Report: Coventry Lane Deal Created Reasonable Appearance of Impropriety

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The Ohio Inspector General says Ohio University did not violate any laws with regards to the lease of home to serve as a temporary presidential residence.

But the IG’s report released today found events surrounding the lease of 31 Coventry Lane from local developer and OU donor John Wharton did create a reasonable appearance of impropriety.

The report also found the university did not follow terms of the lease agreement when paid $20,449 to a Wharton company for work on the house.

University general counsel John Biancamano said the investigation and internal review of the matter has lead to some positive outcomes.

“This has provided us an opportunity for us to reexamine our processes and to talk about it more,” he said during a conference call with reporters.

To read the full report, click here.