Penn State receives accreditation warning in sex-abuse case fallout

Penn State receives accreditation warning in sex-abuse case fallout

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BELLEFONTE, PA - JUNE 18: Morning light begins to show behind the Centre County Courthouse, On June 18, 2012 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Today defense is expected to begin argument's in the sexual abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky who is charged with 52 criminal counts of alleged sexual abuse of children. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 3:33 PM

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Higher education experts say an accreditation warning issued to Penn State is serious and appropriate given the issues raised by a recent child sex-abuse scandal, but the school is unlikely to lose its accreditation.

They also expect the university to comply quickly with demands to show its governance, finances and integrity meet standards set by its accreditation agency.

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education issued the warning last week based on the school's handling of molestation allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Judith Eaton, president of the Commission on Higher Education Accreditation, said Tuesday that it's highly unlikely Penn State will end up on probation or lose its accreditation.

Students cannot use federal funds -- including Pell grants and government loans -- to attend unaccredited schools.

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