Ohio Students Vote to Remove Ailes’ Name from Newsroom

Ohio University’s student body voted Thursday to request the school’s administration remove former Fox News chief Roger Ailes’s name from the student newsroom that he helped fund. The Graduate Student Senate joined with other student organizations on campus in the vote. It is unclear whether the university will take any action. Ailes resigned from Fox News in July amid mounting allegations of sexual assault, which were initiated by former anchor Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit. Ailes and Carlson settled the suit earlier this week for $20 million. Ailes denies any wrongdoing.

In a statement to The Daily Beast, the university said: “Ohio University is carefully evaluating facts surrounding allegations against Roger E. Ailes as they come to light. As a University, we must be deliberative when faced with matters of such great significance to our students, faculty and staff.” And then the statement pivoted to addressing the students: “We want to be clear that we value campus and community feedback. We hear you. Appropriate decisions will be made, but we need to exercise due diligence before we can act.”

—Asawin Suebsaeng