Why Alabama Returned the Gift

Inside Higher Ed: It is highly unusual for colleges and universities to return multimillion-dollar gifts. It's also highly unusual for a major donor and alumnus to urge out-of-state students to stay away

But the decision to return millions by the University of Alabama, at first seen as the result of that boycott, may as well be about demands of the donor over the law school that was supported by his gift. Emails released by the university on Sunday show a series of communications between the donor and the university suggesting a highly contentious relationship in which some at the university were suggesting the return of the money before he called for the boycott.

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