Sandusky costs now up to $171 million

For Pennsylvania’s flagship public university, a scandal’s cost continues to grow. Penn State University now says legal fees, consultants and fines associated with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal have reached almost $52 million, pushing total known scandal expenses and lost revenue past $171 million. The new sum, which reflects the university’s cost as…

Penn State gets early results of federal review of Sandusky matters

Penn State University has decided to keep confidential a preliminary report from the U.S. Department of Education based on the program review of the university’s compliance with the Clery Act in relation to allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. The Clery Act is a 1990 federal law that requires universities to document all…

Dept. of Ed Issues Guidance for Developing Campus Emergency Operations Plans

WASHINGTON – The Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance Center released on Tuesday guidelines on how K-12 schools, institutions of higher education (IHE) and houses of worship can develop high-quality emergency operations plans. “These guides align and build upon years of emergency planning work by the Federal government and are the first…

New Campus Obligations Under Violence Against Women Act

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), which President Obama signed into law March 7, imposes new obligations on colleges and universities under its Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (SaVE Act) provision. ACE has prepared a brief memo that reviews these new obligations, which are effective March 7, 2014. The SaVE Act provision, which amends…

President Obama Signs Violence Against Women Act reauthorization bill, affecting Clery compliance requirements for all Title IV IHE’s

On March 7, 2013, President Obama signed a bill that strengthened and reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act. Included in the bill was the Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE), which amends the Jeanne Clery Act and affords additional rights to campus victims of sexual violence, dating violence, domestic violence, and stalking. Every post-secondary…