Student Group Sues George Mason University over Donations from Koch Brothers

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From Campus Reform:

A student group is suing George Mason University, seeking to force the school to publicly disclose all grant and gift agreements it has with the Koch brothers.

“Large donations to universities are not a new phenomena, but emerging evidence shows that the agenda behind some donations may jeopardize the academic freedom and integrity of universities,” the Transparent GMU student group asserts on its Facebook page. “We aim to shed light on the potential undue influence of GMU donors. We are calling on GMU to ensure academic freedom and integrity is upheld.”

According to Washington Business Journal, students are concerned about possible conditions that may have been attached to donations that GMU received from the Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation, which between 2011 and 2014 amounted to roughly $48 million, in addition to a $10 million gift to rename the GMU law school after the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.