Tufts Name Removal
Over the years, Sackler family members have given gifts to support academic programs at Tufts University. In response to campus protests, Tufts conducted an independent investigation that concluded Sackler family members conducted themselves properly with regard to their gifts to and relationship with the University. Despite that finding, however, Tufts removed the Sackler name because of reputational concerns caused by the false narrative that incorrectly blames the Sackler family for causing the opioid crisis.
Tufts University’s Investigation Found Purdue & Sackler Family Conducted Themselves Properly
When Tufts announced the removal of the Sackler name, Tufts also released an independent report concluding Purdue and the Sackler family conducted themselves properly.
“… we determined that the funds received by Tufts from the Sacklers and Purdue were predominantly used in areas unrelated to opioids and pain management. Even where there was a relationship … we found no evidence that the funds materially affected or skewed the academic program.”
“We found no evidence that [Richard Sackler] ever discussed opioids or engaged in any activity to explicitly advance Purdue’s business interests as a member of the Board of Advisors.”
“We did not discover any evidence of improper demands, quid pro quos, conditions on donations or grants, or improper attempts to influence or interfere with research or academic programs.”
“Purdue did not appear to have any special influence among any of the other sponsors, nor is there any evidence of any special demands, requests or initiatives by Purdue.”
Peter Dolan, chairman of the Tufts Board of Trustees, acknowledged the decision was based on optics:
“We had to deal with the reality that the Sackler name has become associated with a health care epidemic.”December 5, 2019