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Although Penn State has received another stern warning, the university is unlikely to lose its accreditation as a result of the child sex-abuse scandal.
The warning from the Middle States Commission on Higher Education that told Penn State that their accreditation may be in jeopardy is supposedly just “standard protocol” for an accreditation agency.
Penn State is unlikely to lose their accreditation thanks to their academic quality, meeting standards regarding financial health, adequate board governance, and institutional integrity.
What causes question though over Penn State’s accreditation is due to the Clery Act. Universities must comply with federal law, and the Clery Act states that universities must provide accurate and timely reports of crime on their campuses. The U.S. Department of Education is currently trying to determine whether Penn State violated this act.
These investigations on Penn State are due to the fact that top Penn State administrators had failed to report allegations of child sex-abuse against Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky had been convicted of dozens of counts of abusing boys in June.