The U.S. Department of Education fined Virginia Tech $55,000 for failing to warn the Blacksburg, Va., campus quickly after two students were shot in the April 16, 2007, rampage that left 32 people and the gunman dead, reports USA Today..
The failure warrants a fine “far in excess” of that, but $27,500 per violation was the most allowed by law, said the department. The university also was cited for failing to follow its own security policy, required by law, on crime warnings. The department cited the school for violations of the Clery Act, which requires schools that receive federal aid to issue a “timely warning” when a serious crime is committed on campus. Virginia Tech said it will appeal. “Neither the Department of Education nor the Clery Act defines ‘timely,’ ” the university said. “The university actions on April 16 were well within the standards and practices in effect at that time.”