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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

PA Auditor General to Focus on
Safety at State-Run Universities

Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale says safety from sexual violence at the 14 state-owned universities is a focus of an ongoing audit, while Clarion University President Karen Whitney says the universities take campus security very seriously.

They, State System Chancellor Frank T. Brogan and other representatives of state-owned universities held a news conference in Harrisburg today.

DePasquale says his auditors will examine how well the State System of Higher Education complies with state and federal laws designed to prevent sexual assault, enhance awareness of sexual violence and protect minors.

“The universities take campus safety very seriously, with every university employing a state-certified police force to enforce federal and state law, and student affairs professionals who offer prevention programs and administer university policies that responsibly respond to acts of violence should they occur,” said Whitney, representing the State System’s Commission of Presidents. “We also look forward to working with the auditor general to further enhance these efforts and ensure—to the greatest extent possible—the safety of every one of our students.”

“We can never do enough,” Brogan said. “We look forward to working with the auditor general and others who can help us identify and implement additional safeguards that will further enhance the effectiveness of the many programs already in place. We hope the ongoing audit will identify best practices that can be shared across the entire State System and with the rest of higher education.”

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