NYU Missing Year Of Important Donation Records

06/26/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

When WSN requested the records for foreign gift disclosures from 2000 to 2008, neither NYU nor the New York State Education Department's Office of Higher Education was able to produce those from Sept. 1, 2001 to Aug. 31, 2002.

WSN asked to review the files after a February 2009 town hall meeting, where President John Sexton made an offhand comment about a Saudi Arabian gift he said the university declined after the attacks of Sept. 11.

During the meeting, an audience member asked Sexton whether NYU would take money from any government, in reference to the $50 million gift from the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi. Sexton responded that, shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks, the government of Saudi Arabia offered the university a $30 million gift.


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