[caption id="attachment_52964" align="alignleft" width="150"] Penn State has gone from potentially one of the worst violators of the Clery Act to a leader in compliance.[/caption]

The call came in to Gabriel Gates earlier this month from one of Pennsylvania State University's branch campuses: A wallet with $10 was missing from a common area in one of the buildings.

Did the school have to issue a "timely warning" to students and staff about the apparent theft, the employee wanted to know. Timely warnings are required by a 1990 federal law known as the Clery Act in...

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