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Posted: Tuesday August 14, 2012 1:17PM ; Updated: Tuesday August 14, 2012 4:22PM

Experts: Warning serious, but PSU unlikely to lose accreditation

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Penn State received an accreditation warning from Middle States Commission

Warning stems from school's handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal

Impact: Students cannot use federal funds to attend an unaccredited school

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Penn State received what experts are calling a 'serious' accreditation warning last week for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky saga.
Penn State received what experts are calling a 'serious' accreditation warning last week for its handling of the Jerry Sandusky saga.
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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 Council for 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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