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Controversy at ONU

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Ohio Northern University is under fire after students and faculty claim tuition is increasing to pay for the "Inn at ONU". It even prompted one pharmacy professor to leave his post, but officials for the university deny those claims.

ONU officials contacted us Thursday and say the board of trustees did approve a 2.9% increase in tuition, but the increase has nothing to due with troubles at the Inn. Professor of Pharmacy, Doctor Michael Milks, addressed a student forum last week. In a written transcript of the forum, he says he confronted ONU President Daniel DiBiasio on the increases. He says he felt President DiBiasio's lack of concern forced him to put in an early retirement. He is working out an agreement to work for the university of Findlay. In that written copy of the forum, he also says the college of pharmacy must not pay for the sins elsewhere on campus. Doctor Milks declined to talk on camera, but says it is misleading for officials to say tuition money has not been spent on the Inn when it is taken from a general fund.

Officials from the university also declined an on camera interview. They say money from a general fund is sometimes put into the Inn, and that they are seeking restitution from the builders of the Inn, and have filed a claim in Hardin County. Officials also say President DiBiasio has been in contact with the student council to keep them updated.

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