The school will match the funds with a charitable donation to the Ohio Attorney General's Human Trafficking Initiative
In the wake of the Jeffrey Epstein scandal, Ohio State University launched a review to uncover donations made to the school by the disgraced financier, who died of suicide in prison in August 2019 while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Conducted by the accounting firm EY (formerly Ernst & Young), the review identified $336,000 in donations and pledges from Epstein and the J. Epstein Foundation. (Epstein has deep ties to Columbus, owing to a long, complicated history with L Brands founder Les Wexner.)
Most of Epstein's donations to the school occurred from 1990-1997.
"All of the donations in question were made to the Wexner Center for the Arts at least two decades ago and many years before any questions about Epstein surfaced," OSU wrote in a press release. "However, the university has determined that, in light of Epstein's reprehensible crimes, retaining these gifts would not be consistent with the university's values."
As a result, Ohio State said it will contribute $336,000 to the Ohio Attorney General's Human Trafficking Initiative, tapping into discretionary funds and not restricted donor funds, tuition or tax dollars.
The university also released all of the public documents associated with the review, which you can access by clicking here.