Penn State’s Latest Problem

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Penn State May have thought that the sexual abuse scandal of Jerry Sandusky was finally over. Maybe not. While the National Collegiate Athletic Association NCAA has already delivered its sanctions against the school and its football program, now the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which accredits the school, is indicating it too has problems.

According to an article by Robert Moran in the Philadelphia Inquirer:

An accrediting body has warned Pennsylvania State University that its status “is in jeopardy” following recent developments in the Jerry Sandusky scandal and that it needs to take steps to preserve its accreditation.

The commission issued its warning to Penn State last week based on the investigative report issued July 12 by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, the NCAA sanctions that the university accepted on July 23, and what the commission said was insufficient evidence that the university was in compliance with certain Middle States rules.

The commission is apparently worried about the control the Penn State trustees have over the institution and how the university reports crimes.

The commission also wants the school to report on its “financial status” with regard to pending lawsuits and the $60 penalty imposed by the NCAA.

About 15 schools accredited by Middle States Commission on Higher Education have accreditation “warnings.” The commission accredits more than 500 colleges.

Penn State must submit a report to the commission by Sept 30. [Image via]

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer