A Student Review of the Florida State University Gift Acceptance Policy: Undue Influence and Charles Koch Foundation

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Executive Summary

This report has been prepared to serve as public comment regarding the 2015 revision of Florida State University’s Gift Acceptance and Counting Policy, otherwise known as FSU Policy 8­1. This gift policy determines the conditions by which the FSU Foundation accepts private donations, and as such, it is the only policy able to protect the university from excessive donor influence. Violations of this policy threaten the integrity of the institution. The report outlines several necessary revisions to the gift policy where undue influence is allowed. It also finds that the agreements between the Charles Koch Foundation and the FSU Foundation stand in clear violation to current donor policy. It is through these violations that the Koch Foundation and FSU administrators  went on to violate faculty governance and academic freedom. This is evidenced by never before published documents retrieved from public records  requests.

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