complied with campus crime-reporting requirements, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the university said it was not permitted by law to release information about the report at this time. Penn State said the Department of Education was prohibited from disclosing details of the report, and the university was choosing to keep them confidential.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Penn State gets report on federal Sandusky probe

Penn State gets early report on federal probe into reporting requirements in Sandusky scandal

By MARK SCOLFORO and PHILIP ELLIOTT

Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State has received a preliminary report from the federal government regarding whether its handling of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal complied with campus crime reporting requirements, the university said Monday.

The school said the U.S. Department of Education was not permitted under the law to release information about the report at this time, but that details can be made public after the federal agency finishes its review and makes a final determination. Given the report's preliminary nature — and the university's potential to reshape it — no one was rushing to share the initial findings.

Pennsylvania prosecutors have alleged that high-ranking university officials failed to properly report suspected abuse of children by Sandusky, a retired assistant football coach who was convicted a year ago of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.

Penn State said school officials have given federal reviewers access to the records and information they have requested to see whether the school complied with a 1990 U.S. law called the Clery Act. The law, named for Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and killed in a campus residence hall in 1986, requires universities to publish annual reports and maintain a daily crime log.

Violations of the law can result in a school losing its authority to offer federal student aid, and although that has never happened, the nature of the allegations against Penn State was unprecedented and had many of the school's strongest allies concerned. The Education Department has leveled fines, however, of up to $27,500 per violation.

Hundreds of millions of dollars in student aid could be at stake. In the year that ended June 30, 2012, Penn State benefited from $577 million in direct federal loans, $85 million in Pell and Teach grants and $16 million in work-study and Perkins loans.

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