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Ohio University is removing Roger Ailes’ name from its campus newsroom, the college’s student paper, The Post, reported on Tuesday.
The move follows deliberation over what should become of the school’s WOUB newsroom, which has been called the Roger E. Ailes Newsroom since 2007.
WOUB is a radio and TV outlet at the university’s Scripps College of Communication and is affiliated with PBS and NPR.
Ailes has been engulfed in a sexual-harassment scandal since July, when former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit accusing Ailes of repeatedly sexually harassing her and enabling other male Fox News hosts to do the same.
The lawsuit ultimately led to Ailes’ resignation from the network, which he had headed since its founding in 1996.
One of Ohio University’s best-known alumni, Ailes donated $500,000 to the school in 2007 in exchange for naming a newsroom after him. Ohio University’s president, Roderick McDavis, said the decision to remove Ailes’ name “weighed heavily” on his mind.
“Given the allegations against Mr. Ailes, the circumstances surrounding his departure from Fox News, I’ve decided to return his gift and remove his name,” McDavis said during a faculty senate meeting, according to The Post.
Many faculty members at the university have come out in support of the decision.
“I applaud President McDavis’ decision,” Robert Stewart, the director of the university’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, told The Post in an email. “The controversy has helped shine a spotlight on the ongoing problem of sexual harassment in the workplace, but it’s a relief to have the name and plaque removed.”
More than 20 women have come forward to accuse Ailes of sexual harassment while working at Fox, prompting an internal investigation at the network.