ATHENS, Ohio — Officials say the name of Roger Ailes will be removed from a newsroom at Ohio University and a gift to the school will be returned as a result of the sexual harassment allegations against the former Fox News chairman.
University President Roderick McDavis said in a statement Monday that, given the allegations against Ailes and the circumstances surrounding his departure from Fox News, the appropriate action is to return his gift to the school and remove his name from the WOUB newsroom.
McDavis said he consulted with the dean of the university and senior leadership before making his decision. He said he believes that the actions are appropriate and in alignment with the school community's principled beliefs. He said he has directed the process of physically removing Ailes' name to begin.
Ailes has denied the allegations. Fox News parent 21st Century Fox settled a lawsuit with accuser Gretchen Carlson, paying her $20 million and publicly apologizing.