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Roger Ailes’ Alma Mater Has Taken His Name Off Its Newsroom

September 13, 2016

File photo of Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News  in PasadenaFile photo of Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News  in Pasadena
Roger Ailes, former chairman of Fox NewsPhotograph by Fred Prouser — Reuters

Ohio University has removed the name of Roger Ailes from its newsroom and plans to return his donation after the former Fox News chairman resigned from his post amid multiple accusations of sexual harassment.

“Given the allegations against Mr. Ailes and the circumstances surrounding his departure from Fox News, I have decided that the most appropriate action is to return Mr. Ailes’ gift and to remove his name from the WOUB newsroom,” Ohio University President Roderick McDavis said in a statement on Monday, according to CNN.

Ailes had donated $500,000 to his alma mater, a contribution that helped build the campus newsroom, CNN reported, citing university spokeswoman Sarah Lack. Ohio University students voted last week to ask that the school to rename the newsroom.

Fox News’s parent company reached a $20 million settlement this month in the sexual harassment lawsuit brought by former anchor Gretchen Carlson. Ailes denied the allegations.