Audit says universities need to better track crime, sex bias

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – A new audit says Pennsylvania’s system of 14 state-owned universities should do a better job of tracking crime and sex discrimination.

State Auditor General Eugene DePasquale on Monday released a generally favorable audit of the State System of Higher Education that also cites administrative flaws in the universities’ compliance with federal laws that could result in costly penalties.

DePasquale is citing the system’s discontinuance of internal audits of compliance with a law requiring schools to report crime on or near campuses. He says the system also failed to establish uniform procedures for handling grievances under the law barring sex discrimination in federally funded education programs.

The auditor says the system should continue exploring ways to rein in rising tuition rates, especially through reductions in personnel and operating expenses.

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