Department of Education to investigate PSU

The U.S. Department of Education will investigate whether or not Penn State failed to comply with the Clery Act in its response to allegations that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky committed sex crimes on campus.

The Clery Act requires college and universities to "disclose the number of criminal offenses on campus that are reported each year. In some cases, institutions are required to issue timely warnings if a reported crime represents a threat to the campus community. The Department of Education oversees compliance with the Clery Act.

Penn State could be in trouble for failing to report several allegations against Sandusky, including one as far back as 1998.

"If these allegations of sexual abuse are true then this is a horrible tragedy for those young boys," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a prepared statement. "If it turns out that some people at the school knew of the abuse and did nothing or covered it up, that makes it even worse. Schools and school officials have a legal and moral responsibility to protect children and young people from violence and abuse."

Penn State was notified of the investigation today. The Office of Federal Student Aid will conduct the investigation.