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Documents from WSU audit withheld

Wright State University trustees touted their release Friday of a long-guarded audit as a statement that they are “committed to transparency,” but hundreds of pages of the report are redacted and they still refuse to release other records related to the audit.

RELATED: Kasich’s office: WSU leadership was ‘cultivating a regime of secrecy’

The public university paid the forensic accounting firm Plante Moran more than $360,000 for the detailed review of numerous oversight failures and potential misdeeds in its research funding operation.

The final report is dated October 2016 but trustees refused for months to release it under Ohio public records law, claiming it was exempt from disclosure under attorney-client privilege.

RELATED: WSU implements budget cuts; trustee blames leadership

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They reversed course last week, voting to release the full 872 pages of audit and supporting documents. But around 335 pages are completely blacked out and more than 130 additional pages had information that was partially redacted, a Dayton Daily News examination of the audit found.

Read why trustees and the university’s lawyers said information was redacted in the full story HERE.

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