US University Hit With $14 Million Penalty

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( – The Department of Education (ED) has issued a $14 million fine against Liberty University (LU) over violations related to the campus safety standard mandated by the federal government, according to a Fox News report.

On Tuesday, March 5, ED announced in a press release that the Federal Student Aid office had fined LU following a settlement related to violations of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). It was noted that some of the violations related to crime statistics and the handling of assault survivors. 

Richard Cordray, the FSA Chief Operating Officer, said that faculty and students had the right to know that they were secure while on campus and that they responded to all complaints relating to campus security and safety. He added that the Clery Act mandates that schools need to take action to ensure safety on campus and to investigate and report all complaints, crimes, and safety concerns. He noted that schools that fail to abide by this act are going to be held accountable for their failure. 

This is the largest fine ever imposed that is connected to a Clery Act violation, Fox News reported. Any college that is receiving federal financial aid through any program is required to maintain and report all crime statistics as well as any other information that relates to safety on campus. 

Liberty University is required to provide information regarding its statistics, as in 2020-2021, they received $874 million in Education Department student grants and loans. The university will now also be required to spend $2 million in order to improve campus safety over the next two years. 

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