TBA Law Blog


Posted by: Suzanne Craig Robertson on Mar 30, 2012

A U.S. Department of Education administrative judge yesterday overturned a $55,000 fine levied against Virginia Polytechnic Institute for its handling of the April 16, 2007, on-campus massacre that left 32 people dead before the shooter committed suicide. Judge Ernest Canellos found that, contrary to the department's earlier findings, the university did issue a warning about a threat on campus in a reasonable amount of time and did not violate provisions of the federal Clery Act in how it managed campus security before and during the shootings. The case marked the first-ever appeal of a fine issued by the department under the Clery Act, which lays out campus security requirements. The Blog of Legal Times reports