Penn State University was notified Thursday it will be fined $2,397,500 by the U.S. Department of Education for failure to comply with the requirements of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.
The sanctions come in connection to former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky's conviction for the sexual abuse of 10 minors.
According to documents, Penn State failed to issue an emergency notification after senior university officials learned of the forthcoming charges against Sandusky.
A former senior Penn State official told the Department's review teams there was an attempt to obtain keys to several school facilities from Sandusky in 2010, but he refused to relinquish his access. The university didn't try to retrieve the keys again until they changed the locks.
The review team determined that prior to Sandusky's indictment (Nov. 4, 2011), Penn State had ample evidence Sandusky posed a serious threat to the campus community.
The fine is the result of a five-year federal investigation into how Penn State handled complaints about Sandusky prior to his indictment.
Penn State has doled out more than $93 million in settlements connected to Sandusky's 32 accusers. The former assistant coach is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for the sexual abuse of 10 minors.
The agency says Penn State largely ignored many of its duties under the Clery Act. It’s the largest fine issued under the law.
It says the school violated regulations when it didn’t warn students and employees of the forthcoming charges against Sandusky, who was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.