A lawsuit filed last week is hurting the image of Tulsa's Oral Roberts University.
A scan of national news sites over the past several days reveals that the ORU story made big (and embarrassing) headlines on the wires and cable news networks. The Associated Press released major story last week and the story was prominently displayed on CNN's homepage today.
Locally, the World has reported that some Tulsans are withholding judgment on the charges against ORU. The World cited a recent ORU graduate who said he wanted to see evidence of wrongdoing before he makes a judgment about the school.
The lawsuit, filed by three former professors, claims that ORU President Richard Roberts required a government professor to make his students help a mayoral candidate in Tulsa. It also includes charges that the Roberts family used school money for personal use. Roberts issued a statement Friday denying the allegations.
Whatever the merits of the lawsuit, the national publicity is bad news (literally!) for ORU.