Legality of University of Cincinnati board’s private meetings questioned

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The University of Cincinnati board of trustees is the latest public body to raise questions by holding private discussions before officially open meetings.

Board Chairman Fran Barrett says the discussions are informational and meant to prepare trustees for their meeting. Comments in open meetings indicate trustees have been going over university business beforehand. One example came in February during official discussion of expanding the UC Bearcats’ campus football stadium, with two trustees indicating they already had established approval for paying for design work before the public meeting.

“I believe that we discussed yesterday that we would bring in outside consultants,” trustee Gary Heiman said.

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