Ethics at OSU aren't in such good state, they have bee nbent and abused, neglected, and twisted in ways nothing ever should have to twist..The Attorney General is finally behaving like an AG on this one. Rogue interpretations of federal law by a state university is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg.
What needs to be investigated is the relationship between the Attorney General and the overblown Legal Affairs department of Ohio State. OSU has run itself like a quasi-state entity for too long. IF the Attorney General of the state tells a state agency how to interpret a law, how in the world does the state agency have the arrogance to do anything other than this?
If the Dispatch wants to do the citizens their due by behaving like the free press we deserve, they will look into the following:
1) A comparison of the salaries of lawyers in the employ of OSU as compared to the lawyers employed by the Attorney General. Start from the top and work down.
2) A comparison of the size of OSU's Legal Affairs office in comparison to that of all other Ohio universities.
3) Explain the statutory relationship between OSU's Legal Affairs division and the Attorney General.
4) Detail the amount of money that OSU has paid outside firms to carry it's legal case load.(Do this case by case and you will uncover important information.)
IF you ask for detailed and specific information about the above questions you will first have to fight your way through the Legal Affairs Office itself, and it's interpretation of "privacy."
(Just look at Ohio State declaring phone calls and texts made by Gene Smith, Jim Tressel and Gordon Gee on state property and on state time, to be "personal.")
Hopefully, DeWine will have more courage than his predecessors in reigning in this unit of the state's government. It is long over due.
OSU Legal Affairs is the "smoking gun" behind the current break down in the ethics of the university. The ethic of "don't lie, but don't tell the truth" comes straight from this office.
And you wait, if the Attorney General wants to lift the lid on the place, they will try to hide as much as possible under the rug of "attorney-client" privilege. This should be considered preposterous at a public university funded by tax dollars.
Good luck doing the deep cleaning on this mess. Congratulations to the AG for stepping in to the fray.
Your right, and it is a pitty, but hopefully dewine keeps up the pressure and ask' the hard and dirty qiestions.. And yes THE DISPATCH NEEDS TO FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE UP..