The U.S. Department of Education slapped Washington State University with $82,500 in fines Friday for violations of a federal crime reporting law in 2007, but the university will appeal the sanctions, the Standard-Examiner reports.

"We think the fines are excessive," WSU spokesman Darin Watkins said.

He also said the university takes strong exception to the department's charge that student and employee safety was jeopardized by the reporting errors under the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or the Clery Act…

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