Penn State May Lose Academic Accreditation Over Mishandling of Sandusky Sex Scandal
Penn State has been warned by Middle States Commission, the organization that grants them academic accreditation, that it is in danger of losing is crucial status. The university made the announcement this week. This, of course, is in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
While investigators found Penn State school leaders did too little stop the abuse, they are in jeopardy of losing what keeps students funded in school. If this were to happen, the school would face the loss of eligibility for federal student aid programs, guaranteed student loans, federal research grants and could lose eligibility for state aid, commission spokesman Richard Pockrass said.
Penn State says they will resolve the issue with Middle States but this does not seem realistic. When they could have stopped victims from being abused on campus by one of their educators, they chose to turn the other cheek.
The truth of the matter is FBI Director Freeh found the school was negligent in protecting students from Sandusky and stopping the abuse. Freeh called it “total and consistent disregard” for youths sexually abused by Sandusky,
The commission voted August 6 to place the school on warning status. Two days later, it notified Penn State officials that the school’s accreditation was “in jeopardy” based on information contained in former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s report on Penn State’s handling of the sex-abuse allegations against Sandusky and a National Collegiate Athletic Association action against the school.